F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Laserists from around the world
gathered at the Burlington Holiday Inn, Ontario Canada from May 29-31 for
the fifth annual Laser F/X light show conference.
Report compiled and
edited by L. Michael Roberts. With contributions from Bob Ash (New Method
Lasers), John Faith (Mr. Faiths Sound & Lighting), Patrick Murphy
(Pangolin Laser Systems) and Frank Plughoff (Full Spectrum Lasers).
thanks to conference sponsors
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There were a number of events for laserists to attend beginning on
Saturday morning though the conference started unofficially on Thursday
evening at the Laser F/X studio. Here is a brief summary of events with
quick links below to pages containing more details.
||Thursday, May 27 1999
The conference was not due to kick off until Saturday
morning but laserists started to drop into the Laser F/X studio on
Thursday evening to visit. Lots of beer and chatting about lasers
and laser related things.
Naturally we had to do tests on our new toy, a Spectronika 5-watt
copper vapour laser, shipped over for demonstration at the
conference. Early arrivals were anxious to get a sneak preview of
the laser. We ran it for a few hours to make sure it was working
properly for the big demo at the Open House on Saturday night.
We set it up in the loading bay of the studio and terminated the
beam on some pipes stacked in the lot next door. The picture on the
left was taken at around 06:00 in the morning when the sky was
getting light and a flash was used to pick up the laser equipment in
the foreground. Even without smoke in the air, the beam was plainly
visible! This is one bright laser!!
|Friday, May 28 1999
More laserists started to arrive at our studio. We
put them to work on the traditional Friday night job of organising
||Saturday, May 29 1999
The first event was the Pangolin School, with Patrick
Murphy and Hayden Hale. There were two sessions,
beginner/intermediate in the morning, and intermediate/advanced in
In the evening Michael Roberts welcomed laserists to his studio for
a home-cooked meal. The weather was wonderfully warm and clear so
most of the laserists gravitated out to the parking lot to network
and enjoy refreshments outdoors.
|Sunday, May 30 1999
The Trade Show opened at 10:00 allowing conference
participants to see and try the newest products and equipment as
well as shop for bargains.
In the evening, the fifth annual edition of the Brewster Awards
kicked off with a magnificent banquet followed by judging of the
entries in the graphics and beam categories.
||Monday, May 31 1999
The seminars kicked off after breakfast with the
What's New session highlighting the technical aspects of the new
products available to laserists.
That evening the LaserFest had guest laserist Jan Kriland presenting
a selection of his works followed by the playback of a variety of
laser shows from ADAT.
Links - Related
50 Pangolin's high
Links - Quick Links
to Report Pages
In order to present as many pictures as possible, we have broken this
special report down into a number of pages to speed access. Most of these
are large pages with many images so please be patient while they download.
F/X '99 Report -
Introduction and background
28 May - Behind
the scenes and the crew
29 May - Pangolin
School and Open House
30 May - Trade Show
- Trade Show info and pictures
30 May - Brewster Awards
- The Banquet and entries
31 May - Seminars
Wars - Faster than
30K scanners debut at Laser F/X '99
Candid Camera - A selection
of 20 photos (very large page)
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