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theGold
06-10-2012, 12:55 PM
I'm not a very technical person, so these may come off as a silly question. I'm mainly asking out of curiosity and for a younger family member who is interested in this topic.

First question: for concerts that have very detailed, intricate lighting setups- tons of LED panels all over the place that display clear pictures and patterns (Bassnectar comes to mind) - are the pictures projections, or do those LED screens actually show pictures that clearly?

Secondly, I know the lighting designer usually sits in FOH, that tent that's placed directly front and center to the stage. I know lighting designers decide the colors, rythym and sequence of the spotlights, but are they the ones who design the visuals on the screens? If not, who does this (their title)? Really curious to know who it is that decides that there should be pictures of space, sacred geometry, random cartoons, dancing triangles, etc and who actually has to create these images.

Finally, what type of education do lighting designers have? Is this something that is usually self-taught or is it done through trade school?

I've tried Google searches but the wording gets tedious pretty quickly. I can't even hook up a DVD player much less digest information about million dollar concert equipment.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Lots for these questions have different answers. For example, sometime there are LED screens that actually bring up the images, and sometime there are projections. Sometimes the lighting designers create the visual shows, and sometimes not. More likely the creation of the actual visuals are going to be done by a team - graphic designers/illustrators come up with actual designs, motion graphics guys/animators handle animations, directors/editors will figure out how everything will work in the context of a show/with the music. So the simple answer is there is no simple answer. it's going to vary from act to act to show to show.

theGold
06-11-2012, 07:29 AM
Thanks, Drinkerstein. I guess this is a far more complex subject than I imagined.

suprefan
06-11-2012, 07:45 AM
Go buy the book Bulletproof which has almost all the work from Andi Watson, the guy who does Radioheads lights. Tons of technical info and design specs in it. And also how they got their ideas for the stage set ups. And yeah, this is a subject that can consufe you pretty fast if you don't put a little time into it.

http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Proof-Wish-Was/dp/0811874583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339429458&sr=8-1&keywords=bullet+proof+andy+watson

theGold
06-12-2012, 09:01 AM
Go buy the book Bulletproof which has almost all the work from Andi Watson, the guy who does Radioheads lights. Tons of technical info and design specs in it. And also how they got their ideas for the stage set ups. And yeah, this is a subject that can consufe you pretty fast if you don't put a little time into it.

http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Proof-Wish-Was/dp/0811874583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339429458&sr=8-1&keywords=bullet+proof+andy+watson

Thanks, Supre! Just ordered it on Amazon... giving a copy to my lil bro for graduation and ordered a used one for myself.

daniel87
06-14-2012, 01:15 AM
Go buy the book Bulletproof which has almost all the work from Andi Watson, the guy who does Radioheads lights. Tons of technical info and design specs in it. And also how they got their ideas for the stage set ups. And yeah, this is a subject that can consufe you pretty fast if you don't put a little time into it.

http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Proof-Wish-Was/dp/0811874583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339429458&sr=8-1&keywords=bullet+proof+andy+watson

I agree, it's a fantastic book.

avhua
08-27-2012, 10:58 PM
Thanks for the book suggestion! I'm also trying to research lighting and how to get into it. It's been a little bit of a struggle but I'm slowly starting to grasp which direction I should be heading.

In case any of you have any other suggestions, I just signed up for a training course at ACT Lighting that teaches how to operate a grandMA2 lighting console. I am definitely brand new to the game but figured this would be some good experience before seeking out some internships/apprenticeships. Would you guys happen to know what type of lighting console is typically used at Coachella? It seems like the grandMA is pretty state of the art.

Also if you have any other suggestions on places or people I could talk to regarding this topic I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!

suprefan
08-27-2012, 11:16 PM
http://www.lsionline.co.uk/

shoegazer76
08-28-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks for the book suggestion! I'm also trying to research lighting and how to get into it. It's been a little bit of a struggle but I'm slowly starting to grasp which direction I should be heading.

In case any of you have any other suggestions, I just signed up for a training course at ACT Lighting that teaches how to operate a grandMA2 lighting console. I am definitely brand new to the game but figured this would be some good experience before seeking out some internships/apprenticeships. Would you guys happen to know what type of lighting console is typically used at Coachella? It seems like the grandMA is pretty state of the art.

Also if you have any other suggestions on places or people I could talk to regarding this topic I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!

Hogs are widely used as well as the grandMA series. More and more I'm seeing custom built boards some of which fit in a briefcase for easy travel. Its one thing to program a board its an entirely different ordeal to figure out how any circuits are running, labeling & running all of the socapex cable, running all the dmx to the proper universe, running the power to the dummer racks, & other shit. All of which I'm doing right now.

avhua
08-30-2012, 10:12 PM
Hogs are widely used as well as the grandMA series. More and more I'm seeing custom built boards some of which fit in a briefcase for easy travel. Its one thing to program a board its an entirely different ordeal to figure out how any circuits are running, labeling & running all of the socapex cable, running all the dmx to the proper universe, running the power to the dummer racks, & other shit. All of which I'm doing right now.

The course I took on the grandMA was extremely informative but definitely got me realizing how much more there is to learn. If you or anyone you know working in the field could use any help just let me know! I'd love to get some more experience in the field.

shoegazer76
08-31-2012, 02:48 PM
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You really need to live in a place like Vegas, L.A.,NYC, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or any other city with steady work if you want to make it a career. You can start by working for a production company like PRG or Bandit. It just depends where your at and where and what you're trying to do.

HunterGather
08-31-2012, 07:29 PM
I always thought the lighting people sit on the side of the stage, rather than FOH, which is just the audio people.

I know in the case of Madonna for her last tour, she had a person who created the imagery for the LED screens and he was on the tour as well as a visual director or something, but there was someone else doing the lighting for anything that wasn't a video piece.

avhua
09-02-2012, 10:58 PM
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You really need to live in a place like Vegas, L.A.,NYC, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or any other city with steady work if you want to make it a career. You can start by working for a production company like PRG or Bandit. It just depends where your at and where and what you're trying to do.

Thanks for the leads! Just applied for an entry level postion as a Stage Hand for PRG. Sounds like the best way to go at this point.

shoegazer76
09-03-2012, 01:39 AM
Production Resource Group is a great company to work for because you'll be working with all the latest state of the art gear. Pay will probably be meager to begin with but the more you learn to do the more pay you'll be able to negotiate and the more gigs you'll get.