I got a chance to sit in on the session, If It Makes Light, It’s Mine - Lighting Design in a Digital World, presented by Lighting Designer Brian Gale here LDI. He shared with us a few of his projects and little of his world ... a world where he likes to control all the photons in the room. He raised an interesting point: It shouldn’t be lighting versus projection, rather it should be lighting and projection. Based on his talk I would take it one step further: It shouldn’t be lighting versus any department -- scenic, pyro, projection, or audio.
Gale also made clear through his several examples what I’ve said many times before: When multiple departments work together cohesively, the effect is amplified. In other words, the effect is more effective for an audience member. It behooves us as designers to cohesively work together with other departments.
He closed with a fun story about The Big Bang, a time in the universe where the rules of physics were being invented. According to Gale, our industry is just like the primordial universe. LEDs, media servers, and moving lights have created an environment where designers are creating the rules for how this new technology will be used going forward. Designers have the ability now to invent how the future in a way not possible years ago.
A cool perspective, indeed.