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Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

Author: David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods

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LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
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In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Merging Academic and Professional Work to Retrofitting Old Theaters. Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: Carnegie Mellon makes Hog Factor again!; The King of Hyperbole Contest; U/RTA at LDI; SGM's architectural lighting competition; an uncommonly attractive man; how to tell someone that their show sucks; little towns in Nebraska; Steve's LED fixture prediction; ION vs. NEO; advocating for the client; looking deep into their souls; mixing your art with academia; and invisible actors. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Augment3d to Minnie Pearl. Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: Stan and Steve's first week of school; David goes back to school; the new ETC offices in Burbank; sneak peek of Augment3d features; "Green Room" mythology; keeping up with the paperwork; the genesis of paperwork programs; marking gels; grease pens and sharpies; Light Talk University; lighting puppet shows; BA vs. BFA programs; what you get from attending the first read with the cast; and Stan's hernia specialist. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers (and Sistah!) interview legendary touring guru, Steve Terry. Join Anne, David, and Stan, as they pontificate about: the genesis of Production Arts; hiring and not firing Stan; Spiderman; Bus and Truck touring; 489-0312; unbelievable chutzpah; working closely with and helping designers; venture capitalists in the lighting rental business; working with Gordon Pearlman on the LS8; ragging DMX 512; The USITT Standard; 250 kilobits per second!; interoperability; The ACN Project; running the R&D Department at ETC; testing multi-cable; ENR flammable dimmers; General Device Type Format; All My Sons; just show up and say "Yes"; and learning how to become a Mensch. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Overworked Designers to Understanding What The Stakes Are. Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: Going back to school; fader based consoles; worship space control options; fast faders in emergency situations; quick programming techniques; students who show up late and miss deadlines; staying one step ahead of the designer; the "Perfect Storm of Guilt"; Naoki; people notice; apps for Gel inventory; VaporWorks; why lighting designers are sometimes expected to also be Master Electricians; making sure your contract specifies your scope of work; the differences between acting and focus areas.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Designing Rep Plots to Rising Software Prices.  Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: How to keep trash and crap out of your floor pockets; clearing the way for actors and trucks; flying booms and ladders; designing rep plots for thrust theaters; energy emanating from the center of the stage; lighting systems for thrust rep plots; using moving lights in the rep plot; filling in the actors' face while keeping light off the audience; hanging on to your C-wrench; feats of strength, an uncommonly good looking man, James Taylor; David's pig accessory; mosquitos, Vectorworks' recent price hike; understanding your customers; and Strand Fan-Boyz! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Trade Shows to Celebrating Woodstock's 50th Anniversary. Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: New numbers and countries; why bother attending trade shows and conventions?; don't walk into the light; are we failing in the classroom?; staying current; "The Tape Worm"; working as a Lighting Designer and a Master of Ceremonies while chaos ensues; Chip Monck; recruiting followspot operators; "don't eat the brown acid"; defining moments in rock n' roll touring over the past 50 years; Showco; IMAG; favorite Woodstock performances; The Who; and what swag are we giving out at LDI?...  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers (and Sistah) talk about everything from LED Lekos to "Billington Afterglow".  Join Anne, Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: The brothers' and sister's reactions to the Ken Billington interview; the generosity of designers; standards of professionalism; focusing strategies for your first black box show; getting nervous; how to teach programming to students; manufacturers' training programs;  benefits of LED lekos without the "Salesmen Talking Points"; new Pet-Sweat of Japan beverages; creating texture with and without gobos; Anne's gobo earrings; Tharon's brilliant cueing sequence for A Chorus Line; good and bad uses of gobos; and Best books for beginning high school lighting students.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk with Broadway lighting legend Ken Billington. Join David, Steve, Stan, and Ken as they pontificate about: Lighting Major Celebrity Acts in Vegas, Killer Whales, and The Rockettes, Ken's Gingerbread Man experience in the 4th grade, Perfecting black-outs with knife switches, Sherri Zimmerman’s cymbals, Loving the "Good Stuff" and erasing the "Bad Stuff", Great moments working with the perfect team, "Marie, Dancing Still", "Sweeney Todd" stories, Follow your gut and take it to FULL... then leave it there, Feeling the light, Getting the cues in the right place, Cues that "pop off the page", Watching assistants become successful artists, Tharon Musser's influence, Dealing with the other people in the room, There’s no room for temperament in the theatre, When you know it's time to stop assisting, What makes us love this business, and The synergy of groups of desperate characters. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Aircraft Landing Lights to Going Back to High School.  Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: Driving through Utah, Discovering Joshua Tree, The proper way to hang scanners, Getting gobos sharp, Dealing with ACL's and unusual voltage requirements, The Crown Prince of "Who-Ha Land", The Ladder of Success, Italian Ladder Etiquette, Copenhagen laundromat interview, Lighting Kurdistan pop stars, Portable video lighting rigs, Dealing with non-dims, and Understanding numbers and letters on high school lighting pipes.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Pin Connectors to Working with Video Designers.  Join Steve, David, and Stan as they pontificate about: Buying obsolete gear, Altman 360Q deals, Vintage Brothers, Twist Locks vs. Pin Connectors, Headset Etiquette, Respecting the Stage Manager's process, Party Lines, Cheetos at the tech table, Working techniques with video designers, Matching video color palettes, Who controls the rig?... Headliners or Support Acts, Deep Purple blowing Rod Stewart off the stage, Sean Cawelti, SuperMensch, and Lightaholics Anonymous. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
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