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Losing my touch

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Esoteric, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Esoteric

    Esoteric Well-Known Member

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    It took me 8 hours to focus my 213 light plot.

    Man I have gotten slow in a year.

    Mike
     
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    Were you focusing by yourself or calling your focus? Because it could have been your crew.
     
  3. midgetgreen11

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    We only do 70 fixtures/show in my HS, and sometimes we take even longer than that... granted, we also don't have access to a cove catwalk. We have to use a lift or ladder of sorts.
     
  4. Esoteric

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    Well, it was a crew of 6.

    No RFU, so one guy chained to the console.

    No trims had been set, gel was cut or framed when we started, no patch was done, and no patterns were picked or framed.

    The third, fourth, and part of the second electric had to be bounce focused blind on a ladder.

    The rest we did in a Genie Lift (electrics), ladder (side slots), and catwalk (two of them).

    Oh, also we had 6 failed circuits (and I used every circuit so we had to twofer across pipes).

    There was no ME, so work would stop while gel was being cut and gathered for the next electric.

    But still, I used to do 200 units or so in about 5-6 hours (with lunch).

    Mike
     
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    You don't need to patch before focus...in fact I personally hate pactching before focus as its one more thing to troubleshoot when a light doesn't come on.

    But I'm just a little grumpy right now so pay me no mind.
     
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    We had the same thing, scisor lift was broken, and we were using trees 2 winch ups and a push up (oh by the way are push-up trees illegal now?) and Loki and I spent the better part of a day trying to guess where the fixtures would need to be, winching back up and then down again untill everything was perfect, and as we had so little fixtures, every one had to be used to get the maximum performance, no overlapping. That was a hard day.
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  7. Esoteric

    Esoteric Well-Known Member

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    That sucks.

    I had a professor in college that could bounce focus perfectly the first time every time.

    Mike
     
  8. Pie4Weebl

    Pie4Weebl Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    I beg to differ. Everything should be patched, working, colored with all instruments sharp on shutter by the time the LD walks in. If the show is running behind it can be okay to wait on color, but anything less is just wasting the LD's time....
     
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    You certainly do not need to patch, but it makes life a whole lot easier when using any flavor of ETC Express/ion, to have the correct channel patch for when you want to bring up more then one unit at a time and don't want to live in Park all day on an RFU.

    Which is why I ALWAYS load the patch prior to a electrics call.

    SB
     
  10. Esoteric

    Esoteric Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Although I ask that color is not dropped when I get there, but pulled and ready to go (I always focus without color).

    I like to have it patched so I can look at entire washes after I focus each unit.

    Mike
     
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    oOoo I never thought about parking dimmers.

    I normally patch before I focus (Expression 3). I didn't have time before one focus, and I really regretted it. Every wash light needed to be refocused because they wouldn't wash.
     

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