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Silpada Designs National Convention

Lighting designer Dave Boser of Image Technologies Corporation specified a pair of Jands Vista I3 consoles to provide lighting control for the Silpada Designs 2009 National Convention in Missouri. Silpada is one of the nation‘s largest sterling silver jewelry home party companies, with over 28,000 independent representatives. This year‘s three-day annual conference at the Kansas City Convention Center attracted nearly 6,000 sales representatives and featured presentations, an awards night and an entertainment night.

The live event was produced by Doug Flory and production managed by Bob Casey, with technical direction by Mark Scanlon. Lighting design / direction / programming was by Dave Boser, and master electricians Nick Wisdom and Michelle Morin assisted with the rig install and strike. Image Technologies Corporation provided all lighting and rigging equipment for the event.

When LD Dave Boser first saw the Vista console he was immediately sold on its timeline based editing and impressed by the mid-range Vista I3 model‘s full feature set. He felt the console was the perfect all-in-one solution for Image Technologies Corporation, which provides creative, AV, multimedia and other production services to clients worldwide, so they invested in four Vista I3 consoles along with Wacom Cintiq 21” pen-tablet screens.

He commented: “The Vista is my first choice every time, it‘s on everything I do since we bought them. The I3 is a fantastic value, I could buy a pair for not much more than a full size Vista T2 console. I like that it‘s a closed system with an onboard computer (as opposed to the S3) and using it with the 21” Wacom tablet provides so much workspace!

Having used the Jands Vista on all of his shows in 2009, Dave had complete confidence specifying the console on the impressive Silpada rig, which incorporated over 250 LED fixtures, moving lights, conventional fixtures, and 150 channels of dimming.

The multi-purpose rig consisted of overall stage lighting for IMAG and scenic lighting for different staging configurations each day, truss toning lit in the Silpada logo‘s corporate colors and general house lighting illumination of the arena.

With no time to pre-programme the event lighting and only a day‘s rehearsal time, the Vista‘s intuitive interface allowed Dave fast and easy access to his rig. In addition, the console‘s timeline editing provided a powerful time-saving feature for coping with last minute changes to the show and tidying up programming.

Long-time Vista user Nick Wisdom also oversaw the programming and installation of a second Vista I3 console in the party room, a separate invite-only event for Silpada‘s top sales representatives.

Summarising his experience of the Vista, LD Dave Boser commented: “The Vista has been so easy to learn and use because it thinks the way I do. That kind of simplicity and intuitiveness is the key to making Vista the best thing out there.“

The Vista I3 is a mid-range lighting desk that provides all the revolutionary features of the full-size Vista T4 / T2 consoles in a smaller, more economical package.

Photos: © Bob Compton Photography.

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