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Scharff Weisberg Helps Kimbell Art Museum And Filmmaker Philip Haas Create Innovative Installation

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Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI) partnered with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and Academy Award-nominated director Philip Haas (“Angels and Insects”) on an innovative installation spotlighting five works from the museum’s permanent collection.

“Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons” expands those five selections into multiscreen film narratives displayed in customized environments. SWI engineered and installed the critically-acclaimed project which runs from July 18-October 25 and sets a new benchmark for museums looking for a compelling new ways to highlight works from their collections.

“The installation was an ambitious undertaking with some interesting challenges in terms of technical scope and schedule” notes SWI president Josh Weisberg who served as lead designer for the project. “The resulting exhibit is a significant advance in the use of media technology to expand the character and beauty of the original pieces.”

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Stage Research Scores with Sound 411 Event in New York City

The first Sound 411, a two-day informational event designed to bring together sound professionals and students in New York City with leaders in the sound hardware and software industry, was an unqualified success for organizer Stage Research, Inc. Held August 12-13 at John Jay College, the free event drew approximately 60 attendees to an array of seminars and demos by sponsors Stage Research, Lectrosonics, UK-based DiGiCo, and LimitedOutline North America, LLC.

“We were very happy with the turnout and with the enthusiastic support of the sponsors,” reports Carlton Guc, cofounder of Stage Research. “We envisioned Sound 411 as an opportunity for anyone involved in sound for theatrical and touring productions or film and video to spend some quality time with audio manufacturers, and that proved to be the case. The two-day event introduced a number of new products, provided some basic and advanced hands-on training, and offered a chance more

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Big Show Construction Management Helps Demonstrate The Wonder Of Technology In New Interactive Exhibits For Sony Wonder Technology Lab

SonyBig Show Construction Management (BSCM), a company that specializes in managing the construction and development of themed and interactive spaces, announced the recent completion of a major renovation to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab (“SWTL” or the “Lab”), an interactive technology and entertainment museum in midtown Manhattan.

BSCM co-managed the construction and installation of 14 new interactive exhibits for the Lab that enable visitors to explore topics ranging from robotics and nanotechnology to animation and HDTV production. BSCM gutted and rebuilt approximately 6,200 square feet of space over a year-long construction period that involved upgrading systems for HVAC, lighting control, electrical, fire safety and security. BSCM also coordinated the output of the design firms handling the architecture/exhibit design, media development, lighting and acoustics, and managed various sub-contractors and vendors involved in the project while budgeting and tracking the multi-million dollar renovation.

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Christopher Landy Of Vibrant Design Lights MTV’s New Pop-Culture Show, “It’s On With Alexa Chung”

AlexaVibrant Design’s Christopher Landy gave a contemporary, lower Manhattan loft look to the lighting design for MTV’s new “”It’s On With Alexa Chung” which airs at weekdays at noon. The pop culture show, hosted by the British model of the same name, mixes celebrity talk and music with online interaction with viewers. MTV has partnered with Facebook on the series and uses Facebook and Twitter to reach young viewers.

No stranger to MTV: Landy lit an estimated 1,000 episodes of the network’s hit “Total Request Live” (TRL) over its 10-year run and was an integral part of the growth of it’s Times Square Studio, designing everything from daily shows, interviews, to Unplugged’s and New Year’s Eve.

Even though “It’s On With Alexa Chung” originates from the studios that once played host to TRL, the network didn’t want the new show to look more

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Scharff Weisberg Helps New York City Lites Create A Memorable 4th Of July With Legendary Fireboat

FireboatThe historic mingled with the spectacular on the 4th of July when Scharff Weisberg supported New York City Lites, which designed an innovative lighting show on the Hudson River for Duchess County Tourism.

This year marks the quadricentennial (Hudson 400) of the European founding of New York’s Hudson River Valley by Dutch explorer Henry Hudson. When Duchess County Tourism wanted something beyond fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, it seized on the idea of devising a show around the John J. Harvey, one of the most powerful fireboats ever in service. Built in 1931 and now retired, although it was briefly reinstated on September 11, 2001, the John J. Harvey is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was recently part of the Great River Day Flotilla of vessels sailing upriver on the Hudson from the Statue of Liberty to Albany.
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Prelite Helps City Of Dreams’ Bubble Theater Come True

BubblePrelite’s ability to help lighting designers and programmers use emerging technologies to previsualize lighting for productions played a key role in The Bubble Theater in Macau’s monumental new City of Dreams complex.

An entertainment and casino resort, City of Dreams boasts four luxury hotels, a casino with 40,000-square meters of water-themed gaming space, a world-class theater with 1,700 seats, and 80,000-square feet of retail space.

Visitors have a totally immersive experience beyond their wildest dreams at the 10-minute “Dragon’s Treasure” show at The Bubble, the resort’s iconic dome-shaped theater. The visual extravaganza tells the story of the Dragon Pearl and its mysterious powers through the tale of four Dragon Kings who lead guests on an amazing sensory adventure across their magical kingdoms.

“The City of Dreams Casino wanted a signature attraction that could help distinguish itself from the competition,” says principle more

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Coemar Infinitys, Parlite LEDS Light ‘Em Lucky For Premios Juventud Youth Awards ’09

PremioMusic, dance, movies, fashion, sports…Coemar lights, like Hispanic youth, have always been on the pulse of it all. This time, it was for Univision’s 6th annual Premios Juventud Youth Awards, broadcast live July 16th at BankUnited Center at University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

The votes were in online, as Infinity Wash S, Spot S, Wash XL, ACL, and Coemar ParLite Led lights bestowed billowy brilliance upon the glamorous goings-on at the 8,000-seat, 25-suite spread.

The show’s lighting designer Carlos Colina needed potent fixtures to combat the show’s design, which was based around a clear plexiglass set piece afront abundant video. David Ayala was employed to handle all the movers. This was the first time the team used the S-spot and S-wash’s, and they definitely impressed with their power. They often had to reign in their output, which is impressive for a more

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Big Show Construction Management Brings Rocket Park Teaching Course To Life For New York Hall Of Science

RocketIf the concept was unusual – use engagement with a mini-golf course to teach young students about astrophysics – the challenge of making it work in the real world was equally unique. As the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows, Queens, celebrates the instant acclaim of Rocket Park Mini Golf Course, they have Big Show Construction Management’s expertise to thank for putting proof to each putt.

With actual NASA Atlas and Titan rockets standing stately guard, museum docents guide young visitors through a nine-hole putting course in which each hole represents a different aspect of astrophysics. But for the Hall of Science, mere illustration would never do. Here instead, the players work through actually physics challenges – achieving proper ‘escape velocity’ to launch a ball into ‘orbit,’ avoiding space debris, and finding the correct angle for geosynchronous orbit.

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grandMA Goes On 5-City Tour With Jay-Z

Jay-ZRapper Jay-Z began a 5-city summer tour with Ciara accompanied by grandMA. Lighting designer Patrick Dierson and Justin Collie of Performance Environment Design Group selected a pair of grandMA consoles, one controlling lighting and one controlling the show’s video. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

Since the logistics of the tour required Dierson to cover large areas with equipment that had to be erected quickly each day he simplified the lighting design to a standard three-truss set up. “The main thing the lighting had to achieve was filling in negative space around the video elements,” he explains. “Elation’s new Design Wash LED Pro, a standard moving-head LED wash fixture on five custom-made octagonal arrays, filled in the gap of the negative area.”

Dierson also employed Coemar ACL units and Main Light MF3s for audience lighting. “Because the more

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Jonathan Goldstein Chooses Cameron Yeary For Video Content On Kid Cudi Tour

CudiAlthough Cleveland-based rising rap/hip hop star Kid Cudi doesn’t even have an album out yet, he has kicked off his first tour, which he headlines with Asher Roth. The show was designed by Jonathan Goldstein of Starlight Visual. He brought in Cameron Yeary of UVLD for media design and programming.

“Jon and I met in 2004 when he was touring with Donna Summer, and we’ve stayed in touch,” says Yeary. “The video media developer who works with Jay Z recommended that we partner on this project.” Kid Cudi’s tour runs four weeks, from mid-July to mid-August, playing intimate venues with a surprisingly large production. The tour, with content based on his hit single, “Day ‘N Nite,” along with mix tapes and Internet buzz, began in Boston at House of Blues and wraps in Chicago at Lollapalooza.

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