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Vista Systems’ Spyder Delivers Winning Performance For Stimulated, Inc. At “2008 MTV Movie Awards”

mtvStimulated, Inc., experts at streamlining the multiformat process, have once again turned to Vista Systems’ Spyder for a high-profile TV project: the “2008 MTV Movie Awards? which aired live on the cablenet, June 1st. Mike Myers hosted the popular annual awards show from Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre.

Burbank-based Stimulated, Inc. specializes in original screen content for TV award shows, major TV music and event specials, concert tours and game shows. It first tapped Vista Spyder video processing technology for Al Gore’s “Live Earth? for which they created the Giants Stadium screen content. The company subsequently used Spyder on the game shows “1 vs. 100,? “Moment of Truth,? and “Duel? and on “Ellen’s Really Big Show,? a TBS special hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. more

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grandMA Goes To the Movies with Key Role In “Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”

Fans of the family comedy “Night at the Museum” are eagerly anticipating next spring’s release of the sequel, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which is now in production with a grandMA and grandMA Light on hand. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America. more

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Scharff Weisberg Lights Up World Financial Center Winter Garden Summer Concert Series

WintergardenScharff Weisberg has supplied a complement of moving lights and lighting-control equipment to lighting designer Lance Darcy for the free summer concert series at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in Lower Manhattan.

The World Financial Center is a complex of four office towers housing the world headquarters of American Express, Merrill Lynch, Dow Jones, and Deloitte. Its spectacular Winter Garden atrium is the venue for many events including the summer concert series, which opened with Berlin-based Ulrich Schnauss and was followed by the Winter Garden’s first dance party DJ’d by Kode9 and performances by the Brazilian Connection Quintet and other artists. more

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Stage Research Introduces PowerPointManager And Video101Manager For Concerts, Corporate, Broadway And Off-

ManagerStage Research, first in stage-show lighting-and-sound-works, has just introduced PowerPointManager and Video101Manager. To be used with the incredible SFX for cost-effective playback, these two new energetic applications each perform robustly to provide high-grade content delivery with newfound ease and flexibility. SFX, the industry’s leading live music-and-sound playback software, will now trigger slides or video to add zest to any live presentation, or as stand-alone elements themselves. more

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Electrosonic Provides Fast-And-Easy Viewing For Hollywood Casino At Penn National

PennAt Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (HCPN) in Grantville, PA, gamblers and onlookers alike can call all the stakes with Electrosonic’s complete video routing (VR) and digital RF distribution designs, along with more than 600 custom-mounted displays, at the helm. The innovative broadcast/viewing configuration ushers comprehensive convenience into this world of entertainment, information and game-play fun. more

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UVLD Lights Monumental Chris Burden Sculpture At Rockefeller Center

BurdenUnlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) is helping Chris Burden turn heads at Rockefeller Center by illuminating the artist’s latest installation, a 65-foot skyscraper constructed from nickel-finished stainless steel Erector Set-style pieces. The sculpture, called “What My Dad Gave Me,? is on view in the Channel Gardens, where the real Rockefeller Center Tower forms the backdrop, from June 10-July 19. It is presented by the Public Art Fund and hosted by Tishman Speyer, co-owners of Rockefeller Center. more

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Coemar CycLite LEDs Take Tim McGraw Everywhere

TimTo help get the mega-selling Live Your Voice tour into full gear, John Broderick, production/lighting designer for Curb chart-topper Tim McGraw, relies upon Coemar’s ever-dependable CycLite LED lights.

Broderick, media/stage show/event 30-year veteran, says that for this Premier Global-contracted tour, showing McGraw to the audience in the best way possible meant taking the visual off-center, making it asymmetrical and causing everything to go to a vanishing point so as to force perspective stage left. more

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The grandMA Hits The Road Again With Bon Jovi

Bon JoviOnce again Bon Jovi has taken grandMA on the road. The band’s 2006 Have A Nice Day tour, which was the first to carry an HD video system with it for the duration of the tour, employed a grandMA for lighting and video control. Now, Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway world tour is concluding with a pair of grandMAs in tow. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor of the grandMA. more

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Vista Systems’ Spyder Checks Into Chicago’s Hotel Sax

saxChicago’s luxury Hotel Sax has chosen a Vista Systems Spyder to power a videowall comprised of 36 16×9 plasma screens located just outside its high-tech, fourth-floor conference center. The system grabs the attention of executives and conference-goers with images ranging from company logos and promos, to client-created content. more

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UVLD and Production Glue Team On Dynamic Lighting Treatment To Celebrate 125th Birthday Of The Brooklyn Bridge

bbbday-061.jpgUnlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) partnered with Production Glue to mark the 125th birthday of The Brooklyn Bridge with a dramatic Syncrolite lighting treatment during a five-day celebration of the iconic structure.

“The story of The Brooklyn Bridge is inextricably linked to that of our city. It’s unique in the history of architecture, a gateway for transportation and a symbol of our economic vibrancy. For all of us it is, without question, a part of New York,? says UVLD lighting designer Greg Cohen.

“We wanted to find a dynamic way to tell the bridge’s story while providing a visual punctuation to the 125th birthday observation,? he adds.

Producer Jennifer Kurland of Production Glue notes “This was a very upbeat moment for the City, one that celebrated the bridge in the way it deserves. Spectators heard a performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic followed by a Grucci fireworks display. At that time Mayor Bloomberg turned on our lighting installation which spanned the length of the bridge illuminating the East River cityscape from 9 to 11 pm daily through the Memorial Day weekend.?

UVLD proposed using Syncrolite searchlight-style fixtures to light the bridge. “There’s nothing more implicit to a high-profile event than a searchlight,? Cohen points out. “Large beams of light draw in the crowd and show spectators they’re part of something important or historic. At that moment in time, they’re where it’s at.?

But searchlights are typically “somewhat limited in their theatrics,? he notes. “Out of the box, they can only do one thing — throw big circles of light in the sky, usually in white, and usually in groups of four. So we suggested using more theatrical, large-format lighting. Syncrolites are fully programmable from a modern lighting controller. And, like any modern moving light, the fixtures can change color, direction and beam shape.?

Working in tandem with Production Glue, UVLD installed 24 Syncrolite XL 10 10K luminaries on the bridge center and tower anchors, six Syncrolite SB 5Ks on the Brooklyn Tower anchor scaffolding and six Syncrolite SB 5/3 on the Brooklyn shore. Most of the five-foot tall lights, which weigh in at 320 lbs each, were positioned on the bridge’s guardrail between the roadway and the pedestrian walkway. Staggered on both sides, the lights zigzaged across the bridge span.

“The biggest challenge was working in a public space — and a highly-trafficked public space at that,? says Kurland. “We had to design production so it wouldn’t impede the pedestrian walkway which remained open to walkers and bike-riders throughout the installation. And we worked closely with city agencies to minimize impact on the public and maintain security on the bridge.?

Using the Syncrolites enabled Cohen and fellow UVLD principal John Ingram to combine the impressive look of searchlights with an expanded creative palette. “Our possibilities became vast: beams of light tracking the area could transform into illuminating the bridge as has never been done before. We enjoyed using beams of color to highlight the bridge’s architectural features and changing the treatment into a wash making the whole structure glow. The multicolor light show we designed with Production Glue was a memorable event for everyone,? adds Ingram.

The Syncrolite rigs are controlled by a grandMA lighting console, and were provided by Syncrolite of Dallas, Texas. Tom Blancato served as production electrician, David Arch as programmer. Tom Bussey, principal of production glue, was the staging producer.

About UVLD

Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) creates lighting designs for corporate theater, live entertainment, themed environments, trade shows and special events. UVLD is a partnership of 10 designers working in all aspects of lighting design; their work has been seen on stages and screens nationwide and around the world. Clients include IBM, Mitsubishi, Honda, Kia, Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen, John Deere, Microsoft, Cartier, Victoria’s Secret, FedEx, Avon and Audi.

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