Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

By David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods

About this podcast   English    United States

LIGHT TALK is a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry and the art of stage lighting design. Inspired by the beloved NPR radio show, "CAR TALK", LIGHT TALK features the musings and rantings of David Jacques, Stan Kaye, and Steve Woods. These three designers have been lighting the stages of the world for many, many decades. Burnt out and abused by the industry and the insanity of the profession, Stan, Steve, and David have escaped to the hallowed halls of academia where they wildly and fearlessly pontificate to innocent students of the art. LIGHT TALK takes these rantings to the world. Look for our regularly scheduled Pod Cast discussing the issues of our time. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. Welcome to LIGHT TALK!
May 16, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers celebrate over 1000 LIGHT TALK Facebook Group members and 40,000 Downloads!  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Design Showcase East, David being attacked by vicious birds, How to create an effective resume and cover letter, Horrible NYC taxis, Putting gobos in followspots, Dyna Beams,  "Feeling" your followspots, Using mom's pot roast pan for gobos, How to jump start your career, making yourself indispensable, Learning a second language, Dealing with ugly drummers, Fun with mineral oil,  How to pay for LED upgrades when your school or theatre has no money, Is your state energy friendly?, and Is it possible to make a living as a free-lance lighting designer? Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
May 12, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from exploding lamps to melting plastic flamingos. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: How lamps die, bogus lamp life specifications, Tungsten particles looking for a home, Uncle Harry wrecking the house, Temperature differentials, Arc lamps and David's skin changing color, The toy aisle at Walmart, The dangers of specifying lighting while under general anesthetic, Electrodes and anodes, LED warrantees, Maintaining Broadway shows, Hedgehogs, No suck buttons, Finding the perfect cyc, Gerreits vs. Rosebrand, DarkNet, Bad Hombre returns, Design Showcase East, Does size really matter?, The challenges of creating a bright, waterproof LED moving fixture, its hard to get light without heat, and You'll never know how Production Arts got the exclusive sales dealership for Pani. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
May 5, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview renowned scenographer, director, and educator, Neil Peter Jampolis. Join Steve, Stan, David, and Neil as they pontificate about: Bolivar, Flying to Caracas with Panis, Guys with Guns... and Opera, Giant flies, The advantages of being a scenographer and director, The power of manipulating the red/green color theory, Forever Plaid, Lighting Borsch Belt comedians, Working with insane people, Mentoring young designers, The Masked Mutant, Another perspective of the punishing costs of graduate school, What is missing in current design training, Students crippled by poor education, Porsches and Beaver Coats, How technology will change art, and How to have a loving, long-term relationship with another lighting designer. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
April 28, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from the Value of Graduate School to the Tesla Pig Option.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about The estimated cost of graduate school, Looking for value, Fun with piano boards, Living cheap in LA, Dealing with student debt, The six reasons to go to grad school, How important is the name of the school on your degree?, Tracking or Cue Only?, Mac or PC for lighting software, The Steam Leko, Who gets the final say... You or the Director?, Walking off of shows, and what the differences are between the Assistant Lighting Designer, the Associate Lighting Designer, and the Lighting Director.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
April 21, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview renowned lighting programmer and Business Development Manager for Martin Professional, Brad Schiller.  Join Steve, Stan, David, and Brad as they pontificate about: It's tax time for designers!, Frustrations with fixture libraries, The flattening out of innovation and creativity, The future of digital lights, Numbering the rig, School is not for everyone, The Automated Programmer's Handbook, The Cheeky Rigger of Sheffield's new safety harnesses, Opportunities beyond design and programming, Network specialist is the hottest profession in live entertainment, Creating real programming magic, Everything now is television, Working with video engineers, and The cue that was never seen.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
April 14, 2018
In this first episode of Season 2 of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from bad club lighting to NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.   Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about how great the Don Holder interview was, The PRG/VER merger, Crazy Las Vegas After-Parties, Buying used "As-Is" lighting equipment, Options for a cheap headset system, Mosquitos and pigs, Respecting theatrical unions, Quoting Karl Marx, Being proactive about complaining about bad lighting design, Creating an opportunity out of a bad experience, and Crossing a picket line.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
April 7, 2018
In this very special episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers celebrate their 1st Anniversary by welcoming their "Special Mystery Guest".  Join Steve, Stan, David, and their guest as they discuss: Artistically and spiritually satisfying shows, Working with long-term creative relationships, Physiological and Psychological affects of light, What to look for in an assistant, The new EU ruling on incandescent lamps and how it will affect us, Live mixing color, Matching colors among different light sources, Using pre-viz for tours, George Bernard Shaw's progressive views, How can schools do a better job preparing theirs students for the profession and Propelling yourself to the next level.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
March 31, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from the upcoming anniversary show to idiots who drive while drinking. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the LIGHT TALK Surprise Mystery Guest, Pot roast hot dogs, Everything you ever wanted to know about lightning, Warming your filaments, lightning prone zones, Why we see three power inputs, a ground, and two white neutrals, World of Warcraft, Why old followspots are loud, The beauty of lubrication, Dead mice, Krytox, Buck's Trucks' Bumps in the Road Shipping Service, Texas' insane history of drinking and driving, The "3,700 Miles of Drinking", The Rockford Files, Mothers Against Drunk Driving saves our children, Changing the culture, Why David hates florescent lamps, Environmental concerns of florescents and LEDs, and “We need your help... Elon Musk!” Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
March 24, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from How to Prevent Burnout to Neil's Beaver Coat. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about LIGHT TALK Milestones including 30,000 downloads and celebrities on FaceBook, Low Key and High Key lighting, Metropolis, Knowing the Rig or Knowing the Show, David's recurring nightmare, Surviving in a high-stamina business, More times to say "No", Red Flags, The Truss Monkey, Buying cheap used lighting consoles, Humans vs. Machines, Open the Pod Bay Doors, and Maestro de Luci. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.
March 17, 2018
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Head of Global Sales for Elation Professional, Eric Loader.  Join Steve, Stan, David, and Eric as they discuss: The Passion of being a DJ, Working at Martin during their explosion years,  Single Stroke Gothic, Working with great people, How to travel wisely, Another IRS trick, The MAC 2000, Designing lights using customer feedback, Incorporating new core technologies into lighting fixtures, Where the industry is headed, Are discharge lamps dead?, Incorporating laser technology into LED fixtures, Advice for those who want to get into the business side of lighting, Being passionate about the industry, The Never Too Late University, and Embracing the Passion. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

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