The Colors Designers Are Using Now … And Why

by Stan Schwartz, Executive Vice President The “Share The Work” initiative, in which we asked lighting designers to send us photos of their work, has yielded an extraordinary outpouring of lighting ideas. We are currently creating a searchable Color Resource Gallery, in which we’ll display the photos and the designers’ narratives, organized by the criteria…

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Spectrum Elements: Pink for the Cure!

As October begins, the world around us begins to take on all sorts of vibrant colors – yellows, ambers, deep reds & oranges… and pink – lots and lots of pink will be seen throughout city skylines and on people’s houses. Throughout the month of October, individuals and institutions across the country will begin to…

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Creating a Smoke Screen for a New Look

Fog, smoke, mist and haze effects have been incorporated into productions of all types and sizes to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. In some cases, the fog is actually a central character to the action. For example, the 2005 remake of “The Fog” made its smoky mist an antagonist that the other characters…

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Creative Solutions In Lighting A Prop

For lighting designers, including the big time, Broadway-level guys, it isn’t always about the big rigs, moving lights and elaborate cue lists. It’s more about creative solutions…and knowing what’s available. Clifton Taylor fits any designer’s description for “big time, Broadway-level”, as you can see on his website: www.designcurve.com But he is as much prized by…

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Share The Work, Get The Swag: Still Going Strong

In a recent Spectrum post we announced a program in which we asked professionals, teachers and students to send us photos of stage lighting work in which they took pride.  The outpouring was stupendous. We are posting all the submissions up on a web page for everyone to visit and be inspired by others’ work:…

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How Joel Almost Checked Off A Goal From His Bucket List

As WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, began to prepare for their long-haul coverage of the Casey Anthony Trial outside the Orange County Courthouse, they began to think about how the quality of their newscasts would be much better if they could bring their reporters and anchors in out of the elements – but still…

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