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PLASA 2015: four new sessions added to seminar programme

Organisers of PLASA 2015 have announced four new sessions for the Professional Development Programme addressing lighting, sound and video.

Organisers of PLASA 2015 have announced four new sessions have been added to the Professional Development Programme addressing lighting, sound and video.

Emmy Award winning lighting designer Al Gurdon, of Incandescent Design, will discuss his design philosophy in State of the Art Today, Passé Tomorrow, covering what is lighting for, what should it do, why do we need it, as well as looking at whether your lighting is relevant and focused now, and if it will stand the test of time.

In Going Over To The Dark Side – From Lessons To Lighting, founder of DX7 Design Tom Sutherland will discuss how he dropped out of education to pursue a highly successful career in lighting. Sutherland has designed the lighting for television programmes including the Brit Awards, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

The mobile sector’s thirst for spectrum is the subject of What Future For Wireless Audio? Content Creation Under Threat? by RF spectrum specialist Alan March from Sennheiser UK.

This on-going desire for bandwidth continues to threaten the operating environment for Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) equipment such as multi-channel wireless microphones and in-ear monitors. This session aims to bring attendees up to speed with the current spectrum situation and look at what some of the options might be for the future.

In a workshop titled Projection Mapping Workflow On 3D Objects, video professionals Shannon Harvey, founding director of Aspect Unlimited, and Chris Simcock, founding director of Sensel Studio will demonstrate projection mapping and 3D content creation using the d3 platform.

The Professional Development Programme at PLASA also includes In From Pixels to Pictures: The Cinematography of Pixar’s Films where Danielle Feinberg, director of photography at Pixar Animation Studios will discuss how cinematography translates into animation. Feinberg will shed light on the magic of cinematography in animated film and how the creative freedom computers allow must be harnessed for ultimate storytelling.

Planning the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is the subject of ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?’ a discussion with Eurovision 2016 technical director Ola Melzig and lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson, hosted by LSi editor Lee Baldock. The session discusses the complex planning and production of the world’s biggest televised music event. It includes approaching how to design unique looks for more than 40 individual acts and how the technical and creative processes drive each other forward.

With the presence of Banksy’s Dismaland pop up theme park having reportedly generated millions of pounds for the town of Weston-super-Mare, the time couldn’t be better for Gideon Berger and Stephen Gallagher of Block9 to present Making Music Look Good. They will discuss their work creating radical stage sets, large-scale immersive artworks, installations and live events, using recent examples including the Dismaland Castle, Utopia at the Roundhouse, the Block9 area at Glastonbury festival and stage designs for Lana Del Rey and Skrillex.

PLASA 2015 takes place from 4 – 6 October at ExCeL, in London’s Docklands