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Laser F/X '98
16 to 18 May 1998
LASER CONFERENCE IN NORTH AMERICA LAST YEAR!
Each May Laserists meet in Burlington, Canada for
three days of lasers, lasers, lasers in a relaxed atmosphere with great food
and facilities. This years event was a success with an educational and fun
time had by all...
Mascot and youngest attendee Ryan Schweter with mom Karen
Saturday Night began with the Open House at the Laser
F/X studios. Thanks to Rob Mudryk, the event was webcast with colour
pictures on the web updated every 30 seconds while the #LaserFX channel was
open so those not at the conference could chat with the laserists at the
Open House. At the Trade Show, 12 vendors displayed products from Galvos to
new lasers, to software to projectors and hardware of all kinds.
European style audience scanning at
Laser F/X '98
The Sunday Night Brewster Awards was
attended by 40 people representing a cross section from industry experts and
professionals to students and to the general public. FFP Laser Systems
provided an opening module complete with static beam effects and mirror
arrays, dual inverted remote arial beam projectors for audience scanning,
graphics and abstracts.
Before the 1998 competition got under way, The Brewsters
for Laserist's Choice of best product in 1997 were presented.
Third Place went to Cambridge technology for the HP6800
Second Place went to LD-Pro by Pangolin Laser Systens
First Place went to the CADA-Mod board also by Pangolin
Ballots were distributed to all 40 people present and
they formed the jury to vote on the top three shows in the beams and
Competition in the graphics category, with 7 entries came
from the USA and Germany and showed a high level of quality and production.
After all the modules were shown, the ballots were marked and collected.
- Third place winner entitled "Money", was created by Mike
Dunn of FirstLight Laser Productions in Lincoln Nebraska. This rendition
of the classic Pink Floyd tune featured good use of 3D effects as well
as masking to give a layered appearance to the graphics.
- Second Place was captured by an experimental piece created by Tim
Walsh of Laser Spectacles in San Marcos, Texas. The piece entitled
"Sound is Laser" was produced by using the actual audio
signals of the scanning system to create the discordant music.
As lines, abstracts and dots gyrated on the screen, they produced
perfect rhythmic patterns and musical sounds in absolute synchronisation.
The resultant melding of sound and vision created an unusual and
Second Place winner Tim Walsh accepts his
- First Place winner was the module "World in Motion"
submitted by Christian Luck of Trick-Design in Germany. This module
featured 3D animations of computers and other communications equipment.
Good use of colour and shading enhanced the 3D look of the images with
an energetic dance track carrying the viewers through the world of
The beam category featured 5 entries
from the U.S.A., Canada and Germany. All works were of very high quality and
featured excellent use of colour and form.
- Third place was won by the "Digital Dreamer" created by Dirk
Baur of es-Lasersysteme in Germany. Slowly undulating sheets of pure
colour wafted gently over the audience during the trancy beginning then
gave way to pulsating shapes and fans of beams as the tempo of the music
- The Second Place Brewster went to a collaborative effort between O.
Steven Roberts and Rob Mudryk, independent laserists from Ohio.
The module entitled "Learning Curve", was created in less than
a week on the new LD Intro software [thus the name] using a
monochromatic scanning pair for programming. Lines, sheets and fans
danced to a techno re-make of Soft cell's 'Tainted Love'.
Rob Mudryk (left) and O. Steven Roberts
(center) accept Second Place
The first place Brewster Award for Beam effects was
captured by Dave Nash of FFP Laser Systems in Toronto Canada [last
year's second place winner]. The show was choreographed to the driving
dance beats of 'Nightmare' by BrainBug.
Blades of coloured modulated light bathed the audience in photons.
Static beams and arrays of white beams burst forth, punctuating the air
to emphasise key sections. There was good use of colour modulated sheets
and fans to acts as background layers for contrasting static beams and
First Place honours went to Dave Nash (left)
International, and all who voted, congratulate the Brewster Award winners for a fine
display of talent and artistry in creating the exciting modules.
During the Ballot counting, Mobolazer demonstrated their 3 watt, compact,
YAG based, projection system in the parking lot.
All photos courtesy of Patrick
Murphy - Pangolin Laser Systems
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