I have a hard time explaining to people what it is that I do. With schools, the lighting company I work for, and the internet forums I check in on everyday — it’s hard to make any real sense out of it all.
So if I had to sum everything up, I’d say what I do is teach people what’s in this video. Not how to produce the video, or change the camera angles, but how to make their lighting consoles help them design shows like this.
This concert was performed by a Swedish pop/jazz/rock group, Silverpennies, and the lighting in it was programmed on a console my company makes and I’m one of several people who help people learn how to use that console. It doesn’t look very amazing because it’s just a rendering the designer uses to make sense out of their designs, but here’s what the final show looked like to an audience member that night:
The designer’s vision is what bridges the gap between a rendered video that the average person wouldn’t think is all that amazing and the awe-inspiring final design that the audience sees at performance. People who have the vision of a lighting designer can stare at these videos for hours in utter amazement while the rest of the world would be too bored to finish watching it the first time through.
(Rendering & Photo by High Voltage Designs)