|The annual meeting of The International Laser Display Association (ILDA), with more than 100 members from 26 countries, is a once-a-year opportunity for those in the entertainment industry to get a first-hand look at cutting-edge technologies that enchant and excite crowds with breathtaking laser light effects.
The 2004 ILDA conference, Las Vegas October 21-24, is co-located with the Entertainment Technology Show-LDI, the industry's largest trade. The first-ever joint location of the two events at the Sands Convention Center gives entertainment and lighting professionals from the entire entertainment industry a first-hand look at using laser effects in their next production. It also gives laserists their best opportunity to forge new contacts with the broader entertainment world. "Lasers can add extra dimension to almost any production, engaging audiences in a way that no other light can," said ILDA President Jim Hardaway. "We want to show everyone how they can use lasers to bring great things to light."
The theme of ILDA's 2004 Conference, "Bringing Great Things to Light," emphasizes the increasing role laser displays are playing in productions of all kinds. Special sessions will highlight creative applications of lasers, while the annual ILDA Awards will, for the first time, honor laser displays for artistic achievement in specific event categories such as live concerts and industrial productions.
One of the highlights of the ILDA Conference is the Advanced Technology Workshop (ATW), where representatives from over a dozen manufactures will give participants a hands-on look at just-released and soon-to-be released products. Virtually every state-of-the-art product now used in lasers light shows was first seen at ILDA's ATW.
Complimenting the ATW is the Advanced Creative Workshop, where a trio of laser designers will give their creative insights into high-profile laser shows and installations. Additional sessions will focus on using DMX control signals to generate laser effects, complying with current safety rules, and tips and tricks for show producers who want to add laser effects to stage events.
The ILDA Conference will start on Oct. 21 with the Advanced Technology Workshop, followed by the Lase-Off on the 22nd and the Awards Banquet on the 23rd. Special seminars for laserists and lighting professionals will take place during the three days of the ETS-LDI trade show, which runs from Oct. 21 through Oct. 24. All ILDA seminars will take place at the Sands Convention Center on the "strip," while the Lase-Off and Awards Banquet will take place at the Venetian Hotel, which is directly connected to the Sands Convention Center.