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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.
 
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In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Faulty Garage Doors to Mr. Pillow. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Rudy on the stand; Anniversary plans; PPP update; URTA update; New Light Talk Puzzler; Weird uneven color burning issue; Wybron heat shield; Your first year of graduate school; Alliga…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers interview director/designer Thaddeus Strassberger. Join Thad, David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Working as a set, lighting, and video designer in the opera world; How the design process is incorporated into the stage rehearsals; Understanding and working with the holistic nature of t…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers interview themed entertainment designers Paula Dinkel, Brian Gale, and Jen Goldstein. Join David, Stan, Steve, Paula, Brian, and Jen as they pontificate about: What does an Imagineer do?; Three journeys of a career at Disney; The differences in approach from traditional theatrical stage lighting to …
 
In this special New Years episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Lighting Outdoor Shows to Coke Can Nightmares. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Lumen Brother resolutions; Steve's stock investments; Holiday letters to Light Talk Central; Squirrel Smoothies; Internships vs. Apprenticeships; Specify…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah) celebrate the holidays with this year's Lumen Holiday Extravaganza! Join Ellen, Steve, Brackley, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: URTA audition deadline; Favorite Holiday Songs; Lighting devices for our stockings; Stan's new eyeballs; Brackley's drug store glasses; Rudolph's g…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Hot Stock Tips to Meditating. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Another Week in Pandemic Hell; This week's Fourth Annual Lumen Holiday Extravaganza; Negotiation tips for postponed shows; Force Majeure clauses; Daily rates; Important changes in the desi…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Packing Trucks to "The Fire of Desire". Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Stan's Finances; David's Lighting for Opera Webinar; 2024 Olympics update; Break Dancing and Surfing; How to keep a crew focused and be in control; Crew relationship techniques; …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers interview entertainment technology entrepreneur, Nils Thorjussen. Join Nils, Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: Flying Pig and the genesis of the Whole Hog, Developing a DMX controller that made sense with moving lights; Verge Aero; Pilots' stories; Creating consoles to help designers…
 
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; We are #8 in Belgium; The Light Talk World Tour; Steve Terry wins the puzzler; Lighting in a thrust theat…
 
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 po…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Shin Kickers to Deathtraps at Universities. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Anne Valentino; New Covid delays; Shutting down Italy; Thing Boxes; The Lumen Brothers focus a boom together; Lighting over rehearsals; Getting your presets right; Zoom Loops…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah) talk about everything from Biblical Wisdom to Birds that Vomit on You. Join Anne, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: Breaking the new sibling news to Anne; Luminsanity Tour menu update; The new ETC Source FWRD Color; Stan's "Cabinet of Curiosities'; Searching for Power; Wearing …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Light Labs to Jumping the Shark. Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: 200,000 Downloads; Bots get bored too; Bequia; Binkley's Reflections; Readings and Workshops; Virtual or conventional models for light labs; LLC or Independent Contractor; Steve on Arti…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah!) interview lighting designer, Adam Honore'. Join Adam, Ellen, Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: New Orleans roots; Escaping Katrina; Little Shop of Horrors; Cafetorium lighting; Miss Cox goes to New York City; Dusty Thompson; Being successful without an MFA; A young boy'…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Hog Factor to Turds in the Oatmeal. Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: Running out of names for hurricanes; Hog Factor Finalists; LINK Virtual 2020 Event; How Bright is Too Bright?; Understanding contrasts in intensity; Angle vs. intensity; Color and Br…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers interview Rock n' Roll lighting legend, Ian Peacock. Join Ian, Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: Allies of Light; Waxing comedy about Rick Wakeman; Bad telegrams; Fans of Spotted Dick; Crazy Pink Floyd stories; Humping giant surround sound speakers; "Liverpool Bobby"; Arthur Max; Rog…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Pointy Sticks to Three Old Buddhas. Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: The Red Alert Activist Action; Focus Sticks; Live Stream productions; "Lickety-Split!"; 30 things you can do with a stage brace; Lonely teachers from the midwest; Finding Comfort in …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Brothers welcome new Lumen Sistah Ellen Lampert-Greaux to the family. Today, the family welcomes Stephanie Freed and Brad Nelms to talk about this week's RED ALERT plans. Join Ellen, Stephanie, Brad, Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about: The horrible financial challenges our friends and colleagues are …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from our tribute to Howell Binkley, to Lighting over rehearsals. Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about: Our tribute to Howell Binkley; Lighting the Romanian Acrobats; Howell's prolific Broadway career; Jersey Boys on a cruise ship; Howell's advice to young designer…
 
As many of you know, we record this show earlier in the week. Yesterday we received word that Howell Binkley passed away. His beautiful art has been seen all over the world on countless live productions... and of course, his magnificent and inspiring design for Hamilton has, and will be seen by millions. We send our condolences to his family and al…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Wire-Nuts to Sloppy Tie-Ins. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: News from LDI; Upcoming guests; Payki Paki Pizza Spinner royalties; Zac's "Evil (bass) Ways"; Power Tie-Ins down at the club; Lighting Designers' contributions to society; The political nature…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Lampies to Noise Boyz. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Google's decision for employees to work at home for the next year; Could this be the end of architectural lighting?; Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of A Chorus Line; Is it a "bulb" or a "lamp"?…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Hamilton on Disney Plus to The Farkel Family. Join Brackley, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: News about Ellen; The vast sea of testosterone; Changes for the classroom in the fall; Bringing in unusual guests; Lighting yourself on fire; Which companies will still be…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome their good friend and LiveDesignOnline guru and LDI Show Creative Director, Ellen Lampert-Greaux. Join Brackley, David, Ellen, Stan, and Steve as they discuss: Cruising around Tierra del Fuego in the Light Talk Catamaran; Letter from Campbell (our youngest fan); A meal for Toffee; Ellen's oc…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome good friends and colleagues Zac Borovay and Driscoll Otto for this special Let's Talk About segment on Surviving the Pandemic. Join David, Driscoll, Stan, Steve, and Zac as they discuss how Covid-19 has affected their careers as theatre artists, and how they are coping with their young famil…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Over-Cueing to Nuclear Beans and Weenies. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Luther's letter of complaint; The top four stinky creatures; Teaching design and technology in the same class; Is lighting design prescriptive, responsive, informative, or emotive…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Taking Reviews Seriously to "The Master of Density". Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Industry news; The big Yale announcement; Hamilton on Disney Plus; New QLab educational offers; The new PPPP Program; The differences between Step and Fresnel lenses; S…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Lighting Designer, educator, and leader of the Gilbert Hemsley Internship, our long time friend, and the last "Gilbert Bunny", Mark Stanley. Join Mark, David, Stan and Steve as they pontificate about: Equity Library Theatre; Great Gilbert Stories; From horses to lekos; Transformative momen…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Fixing Keystoning to Busby Berkley. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: New weekend download record; Opening updates from Broadway and the California film and television industries; Brooklyn College; Managing your bookings; More on the McCandless System and…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Christo to The Jetsons. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: More updates on The Faroe Islands; Seabird vomit; LDI update; Finding the perfect swag... Part IV; A tribute to Christo; School logo masks; Dealing with Designer's Block; Why use HMI's?; Pani dimmi…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Starting a Lighting Rental Company to Competitive Duck Herding. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Update on The Faroe Islands; John Denver; Lighting setups for video podcasts; Soft lights and ring lights; Sparkle Cam; The key ingredient in developing a co…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview 2020 Hemsley Internship co-winner, Rachael Blackwell. Join Rachael, David, Stan and Steve as they pontificate about: Gilbert's legacy; David lets the bunnies out of the bag; Transitioning into the profession during a pandemic; Growing up in the 2nd Golden Age of Television; Television show…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Communicating with Programmers to Learning How to Feel the Music. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Throwing Low Balls; Rosco disses David... AGAIN!; "Walk in the Woods Green"; Design Showcase East Post Mortem; Working with stage managers who have no sens…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Chad Tiller from Rosco. Join Chad, David, Stan and Steve as they pontificate about: Favorite Brothers and the "Other" Brothers; The "Air Jordan" of lighting; How the MixBook works; When do you choose the color?; An actor turned VP; Early days at Norcostco; The future of Gel in an LED world…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Speaking in Tongues to Destroying Creativity. Join David, Brackley, and Steve as they pontificate about: Remembering Matt and Steve; CARES ACT Update; Explaining the PPP and the EIDLP forgivable loan programs; Fun teaching from home; When on-campus classes return; Cryptic fee…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Mixbooks to Sputnik. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Disabling smoke alarms; Good looking First Responders; AGMA and haze; Favorite angles and lighting positions; Pit Rails and Pit Booms; Incorporating dance lighting angles into all your shows; False pr…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Taking some time off to King Tut. Join Brackley, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: More Letters of Complaint; What to say to students who may not make it; Who to go to when you have to buy stage lights and have no technical knowledge; The Little Old Lady from Pasade…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Altman 360's to Driscoll and Zac's Zoom Happy Hours. Join Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Pandemic status reports from Florida and Texas; USA 829 Covid-19 Relief Fund; Sandblasting old Altman 360's; The Medium Pre-focus Base Blues; "Is that a Potato in your …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Lighting Water to Helping Each Other Out. Join Brackley, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Ravitz afterglow; Dog Years; Our new member of The Lumenoids; Weirdness in Las Vegas; Design Showcase East update; A letter from ASPOS; Lighting Baptismals; Holy Water; Where …
 
In this Epic 3rd Anniversary Show episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome Legend of Light and Emmy Award winner Jeff Ravitz to the show! Join Jeff, David, Steve, and Stan as they pontificate about: Translating live stage lighting to television; Principles of lighting composition for multi-camera events; "Being all things to all cameras at…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Cable to Toilet Paper. Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Social distancing and being close in spirit; The difference between SJ and SO cable; Butch cable; Wireless power; The Geezers of Gear; Squirrels falling from trees; Preparing for job hunting after t…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Family holds a round-table chat about COVID-19 and how its affecting our lighting profession, our lighting colleagues, and lighting education. Join Anne, Brackley, Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Current live entertainment conditions in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, and Florida…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Gobos with Logos to Lighting Viruses. Join Stan, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Shutting down your movers; Stan waxing philosophical; Protecting your lighting console from computer viruses; Gobo Indexing issues; The "Anti-Gobo Thing"; an "Uncommonly Good Looking …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Church Lighting Consulting to Stinky Theaters. Join Brackley, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Rich Corinthean Leather; SETC Update; Converting a warehouse into a church; Unplug the toaster-oven and plug in the lights!; How long it takes David to write a book; Who …
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers (and SISTAH!) discuss everything from Chromatic Aberration to Cats on Roombas. Join Anne, David, and Steve as they pontificate about: Why some women use male names to "Fit In"; Elizabeth Warren in David's Back Yard; PAR alternatives; The VariLite VL800 series; LED's and Tension Grids; The Skittles D…
 
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from R99 Gravy to Lift Safety. Join David, Steve, and Stan as they pontificate about: David's lunch with Clifton; Stingers; Getting into opera; What comes first... Lighting the subject or the environment?; Re-evaluating the composition; Jason Sherwood; Theatre designers designing …
 
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