Lighting Insights


Daniel Thibault – Lighting A New Road

The days are long, sometimes lasting 20 hours, and the work is tough, setting up and taking down a concert rig in one day, often with no real power tie-ins or FOH positions. When it’s all done, the overnight accommodations are usually modest small-town motels with nothing in the way of extras. Still, this North […]

Justin Casey – Revealing Light

Peel back the layers of daily life and you will discover new truths that will guide you to greater things. More easily said than done, this philosophy has echoed through the ages in art, literature, mysticism… and it is at the heart of this Tennessee designer’s formula for dealing with the aftermath of the COVID-19 […]

Manny Newman – The Band Plays On

Since breaking out in Baltimore in 2009, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has made major waves on the funk and jam band circuit. Part of the reason is the band’s strong connection to their fan base. This bond between the freewheeling quartet and their “flock,” as they affectionately call their fans, is nurtured by a mind […]

Audience Free Lighting

Crossfade Design was looking for a good audience wash last year when the firm redesigned the lighting for Top Rank Boxing’s highly rated ESPN series. Shots of the crowd in the background, dressed in their finery, their faces animated with excitement, was important to setting the stage for the action in the ring. Finding a […]

Crowd Free Festival

The mouthwatering tastes and inviting aromas of panzerotti, scaccia, farinata di ceci (and of course, pizza), have been a favorite part of Italian Week for Québécois for over a quarter of a century. This year, COVID-19 restrictions prevented festival-goers from shouldering their way through the bustling streets of Montreal’s Little Italy section and savoring this […]

Recreating A Stage

Stepping inside the Palace Theatre with its sweeping curves and imposing balcony has long been a special treat for New Englanders. On July 15, thousands of them got to enjoy this experience again on a virtual level during a livestreamed Citizen of the Year ceremony honoring the theatre’s president, Peter Ramsey. The 40-minute event didn’t […]

A Virtual Concert

Disco Biscuits founding member Aron Magner has told interviewers that he invited bassist Jason Fratacelli and drummer Matt Scarano to form Spaga, because he wanted to get back to his roots as a pianist. As anyone who’s listened to the trio’s silky jazz infused melodies since they began playing together in October will readily attest, […]

Ben Danielowski – Extending Reflections

Art is not a reflection of reality – it is the reality of a reflection. Pioneering director Jean-Luc Godard used these words to describe his iconoclastic approach to film making. They apply equally well to the “virtual” productions that this New York City lighting designer and his team at Boum Creative have been pursuing with […]

Heather Shaw – Liberating Vision

Our eyes are not intended only for seeing reality. Given the chance, they can also guide us to new, unexplored places where the imagination spreads its wings and takes full flight. This Los Angeles-based designer and her team have been opening the window to this world since 2006. Bending geometric forms and light in novel […]

Chip Self’s Adaptive Light

Consider yourself fortunate when you are given the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. By the standards of this axiom, Chip Self regards himself as being very lucky. The owner of Logic Systems in St. Louis, Self was called upon to light Live Nation’s first foray into drive-in concerts, a series of […]

In New England – A Fundraising Engine

Soon after the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect, Events United owner Tim Messina and his team began transforming Studio Lab (their shared space production facility in Derry, New Hampshire) into a livestream studio to produce events. They weren’t exactly sure where this effort would take them; they just wanted to keep busy and find a […]

In Italy – From Warehouse to Network TV

Backed at its inception by radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi himself, RAI has a long history of being in the forefront of broadcasting. It operated Italy’s first radio station, aired the nation’s first regularly scheduled television program, and was a founding member of the European Broadcasting Union. The highly-rated network (it has over a 35-percent share), […]