Thursday, April 7, 2011


I had to drive to North Mankato for a package today, but I'm not complaining.  I have been using a student version of WYSIWYG Report R21 for the past few years now, but I couldn't do any rendering and finally my license expired.  Today in the mail, I received my dongle and CD of WYSIWYG Design R26:


ETC Source Four Fresnel

I know, I know... Fresnels are outdated, clunky, inefficient, and whatnot.  But, deep down inside, you have to admit they still hold a place in your heart.  Which is why we still are using 30-40 year old fixtures alongside brand new Source Fours.  USHIO had made some progress in modernizing the Fresnel by introducing a lamp that mimicked the intensity and color temperature of the HPL, but today a fresh breath of life has been breathed into the Fresnel.  ETC announced that they are introducing the Source Four Fresnel, which will use the HPL lamp and a modernized glass version of the old Fresnel reflector.  On ETC's promotional material for the fixture it states "Your lighting rig is now complete."  I agree, no rig is complete without a few Fresnels.  I don't know how long it will be before I see one of these, but I'm excited that they're finally available.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Frozen Sound Design

The major sound effect in Frozen is the sound of ice cracking.  As I'm researching it, I am pondering how to make this sound read to the audience like ice cracking.  Take a listen.  To me it sounds like Star Wars without the visual, but it is an actual field recording of ice by Andreas Bick, a German Composer and Soundartist.

Frozen, part of the studio season at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will be my second realized sound design.  More posts will follow the show!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jim Cermak retiring in May 2012 after 40 years.

It was just announced that Jim Cermak, Director of Theatre at Concordia College, is retiring in May 2012 after 40 years in his position at Concordia College.  I have had the pleasure of working with Jim on three shows so far (Pinafore Pirates, Godspell, and A Dzsungle Könyve), and I look forward to working with Jim again this summer for Gooseberry Park Players production of Cinderella x4.  Jim has been a great mentor and educator, and I'm sure I speak for everyone that he will be sorely missed in the Concordia Theatre Department and wish him the best in his retirement.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Photos Featured on JimOnLight's blog

Check out JimOnLight's Sunday Flickr Group Photo Pool post from this week.  It features a photo from Gooseberry Park Players' A Dzsungel Könyve and Concordia College's Godspell, along with some great photos from other contributers to the pool.  Check it out!

Photo Teaser

Here are some photos of my most recent work to hold you over until May:
The Jungle Book (A Dszungel Konyve)
Gooseberry Park Players production of A Dzsungel Könyve (The Jungle Book)

Evil Dead: The Musical
Minnesota State University, Mankato production of Evil Dead: The Musical

Concordia College Theatre production of Godspell

The Pinafore Pirates
Gooseberry Park Players production of The Pinafore Pirates

GreenLight Designs

So, this blog will seem a little sparse for a while, but come May, it will be full of wonderful information about projects I am working on, my design process, lighting tools I find helpful (or not) and photos of my designs as they come to fruition.  For now, while I'm busy wrapping up my semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato, you can check out my website at, my flickr page at, or my Facebook Page.