Since 2013, Dan has been an associate Lighting Director with Illumination Advocates Inc. providing production rendering and CAD services for multi camera television and live events. Recent productions with Lighting Designer Josh Hutchings include All in- Ricky Martin at the Park Theatre, Las Vegas, games shows such as Lets Make a Deal, $100,000 Pyramid, and Beat the Clock, and live productions such as America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall, AGT Judgment Week NYC 2014, and iL Divo- A Musical Affair at the Marquis Theatre, NYC.
Lighting Design included the broadcast lighting and studio grid design for Fullscreen studios in Playa Vista, and individual OTT podcast designs for Shane and Friends with Shane Dawson and Jessie Buttafuoco, Zall Good with Alexis G. Zall, Apologies in Advance w/ Andrea Russett, Going Raw w/ Tim DeLaGhetto, and Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, Explain Things to Me, and Slumber Party.
Hat tip to Rick Pizante for bringing me in to outfit Fullscreen’s new studios on the Westside with an all LED studio package featuring LitePanels new Astra 1×1 LitePanels and Sola fresnel series and a wireless Chamsys control system. A big thank you to Mario Angel at Versales.com for help with the pipe and rigging hardware, and to Chris Stockton, Alpheus Underhill, Bryan Foley and Juston Wardell for the excellent install work.
I would like to offer a very large thank you to Lighting Designer Matt Ford and Magic Lantern Creations Inc. for having me out as a Lighting Director on the 1st ever PBS broadcast of the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting from Washington DC. Thanks aslo to Matt Hudson and Dave Mikutsky, and for hard workin’ gaffer Ronnie Skopac, Mike Smallman and John Ellar for being the pros the are, and to Kristi Foley and everyone at Bounce Inc for this tremendous honor and opportunity.
The entire show can be streamed from 90 Years Of Tradition | The National Christmas Tree. Local broadcast schedules can be found at Broadcast Schedules | The National Christmas Tree.
Photos By Matt Ford
Ah, to be back in a tent! This was worth getting up at 2:00am for…
It’s not often you get a chance to help light a genuine Ball O’ Death!
Thanks yet again to Frank Olivas for a having me aboard.
I had the unique opportunity to oversee the installation of over 1900 Schnick Schnack B-250 and C-250 LED units provided by VER and distributed by TMB into the precarious new main staircase and lovely new 360˚ balcony rails on Dancing with the Stars. Many thanks to Lighting Designer Simon Miles at VX Inc and Susan Tesh at VER for bringing me on and having me wrap my head around this project, to Jolynn Schmitt, Victor Cruz, Matt Cotter and Mo Duleasis for the smooth install process onsite, and to Melanie Lekaj, Tommy Stephanson and Stephanie Kilburg at TMB for walking the fine line between customs and customer service to pull this off.
And congratulations to James Yarnell on an truly incredible set design…
I am very pleased to announce that I am joining Tribune Production and Frank Olivas and the boys @ KTLA Channel 5 news as a per diem Lighting Director. Duties should include the occasional calls on the morning and evening news and helping Mr. Olivas w/ his CAD & instrument schedules.
After 8 years and over 500 productions with Full Flood Inc. as an Assistant Lighting Designer to Bob Dickinson, Bob Barnhart, and the quintessential Southern Gentleman who is Ted Wells, I have decided to venture out on my own. Highlights with Full Flood include the tremendous honor of preparing the lighting plots and orders for such shows as the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2004 Athens Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Superbowl Halftime shows with Aerosmith, U2, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and eight straight years of Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and Tony Award shows. I am immensely grateful for the time spent with such fine designers, crews, and production staff and wish Mr. David Thibodeau the very best in his new role.
For 3 years I was employed as a Project Manager/ Automated Crew Lead for the Los Angeles branch of Vari*Lite, in the halcyon pre-PRG days of 1997-2000. After gaining Series 200 and 300 training in Dallas, and I was able to be apart of the Artisan to Virtuoso & DMX transition and feel very fortunate to have been apart of such a critical phase of automated lighting history. I was also very proud to be apart of the VLPS LA team that specialized in laying in large one off televised productions for designers such as Simon Miles, Alan Branton, Bob Barnhart and Bob Dickinson. Highlight productions with Vari*Lite and VLPS include Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Century event in NYC, the grand opening of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and crew leading the annual the Vanity Fair Oscar Party @ Mortons.