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Lyon 2012

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wpid-wpid-IMG_0529.jpgAfter a good trip last year to Lyon, we went to Lyon for a second time this year. After last year of driving to the airport overnight to make the early flight we decided it would be a much better idea to go the night before and get some sleep in a hotel before getting up and walking 2 minuets to checkin. Read more … (more…)

Who wants to be an American Idiot

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Shaun was down again this weekend for going to see both American Idiot: The Musical today and Ice Age Live which is tomorrow.

American Idiot was in the Welsh Millenium Centre. The start of the show set the scene for what was to follow lighting wise. The lighting for the majority of the songs was more or less the same. So much strobe throughout the whole show which was very unnecessary. Sound wise the show started with hardly any bass and too much high frequencies. It improved a bit further in with some more bass but was still overly top heavy.

There were two bits that were really good in the performance: the video; and the flying.

The video used in the performance was excellent. Lots of screens mounted on the wall each with separate feeds. With at least 2 (or 3) projectors mapped onto the walls of the set with no obvious seams. The best bit of the performance.

The human flying which was so smooth must have been automated, which is the best piece of human choreographed flying my boyfriend has ever seen.

It was an ok show but I wouldn’t see it again. The video used in it was the best use of video in a show that I have seen.

Playing in the mud with the Hippo

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For Uni we have an assignment for our Performance Lighting Design module where we are to create a design for a theoretical concert on a stage in a place. We have been given two songs to light and have to come up with the full lighting design for those two songs. Using CAST Software’s lighting visualisation software WYSIWYG. Click More to read the rest of the post: (more…)

End of the Fringe

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The Edinburgh Fringe 2012 has come to an end. So sad to see it go. It has been such an incredible month working with some of the most amazing people.

We had an extraordinary bunch of people working in the Pleasance Dome with excellent shows.

We started our get out for 10 Dome as soon as The Three Englishmen finished their last show at 18:40. Well after a few photos and a ceremonious turning off of the 10 Dome gobo by fading it out slowly.

10 Dome was out by 23:00 and all that remained of us was a small paint mark left on the wall and some slightly grubbier white walls; at 11pm, 10 Dome was no more all that was left was a Dressing room and an empty room.

We spent the rest of the evening into the early morning assisting Queen Dome until we were broken at 03:00 to get some sleep before needing to be back at 09:00 to carry on with all the get outs. By the end of the day we had all the venues out and almost everything that needed to go to the Courtyard was back there; all the bits that get stored on the container were in the now empty Queen Dome or the Quad ready to be taken out to the container on the final day. The excellent team of Jason and Tess packed the container and we continued to pack the container for the rest of the day bringing steel deck seating, flats, scaff, insulation, blacks, and tools until they finally closed it up with everything neatly packed in and locked it up at which point the heavens opened and rained very heavily for the next half an hour to an hour. The most rain that festival, with hardly any rain over the majority until that downpour and a few lighter ones during the packing.

Going to the Courtyard to collect our pay was very satisfying but also very sad as it meant that it was all over. The next day I would be on the train to my boyfriends and the Fringe would be completed. Not before, however, a staff meal and party starting in King Dome/Ace Dome for the meal and Anthony’s speech. Then heading over to Frankensteins for drinks and dancing until 3am which was great to finish on.

Got up the next day and caught the train to my boyfriends. Leaving Edinburgh, Pleasance, the Dome and everyone I met behind (bar one who was on the same train as me) all will be missed greatly.

Until hopefully next year.

Wednesday of Shows

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Last Wednesday was a day full of shows. We left Treforest at 7 and headed to London.

The main reason we had gone was for the ARC Show, an architectural lighting show. There was a few bits that interested me but it did not take us long to go around the show and look at the bits that interested us. So we decided to catch a matinee of a show as we were in London. It had to be done. Some of the group went to watch Wicked, whilst me and two others went to watch Les Miserables. Although I wanted to see Wicked I knew my boyfriend wanted to take me so I wanted my first time seeing that show with him as it was his favourite musical.

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GCSE’s approaching fast

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My GCSE exams are approaching fast. Lots of coursework and lots of revision. The first exam I have is Drama…

TOMORROW and Thursday!

I will have to do my speech on my lighting and then do our performance. I am beginning to feel a bit nervous but I am sure it will be fine although thinking about it I need to adjust my speech a little so I am off to do that now.

Also can any one that is reading my blog please leave a comment so I know who is reading it.

Rerigged our lighting today

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Well today I have been at school for longer than most as I was helping to rerig our drama lighting rig. It was very interesting and now we are all set for Sweeney Todd in a couple of weeks.

We finished rigging at about 7 pm. But we finally got it done. There was four of us. We set up the scaffolding and once it was set up I went up to the control room where we needed to plug in each of the lights that were needed so we could focus them.

I enjoyed it alot, and am looking forward to actually using the rig on Tuesday in my Drama lesson.

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