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Now in full color, this guide helps the lighting designer with all of the many creative and operational challenges you face.  Providing respected and clear coverage of the process of programming automated lighting fixtures, Brad Schiller brings you from basic principles to pre-production preparations.  Concepts, procedures, and guidelines to ensure a successful production are covered as well as troubleshooting, much needed information on work relationships, and of course all of the fun technology including LED lighting, console networking, digital lighting, and more.  The final chapter brings the creative thinking of some of the heaviest hitting lighting designers of today, featuring Butch Allen, Jason Badger, Mike Baldassari, Richard Belliveau, Allen Branton, John Broderick, Dall Brown, Mark Butts, David Chance, Christian Choi, Vickie Claiborne, David Davidian, Patrick Dierson, C. Andrew Dunning, Mike Falconer, John Featherstone, Cory Fitzgerald, Laura Frank, Demfis Fyssicopulos, Craig Gaff, Steve Garner, Jon Griffin, Tim Grivas, Rob Halliday, Bryan Hartley, Bud Horowitz, Steve Irwin, Seth Jackson, Mark "Junior" Jacobson, Shannon January, David "Gurn" Kaniski, Mats Karlson, Eric Kennedy, Tom Kenny, Hillary Knox, Marcus Krömer, Jim Lenahan, Steve Lieberman, Esteban Lima, Heath Marrinan, Michael Nevitt, Adrian Ngieng, Paul Normandale, Jim Ohrberg, Steve Owens, Mitch Peebles, Paul Pelletier, John Rayment, Benoit Richard, Scott Riley, Larry "Uncle Fester" Robbins, Timothy F. Rogers, Susan Rose, Arnold Serame, Marsha Stern, Henry M. Sume, Howard Ungerleider, Lawrence Upton, Jon "Hillbilly" Weir, and Ross Williams.

* the only guide that gives you in-depth instruction on programming your show, written by a master technician * now in full color! * interviews with top lighting gurus to learn the ups, downs, and how to get around in this industry * learn all of the latest, greatest, and coolest programming technology 

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New to the 2nd ed. of this text is expanded treatment of production concepts, procedures, and guidelines, as well as new technology, including new LED technology and console networking. The volume features a chapter listing the basic artistic philosophy of every major lighting designer and case studies of the author's lighting of extensive tours by the bands Crystal Method and Metallica. Schiller has programmed and directed such grand displays as those used for the 2000 opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics in Sydney. He distills his extensive experience into practical, clearly presented guidelines, making this a guide that will be of interest both to advanced practitioners and novices. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Brad Schiller has over 20 years experience in the lighting industry. He has worked as a Technical Director and Lighting Designer, as well as an Automated Lighting Programmer. He has also been employed by High End Systems where he has assisted with product development, training, and testing for many popular fixtures and consoles. Brad has experience with various types of productions including theatre, television, concerts, film, architectural, dance, and industrials. Project favorites include: The 1996 Academy Awards, the Capitol of Puerto Rico, The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, The Crystal Method, and Metallica. Brad Schiller is also a featured columnist for Projection Lights and Staging News (PLSN). His monthly column titled "Feeding the Machines" teaches programming principles in a simple and straightforward manner. Furthermore, he has written for other industry publications and authored several industry manuals. Brad was presented with the Technician of the Year award at the 2005 LDI awards ceremony and described as “the programmer’s programmer”.

Over 20 years experience programming. Past productions include 68th Annual Academy Awards, and the 2000 Olympic Games. Contributor to PLSN magazine. Resides in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents



10 Things Every Programmer Should Know

Chapter 1: Programming Philosophies

Chapter 2: Automated Lighting Concepts

Chapter 3: Preparing for Programming

Chapter 4: Basic Programming

Chapter 5: Intermediate Programming

Chapter 6: Advanced Programming

Chapter 7: Digital Lighting, the Future is Here

Chapter 8: LED Lighting

Chapter 9: The Age of Networking

Chapter 10: Programming Genres

Chapter 11: Troubleshooting

Chapter 12: Programmer and Designer Relationships

Chapter 13: Words of Wisdom from Industry Professionals

Appendix A: Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Journal

Appendix B: Metallica Touring Journal

Appendix C: The Crystal Method Tour: A Case Study


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