Just closed my first show at the local HSA since the pandemic shut down the production 2 yrs ago a week from opening.
I'm their "go to lighting guy", although I work in an entirely different field the rest of the year. I'm very unhappy with the lighting for this years show, the primary reason being that while everything was shut down, the entire lighting system
was upgraded from entirely conventional
fixtures controlled via an Expression 3(which is the only console
family I have experience with, having learned on an Express
24/48 and an Expression 1), and the replace console
being an Expression 3.) i.e. I had a massive learning curve just to do the simplest things. I took me up until just a month before the show to figure out how to turn on any non-conventional fixtures, and I'd suggested running the show entirely off sub-masters, as I wasn't sure I could program the board adequately. The other major issue being that I didn't dare move lights around, as I have no clue as to how to repatch the board, and that the new system
didn't account for an entire lighting position , up until they were installing, i.e. we have 8 less lekos than expected in key positions. Worst part being that I didn't realize up until less than a week before the show that it was a tracking console
rather than the preset system
I've worked with in the past. I much prefer preset
systems, as it allows me to go into a specific cue
and edit, without regards to the impact on other cues.