Monday, November 02, 2015

LDI 2015 Show Report

Every year for both the LDI and NAB shows we divide up all the manufacturers we work with and gather them into one place for our own employees who couldn't attend the show.  A few years ago we said, "Hey - a lot of our customers would want to know this too!"

So we created a public place for it to live on our website for everyone in the industry.  It's posted alphabetical, and there's currently FIVE years of history of both NAB and LDI.

Take a peek and see what we saw!

Barbizon LDI 2015 show report

Goodspeed Opera House Chooses PHX LED Profile Spot

(This post appeared originally on the Altman Lighting Website and we've reposted it.)

Goodspeed Musicals 

BridgeLocated on the banks of the Connecticut River, the Goodspeed Opera House is a picturesque reminder of New England’s Victorian era history. Built in 1877 the “Opera House” was actually created as a venue for plays, with its first production of Charles II presented in October of that year. After builder and local businessman William Goodspeed died in 1926, the building fell into disrepair and was used for various purposes including a militia base during World War I, a general store and a DOT storage facility. The building was acquired by the newly formed Goodspeed Opera House Foundation in 1959 to house the Goodspeed Musicals production company. Rededicated in 1963, Goodspeed has been responsible for launching some of Broadway’s best loved musicals including Man of La Mancha (1965), Shenandoah (1974) and Annie (1976).

The Opera House itself is a 5‐story Victorian‐style building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for Middlesex County, CT. The tallest wooden structure on the Connecticut River, the building provides a somewhat unique theatrical environment as the theater itself is located on the 3rd and 4th floors. 
Goodspeed MusicalsDespite the historic status of the facility and the notable production history, Goodspeed Musicals is extremely forward thinking, both with its choices in programming, and its use of state‐of‐the‐art production equipment. Early in the summer of 2014 Goodspeed Musicals’ Lighting and Sound Supervisor, Jay Hilton, worked closely with Sara Willey of Barbizon Light of New England to test multiple theatrical LED fixtures. After considering the merits of each, Goodspeed selected the Altman PHX 250W RGBA LED Profile Spot, placing an order with Barbizon Lighting for 15 units that August. After this initial success, Goodspeed Playhouse purchased an additional 10 fixtures in May of 2015.
Cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ La Cage aux Folles.

Multiple factors were considered in choosing the appropriate fixtures, including color palette, beam quality and overall luminaire size. Key amongst these considerations were the theater’s power limitations, production budgets and the ability of fixtures to work seamlessly with the existing conventional fixture inventory. At 250 Watts per unit, and being DMX controlled, the Altman PHX LED made the limited number of dimmers available in the theater a relative non‐issue. Dimmers previously required for specials and color washes were now freed up for other applications with non‐dim power being provided for the PHX LEDs. 
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Cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ La Cage aux Folles 

Both the RGBA and RGBW LED arrays were reviewed during initial tests. Due to the specific focus of Goodspeed on musical theatre production the more saturate and “warmer” color spectrum offered by the RGBA was determined to be the most appropriate fixture for the application. With on‐board color control the PHX LED meant eliminating costly color‐scroller rentals, reducing production lighting costs. 
Cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ La Cage aux Folles 

Perhaps the most important factor in choosing a fixture was its ability to be added to the existing inventory without changing the feel of Goodspeed’s production values. While focused on musical theatre production Goodspeed Musicals covers a wide variety of programming within the genre. A major consideration for Mr. Hilton was that the budget would only be able to afford one type of fixture to fit the bill for many roles. 
“The Altman PHX LED was able to blend with existing fixtures, allowing for their use with the multiple styles of show produced by Goodspeed.” 

Cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ La Cage aux Folles
Production photos from the 2015 production of La Cage aux Folles, courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals. Lighting Designer: John Lasiter
Lighting and Sound Supervisor: Jay Hilton
Master Electrician: Elisabeth Vella
Photographer: Diane Sobolewski

Goodspeed Musicals exterior photos courtesy of 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Join PLASA and Sponsors For the Behind The Scenes Happy Hour

Be Sure to Join Barbizon and Other Sponsors the Night Before LDI for
PLASA's Behind the Scenes Happy Hour!

Thursday, October 22 from 6-8pm

at the Westgate Las Vegas

It's the biggest pre-LDI party of the year, and for the second year there's an even bigger night of fun, food, drinks and music! All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity.

Tickets ARE ONSALE NOW for $60 and are available HERE, or they can be purchased through your LDI registration. They will also be available at the door for $75.


We're looking forward to catching up with everyone. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Barbizon Capitol Brightens Up the WETA'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.”