On Saturday, March 26th, the “Demo Room” at Illumination Dynamics’ Los Angeles location played host to a group of students and professionals eager to learn the ins and outs of some of the most popular moving lights in the industry. Lighting Director and Gaffer, Peter Pearce, worked alongside Mark Rudge, ID’s Director of Moving Lights, to host the three hour event complete with tour of the entire facility, control console demonstrations and a casual meet and greet accompanied by plenty of food and beverages. Earlier in the week Rudge and the Moving Lights Programmer, Robert Reyna, had assembled truss and lights to mimic what might be seen at a rock concert or TV studio, so that attendees of the Saturday event could visually experience the attributes and uses of five different moving lights. Using a Grand MA console, Reyna illustrated the capabilities of each individual type of light—including the the Vari-Lite VLX Wash, Clay Paky Alpha Profile and MAC 101 LED lights—while Rudge stood in front of the crowd explaining in detail how these amazing lights could improve films, photographs, concerts and more and how each one operated. Attendees of the event varied in age and background but all agreed that the lights were amazing and the new knowledge they had obtained was extremely helpful.
Jose Chavez, a 23 year old Broadcasting and Media Arts Student at Los Angeles Valley College, expressed that though he wasn’t necessarily looking into becoming a Lighting Designer, he wanted to “learn how to use lighting just in case because it’s always a good idea to have experience with any sort of equipment”. After the lighting demonstration Chavez was able to speak extensively with Rudge about his career and what else he should learn about lighting in the entertainment industry. Lighting Designers who attended were able to obtain price quotes and ensure that they were staying informed on the latest technology when lighting their own jobs. Attendees interested in how the control console operated were able to speak with Reyna and see hands-on how lighting an event really works. The workshop truly offered something specific for everyone as well as a broad and important learning experience.
More workshops are planned for the future and so check the website regularly for updates.