Current Issue: Fall 2021

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THE MAGIC HOUR Delivers a Whimsical Walk-Through Experience

By Brad Trenaman

What do you do when you’re a production rental company with a warehouse full of unused equipment because a pandemic has essentially shut down the industry you serve? For Innovation Lighting in Vancouver, they’ve found success and satisfaction during the past year and a half by partnering with other companies – both commercial and nonprofit– to explore creative ways of storytelling with light. Innovation, alongside Presentation House Theatre and Electric Company Theatre would go on to co-produce The Magic Hour, an immersive walk-through experience that makes good on that exploration.

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An All-Encompassing Suite of Upgrades

The Jack Singer Concert Hall is one of Calgary’s most versatile performance venues and part of Arts Commons – a six-story,560,000-sq.-ft. complex, which also houses five smaller theatres. It’s a beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venue; home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arts Commons programming, as well as TED talks, private events, and full-on rock shows. As such, an upgrade to their lighting, video, and electrical systems, the addition of a broadcast streaming suite, and the replacement of the venue’s audio systems required balancing the needs of the artists that perform there and the diverse audience expectations for any type of show

The virtual concert model has kept the spirit of the “live show” afloat; but is it here to stay?

Vancouver’s Gearforce is one of Canada’ spremiere touring production firms, so it’s little surprise that they too dipped into the livestreaming pool in the past year, albeit in a way that goes far beyond what many others have done. PL&P learned about Gearforce’s approach to livestreamed concerts with artists such as Jann Arden, and gained insights on the future of the model from some of Canada’s top touring techs.

TV, Film & Broadcast LDs Talk Lighting for the Screen

When it comes to fantasizing about lighting, it can be fairly easy to get carried away thinking about the limitless options and infinite creative freedom that comes with designing in previs or even in the room. What happens when you’re no longer lighting for the human eye, and moreso for the electric eye of a camera? How does the approach change? PL&P sits down with a panel of top LDs to discuss the unique considerations that come into play when designing for picture, the set versus the stage, and more!

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