Monday, September 28, 2015

Barbizon Capitol Brightens Up the WERA's PBS Newshour's Studio

WETA is the flagship public broadcaster in our nation’s Capital and the third largest producing station in the public television system. Located in Arlington, Virginia just minutes from the National Mall, WETA produces local shows and two nationally broadcast news programs, The PBS Newshour and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. In 2015 the look of The PBS Newshour was updated with a new set, graphics, music, and lighting. The new set designed by Eric Siegel and George Allison Design was lit by The Lighting Design Group. Complicating the switch to the new look was WETA’s desire to swap production activities between their two main Studios. This created overlapping schedule requirements impacting nearly all aspects of the very active facility.

Barbizon coordinated closely between the WETA staff, vendors, scenic fabrication, lighting designer, and other key contractors enabling the on-time delivery of the systems and products needed against a very rigid schedule.

After months of budgeting, planning, and equipment evaluations, WETA decided to make the investment in the infrastructure necessary to transition nearly all studio fixtures to LED. Barbizon removed the decades old dimming system in order to install ETC Echo Relay switching, two ETC GIO lighting control consoles, and network data and DMX control distribution. Barbizon furnished all lighting fixtures, accessories, grip equipment and expendables needed for the new plot. The PBS Newshour studio is lit by ETC Source Four Daylight HD, Litepanel Sola 12, and Philips PL Cyc
fixtures. The production studio augmented their inventory with ETC Source Four Lustr+, and ETC Colorsource PAR fixtures.   In the production studio Barbizon provided and installed a full surround of ADC curtain track, The Light Source custom curved pipe, and a seamless leno cyc Stage Decoration & Supplies.

For additional information about this project, please contact the systems division of the Barbizon Capitol office at 703-750-3900.

Barbizon and Iluminarc Add Aesthetics To Florida Toll Gantry

Miami Dade Expressway Toll Gantry
The one million motorists who traverse the Miami Dade Expressway (MDX) every year share one common concern: they want to get to where they’re going quickly and safely. To help them do this, the MDX authority is constantly enhancing its network of roads by doing things like installing open road tolling gantries that read vehicle license plates and passes, thereby avoiding the stop-and-go issues created at traditional toll plazas. At one such gantry, MDX went beyond its usual practical traffic control and safety mission to offer motorists an additional aesthetic benefit with help from a collection of Iluminarc fixtures from Chauvet Professional installed by Barbizon Lighting Company.  

Resembling an aircraft wing, the impressive gantry and pylon toll structure spans ten lanes of one of the busiest sections of the MDX system, the 15.4 mile State Route 836, referred to by locals as the “Dolphin Expressway.”  The structure’s soaring design creates the impression that it is about to take flight, an image that makes the daily commute more enjoyable (or less tedious) for the thousands of motorists who pass under it every workday.

Adding to this uplifting feeling is the crisp richly colored light that shines through the winged toll structure. This light is created by 120 of Iluminarc’s Ilumiline 36 IP linear LED fixtures and 12 of the company’s Ilumipod 42 IP LED pods.

There are two rows of the Iluminarc fixtures on the sleekly designed gantry. One row is on the upper edge of the wing, the other on lower. This dual level arrangement creates a sense of movement and adds to the depth of the structure.

“When you drive by the toll and see the lights, it’s clearly impressive,” said Drew Bongiorno, Barbizon Systems Sales Manager. “The structure is skinned to look like the wing of an airplane. It has holes in it to allow wind and water to pass. The Iluminarc fixtures are inside the wing so their light shines through the holes.  It makes the whole structure come alive.”

According to Bongiorno, the color changing capabilities of the RGBW Ilumiline 36 IP and Ilumipod 42 fixtures play a key role in creating the impressive effect at the toll. “Full advantage is taken of the fixtures’ color rendering,” he said.  “There are a lot very nice color changes preprogrammed into the system. Of course the changes are subtle. Given that this structure is over an expressway you can’t have anything too jarring.”

Although the toll gantry projects an image of smoothness and fluidity, building it was anything but a fast and easy ride.  The wing structure was built on the ground in sections. Each time a section was complete, the Barbizon team would go to the site to program and test the completed section individually. Then, once the structure was assembled, the data lines were connected. It was over eight months from the start of the first section until the structure was completed.

“This was a project specified by a consultant,” said Bongiorno. “Barbizon was selected for the project because of its reputation for being the go to company to get the job done. There are always a lot complex special requirements in a project of this nature and our team members like Project Manager Shawn Finucane, System Sales Specialist Ted Doyle and Tech Services people like Jack Hochberg, Cruze Hutcheson and Brandon Cigainero did excellent work.”

Not surprisingly, the impressive new toll gantry has generated a great deal of positive buzz among Miami area motorists. “Many of our customers have asked me if I’ve seen the new toll gantry,” said Bongiorno. “When I tell them we did that project, they’re just very impressed.  It feels good to all of us on the team that we were part of something that’s appreciated by so many people every day.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What are you doing October 22nd.

If you are attending the LDI conference this year in Las Vegas please consider attending the Behind The Scenes Happy Hour on Thursday night.

Barbizon is a proud supporter of this event and we're excited to be part of a pre-show happy hour that helps our own industry members when they are in need.

The goal of Behind the Scenes Happy Hour is not only to throw a great party but also to raise money for Behind the Scenes, which provides financial support to entertainment technology professionals when they are ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Funds are granted which can be used towards medical care, basic living costs and funeral expenses. Behind the Scenes, an initiative of the PLASA Foundation (formerly the ESTA Foundation) brings help and hope in times of great need.

So what's the cost? $60 per person in advance gets you in the door with an open bar, light food, and a chance to mingle with many industry people before the craziness of the show starts. If you decide to wait to the last minute tickets may be purchased for $75 each at the door at the Westgate Las Vegas Pavilion 1 and 2.

Buy Your tickets Now for the Behind The Scenes Happy HourHere's the great part All proceeds will benefit the Behind the Scenes charity, and as a bonus $30 of each ticket is tax deductible! Learn more about Behind the Scenes and the work they do here.

Don't Leave Your Colleagues in the Dark

Thursday, September 03, 2015

You Could Be the Next YD&T Award Winner! Nominations Are Open

Barbizon's Jonathan Resnick giving the
2015 USITT LD Award to Kenneth Foster
Again Barbizon will be sponsoring the USITT Lighting Design Award, but there's a whole host of other awards available to young technicians in fact there are 11 Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts awards that will be given out at 2015 USITT Conference in Salt Lake City.  
Online nominations for the YD&T awards are open now through Oct. 15. Nominate here.
Student & early career designers can be nominated for awards in sound, scenic, lighting, costume, & makeup design & technology, stage management, & technical production. Some awards target grad students, some undergrads, some either. Most carry a $1,000 cash prize.
YD&T winners will be honored and receive their awards at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake next March 16-19.
The awards are made possible through generous sponsors in the performing arts and live entertainment design and technology industry. They further USITT’s mission of nurturing and recognizing excellence in emerging professionals.
Any USITT member may nominate for YD&T. Nominees will be asked to submit a resume, recommendation letters, and images of their work by Nov. 15.
The awards are:
Graduate Awards:
Undergraduate Awards
If you're a professional member of USITT, please consider nominating a talented graduating student for a YD&T award. If you're a graduating student, ask a USITT member to nominate you! Good luck & we hope to see you at USITT 2016!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Can't Attend ETC's CUE Conference - Check out Keynote & Speaker Sessions Live & Archived Online
A lot of our customers are working this summer and sadly unable to make the pilgrimage to Madison, WI for Electronic Theatre Controls' CUE Conference, but ETC and Lighting and Sound America are live streaming and making the Keynote and Master class sessions available on-demand.

Here's a rundown of the events.

Fred Foster Starting His Keynote Address at CUE 2015
Welcome and keynote address
Fred Foster, founder and CEO of Electronic Theatre Controls

Friday, June 26th, at 8:15am CDT (13:15 GMT / 14:15 BST / 15:15 CEST / )

Keynote – “Power Struggle”
Presented by Josh Allen, lighting designer, Theatre Consultants Collaborative

Saturday, June 27th, at 8:15am CDT (13:15 GMT / 14:15 BST / 15:15 CEST / ) 

Master Class – “Live Music Programming for Eos”
Presented by Patrick Boozer, lighting designer

Saturday, June 27th, at 1:00pm CDT (18:00 GMT / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CEST / )

Keynote – “56 Years, 82 Countries, 6 Continents, 350 Ballets: The Life of an American Repertory Lighting Plot”
Presented by Al Crawford, lighting designer and founder of Arc3design

Saturday, June 27th, at 7:30pm CDT (Sunday, June 28th, at 00:30 GMT / 01:30 BST / 02:30 CEST / )

Master Class– “The Art of Light: Breaking the Barriers of Lighting Design”
Presented by Al Crawford, lighting designer and founder of Arc3design

Sunday, June 28th, at 8:15am CDT (13:15 GMT / 14:15 BST / 15:15 CEST / )