Friday, March 07, 2008

On the Choo Choo

The Barbizon blog comes to you this week from Chattanooga, Tennessee, site of the 2008 SETC annual convention. SETC holds a special place in my heart, because 13+ years ago, this conference is where I was first introduced to Barbizon, and my job with this company stems pretty directly from meeting people at that conference. This year marks my 15th consecutive SETC conference, which sounds like a lot until you realize that there are a lot of people who have been attending this show for 20 or even 30 years!

SETC is the regional gathering for theatre folk in 10 states, from Virginia down to Florida, and across to Mississippi. There are nearly 1,000 actor-types auditioning for everything from summer stock to college scholarships, and this year we've got a ton of exhibitors sharing the show floor with us. I'll have some photos later of some of the booths from our friends on the floor, and some of the hijinks that ensued at load in.

This year our booth is featuring the new ETC Ion control console, the Selador LED lights, the GAM SX4 projection attachment, and the SeaChanger color engine for the Source 4. There was good traffic yesterday, but Thursday is usually the slowest day, as many people drive or fly in after work on Thursday to be in sessions Friday and Saturday morning. I'll be here until Sunday, as Ginger from Atlanta and I are both members of the SETC board of directors, so we've got a few extra meetings. If you're in Tennessee and interested in checking out the latest in lighting gear, stop by the Chattanooga Convention Center and say hello!