43 episodes

Join Gareth and Mike as we chat about the technology used in scenic automation. We dive into machine design, programming, and electronics, and how all that stuff can be used on stage to bring motion into live performances. We also might take an occasional detour to talk about other interesting gadgets.

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Join Gareth and Mike as we chat about the technology used in scenic automation. We dive into machine design, programming, and electronics, and how all that stuff can be used on stage to bring motion into live performances. We also might take an occasional detour to talk about other interesting gadgets.

    Episode 43 - Big Changes

    Episode 43 - Big Changes

    Christian is back on the show to talk about big new features that are coming to both the next iteration of Stagehand motion controllers and Spikemark software. And then we talk a lot about cameras too.

    Fixing the Cue Grid in Big Show Mode

    Extending the Stagehand motion controller for load cells

    Adding dedicated cross-groove detection inputs to the Stagehand

    Improved jogging

    Addressable E-Stops

    Falling down the camera rabbit hole

    Mirrorless vs DSLR

    Nikon, Sony, Fuji options

    Full-frame or APS-C

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 42 - Austerity Measures

    Episode 42 - Austerity Measures

    Mike is back joining Gareth to talk about:

    Training with the Trainee

    Mike’s new video training series

    Austerity measures in the shop to conserve costs and carry on

    This one gets a little salty in spots, especially in the blooper reel. You’ve been warned.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 41 - Creation of Trainee

    Episode 41 - Creation of Trainee

    Kody and Gareth get excited about the launch of Trainee (a new educational kit for scenic automation) and discuss its genesis in detail.

    • 41 min
    Episode 40 - Big Show Mode

    Episode 40 - Big Show Mode

    Kody & Gareth dive deep, really deep, on new development work inside Spikemark to make it better to use on large shows with many axes.
    Problems:
    - Cue grid side-scrolling
    - Slow loading
    - Jogging
    - Facility vs production needs
    Solutions
    - New cue sheet
    - Jog screen
    - Filtering and tagging
    - Theatre vs Show

    Episode 39 - Meet Bridget and our West Coast Office

    Episode 39 - Meet Bridget and our West Coast Office

    Bridget Katzanek joins Gareth this month to chat about her new role heading up the Creative Conners West Coast Rental Office. Though we’re still bumbling around amidst the COVID pandemic shutdown, listen in to meet Bridget and learn about our Los Angeles rental operation!

    • 45 min
    Episode 38 - Brady Bunch of Automation

    Episode 38 - Brady Bunch of Automation

    We’ve got a gaggle of automation junkies this month on the show. Join Steve, Zep, Mike, Harry, Christian, and Gareth as we talk about how we’ve been bumbling through the pandemic work-wise. The past 4 months have been adventures in broadening horizons as the live events have been shut down. We’ve been working on new designs for the eventual re-opening, and new products for new markets. What have y’all been up to?

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Woger Wabbit ,

Entertaining backstage talk

Anyone who has any interest in what goes on backstage will find these guys very entertaining even when they get pretty technical.

WillTheTD ,

Great for the automation nerd...

Gareath & Royal allow you a hugh peak behind the curtain in how (& why) they do stage automation. As they talk about things, they don't "dumb it down" nor do they "techno-babble" the process, allowing the listen to understand what they are discussing regardless of their background. The only unfortunate thing is they are very busy, but I look forward to each time I see a new episode in my podcast feed. Thanks for the great podcast!

tbattista89 ,

Lunch Table

Its just like sitting around the lunch table with these guys. Great conversation and lots of information, you will defiantly learn a thing or two.

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