219 episodes

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.

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 39 Ratings

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.

    LIGHT TALK Episode 219 - "The Gainesville Swamp Landfill Dump"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 219 - "The Gainesville Swamp Landfill Dump"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers welcome back Prodigal Brother Stan from his Stanbattical!
    Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about:  Stan's "Zero Dark 30 Vacation"; Letters to Light Talk Central; Don't screw with the Estonians; Weird Light Talk Theme Song issues; Which LED Fresnel to buy; Orchestra shell fixture considerations; Breaking the fire curtain line; Lighting outdoor daylight events; PetSweat Greenroom vending machines; The new Martin Mac Ultra fixtures; Are YOU going to LDI?; The Lumenoids tour plans; and Sin City hotels.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 41 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 218 - "Truth, Honesty, Transparency, and Fortitude - Interview with Roma Flowers and Xavier Pierce"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 218 - "Truth, Honesty, Transparency, and Fortitude - Interview with Roma Flowers and Xavier Pierce"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah!) interview BIPOC lighting artists Roma Flowers and Xavier Pierce.
    Join Roma, Xavier, Ellen, Steve, and David as they pontificate about:  Diversity, equity, and inclusion, or lack thereof in the live entertainment industry; Is it racism?; Sexism in the theatre; The loss of intellectual property resulting from the lack of diversity; Disabling; How to bring diversity awareness into the classroom; Challenging projects; Learning projections for large scale productions; Best and worse advice; Self-awareness and growth through the pandemic; Re-examining what is really important; A unique opportunity for change; Helping our students, and them helping us through the pandemic; Upcoming projects; Roma's class at The New Studio School of Design; and advice for young BIPOC lighting designers.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 54 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 217 - "The Spirituality of Projection - Interview with Wendall Harrington"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 217 - "The Spirituality of Projection - Interview with Wendall Harrington"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers interview The Godmother of Projection Design, Wendall Harrington.
    Join Wendall, Zak, Steve, and David as they pontificate about:   Being the first projection designer on Broadway; "Stop Making Sense"; Trailblazing gender rights in the theatre; "They're Playing Our Song"; Video vs. Slide Projectors; Loving and missing Pani's; "The Who's Tommy"... behind the scenes; 2000 slides in 54 slide projectors; Balancing family and professional lives; Getting robbed of your femininity; Inspired mentors; Wise words from Sondheim; "The Wendall School";   Heading the Video Projection concentration at Yale; Visual story-telling; Theatre is afraid of the internet; Elevating the actor in a flat medium;  and Do you really need projections in your show?
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 216 - "Art, Science, and Smoothies - Lighting Your Live Production for the Camera - Interview with Jim Moody and Jeff Ravitz"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 216 - "Art, Science, and Smoothies - Lighting Your Live Production for the Camera - Interview with Jim Moody and Jeff Ravitz"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah!) interview Master Lighting Designers Jim Moody and Jeff Ravitz about their new book:  Lighting for Televised Live Events, Making Your Live Production Look Great for the Eye and the Camera.
    Join Anne, Jim, Jeff, Steve, and David, as they pontificate about: Jim sipping smoothies and recording from the high seas; How Jim and Jeff got involved with video broadcast lighting; How theatrical lighting and video cameras co-exist; Consideration of lighting angles for the camera; Target foot-candle levels; Training your eye; Factors for deciding on lighting levels; Dealing with upstage LED video screens; Learning the technical data about cameras; Consideration of the wide range of home monitors; Great Bill Klages quotes; Co-authoring processes; Years of professional partnership leads to one voice; Writing for designers, not technicians; Video lighting with LEDs; Challenging productions; Advice for students and young professionals; and Finding the best Matzo Ball in LA.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 215 - "A New Pathway - The Studio School of Design - Interview with Mark Stanley and Clifton Taylor"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 215 - "A New Pathway - The Studio School of Design - Interview with Mark Stanley and Clifton Taylor"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers welcome back their old friends Mark Stanley and Clifton Taylor to discuss their new paradigm in stage design education, The Studio School of Design.
    Join Mark, Clifton, Steve, Brackley, and David as they pontificate about: Why a new type of design training is necessary; Seeking a more diverse student body; Lifetime learning; Reinventing the idea of The Polakof Studio; A new pathway for affordable learning; International training; Learning in the theater; An education program without the bureaucracy; Admittance requirements; and the "Early Bird Light Talk Special"!
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense

    • 40 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 214 - "Brother, Can You Spare a Leko?"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 214 - "Brother, Can You Spare a Leko?"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Hanging Spares to the Reopening of New York and Broadway!
    Join Steve, Driscoll, and David as they pontificate about: 9' Ceiling Drone shots; Driscoll's Master Plumber Adventures; The future of URTA personal portfolio reviews; Bill and Melinda Gates' Divorce; The Five-Timer Club; The Light Talk Central VIP Toilet; Playboy After Dark; How many spares do you hang?; What's more important when specifying projection equipment, Contrast or Resolution?; A carnivore's guide to contrast; Crafty's Craft Services of Malibu; Scramble Channels; Will Broadway really open in two weeks?; What is going to happen to small theaters in confined spaces that are forced to use huge LED lekos?; Someone pass me the chips!; and A quarter of a million downloads!
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Traviswb ,

Love this podcast!

Hi! I am not anonymous! I absolutely love this podcast! As an early-career lighting designer, I find this podcast to be tremendously enlightening. It’s virtually every episode where I learn something and it sticks with me. It’s fantastic, and I love their humor and I love them! They’re great!

Norman Viking ,

Master Class

I'm working my way thru this recent find, and got tired of noting which episodes should be required listening for lighting students, because EVERY episode had SOMEthing that is exceptionally relevant to any student in Lighting Design. The Brothers handle listener questions without talking down to new designers, and going in depth for more advanced designers. It's a master class in Lighting Design at every level.

JePayne_ ,

Love!!!!

Love this show!! The hosts are hilarious and it’s very informational!

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