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February 2016

TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

Empowering Creativity, And Making It Reality - our mission at TLS Productions, Inc.  We do this by offering a turnkey operation, we provide consultation and all the necessities to design, rig and light productions and permanent installations of any size, including state of the art audio and video elements. We offer equipment rentals and sales encompassing most international brands and both electronic and mechanical repairs are done in house.  TLS Productions, Inc. also provides theatrical draperies for rental and sale and can fabricate drapery to meet your specific needs.  If it's lighting, rigging, staging, audio or video related, there are no limits to the products and services that we can provide.

Did you know that TLS Productions, Inc. is an Electronic Theatre Controls Factory Authorized Service Center with ETC Factory Authorized Field Service Providers on staff?  Our ETC Field Service Providers handle a variety of functions – advising contractors on proper methods for installing various products, providing phone tech support, providing onsite tech support when problems arise, updating operating software and doing new system commissioning along with owner training.  And when needed, we can provide loaner equipment or acquire equipment direct from the factory, we can also facilitate factory repairs as needed.  Keep your ETC equipment operating at peak performance, and contact us today!

TLS Productions, Inc. is also a Columbus McKinnon Authorized Service Center and can provide CM Hoist Service & Certification.  Our mission, along with Columbus McKinnon's mission on this topic, is to improve the quality of hoist service and repair; contact us today to learn more about CM Hoist Service & Certification!


TLS Productions, Inc. News & Announcements

So, what have we been up to since January's newsletter?  Thanks to our dedicated and talented staff and industry partners, we've completed another successful year at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show opens this Friday!  We're also hard at work in preparation for the 2016 Atlanta International Auto Show, the 2016 DFW Auto Show, the 2016 Denver Auto Show, and the 2016 New York International Auto Show

Check out some images of our work at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show below, as well as a video of the Toyota Press Event!


From The Desk Of Design Services - February 2016

Contributed by Doyle Martin, VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

This month, I'm going to do a little scatter shooting on some lighting and industry topics that have been hot on my social media feeds.  So, let's get started with:
The Super Bowl Halftime Show
Robert Barnhart and his team did another great job with the halftime show this year.  Juggling the needs of lighting for television with wanting to provide a dynamic lighting design in the entertainment mold, while all the time making it work and the limited time allowed for the halftime show, is undoubtedly a mind-numbing challenge.  
Having to deal with all the variables - changing outdoor ambient light, stage lighting, follow spots and stadium lighting - while all the time thinking in terms of cameras taking both tight and wide shots makes this an event that is different from most any other televised live event.  Robert takes his time and does the math, and it shows in all of his work.  Kudos to him and his team on another Super Bowl success.
Lighting at the Grammy's
My hat is off to Robert Dickinson and Jon Kusner of Full Flood for their lighting design at this year's Grammy Awards.  I felt like their design did a good job of filling a really large space for the wide camera shots while still allowing for some intimate moments.
Their rig was able to provide high-powered, kinetic lighting when the acts called for it, but never lost sight of it's most important purpose - lighting the acts and presenters for the television cameras.  I thought the lighting team did a wonderful job, particularly in the more subtle moments in the show.  It is always nice to see lighting designers who are willing to let the talent carry the moment, and I think the lighting on the Grammy's this year showed that kind of commitment to the process.  

So many times, when shows have these types of monster rigs, I find myself wishing that the LD at the helm would just pull back and let the game come to him.  At this year's Grammy Awards, I didn't feel that way at all.  It was, overall, a gorgeous show with a lighting rig that artfully ran the gamut from classic rock and roll lighting to subtle, intimate looks. 
ExhibitorLive 2016

Finally, as I am writing this - I am 5 days away from traveling to Las Vegas to attend and present at the ExhibitorLive conference.  For those of you not familiar with it, you should check it out at:

It is a great place to network and get training on what it takes to produce events and exhibits in today's ever-changing technological world.  Having gone through the process of becoming a speaker this year for the conference, I can assure you that you will not find a better, more committed organization to providing their membership with the best training available.

If you are going to be attending, please do look me up.  I will be on site every day and would love to meet and speak to you.  I'd also like to invite you to attend my talk (R621) on Thursday afternoon at 3pm.  I'll be speaking on the process of using flown elements in an exhibit or event setting.  Hopefully, not only will you leave with a better idea of what goes into the planning for such a project, but that you will also leave with a lot of great ideas on how to apply lighting, audio and video elements to the vertical space in your exhibits and events.

Doyle Martin
VP of Show Services | Director of Design Services

TLS Productions, Inc. & Entertainment Design and Technology at Eastern Michigan University
Contributed by John Charles, Technical Director, Eastern Michigan University Theatre

Entertainment Design & Technology student Melissa Williamson provided an inspired lighting design for EMU’s recent production of The Piano Lesson by August Wilson.  The lighting provided the perfect atmosphere for the show, which is set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1936, as well as enhancing the mysterious moments that occur throughout the play.  Melissa was able to include a number of new LED fixtures to enhance her design thanks to some help from TLS Productions, Inc.

Thank you Bill Ross and Brad Hayes for helping us provide our students with the equipment to prepare them for their careers in the entertainment industry.

Below are some great photos, thanks to Freddy Karn IV & Sasha Zein, for those of you who did not have an opportunity to see the show...




Flown Rigging, Lighting & AV Solutions for Exhibits & Events

EXHIBITORLIVE 2016 - The 28th Annual Training Conference for Trade Show Exhibit and Event Managers and Marketers is taking place February 28th, 2016 - March 3rd, 2016 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas! 
All of us at TLS Productions, Inc. are pleased to announce that our very own Doyle Martin, Vice President of Show Services | Director of Design Services, will be hosting Session R621 - Flown Rigging, Lighting & AV Solutions for Exhibits & Events - on Thursday March 3rd, 2016 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. 

Overhead rigging, lighting and AV elements can enhance your exhibit by adding impact and memorability to your visitors' experience, while also drawing more traffic.  Doyle Martin will be using case studies, discussion and Q&A to deliver an extensive overview of rigging, lighting and AV.  Session R621 attendees will learn the following:
  • What you need to know before deciding to use flown or overhead elements
  • Best practices for incorporating lighting, audio and video elements into your exhibit environment
  • What technologies are available and what's new
  • How to make use of overhead rigging / structure to gather better engagement metrics for your exhibit
Doyle Martin, Vice President of Show Services and Director of Design Services for TLS Productions, Inc. has seen the live event and exhibit industries come of age over the last three decades.  Having served as a theatrical master electrician, concert lighting crew chief, lighting designer and programmer, digital content director, projectionist, system networking tech, technical director and production manager; he knows the live entertainment, exhibit and corporate meeting industries inside and out.

For further information and to register for Session R621 - Flown Rigging, Lighting & AV Solutions for Exhibits & Events - CLICK HERE!

To learn more about EXHIBITORLIVE 2016 and to register - CLICK HERE! 

For the upcoming month of March, be sure to contact our Sales and Rentals Team for great deals from the industry's leading manufacturers.  And check out more great deals on our sale and rental items, as well as great prices on used equipment for sale from our rental stock, at the links below:

TLS Productions, Inc. Sales NEW

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To find out what TLS Productions, Inc. & Design Services can do for you, contact us at any of the options below - and watch for more BIG news and BIG announcements from us during the weeks and months ahead!

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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