Orlando 2017 Show Control Geekout Wrapup!

Jim Janninck's and my annual Geekout during Infocomm this year was the best yet! More than 50 people came and watched four great presentations; and afterwards we joined a Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) mixer just outside the doors.

A very special thanks to Loren Barrows of Alcorn McBride and Eric Cantrell of Medialon/Barco, who sponsored our space and also created the TEA mixer. Eric also brought a Barco Clickshare that saved the presentation from problems in the house video system.  

First up was Mitchell Schuh of Smart Monkeys, who presented "Show Control Pushing IT: A Case Study in Large Show Control Networks for Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi".

Next was Drew Dalzell and Ian Burch of Diablosound presenting Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood


Third was Robert Schoneman of Blumenthal Performing Arts who presented on the one man show Basic Training. 

And finally was Marc Rosenthal of Personal Creations, who presented on his work on the Strike Force at Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park.  

All the presentations were great, and Jim and I extend a special thanks to all the presenters:

I chose two attendees at random and gave away two copies of my book and it ended up Mr. Shoneman and also Gavin Cannan of Rational Acoustics!

We will be looking for presentations again next spring; watch this space and the show control mailing list for more info. Orlando 2017 Show Control Case Studies and Geekout during Infocomm!

Jim Janninck and I are really excited about the breadth of projects we have for our annual Geekout during Infocomm!

The free and open-to-all event will be at 6:30pm Thursday June 15th, 2017, at Main Event at Pointe Orlando. Google maps says it's a 12 minute walk from the convention center.

June 7 UPDATE: Stick around right after the geekout for a Themed Entertainment Association reception with food, drink and bowling!   

We will start promptly so we can make it to the reception, don't be late!!!

Special thanks to Alcorn McBride and Barco/Medialon for providing the venue!

Here's the talks (in order of submission):

Show Control Pushing IT: A Case Study in Large Show Control Networks for Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi

Presented by: Mitchell Schuh of Smart Monkeys 

Exploring how specific user requirements for show control networks push traditional IT systems in directions that are outside of their traditional use cases. The WB Abu Dhabi project consists of 13 primary edge locations plus a core that are tasked with distributing data in a redundant yet segregated fashion. With over 120 switches, the challenges presented by the client forced specific topologies and architectures that are both not traditional for Show Control but also present specific difficulties for IT systems, mainly latency and long term management.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Presented by: Drew Dalzell and Ian Burch of Diablosound

Sound, video, and lighting control for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, using Alcorn McBride vCore, Qlab, Brightsign, Martin M5.

Basic Training

Presented by: Robert Schoneman of Blumenthal Performing Arts

In the one man show Basic Training, Kahlil Ashanti plays about 50 different characters. QLab is used to control the light board, sound board and fire all of the sound effects. Once programming and rehearsals were finished, the show was run by the Stage Manager every night with just a GO button. Audio console was a Yamaha O1V, Lighting console was an ETC ION.

Strike Force at Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park

Presented by Marc Rosenthal of Personal Creations

Another chapter in diplomacy wherein the Chinese turn a Russian aircraft carrier into a theme park and bring in Americans to provide the entertainment. Mirage Entertainment’s Strike Force is a water based stunt show with giant flame effects, barrel launches, water canons, falling towers, man on fire burns, pyro, the ship’s massive gun turrets, rocket launchers and anit-aircraft weaponry. Show control system includes safety/ignition feedback, sensors, relay modules, E-Stop, scheduling, audio announcements, timecode, mon storing, deadman switches, interfacing to Chinese built effects and ship control. The system is run using Barco/Medialon Manager. Infocomm Orlando 2017 Geekout Call For Case Studies!

Infocomm 2017 in Orlando is on the horizon, so Jim Janninck and I are now soliciting proposals for our annual show control case studies geekout!  Here's a wrapup of last year's session (photo above).

The free and open to all event will be on the evening of Thursday June 15, 2017 during Infocomm in Orlando (location to be announced soon). 

We are looking for 15-20 minute (max) presentations on a real show control project, meaning two or more entertainment disciplines connected together (lighting and sound, sound and video, pyro and a performer, etc). 

Submissions must be submitted by 9am NYC time Monday April 24, 2017 on the link below. Jim and I will evaluate and select the projects, and in the case that we have more good presentations than we can fit, the earliest valid submission will get priority, so get those proposals in soon!

Submission link:

See you in Orlando! Las Vegas 2016 Show Control Case Studies and Geekout Wrapup!

Jim Janninck's and my (now-annual) Geekout during Infocomm this year was probably the best yet!  About 40 people came and watched three great presentations and then we had our own private bowling lanes with food and drink at Gameworks, courtesy of (and a special thanks to) Bob Athey of ATI!

First up was Liz Swaffield of Electrosonic, with a great presentation on the The Hunger Games Exhibition.  

Next up was Kurt and Kristin Kroh of Krotech, who talked about the technology (and politics) of a private fourth of July show.

Frank Ruisch of Nightlife Productions unfortunately was delayed and was not able to make it in time, so Scott Harkless jumped in at the last minute and worked through Frank's presentation.

And Shengu Zhang of Thinkwell won my book giveaway!


Unfortunately, once the bowling and drinking and eating started I put my camera in the car, so I don't have any photos of that.

Special thanks to Kevin Ruud for being our point person on the ground in Vegas!

All the geekouts are archived on this category, and I have more photos here.

We plan to be back next year during Infocomm in Orlando, be sure and watch this space (and the show control email list) for the announcement!