controlgeek.net/Timberspring 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.

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.

Spring Break Storm Chase/Bust

After last year's successful spring break storm chase, I booked tickets for this year's break Thursday 4/6. By Wednesday, a strong line of thunderstorms was forecast to pass through NYC right about the time of my flight. I tried to change my flight but American was not waiving their change fees. A couple hours before my flight, I checked the radar, and sure enough, a strong line of thunderstorms was forecast right before my flight time. And, of course, the flight was diverted, delayed several hours, and then cancelled. No seats were available for four days (!) so I cancelled the tickets, and missed some big weather on that Sunday. The weather setup still looked very marginal, but I was really itching to get out on the road, so I rebooked a ticket on Monday (4/10) on Delta and headed out to Dallas (and caught a nice sunset on the way, see above photo). It looked like a marginal setup for Wednesday out in west Texas/eastern New Mexico, so once I picked up the car after yet another flight delay I headed that way.  

I woke up Tuesday west of Dallas, and nothing much was forecast so I continued west to get in position for Wednesday. I enjoyed the wide open spaces and was able to clear my head after a a busy school year (which still goes for a few more weeks).

I ended up in Hobbs, New Mexico, and caught a nice sunset and moon rise in this region dominated by oil production:

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Wednesday ended up being a pretty marginal setup, but I did navigate the spotty road network and the oil truck traffic jams and got on a couple severe-warned storms.

I headed south to Fort Stockton for the night, since another marginal setup was forecast for the next day.  

Thursday morning, on my morning run, I saw well-known chaser Daniel Shaw's truck parked outside my hotel, and just as I was wrapping up breakfast he came in and we ended up talking for a long time. He's a great guy who comes over from Australia for three months of storm chasing each year. I had been a bit down after driving around and not even getting any decent photos for a couple days, but Daniel's energy and enthusiasm cheered me up.

That Thursday was again a marginal setup, but since I needed to be back in Dallas Friday for my flight home, I was looking at a very marginal target of Wichita Falls, TX which was in that direction.  I set out on a leisurely trek back towards Dallas, and with a weak forecast, eventually abandoned the Wichita Falls target and ended up sand sledding in Monahans Sandhills State Park, and seeing the Million Barrel Museum.

I ended up for the evening in Abilene and found the Art Walk, which was fun.  I headed out of town to catch the sunset:

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And of course while I was wandering around Abiline, a supercell formed in my previous target of Wichita Falls TX which produced a tornado.  And the next day, while I was sitting at the airport, Daniel, who I had just been hanging out with, caught an absolutely amazing storm.  

So I was in the right place but at the wrong time--I missed incredible storms by just one day, and I ended up driving almost 1300 miles for pretty much nothing. But that's storm chasing, especially when you don't have flexibility in your schedule. But in the end, it was good to get out into the wide open spaces, and get a break. And I'm hoping for better storm timing when I go out again in late May.

controlgeek.net/Timberspring 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:

https://goo.gl/forms/djn2XYEUvpayj8wa2

See you in Orlando!