Lightwave International | Lightwave Wins Eight 2011 ILDA Awards
The International Laser Display Association (ILDA) Awards, bestowed each year to honor companies and individuals around the world for achievements in laser light, are the Oscars of the laser industry. The artistic category covers all areas of laser display, including huge shows and laser graphics. In 2011, ILDA received 119 entries from 20 companies for consideration. Lightwave is honored to have received eight artistic awards this year, the most of any company in North America.
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Lightwave Wins Eight 2011 ILDA Awards

About This Project

The International Laser Display Association (ILDA) Awards, bestowed each year to honor companies and individuals around the world for achievements in laser light, are the Oscars of the laser industry. The artistic category covers all areas of laser display, including huge shows and laser graphics. In 2011, ILDA received 119 entries from 20 companies for consideration.

Lightwave is honored to have received eight artistic awards this year, the most of any company in North America.

Beams and Screen Show - First Place - ICORS 2010

This show was presented to the 2010 ICORS (International Conference on Ramen Spectroscopy) in Boston, MA. Specifically this show was created for Charles H. Townes, father of the laser, who was present at the show. The graphics portion of the show was a tribute to the technology of the laser set to “Good Vibrations”; drawing a room full of laughs from the scientists that understood the joke. Knowing that Dr. Townes had not yet seen a laser show, pressure was high to create a large impact in this small room. Ignoring the budget, twelve full-color systems were utilized totaling 212 Watts. Following the show Charlie commented, “I never imagined a such a spectacular application for my laser.”

Programming: George Dodworth, Mike Dunn
Live Beam Operation: Dave Grusch, Jesse Parker
Music: “Devotion” by Steve Allen & Alonzi vs. Mindesign
Length of original show: 15 minutes

Live Stage Show - Third Place - "Ghostland Observatory: All That Glitters"

Ghostland Observatory’s new tour for 2010 features ten high powered lasers. This type of power and fixture count is a welcome surprise to medium sized venues.The band’s frontman Thomas Turner views lasers as an investment in their audiences. This investment continues to pay off as audience size and interest grow – enabling larger and larger equipment specifications for each new tour.

Initial programming was created as short Pangolin Showtime cues that were exported frame by frame and then massaged in the live software to create a cue-to-cue environment without a lighting console. Since the band performs live and changes songs on the fly, cues are arranged as song per page and the live operator can adjust in real time to deliver beat-accurate performances every show – and with a show-to-show accuracy that does not vary from city to city. This gives live flexibility with the precision and repeatability of time code.

Show Design: Thomas Turner, George Dodworth
Touring: Jesse Parker, Derek Abbott
Programming: George Dodworth, Jesse Parker, Derek Abbott
Music: “Glitter” by Ghostland Observatory
Length of original show: 90 minutes

Beams/Atmospheric Show - Third Place - "Pendulum LIVE"

The intent of this entry is to showcase the power of LIVE atmospheric performance with no rehearsal, and no practice. One take, no ability to correct errors. These subtleties create the soul of the live atmospheric performance.

Programming and Operation: Eliav Kadosh
Music: “Witchcraft” by Pendulum
Length of original show: 3m 58s

Beams/Atmospheric Show - Honorable Mention - "Sweet Disposition LIVE"

This video was recorded on an iPhone4 – for pleasure. The operator was playing late in the office and captured this live show for his own enjoyment. Impressed with the work and the nature of the capture and performance we are submitting this for consideration. The intent of this video is to show the passion of our work: that some operators still love their jobs and occupy their hours for and by the laser.

Programming and Operation: Eliav Kadosh
Music: Axwell and Dirty South Remix
Length of original show: 1m 48s

Laser Photography - First Place- "Ludicrous Speed!"

Ludicrous Speed! was captured with one single exposure and one single laser. Ludicrous Speed captures the essence of lightspeed through a perceived stop-motion of the laser source: but we know this is not possible! Ludicrous Speed foresees the future. Ludicrous Speed ridiculously confuses your laser mind!

Programming, Concept and Photography: George Dodworth

Laser Photography - Third Place- "Other Worlds"

Other Worlds is an example using a new 3D laser light painting technique. The image was captured using just one laser and normal exposure. The image you see here is 3D light solid. You may walk around it and experience it from different angles; each view is different. There is no flicker, and there are no visual tricks. One RGBY Arctos laser is used as the light source, with Pangolin steering the beam and modulating color. The results seen in this photograph were not intended. It was a destination that presented itself as the capabilities of the medium became clear. The galaxies with outstretched arms formed in front of the artist as an unexpected side-effect. This photograph is entirely untouched from its actual exposure. It is a bit-for-bit original with zero modification to contrast, curves, crop, color, etc.

Programming, Concept and Photography: George Dodworth

Nightclub/Disco/Rave Show - Honorable Mention - "VIA: Visual Arts"

Recorded at the 2010 VIA Audio Visual Arts Festival. Our VIA entry was a combination of multiple beam laser systems layered in depths exceeding 100 feet (upstage to downstage edge), and dual 16-foot RP screens with synchronized video/laser overlay. Content was created in the video/laser format to both recognize event sponsors and to show off the laser technology. The show consisted of a standalone performance of these special media and technology examples, followed by a full night of typical electronic music festival style performance accompanying the other live musical performers. Pay special attention to the frame-accurate synchronization of lasers and video on-screen. Lasers provide overlaid special effects, highlight enhancements, and outlines. The intent of this show to was to showcase the forefront of laser technology to a new audience with limited exposure to the field. We desired to exceed expectations even with a charity budget in mind. Sometimes the best creative ideas are born of experimentation at such free shows.

Graphics & Video Programming: Mike Dunn, George Dodworth
Beam Programming: George Dodworth
Execution: David Fonner, Zane Shapiro, Peter Smith, Derek Abbott, Ben Smith
Music: Various (music festival)
Length of original show: 6 hours

Laser Show (Including Multimedia) - Honorable Mention - "PITT Homeoming 2010"

Each fall, the University of Pittsburgh transforms its iconic Cathedral of Learning into a canvas for lasers and pyrotechnics. The show itself features multiple full color beam systems, multiple scanner graphics on a 50′ blow-through RP scrim, graphics projections onto the Cathedral, pyrotechnics, and a massive PA system. The show is choreographed to a student-selected sound track, and synchronization is SMPTE time code via radio broadcast. A unique ‘feature’ of the sound track is that the students submit the songs for programming just days prior to the show. Each moment of the show is coordinated to engage the audience as they rotate to follow focus from the screen, to the Cathedral, to mid-air laser effects, to fireworks at a remote launch location, and then to a climax as all layers are intertwined. The climax of the show features the ascension of the Cathedral of Learning by the school’s mascot ‘Pitt Panther’. The Panther swats away the logos of competing schools as he ascends the building to the top.

Producer: Thomas Misuraca, Pitt Program Council
Execution: Graeme Dodworth, David Fonner, Peter Smith, Dave Grusch
Graphics Programming: Mike Dunn
Beam Programming: George Dodworth
Pyro: Zambelli Internationale
Music: Various
Length of original show: 25 minutes

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graphic, lasers, school, specialty, touring