Class Catalog

Electricity/Power
Class Description
480V Power Systems

480V power systems are common on our stages and sets and have many benefits as well as hazards. This class will instruct you on what you need to know to plan, rig, and use 480V Power Systems safely and effectively on set.

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Electrical Power Lab 101

The Electrical Power Lab class will go in depth into the world of portable power distribution systems. Using the equipment that we use of set, we will examine the practical influences that electrical theory has on our work.

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Electricity 101

This class which will cover the basics of Electrical Theory for the Set Lighting Technician. We will cover conductors, insulators, electromagnetism, AC & DC power generation, transformers, parallel; series circuits, overcurrent protection, Ohm's Law, and more.

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Electricity 101B-Electrical Calculations

Our Electricity 101B - Calculations class focuses entirely on solving difficult real-world problems using electrical calculations. This is an excellent way to flex your mental muscle and figure out how to make electricity work for you.

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Electricity 201: Power for Rigging Gaffers

Complex power systems using LED, Moving Light, and Dimming Technology can have significant advanced power issues. This course will draw on experiences from our Rigging Gaffers to illustrate why these problems occur, when to expect them, and how to avoid them.

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Rigging For Wet Locations

This class will focus on safely and effectively rigging & operating your electrical system in, and in the vicinity of water. By using real-life scenarios, we will be discussing how to avoid the pitfalls and problems of working around water, including using a tiered GFCI system.

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[Online] 480V Power Systems

480V power systems are common on our stages and sets and have many benefits as well as hazards. This class will instruct you on what you need to know to plan, rig, and use 480V Power Systems safely and effectively on set.

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[Online] All About Power Calculations with Richard Cadena

All About Power Calculations: single-phase, 3-phase, balanced and unbalanced.

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[Online] Electricity 101B - Electrical Calculations

Our Electricity 101B - Calculations class focuses entirely on solving difficult real-world problems using electrical calculations. This is an excellent way to flex your mental muscle and figure out how to make electricity work for you.

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[Online] Entertainment Electrics with Richard Cadena

This is Richard Cadena's complete 14-hour class on Entertainment Electrics from start to finish.

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[Online] GFCIs for Motion Pictures/Television Production
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[Online] Grounding & Bonding with Richard Cadena

Proper grounding and bonding practices are essential to a safe electrical system yet they are often the most misunderstood aspect of electrical safety. Join Richard Cadena as he explains the "hows" and "whys" of grounding and bonding in portable electrical distribution systems.

 

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[Online] Intro to NEC Article 530: Motion Picture and Television Studios

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[Online] Intro to Power Distribution with Richard Cadena

This introductory course establishes a base level of knowledge of electrical theory for entertainment professionals who work with portable power distribution systems. This course is designed to complement Local 728's Electricity 101 class.

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[Online] NEC Article 530 Focus Group

Article 530 (Motion Picture/Television Studios and Similar Locations) of the National Electrical Code is being revised this year. Local 728 is taking a leadership role in this revision and your feedback is essential. Please join us and give us feedback and ideas.

 

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[Online] Setting Up and Monitoring Power Distribution Systems with Richard Cadena

Portable electrical power distribution systems need constant attention and if not assembled properly will cause nothing but problems. Join Richard Cadena as he looks at installing and monitoring these systems in a dynamic entertainment environment.

 

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[Online] Your Questions Answered: The Parking Lot with Richard Cadena

We have been fortunate to have Richard Cadena as part of our Training Program. Over these past few weeks, he has been asked some interesting questions that have either been "put in the parking lot" or he thought others might like to hear.

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Specialized
Class Description
ACLT Seminar

Join ACLTs from both TV and film as they provide a broad overview of the duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Chief Lighting Technician. This will be an opportunity to both learn and network with your brothers and sisters.

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Followspot Operation

Followspot operation is a skill that takes very specific and precise training in order to perform seamlessly. In terms of what is seen on camera, followspot operation is perhaps the most unforgiving when it comes to mistakes.

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HMI Lighting Technician

HMI Lights are used commonly on set but there is much more to using them than plugging them in and striking the lamp.

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HMI Technician: Ballast Function

This class will focus on the advanced aspects of HMI lights with a special emphasis on function, operation, and troubleshooting of HMI ballasts.<We will also cover basic maintenance tasks that will keep your lights functioning on location or under extreme conditions.This class will focus on th

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ROBE RoboSpot Remote Followspot System

Remote Follow Spots are becoming very popular in several areas of our industry.

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Soldering Lab (2 Day Class)

This class is the combination of both Local 728's hands-on Soldering Labs.

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[Online Seminar] ACLTuesdays

Being an ACLT requires a lot of knowledge and skill across a broad spectrum of topics.

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[Online Seminar] All About Your Kit

Join Benoit Richard, Scott Barnes, and Mike Bauman as they discuss the ins and outs of purchasing and using your own equipment on the job.

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[Online Seminar] Guided Meditation with Timothy Ryan

Positive mental health practices such as mindfulness have been identified as one of the ways to cope with the new normal when we go back to work. With multiple certifications in both Buddhism and yoga practices, brother Timothy Ryan will guide us through this meditation class.

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[Online Seminar] Work Flow of the Rigging CLT

The role of the Rigging CLT has changed dramatically in the past few years.

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[Online] ARRI Orbiter Reveal

This session will be an introduction to the ARRI Orbiter and a first run through it's complete control capabilities and optics.

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[Online] ARRI SkyPanel P.1

This session will review the entire control capabilites of the SkyPanel

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[Online] ARRI SkyPanel P.2

This session will go further into depth with the control parameters of the SkyPanel and crossing over int eh interfacing with control systems in regards to Wireless DMX, RDM, and sACN protocols.

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[Online] Movers In Motion (Pictures)

This panel will link at role that moving light technology plays in the motion picture/television industry from it's earliest days to the current cutting edge technology.

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CAD/Previsualization
Class Description
Advanced 3D Modeling with Vectorworks Spotlight by Tangably

This class focuses on advanced skills working in the 3D Vectorworks environment, with an emphasis on understanding and practicing control and management of the subtleties of working planes.

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Advanced Rendering and Lighting Techniques for Vectorworks

In addition to simple plotting and 2D/3D modeling, Vectorworks is capable of photo-realistic renderings which can help sell lighting concepts to directors, cinematographers and clients.

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LXBeams Drafting Lab - Basic

Appropriate for both new and experienced users of LXBeams, the Basic LXBeams Drafting Lab will consist of introduction of the software and a section of instruction on particular aspects of the program.

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Vectorworks 3D

This class focuses on advanced skills working in the 3D Vectorworks environment, focusing on understanding and practicing control and management of the subtleties of working planes. Every object created within the Vectorworks Spotlight 3D environment has a relationship to a working plane.

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Vectorworks Advanced Reporting & Publishing

This hands-on project-based workshop provides an advanced exploration of professional skills with information modeling in Vectorworks Spotlight. Every object created within Vectorworks Spotlight contains information that can be counted, calculated, and reported.

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Vectorworks Spotlight (4 day Class)

Vectorworks Spotlight is a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) drawing program specifically designed for the Entertainment Lighting industry.

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Advanced

The Advanced Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will provide ongoing opportunities for current Vecto

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Basic

The Basic Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will consist of a section of instruction on particular aspects of the program appropriate for users new to the program.

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Vectorworks Spotlight Lab - Intermediate

The Intermediate Vectorworks Spotlight Lab will provide ongoing opportunities for Vectorworks users to sharpen their skills and an avenue for seeking professional help with individual problems they face.

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Vectorworks Virtual & Augmented Reality Workflows

SUMMARY

This hands-on project-based workshop provides an advanced exploration of professional skills with virtual and augmented presentation workflows in Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software.

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[Online] Vectorworks 3D

This class focuses on advanced skills working in the 3D Vectorworks environment, focusing on understanding and practicing control and management of the subtleties of working planes. Every object created within the Vectorworks Spotlight 3D environment has a relationship to a working plane.

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[Online] Vectorworks Hang-out

This two hour session is designed for people of all levels of experience with Vectorworks.

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[Online] Vectorworks in Six Days ( 6 Day Class)

Starting from the Basics, this class will take the attendee through the process of learning the Vectorworks Software to a point where they are comfortable using it for set.

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DMX & Network Protocols
Class Description
ArtNet/Streaming ACN (Lab)

ArtNet and Streaming-ACN are DMX control protocols that work over TCP/IP. Most newer consoles and advanced lighting equipment are using these protocols to ensure control reliability.

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Control Protocols Suite (4-Days)

There are two ways to sign up for our Control Protocols Classes. If you wish to signup for all 4 classes, please sign up for the Control Protocols Suite. If you only want to sign up for some, but not all, of the classes then sign up for each individual class.

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DMX Networking 101

Our sets are becoming more and more dependent on large and complex Lighting Control Systems. Individual control of over 1000 different lights is becoming common. These complex lighting control systems can save hours of set up time each day when they are installed and managed properly.

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Ethernet for Lighting Control (Lab)

This class provides advanced instruction beyond the Ethernet Protocols 101A classes using lighting equipment found on set, as well as routers, wireless access points, and switches that are available for personal use.

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Ethernet Protocols 101

Lighting control networks are now more than just DMX and dimmers. Many sets have hundreds of lighting devices on a network and Ethernet connects everything together.

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Lead Control Systems Technician

This class integrates all of the Control Systems Protocols classes and provides instructions for planning and installing complex systems.

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Remote Device Management (RDM)

RDM (Remote Device Management) allows compatible devices to communicate over existing DMX equipment to provide two-way communications for configuration, monitoring and system setup.RDM will allow the programmer to discover, configure, and monitor any RDM-enabled device from the lighting console.

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Wireless DMX

Wireless DMX can be a show saver when the situation calls for it and can save you and your crew significant amounts of time.

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Wireless DMX Lab

This class is the extension of the Wireless DMX class and focuses on hands-on usage of wireless DMX equipment. 

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[Online] Advanced Control Protocols for the Set Lighting Technician
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[Online] DMX Networking 101

Our sets are becoming more and more dependent on large and complex Lighting Control Systems. Individual control of over 1000 different lights is becoming common. These complex lighting control systems can save hours of set up time each day when they are installed and managed properly.

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[Online] Ethernet Protocols 101
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Balloon Lighting
Class Description
Balloon Lighting & Grip Technician - Cloud

Cloud balloons used for both lighting and diffusion are becoming more common and we often find ourselves filling, rigging, and working these balloons with our Local 80 Brothers and Sisters.

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Balloon Lighting Technician 101

Balloon Lighting Technicians are in demand and this class will give you the hands-on training to familiarize yourself with the function and operation of Lighting Balloons.

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Balloon Lighting Technician 201

Balloon Lighting Technicians are in demand and this class will give you the hands-on training to familiarize yourself with the function and operation of Lighting Balloons.

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[Online] Balloon Lighting Technician

Balloon Lighting Technicians are in demand and this online class will familiarize yourself with the function and operation of Lighting Balloons.

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Other
Class Description
Body Maintenance & Injury Prevention Seminar

Taking care of your health and body is the single most important thing you can do for a successful life and career. If you are experiencing chronic pain or injury, this is something you cannot put off any longer.

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PRG Ground Control Followspot Operator

The PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System gives a followspot operator the freedom to remotely operate a high output automated luminaire as a followspot from up to 2,000 feet away.

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[Online Seminar] CLT Panel on Set Lighting in the COVID-19 World

Join our panel of CLTs and Department Heads as we discuss the possibilities and challenges of working in the COVID-19 world.

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[Online] Case Study: Birds of Prey

Join Michael Bauman and crew to discuss the lighting and control systems used for the motion picture Birds Of Prey. This presentation is an expansion upon the panel that was presented last fall at the LDI Convention and Trade Show.

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[Online] Chief Lighting Technicians Forum

This online forum will be for CLTs to get together and provide feedback on technical issues they are facing on set.

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[Online] ETCP Study Group

Interested in becoming ETCP Certified?

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[Online] Invoicing Production for your Rental with QuoteBuilder

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[Online] Managing Budgets & Navigating the Production Department

Managing budgets for a high budget production is a combination of experience, knowledge, art, politics, and negotiation. Balancing the needs of different units, rigging, fixtures, lighting control/data, and other departments can be a complex and difficult challenge.

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[Online] The Weekly Wrap-Up

In today's world of Safety & Training, things are changing on on daily basis. Join us on Friday afternoons to catch up on the latest on what is happening.

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LED & Digital Lighting Technology
Class Description
Color Science for Production LED Lighting

Integrating LED lights with the modern digital camera can create some unique challenges that may or may not repeat themselves with similar cameras or lights. This session will cover the visible color spectrum and how it relates to both the human eye and camera sensors.

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LED Advanced Project Lab

Have an idea or working on an existing LED project?

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LED Assembly Technician (2 Day Class)

LED technology has great advantages to our CLTs and fixture technicians. These low voltage, low profile, light sources can be assembled into small spaces and devices where conventional lighting is not possible.

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LED Assembly Technician 101

LED technology has great advantages to our CLTs and fixture technicians. These low voltage, low profile, light sources can be assembled into small spaces and devices where conventional lighting is not possible.

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LED Assembly Technician 201

This class focuses on advancing the skills learned in the LED Assembly Technician 101A class though more focused hands on work. The LED Assembly Technician 101A class or permission of the instructor is required prior to taking this class.

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LED: Quality of Light

This class will examine how the design and engineering of LED light sources can affect the quality of their light output.  Due to the multiple-source nature of LED luminaires and properties of the light emitting diode, this equipment has significance differences in light quality from traditional

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Lighting in the Multicolor World

Color temperature has always been important to the motion picture/television industry but with the advent of LED technology and digital cameras, it is more important than ever.

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Mappable LED Hardware Lab (2 Day)

As set designs become more inclusive of lighting so develops the complexity of this lighting. It is not uncommon for us to implement 100-200 universes of Mappable LED elements. This 2-day class dives into the design and implementation of Mappable LED for use on camera.

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[Online] LED Assembly Technician/Soldering Lab (4 Day)

Local 728 is doing what many thought couldn't be done and are offering our LED Assembly Technician/Soldering Lab Online for the second time. This class is limited in size with a few additional requirements.

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[Online] LED Assembly Technician/Soldering Lab (6 Day Class)

Local 728 is once again doing what it was said couldn''t be done and offering our LED Assembly Technician/Soldering Lab Online. This is a pilot class and will be limited in size with a few requirements.

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Dimming Technology
Class Description
Dimming Technology 101

Dimmers are an essential part of our electrical distribution systems with many of our sets and stages routinely having several hundred. Technology is constantly evolving to include forward-phase, reverse-phase, and sine wave dimming technology.

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Dimming Technology 201

This class follows up on the basic dimmer information given in the DImming 101B class with particular emphasis placed on using the options in the control modules. This will give the dimmer technician a wide variety of options on how to install, manage, and monitor the dimming system.

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Class Description
Electrical Power Sources

The electrical power source is the beginning (and the end) of the electrical circuit. Understanding the source of the electricity is essential to working with it effectively.

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ETCP Entertainment Electrician and Portable Power Technician Certifications

Are you ready to demonstrate that you are the best in the business and do your part for Local 728? Become an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician or Portable Power Distribution Technician.

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ETCP Exam Practice Session

Want to know how you would do on the ETCP Exam without the stress? One of the largest hurdles to achieving the ETCP Certification is the physical act of taking the exam.

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Lighting Programmers Lab

This class will focus on current skill-based issues that affect lighting programmers and how to avoid/solve them. The instructor will set-up a topic and examine ways to work around these issues on multiple platforms. This class will also provide time to examine specific problems and solutions.

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Lighting Seminar

This seminar will provide training on advanced topics facing the Set Lighting Technician.

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Local 728 Town Hall

Please join us for an open discussion of current issues affecting your present work and your future.

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LXBeams Drafting Lab - Advanced

The LXBEams Drafting Lab - Advanced will provide ongoing opportunities for current LXBEams u

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LXBeams Drafting Lab - Intermediate

The Intermediate LXBeams Drafting Lab will provide ongoing opportunities for LXBeams users to sharpen their skills and an avenue for seeking professional help with individual problems they face.

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LXBeams Software Training (4-Day Class)

This class will provide basic instruction on how to use the LXBeams computer aided drawing software.  Similar to Vectorworks Spotlight, this software is specifically developed for the entertainment lighting industry.

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MBox Media Server -Basic Skills

The Mbox family of media server and media playback software gives users powerful and flexible control by working seamlessly with media playback, composition, effects, and transitions.  Mbox offers more power through modernized API’s, a fully 64-bit code-base, and better utilization of modern oper

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Memorial Day Notice

In honor of all of the Americans who have served their country, and in particular those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to promote the promise of freedom and liberty, we will not be holding any events on Monday, May 25.

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No Classes in February

Local 728's Skills Training Classes are funding through Contract Services Administration Training Trust Fund (CSATTF) and their fiscal year ends on January 31.

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Trans Inclusivity for the Entertainment Industry

The issues of trans-gender and non-binary persons are not familiar to most of us. It is imperative that we do what we can to understand these issues so we can adequately support these people who work and live along side of us.

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[Online Seminar] Back-to-Work in the age of COVID-19: PHASE 2 Updates

PHASE 1 of the Back to Work plan is (hopefully) nearly completed and it is time for PHASE 2 which focuses on our specific job duties and tasks. Several focus groups have been working pro-actively to address our concerns.

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[Online] DMX Networking 101 Part 2

This is part two of the [Online] DMX Networking class. You must take the part one before taking this class.

 

 

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[Online] Electrical Power Distribution Theory with Richard Cadena

This online course will examine the electrical theory behind power distribution and will cover topics such as single and three-phase circuits, alternating current, kVA/kW, ohm's law and power factor.

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[Online] Online Classes Focus Group Meeting

As Local 728 moves training online, we will need constant feedback to know what is working, what can work better, and what isn't working. If you have taken advantage of some of our online trainings and want to share your experience, please join us!

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[Online] Online Training Prerequisite

This is a placeholder. Members will not be enrolled until their applications are received.

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[Online] Women of 728 Virtual Meetup

This event is for the Women of 728 only. Please join your sisters on our weekly meeting to check in and discuss what is going on in the world around us.

 

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Lighting Consoles & Media Servers
Class Description
EOS on Nomad

This class teaches you how to use ETC's Eos software and an ETCNomad dongle to control a lighting rig from a PC or Mac. You will build your own show file using simple, real-world examples.

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EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) 4 Day Class

ION Lighting Consoles are part of the ETC EOS Family of Lighting Controllers. These consoles are used to program everything from basic dimming systems on multicamera shows to high profile live television shows with extensive moving light rigs.

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EOS Series Lighting Consoles (ION) Expert Topics

This is an advanced level class focusing on expert level topics including effects and pixel mapping. This class is intended for people with a good deal of experience on the ION or who complete the 3-Day class.

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GrandMA 2 Console Programming

This two-day class is for members with programming experience who would like to broaden their capabilities by learning the GrandMA 2 Lighting Console. You must have a solid understanding of DMX Networking, previous programming experience, and a knowledge of TCP/IP protocol.

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How to talk to your Programmer/Deciphering what your CLT is trying to say

Communication is key to running a good set. No where is this more important than between CLT and Programmer. Often not being in the same place, clean and efficient communication with each other requires both people to understand each other's job and thought processes.

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Lighting Console Programming 101

Lighting Console Programming is a job that requires more than just technical skill.

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Media Servers & Pixelmapping

Video-based lighting products are a valuable tool in the Gaffer’s pocket. This class is designed to show what video-based tools are available to enhance the lighting for set and is focused for gaffers, programmers, and aspiring media server techs.

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ONYX Lighting Consoles

This class will provide instruction Elation's ONYX Lighting Console, on one of the most flexible and new lighting console families that are being found on our stages and sets.

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Whole Hog 4 Lighting Consoles (2 Day Class)

This two-day course covers the powerful Wholehog Control Software, which is used on the HOG 4 Console, Road Hog 4, Full Boar 4, and Hog 4PC. This hands-on class will use the industry standard Wholehog operating system on all platforms, connected to Light Converse.

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[Online] Lighting Programmers Forum

This is a forum for Lighting Programmers to provide feedback to the President/Safety & Training Director. Topics will include issues of technology, training, and standards.

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[Online] Media Servers & Pixelmapping (2-Day Class)
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[Online] Media Servers & Pixelmapping for CLTs
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Fixtures
Class Description
Fixture Technician 101A

This class will examine special techniques to wire and make electrical connections to fixtures that are rigged, hung, suspended, and otherwise installed on set.

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Fixture Technician 101B

This class will follow up on the first Fixtures Technician Class. This class will cover advanced wiring techniques, working with fluorescents, non-traditional fixtures, and an introduction into using LEDs in practicals.

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[Online Seminar] Fixtures: From Prep to Shoot

The world of fixtures has quickly become a specialty within our ranks. No longer in the background, fixtures are an integral part of the lighting for production.

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Rigging
Class Description
Knots, Rope, and Traditional Rigging

Proper knot tying is an essential skill for the lighting technician and the most basic skills are often the most easily overlooked. This hands-on class will go into how rope functions, inspection, maintenance, knots, loads, breaking strength, and warning signs of an overloaded system.

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Overhead Rigging: Chain Motors and Truss

Chain motors and truss are becoming common on our sets. While the rigging of chain motors and trussing is frequently performed by Local 80 Grips, we are often hanging tons of lights, cable, and equipment on them.

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Rigging and Electrical Math Workshop

This joint class with IATSE Local 80 will provide training from basic algebra skills through advanced calculations required for both set lighting and grip crews.

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Vehicle Lighting for Non-Traditional Cameras

This course focuses on techniques for safely and effectively rigging lighting systems in vehicles with non-traditional cameras such as the GoPro. This class will cover using portable generators, battery systems, and control systems frequently used on these vehicles.

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Wire Rope Rigging

This joint class with Local 80 explores the use of wire rope for rigging both electrical and grip equipment. Wire rope has many advantages but specialized training is required in order to use it safely and efficiently.

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Underwater Lighting
Class Description
Underwater Lighting Technician Day 1

This class will focus on equipment used by the underwater lighting technician, an introduction to specialized techniques as well as other topics relating to work in water. We will be looking at dive gear and how to arrange it for optimal use as well as underwater lighting equipment.

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Underwater Lighting Technician Day 2

This is the first in-water day of the underwater lighting class and will focus on the essential technical skills required to work in a hot wet set. This course will break the habits learned in recreational diving and replace them with technical diving skills.

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Underwater Lighting Technician Day 3

This class will continue the in-water work and advance development of the technical skills required by the underwater lighting technician as well as advanced topics such as working with equipment underwater and the use of advanced dive equipment.

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Underwater Lighting: Monkey Diving in the Funhouse

Working underwater requires technicians to have very developed buoyancy and movement control while working with and carrying equipment.

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[Online Seminar] The Aquatic Mind with Andy Huber

The Aquatic Mind with Andy Huber

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Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians
1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 954-0728
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