Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers
By David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods
About this podcast
LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.

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In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview designer, writer, artist, producer, and Vectorworks expert, Kevin Lee Allen. Join Steve, Stan, David, and Kevin as they pontificate about: Everything you ever wanted to know about Vectorworks, Our new lead singer, The Happy Place, Hand drafting, How Virtual Reality in lighting visualization may be closer than we think, Vision communicating with Vectorworks, MiniCADD, What's the deal with Label Legends?, The None Class, Being clean and simple, The Basic Principles of good drafting, 2D vs. 3D, Collaborating with cloud services, The "Drone Focus Deluxe", Designing a more ergonomic tech table, "The Happy Place", Keep your overhead and polygons down, New technology and uses for Virtual Reality, and Making a wicked cup of coffee.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
Feb. 14, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Focusing a Wash, to LIGHT TALK Pot Roast! Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the new Puzzler, The mystery of lighting up the neighborhood in purple, Area light focusing techniques, Training now vs. Training then... or, Teaching lighting technology in the dark ages, Living in a lake, B-Eye's color rendering, Matching the color temperature of LED's to incandescent sources, Rendering R-9, Rare Earth Phosphors, Improvised compromise, Reinventing the lighting design profession, Using moving lights as follow spots, Ground control systems, Auto-Pilot, Ken's kid, Heathkit strikes again!, Steve says: "Follow Me", No more 10 out of 12's, and Just Say No!  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
Feb. 12, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers dissect the Super Bowl Halftime Show! Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Bruce Rogers and Tribe, German Lighting Products presence in the show, Bob Barnhart and 22 Degrees, Lighting techniques for a highly reflective stage deck, Understanding reflection and using it to your advantage, When art turns to business, Edible scenery, Pre-Vis work, Who's the Boss... the Producer or the Director?, Shaping the light like a brush, Ray-tracing, and the five different categories of diffusion. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
Feb. 3, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview architectural lighting designer Steven Rosen. Join Steve, Stan, David, and Steven as they pontificate about All you ever wanted to know about Revit, Cool ways to control light, Stopping traffic by walking in front of self-driving cars, Synchronizing lighting with the actions of real life, How to use technology in design ideas that clients find compelling, Creating new LED colors, DIALux vs. Revit, Love for Santiago Calatrava, Students not taking advantage of their opportunities, the IALD Education Trust, Lighting is like music, Clients not using the latest technology to make their spaces better, Stan remotely changing the lighting in his house from Chicago, and "The Goofballs of Lighting" Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
Jan. 27, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Global Warming to "Smoke in a Can".  Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about Freezing in Chicago, Major global warming, "My Fair Lady" Napoli report, Kick A** Stage Managers, Dry-Teching scene shifts before you light the show, the difference between a relay and a non-dim, Chopping the sine wave, Regulated and non-regulated power, What we think of Clay Paky fixtures, Remembering Cyberlights and Pal 1200's, Making smoke without a smoke machine, AGMA and Equity atmosphere requirements, Sal ammoniac, Stagehands wearing kilts, Software manufacturers playing nicely with each other, Corporate entertainment companies killing the art, LORT not serving the community, and getting the community back into the theatre.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
Jan. 20, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers continue their exploration of the beautiful city of Napoli and the amazing people at the Teatro San Carlo. Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about when a company of Brits and Americans join forces with the Italians to produce My Fair Lady, Introducing unsuspecting colleagues to the theatre culture of Italy, Automated systems at the Teatro San Carlo, The amazing 2K PC spotlight, Wonder LED wash moving lights, Our 700th Light Talk Facebook Group member, Photo transfer drops, Update on David's Faroe Islands retirement plans, Why students should learn 3D printing (and buy Anne's book),  Lee Trevino's golf hustle, Working with house designers and technicians, Treating everyone with respect, The amazing Paul Curran, Lowering the stress level with a sane production schedule, Receiving a fee for your art, and Stan's cannoli goes to... Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
Jan. 13, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from the romance of Napoli to Death by Jet-Lag.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Visual obtrusion with B-eyes and Vipers, Why is Stan banned from the San Carlo?, Academics who call themselves "Doctor", How involved are lighting designers in the design of practicals?, Why its important to review shop drawings, Wireless DMX candles, Is a career in the theatre a "False Promise"?, What does "Amature" really mean?, Phamily, Business skills you get with a theatre degree, Conservatory vs. liberal arts programs, Changing graduate schools when you are not happy, Good lighting apps, Director Ball and Chain, Griding the stage, and Are focus palettes useful? Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
Jan. 6, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview lighting designer, professor, and author Anne McMills. Join Steve, Stan, David, and Anne as they pontificate about how thankful they are for living in warm climates, Is it really that great to be tenured?, The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit, Working on Broadway, The difference between working in Europe and the U.S., Being an Associate Designer on Broadway,  Personality, You gotta be that person that people like to be around, Pet Sweat Pasta, How cool is 3D printing?, Little baby lights, Making a "Stan Scan",  What should students look for in a grad program (and it's not money), Drafting Nazis, Staying warm at URTA, Investing in your education, Surviving in New York City, Doing the Hustle, Working odd jobs to survive, Bleed the Art, and our "Lumen Sisters" spin-off! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
Dec. 31, 2017
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers invite you to join them in celebrating New Years Eve! Stan, Steve, and David look back at what the hell happened in the lighting industry in 2017: The year of the LED Moving Light and Less Junk. They reveal their New Years Lighting Resolutions, David's theory behind the puzzling interest in lighting in the Faroe islands, Why gels have odd names, and who names them?, Is “Urban Vapor” a Hip-Hop star?, "Jacques le’ Grey" "Evoke-a-feeling", Using moving lights in box booms, The VL 4000 and 6000, Designers watching product demos, Everyone is going to be high in California tonight, Giant I-Cues, Museum Dust Haze, Terminating DMX, Organs of Pharoes Past, Acapulco Gold, That “New Light Smell”, and Don’t inhale the gasses! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
Dec. 24, 2017
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome you to the their FIRST ANNUAL LIGHT TALK With The Lumen Brothers HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!  Join Stan, Steve, and David in celebrating the holidays with 40 minutes of Lumen silliness. Everything you ever wanted to know about The Lumen Brothers (maybe TMI) revealed as you sip that horrible Eggnog in front of the fireplace. The Lumen Brothers will sit and wait with you for Santa to arrive, or shiver in fright with the thought of Krumpus making an unwelcome appearance at your door...  Either way, The Lumen Brothers will be with you! And remember... Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.