RC4 Wireless Goes Mountain Biking at Night

Jacob Coakley

I don’t like to stray too far from theatre stories here, but this is too epic not to share. Sweetgrass productions recently decided to film mountain bikers in incredible scenery, in the middle of the night, lit with epic style. Because they were working in the middle of nowhere in Oregon and Utah under extreme conditions, they needed a way to communicate with their lights wirelessly and reliably over long distances. To make it all happen, they chose the RC4Magic-900 wireless system. Click through to read the whole story—and at the very least click through to watch this beautiful video. {youtube}{/youtube}

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League of Professional Theatre Women Releases Findings of Second Annual Analysis

Jacob Coakley

The League of Professional Theatre Women’s newest study placed a deep focus on the hiring patterns of productions in a set of non-Broadway theatres for five consecutive seasons (2010-11 to 2014-2015). In addition to its findings about female playwrights and directors (around 30% and 35% representation, respectively), the study also delved into more backstage roles, finding that certain roles are overwhelmingly staffed by women (stage management, 70%; costume design 79%) while other roles, like lighting design, were overwhelmingly men. The highest one-year percentage of women lighting designers was only 16%, and six women alone accounted for 53% of all the lighting design credits that went to women during the study—a figure which speaks to the fact that not many women are being hired as lighting designers. More details about the study and a link to all their results after the jump.

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HES Launches Fixtures, Names Hog Factor Winners

Jacob Coakley

The High End Systems booth at LDI put the focus on LEDs, showing off their SolaWash Pro 2000, SolaSpot Pro 2000 and Uno fixtures. High End also launched the new Hoglet and Miniwing for the Hog 4 console line. Also at LDI, HES held their Hog Factor finals, pitting teams from Carnegie Mellon, Webster University and SMU against each other. In the end, the team from Carnegie Mellon (Patrick Hayes and Alex Stevens) emerged victorious and won a HOG4 console as well as a $20,000 scholarship for their University.

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