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Richard Veil July 20th, 2005 06:23 PM

In process specials??
I am working on it.

sorry 4 delay

Richard Veil July 20th, 2005 06:34 PM

Why the sky is blue - not purple

Why skies are blue instead of purple
When seeing colors, physiology is just as important as physics

By Michael Schirber
Updated: 4:18 p.m. ET July 19, 2005

Richard Veil August 5th, 2005 09:58 PM

Chimera DV Film Contest - Great Prizes!!!!!!
Chimera and


have gotten together to create a DV film contest.

It ends soon so SUBMIT TODAY!

Spread the word around we seem to be giving away some good lighting packages.
Thanks and break a leg!

Richard Veil August 6th, 2005 12:59 AM

Sept NYC Cine Equipment Show link/pass

Richard Veil August 8th, 2005 10:35 PM

Recreating Buddah's with lasers- Afghanistan
Bringing back Afghan Buddhas, with light
L.A. artist to ‘re-create’ laser versions of structures destroyed by Taliban

The Associated Press
Updated: 8:56 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2005

LOS ANGELES - When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley’s soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures.

Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting multicolored laser images onto the clay cliffsides where the figures once stood, about 80 miles west of Kabul.

“I’m doing a fine art piece. That’s my purpose — not for human rights, or for supporting religion or a political statement,” said the 58-year-old artist, whose other laser works include a current display at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Against a canvas of desert darkness, 14 laser systems will project 140 overlapping faceless “statues” sweeping four miles across Bamiyan’s cliffs in neon shades of green, pink, orange, white and blue. Each image will continuously change color and pattern.

Color in contrast with austerity
Powered by solar panels and windmills, the 125- to 175-foot-high squiggle-style, Day-Glo images — the same size as the original Buddhas — would be in stark contrast to the austere, rural valley below, a land wracked by poverty and violence; a land that has little electricity of its own.

In March 2001, Taliban militants disregarded worldwide protests and used dynamite and artillery to blow up the original fifth-century statues, famed for their size and location along the ancient Silk Road linking Europe and Central Asia. The fundamentalist group considered the Buddhas idolatrous and anti-Muslim.

“The destruction of the twin towers and the two Buddhas have been linked as a moment in time,” said Robert Brown, 60, an art historian from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a curator of Southeast Asian art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Yamagata’s lasers obviously have a commemorative notion to them, like the 9/11 memorial in New York.”

An assist from the U.N.
Afghan government officials first approached Yamagata in 2003 about the project and gave him conditional approval last year, pending a green light from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO has been a prominent presence in Bamiyan, evaluating ways to preserve mural paintings in caves surrounding the Buddhas.

“They are the ones who will make a decision and will advise us,” Gulam Sakhi Yousafzai, former acting deputy minister in charge of arts and culture in Afghanistan, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “They are the experts. We are waiting for their response.”

Bamiyan provincial Gov. Habiba Sarobi told the AP that she was aware of Yamagata’s proposal, and hoped UNESCO could prove the cliffs would not be damaged by the 80- to 100-watt laser beams, which would be permanently projected every Sunday night for four hours.

“If there is a way to do it so there is no environmental impact, we would support it as it would boost tourism and the images would remind us of what (the cliffs) once looked like,” Sarobi said.

Low environmental impact
Letters obtained by The Associated Press, sent to Yamagata from physics and chemistry experts at the University of Antwerp, and Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, noted that the beams will not affect the cliffs because of low power levels cast from a safe distance of between six and eight miles.

Zahir Aziz, Afghan ambassador to UNESCO, said he would strongly recommend Yamagata’s lasers if they went through UNESCO. He also confirmed that a Swiss plan to rebuild the Buddhas at $30 million a statue is no longer in the works.

Meanwhile, Yamagata, who estimates his project’s cost at up to $9 million, has been busy amassing funds, materials and workers for his vision from his home-base at an industrial warehouse in suburban Torrance, Calif.

The warehouse walls are adorned with colorful photographs and sketches of the Bamiyan and other upcoming projects, including a display in the Fiji Islands where he will create a huge holographic Mylar cube suspended on top of one of the islands. Smaller-scale versions of his most famous conceptual works — including the house-sized holographic cubes exhibited at Bilbao’s Guggenheim and other places throughout the world — are scattered around the studio.

Giving something back
Shortly after his 2003 meeting with Afghan officials in Tokyo, Yamagata visited Bamiyan and was moved by its orphaned children, squalid living conditions and lack of electricity. He decided then that his artwork should also give something back to the war-torn region.

Of the roughly 140 4,000-kilowatt windmills he plans to ship into Afghanistan for the Bamiyan project, Yamagata said that 100 of them would provide power for surrounding villages. He also wants to hire 40 local young men, typically jobless, to dig foundations for the windmills, starting in March 2006. Completion of the project is set for June 2007.

Yamagata, a longtime Los Angeles resident who was born in Japan, said he has already secured co-sponsorship from Mercedes-Benz and will choose a windmill company in December.

“Many people say, ‘My art will heal the people.’ I always avoid ‘heal the people,”’ Yamagata said. “Of course, I help people, but it’s more about not harming people. An artist to me is more about inner matter.”

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

© 2005 MSNBC.com

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8875547/

Richard Veil August 9th, 2005 02:34 PM

Student DV Film Contest - prize? Lighting Equipment!

Chris Hurd August 9th, 2005 02:50 PM

Hi Richard,

This is great and all, but here at DV Info we're actually building our own film contest, and having a great time with it... see our dedicated forum for the DV Challenge here:


For more details, check out the site:


What would be nice is to see the same level of support from Chimera on this!

Richard Veil August 9th, 2005 04:24 PM

sorry Chris

K. Forman August 9th, 2005 05:34 PM

Maybe Lowel?

Barry Gribble August 9th, 2005 10:09 PM


The Contest looks great... too bad I'm not a student :(. Will pass the word around though.

Chris Hurd September 2nd, 2005 03:57 PM

Hey, this event is coming up pretty soon, Sep. 20 & 21. Who here is planning to attend?

Tom Wills September 2nd, 2005 06:31 PM

I might end up attending, assuming I can schedule enough in advance to get an Amtrak ticket (or pay for one for that matter). I'd probably be there for just one day though, though I'd have to see if I could get off of school first.

Richard Veil September 29th, 2005 01:37 PM

Chimera Lighting.com want to help if you lost gear in the recent storms

is the link to info on our website.

Please let anyone you know in the area of the hurricanes about our program.

sales@chimeralighting.com for more info

It is all at


Richard Veil January 26th, 2006 11:15 AM

www.power-of-lighting.com new website- Learn Lighting from a pro
Lots on info.. tapes.. seminars
with Bill H.. the video DP who will teach you lighting and help you get to the level you want to be at.
Bill Holshevnikoff has been teaching for years and after many trade shows I have never met anyone who did not feel they got more than their moneys worth.
Please contact him or check out his site for more info.

He is sponsered by Chimera, Arri, Kino and others.

I think Bill is great and I think you will too.. so check him out if you can

Bill Holshevnikoff <bholshev@poweroflighting.com>


Lorinda Norton January 30th, 2006 11:04 PM

Thanks, Richard!
That's a cool new Web site! Much better than the earlier one.

I've said it before, but I learned more from Bill H. in three 90-minute workshops than in all the books I've read, all the forum topics, etc. This guy is something else. He goes way beyond lighting and talks to the creator in all of us. Motivating, inspiring--all that good stuff. Nice, too. :)

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