1. How did you get into this field?
Started at a church actually where we had no budget and I had to get resourceful and creative with lighting and environment design. I would also travel and do one-off show where I learned the touring industry and now I have my own company that provides lighting and environment design.
2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Brighter LEDs and more of them and the continual blurring between lighting and video. While those might be the obvious answers, it’s the reality. More efficient light and lamps that do more for less money.
3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
I would have to say my 10,000 watt fresnel out of an old Disney studio – it’s amazing what you can do with one light.
4. What has been your favorite design/project?
Last year I lit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a local private school that puts on big, quality productions. It was in the round and had about 300 students in the cast and crew. Aside from 96 ETC PARs, 40 moving lights and about 100 LED fixtures, my favorite piece was the LED light-up coat I built for Joseph to wear during the final bow. [Video below.]
5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
It’s less about technical obstacles and more about lack of budget or passion from the people in charge. Getting people to realize the power and dynamics of lighting can be tough when following creative dreams.
6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…just another day listening to the radio.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat video: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaRI71DFZUw&feature=channel_video_title]