191 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

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.6 • 37 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 191 - "Sodium Vapor... What Could Go Wrong?"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 191 - "Sodium Vapor... What Could Go Wrong?"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from CD80's to Kelp Kreplach.
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: The Light Talk Vaccine; Election Breaking News; Let's get financial help to the people; News from the Met; We are #8 in Belgium; The Light Talk World Tour; Steve Terry wins the puzzler;  Lighting in a thrust theater; A normal educational pre-production schedule for lighting design; Dance Booms vs. Opera Booms; The issues of Ego; "It comes through you, not of you"; The Creative Force; High Pressure Sodium problems; Personal drone shows; and... A New Puzzler!
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 49 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 190 - "No Gatorade for You!"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 190 - "No Gatorade for You!"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Stealing Designs to Drunken Shrimp .
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: No News is Good News; Why no one has figured out the puzzler; Stan's puppy decision; Kuwait dogs; Why does Scott's gels keep melting?; Stan doing his homework; 6 X 5?; Summer job possibilities; Is LinkedIn useful?; Storyboard techniques; Photoshop, SkletchUp, Vision, WYSIWYG, and Lumion; PetSweat's new epicurean delights; Intellectual property; Copying other artists' designs; How much gel should you take to Europe; and "We're on a train, Dude!" 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 43 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 189 - "The Pepsi Syndrome"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 189 - "The Pepsi Syndrome"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Optical Isolators to A Flock of Seagulls.
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Election Update Part II; Rudy and The Four Seasons Landscape Company; The post-election drone show; High wind drones; Everything you ever wanted to know about geese; A fluffle of rabbits; The new Neo; A new Red Alert; Can you plug and unplug the DMX line while the console is on?; When to buy a new console; Ross Perot's Ford Fairlaine; The LIGHT TALK Puzzler returns; When to use Sidelight; David's Steve Perry imitation; "El Wire"; When do you tell a student that the theatre is not the right career for them; and lighting dance with a black or gray floor.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 38 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 188 - "It's All About The Moment"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 188 - "It's All About The Moment"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Lighting Green Screens to Emotions.
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Election Update!; Ming Tribute Show; The Real Knoches; The Martin Pro ELP-CL vs. the Ovation E910FC; Green screen lighting tips; Half-a-Hedda; K-Mart; Are followspots overused?; The Dyna-Beam; Subtle Followspot cueing; Stan's big story; Shadow-Shoo; How to translate emotions into light; Two, three, or twenty-seven emotions; How to communicate time and location, and Supporting the dramatic moment on stage.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 50 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 187 - "He's Gonna be Missed"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 187 - "He's Gonna be Missed"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers celebrate the life and legacy of "The Dean of American Stage Design", and a true Mensch, Ming Cho Lee.
    Steve, Stan, and David welcome special guests Ann Sheffield and Chris Barreca to LIGHT TALK, as they discuss: Their relationships with Ming; the Amazing partnership of Ming and Betsy; Ming's studio hijinks; The Clambake; Ming's devastating critiques of David's set designs; Ann and Betsy's CVS trips; Arguing about politics; Wrangling Ming; What Ming meant to education; Ming the mensch; and Ming's amazing theatrical legacy. 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 58 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 186 - "Radiate Your Beef"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 186 - "Radiate Your Beef"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Masking to Beef Radiation.
    Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: David's dog fight; Women who pioneered lighting design; Cleaning your equipment; Changing out the HVAC systems in theaters; Block Cue techniques; Herd Mentality; Morons in America; Should we care about sightlines and masking?; Distraction from the action; Where to set your sightlines; Avoiding swinging pipes; Creating quick working sections;  Complex masking decisions;  When to write a preset; Overseas surprises; and "The Great Lubricant of Human Relationships".
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 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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