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Featuring leading practitioners of the art, craft, and business of entertainment lighting, we serve the need for user-driven information in the hope of creating a forum for sincere, unscripted community interaction.

Casting Light Podcast Casting Light

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    • 4.3, 8 Ratings

Featuring leading practitioners of the art, craft, and business of entertainment lighting, we serve the need for user-driven information in the hope of creating a forum for sincere, unscripted community interaction.

    Christopher Robinson

    Christopher Robinson

    Our guest Christopher Robinson has a lot going on, or at least did until the business shut down this past March. His position as the associate production electrician on Hamilton has taken him all over the country, he is Leslie Odom Jr’s lighting designer, he creates lighting for music videos and live musical performances, and runs his own gear business: Revolutionary Lighting.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mike Wood Lighting Design

    Mike Wood Lighting Design

    The Casting Light Podcast is back, and we’re talking with Mike Wood of Mike Wood Lighting Design. Mike is based in Nashville, TN, and works as a lighting designer and lighting director throughout the United States. Joining Mike and your host is Abby May, a frequent collaborator of Mike’s.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Scott Barnes: making movies one cue at a time

    Scott Barnes: making movies one cue at a time

    Scott has worked with cowboys, aliens, the Whos down in Whoville, recording stars, and marvelous superheroes of all kinds, and now we're lucky enough to have him on our show. He's a highly specialized Wholehog programmer, working almost exclusively on big-budget, general release films. In this episode, we learn how equipment we use on stage and television is adapted and used for everything from interactive scene lighting to stand-ins for supernatural characters. Scott was one of the pioneers in bringing modern computerized lighting control to film sets, and has set the pace for lighting control technology adoption in film. We got to talk in–depth about the interactive lighting scheme for Guardians Of The Galaxy, how he used Bad Boys to create an alien invasion in Cowboys And Aliens, and what made the Expo in Iron Man 2 work. We also got to discuss how he sets up control networks, his best practices for staying ahead of things, and how he fits family life into the insanity of a normal filming schedule.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chris Landy: experienced TV LD, business owner, cheesemonger

    Chris Landy: experienced TV LD, business owner, cheesemonger

    Even before founding Vibrant Design with his wife Ellen Waggett, Chris Landy already had a colorful career as a TV lighting designer. With a start in theater as a teenager, he moved on to a BFA in theater from Wagner College, an MFA from NYU, and then broke into television at LDG. The acronyms don't stop there – he's designed lighting for shows on NBC, CBS, MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, FX, PBS, Spike, Oxygen, Food Network, LOGO, AMC, FUSE, Style Network, NBATV, MSNBC, CNN, and CMT. We talked about his style and process, taking a detailed look at his work on Lip Sync Battle, including the show's day–to–day operations. Chris outlined how Vibrant Design works, his key people, and what he had to do to get it off the ground and grow the business. We also had a chance to discuss some of his other passions, including Bimi's Cheese Shop, a business he (literally) built in Chatham, NY.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Pete Borchetta Part 2: a new home at Altman Lighting

    Pete Borchetta Part 2: a new home at Altman Lighting

    We're back for more from Pete Borchetta in the second half of our interview with him. He's been with Altman Lighting for just over a year, but has over two decades of experience in the business. On the last episode, we discussed his beginnings, his career up until Altman, his work as an educator, and his experience as a consultant. This time, we're discussing Altman itself, what Pete does there, and why he chose to move back to the NY Metro. We discussed color and color control in-depth, touching on many of the challenges that color-changing LED and short arc fixtures both cause and solve. We also discussed the lab at Altman, and how they capture the immense amount of photometric data required for IES files and documentation. Thanks for joining us again!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pete Borchetta Part 1: How to rappel into a life in lighting

    Pete Borchetta Part 1: How to rappel into a life in lighting

    Pete Borchetta, who's worked everywhere from the Far East to the far end of Ashburton Ave in Yonkers, is kicking things off in the first part of our interview with him. He's been in the business for 20 years, and in that time, he's been a lighting consultant, educator, product manager, and manufacturer representative. He's also worked for some of the industry's critical designers and manufacturers, including the venerable Altman Lighting, where he is now Product Manager. In this episode, we discuss Pete's origins in theater and lighting, and discover how, in college, he and a friend found themselves rappelling down the face of a building with arms fill of inkies. We discussed his distinguished work as a lighting consultant with Robert Lorelli Associates and how that led to him joining Philips several years ago. We also discussed his career as a professor and program director at Adelphi University.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Bobgjr ,

invaluable

This show is an invaluable resource for anyone working in or interested in the lighting/projection industry. Hearing stories from people who work in the field at all levels of professionalism is helpful, entertaining, and inspiring.

I can’t wait for more!

Shrunken Ned ,

Keep ‘em coming!

Very informative and entertaining podcast. I really like that the guests are so varied from different corners of our industry.

Great interviewer, good questions, always gets the guests talking.

Drinking game: drink everytime a guest is ‘fabulous!’ ;)

Bryan H. 22 ,

Outstanding

This is a wonderful peek behind the curtain in the area of theatrical lighting... very informative... great guests... looking forward to more!

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