Tech Production | Rigging
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Registration $70 | USITT Member $50


This basic level lecture reviews best practices for entertainment rigging situations, shows examples of incorrect rigging, and suggests some resources available for further training. By the end of this review, an attentive person should be able to: a) identify questionable and potentially dangerous rigging situations in an entertainment rigging system, b) work as a member of a theatrical rigging team, and c) source professional assistance for issues that exceed their knowledge base.



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Formats Available: Entertainment Rigging Basics
Original Go Live Date: April 25, 2017

Approved Credit:
  • ETCP: 0.50 hours CEU

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    Collapse Fall Protection: The Right Gear for Right After the Fall
    Registration $70 | USITT Member $50


    A presentation for entry and intermediate level technicians that provides information on the proper use of fall protection safety harnesses, shock absorbing lanyards and self-retracting lifelines.

     



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    Formats Available: Fall Protection: The Right Gear for Right After the Fall
    Original Go Live Date: April 25, 2017

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  • ETCP: 0.50 hours CEU

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    Collapse Fundamentals: Flat Production Techniques
    Registration $70 | USITT Member $60


    A comparative analysis of flat production techniques.  Which are the best for tall, wide or irregularly-shaped flats?  What are the best ways to rig or move vertical scenery?  These questions and more will be discussed.

     



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    Formats Available: Fundamentals: Flat Production Techniques
    Original Go Live Date: February 16, 2017

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    Collapse Introduction to Engineering for Riggers
    Registration $120 | USITT Member $100


    The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the field of structural engineering. The course will cover three topic areas: What is Engineering, The Language of Engineering and Engineering Means and Methods. The goals of the course are:

    • To help you understand the process that an engineer uses to analyze a structure.
    • To provide an understanding of engineering terms so that you can clearly communicate with your engineer.
    • To introduce you to basic engineering concepts for static structures as a basis for further work in parts 2 through 4 of this series.

    The other courses in this series will cover:

    • Part 2: Loads, Reactions & Free Body Diagrams: What are the forces
    • Part 3: Strength of Materials: Why things are strong
    • Part 4: Behavior of Structures: Beams, Trusses & Columns

     



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    Formats Available: Introduction to Engineering for Riggers, Part 1
    Original Go Live Date: April 25, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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  • ETCP: 1 hour CEU

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    Collapse Loads in Mechanical System Design
    Registration $70 | USITT Member $50


    Loads may not have changed but the way we evaluate them has. The entertainment industry has shifted away from relying on single, large factors of safety, instead applying appropriately smaller design factors to understood loads. In this session, the presenters will define terms such as characteristic, dynamic, and peak load, and they will demonstrate how these concepts are used in engineering calculations.

    These principles form the basis for current entertainment machinery Standards. This session is part of the Engineering Commission's Mechanical Design Series with “Stage Machinery Brake Design and Selection" and “Emergency Stop Systems - How Safe is Safe Enough?”.

     



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    Formats Available: Loads in Mechanical System Design
    Original Go Live Date: April 25, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ETCP: 0.75 hours CEU

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    Collapse Quickfire: Asynchronous Serial Digital Data Transmission Standard for Controlling Lighting Equipment and Accessories
    FREE Quickfire Course


    ANSI E1.11 This video is a brief overview of one of ESTA’s most popular standards, E1.11, DMX512-A. This control protocol is nearly ubiquitous in the entertainment lighting industry, used in a host of luminaires, lighting effects, special effects, house lighting systems, video servers, and more. The standard is simple and effective, specifying everything about the protocol, including the structure of the data packets, the electrical interface, and the physical connectors. Viewers will get a basic overview of the standard and be informed where to download it for free, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance.



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    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Go Live Date: April 24, 2017
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    Collapse Quickfire: Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals
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    ANSI E1.14 This video is a brief synopsis of E1.14, which applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. In order to use fog safely and effectively, the user must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog making system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, and particularly the system being used. This standard is designed to establish guidelines for manufacturers to provide to the user the necessary information required for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. Viewers of the video can find out where to download the standard for free, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance.



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    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Go Live Date: April 24, 2017
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    Collapse Stage Machinery Brake Design
    Registration $70 | USITT Members $50


    .5 ETCP RENEWAL CREDIT Brakes in stage machinery are a tap-dance between having enough braking force to safely stop the load and too much braking force that would result in excessive dynamic forces. This session describes the various brake designs and current options in the market. A quick overview about how to dimension brakes for a specific machine and the special requirement for brakes in machines intended for performer flying.



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    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Go Live Date: April 25, 2017

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  • ETCP: 0.50 hours CEU

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: An Online Approach to Old Problems - Archiving Technical Theatre History FB Group
    Registration Free


    On June 11, 2013, a small niche Facebook Group was created by two members of the George Izenour Penn State project. The intent was to allow its participants to continue the conversations they started and share their discoveries post-project. Little did the creators realize that what was intended to be for a few people would turn into something much greater; something that would grow beyond the borders of its intention and become a worldwide meeting spot for artists, researchers, students, and teachers alike. Come join us as we discuss how an online approach can help you find information to old problems and listen as we share stories of how this group impacted our work and what the future may hold.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum @ Four - An Online Approach to Old Problems: Archiving Technical Theatre History Facebook Group
    Original Go Live Date: April 30, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Large Scale Touring Productions: Challenges, Solutions, and Process
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Touring large scale productions has always been a challenge and especially when the productions are traveling internationally. Starting from applying for international visas till the company re-entered in its own country there are several hidden IF and BUT. This webinar is a walkthrough to this whole journey, from the eye of a Production Manager/ Technical Director to India's most traveled show 'The Manganiyar Seduction.' The webinar will focus on Technical issues while reflecting on international visa intricacies, performing in various venues, and technical requirements- controls of unions in various countries.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Large Scale Touring Productions: Challenges, Solutions, and Process
    Original Go Live Date: June 03, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Mixing different LED color systems in a single lighting rig
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Fixture manufacturers have developed LED Color mixing systems that utilize various combinations of LEDs including RGB, RGBA, RGBW, RGBL, RGBAL, RGBAW, RGBAWUv, or even White LEDs using subtractive CMY systems. Ford Sellers (Sr Product Manager for Chauvet Professional) talks us through the various color mixing systems, and then leads a discussion on how best to utilize a variety of fixtures in the same lighting rig. This session will be most beneficial to anyone (Student, Designer, Electrician, or Educator) who currently has multiple types of LED fixtures, or fixtures from multiple manufacturers. The discussion will help answer questions such as: How can Lighting Designers work with multiple systems in the same lighting rig? How can different systems work together, and what can you do to make best use of using multiple color systems easier?



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Mixing different LED color systems in a single lighting rig
    Original Go Live Date: April 30, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Sisters United Through 3D Scanning & Printing
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Come learn about how Kent State University partnered with Opera di Santa Croce to create a 3D-printed replica of Pio Fedi’s "Liberty of Poetry," believed to be the inspiration of the Statue of Liberty. Pio Fedi’s “Libertá” was 3D scanned on-site over the course of three days in Florence, Italy. The scans were used to create a nearly full-scale 3D-printed reproduction which was then scenic-painted. By breaking silos of science, art, and industry, nearly 40 individuals worked on the exhibit. The 9-foot-tall replica is currently a special exhibit at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum through September 2020.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Sisters United Through 3D Scanning & Printing
    Original Go Live Date: April 23, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: The Future of Entertainment Automation is epiQ
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    On this episode of Forum@Four, USITT is talking to Jim Love, VP and Global Head of TAIT Navigator, about the future of entertainment automation, and it's epiQ™! TAIT's newest entertainment automation console, epiQ™, is built for iQ powered by Navigator and unifies the control of live event automation in one cohesive experience giving the user the confidence and power to maximize the creative potential of any live event. Whether a first-time learner or a highly experienced show operator, after watching this episode of Forum @ Four, viewers will have a first-look at the epiQ console, learn how to use epiQ's hardware features efficiently and operate automated elements in a virtual theatre setting. Presenter: As the VP, Global Head of TAIT Navigator, Jim Love focuses on the perpetual innovation and convergence of entertainment automation and live experiences on a global scale. Jim, and a team of skilled software and controls engineers spread around the world, design, code, and test TAIT’s entertainment automation software and hardware to maximize creative potential for a diverse range of projects of every scope and scale. The unique opportunity to redefine the boundaries of technological possibility driven by creative visionaries is what initially attracted Jim to the field, who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Moving forward, Jim continues to innovate and deliver cutting-edge technology for TAIT Navigator allowing automation users in all entertainment fields to deliver comprehensive, safe, and consumer-enthused experiences.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: The Future of Entertainment Automation is epiQ™
    Original Go Live Date: May 14, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Uplifting the Artist
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Freelance designers and individual artists have unique proximity to the heartbeat of the theatre field. They work at numerous venues each season, in many cases over multiple years and multiple visits, thus experiencing a variety of institutional cultures first hand. However, unlike Actors Equity, there are no industry-wide standards for engaging freelance artists. How can institutions incorporate the learning and experience of the freelance artists they hire more deeply into their organization’s fabric, acknowledging the invaluable nature of their vantage point? Especially during this time when the entire field is on a forced pause.

    In this session, we explore how guest artists are welcomed and valued by the institutions that invite them through their doors. We will discuss implementing industry-wide standards, creating sustainable feedback loops, recommended best practices sourced from the community at large, and how we can move forward as a community.

     



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Uplifting the Artist
    Original Go Live Date: April 28, 2020
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    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    In part 1 of this series, Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells are joined by Jared Mezzocchi, Eamonn Farrell, and Andy Carluccio, to discuss how each production used Zoom differently, used add on technologies, and overcame the various abilities of the computers each cast member had access to. These choices drive many of the decisions you make in planning online productions.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 1: Tech Platforms for Online Performance
    Original Go Live Date: June 15, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    In part 2 of this series, hear Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells discuss how each of their companies adapted and morphed traditional roles to the unique challenges and requirements of online production, when Designer, Stage Manager, and Technician all mean different things when you take your show online.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 2: Roles and Expectations in Online Performance
    Original Go Live Date: June 22, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells wrap up the series with a discussion of the impact the move online had on the rehearsal and performance process. From zoom etiquette to helping the performer get some sense of audience engagement, each production learned lessons and adapted in different ways. This session will offer some help as you begin to think about how things work in the online production world.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 3: Rehearsal and Performance Processes Online
    Original Go Live Date: June 29, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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    Collapse Welding Safety
    Registration $70 | USITT Member $60


    Welding is a common practice in scenic construction, but what is required for welding of metals to be done safely in a typical production shop or onstage? Code requirements, hot work permits, and common sense must all be followed when planning and executing a welding operation as part of production operations. This session will start with the codes and expand their requirements to present best practices to be followed when welding. Training and welding certifications will be discussed with examples of practical means to obtain welding certifications applicable to the typical welding operations for scenery.



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    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Go Live Date: February 16, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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