376 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 Jacques, Kaye, and Woods

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 45 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 366 - "Do The Right Thing"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 366 - "Do The Right Thing"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and SISTER) talk about everything from Enjoying Our 7th Anniversary After-Glow to "Jacqu-e-fied".
    Join Ellen, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Reflecting on last week's Anniversary Show; How to save for retirement when you work in the theatre; How to become a millionaire with a penny; "Time is the Recipe"; The "Portable Tech-Table Dental Hygene Machine"; Why are some designers hesitant to use Pre-viz?; Mensches and Menschettes; The "Limit of Red Flags"; and Everything you ever wanted to know about "Base Files".
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 49 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 367 - "A Wasteland of Unhappiness"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 367 - "A Wasteland of Unhappiness"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Stan's Retirement Plans to How Business is Done.
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Vectorworks raises their prices again; Loyalty and Integrity; How long should you keep your lighting records; "Stan the Man Sentimental Kaye"; The importance of archiving; Refraction and Interference; "The Magic Color Filter"; Materials and Light; Alcantara; Painting the floor with light; Miss Kitty; How to use a magic sheet; and Memorizing channel numbers.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 46 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 368 - "Piano Ma..."

    LIGHT TALK Episode 368 - "Piano Ma..."

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brother (and SISTER!) talk about everything from Stan's Retirement Plans to How Business is Done.
    Join Ellen, and Steve as they pontificate about: Billy Joel's abbreviated "Piano Man"; Steve Cohen's generosity; What to buy for $50,000; The history of the "LEKO"; How to find multiple sources of lighting income; "Wrecking Ball Leadership"; Stan's Solar System; Learning more about Steve; Tenure vs. Professor of Practice; The Pioneers of Dance; The genesis of LDI; Kind people in our industry; and Light Talk Therapy. 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 55 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 369 - "The Phish That Got Away"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 369 - "The Phish That Got Away"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and SISTER!) talk about everything from Heathkit Light Organs to Exploding Old Cars.
    Join Ellen, Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Phish at The Sphere; Davids' Undergrad Reunion; The University of Miami's new theatre building; Out of control tuition costs; The good people at LunaLUX; Integrating stage lighting and upstage video; Reducing the costs of moving lights; The "a' la carte Moving Light"; Techniques for designing curtain call cues; The sweet spot of how long the curtain calls should last; and Our coolest shows.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 52 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 370 - "Things That Happen in The Greenroom"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 370 - "Things That Happen in The Greenroom"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Miss Bucknell to Latin Club Parties.
    Join Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Stan's Right of First Refusal; Forming a high school theatre club; Transfering your show's lighting data from one controller to another; The Husky 2000; DMX Adaptors; The Abbie Hoffman Vintage Protest Kit; Finding the Perfect Mentor; and Falling asleep at dress rehearsals. 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 48 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 371 - "Birds Eye"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 371 - "Birds Eye"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Recognizing Video and Projection Designers to "Deinstitutionalizing".
    Join Brackley, Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Celebrating Brothers Brackley's and Stan's retirement; Wendall Harrington's Tony; How to create a fire effect without burning down the theater; How dichroic filters work; The importance of Site Surveys; Last Minute Cueing Bonus; Is it unethical to change the lighting after opening night; Summer reading suggestions; Nonsuch Records; How to light "Dracula";  and what does Phish and Ben and Jerry's have in common?
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 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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