June 2015 – BL&S’s work at CinemaCon featured in “Converting the Colosseum” article: As Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon says in this month’s Film Journal article, “Let’s face it, CinemaCon lives or dies by the quality of the theatrical experience that we’re able to deliver in The Colosseum.” BL&S’s Chapin Cutler adds, “In many ways, this is the most complex production that we do over the period of a year. ... Basically, we have to install eight to ten cinemas’ worth of equipment in a booth 26 feet wide, and we have to do it in a day and a half.” Find out how BL&S teams up with equipment manufacturer partners to transform The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from a world-class live performance venue to a 4,300-seat, festival-quality movie theatre. Read the full article by Mark Mayfield of Film Journal here [PDF]. Learn more about BL&S’s work at CinemaCon here.
April 2015 – BL&S introduces BL&S Portable AV Solutions: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) has been developing presentation systems and solutions that improve accessibility for nearly 40 years. BL&S's Portable AV Presentation System makes it easy to give presentations in spaces that lack built-in presentation capabilities or were designed for other uses. The new BL&S Portable Hearing Assist System gives people who are hard of hearing an opportunity to enhance their listening experience in venues with no sound system in place. Learn more about BL&S Portable AV Solutions.
March 2015 – Chapin Cutler of BL&S plays with 106-year-old hand-crank projector at the TCM Classic Film Festival: Projectionist Joe Rinaudo provided a special treat to festivalgoers at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival – a two-hour special presentation of silent movies called “Return of the Dream Machine: Hand-Cranked Films From 1902-1913.” He also brought the star of the show: his 1909 hand-crank Power’s Model 6 cameragraph motion picture machine. “The thing that was way cool about the early nickelodeon days is that the projectionist was a showman,” said Randy Haberkamp, managing director for programming, education and preservation for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which presented the program. While BL&S didn’t produce this special event, the company’s role in launching the TCM Classic Film Festival and providing ongoing technical direction gave Chapin Cutler behind-the-scenes access to the projection room, where he had a chance to imagine those nickelodeon days while testing the antique projector. Read more about the event in "TCM Classic Film Festival: Night of the hand-cranked 'Dream Machine'" by Susan King of the LA Times here.
(Photo – Chas Phillips)
May 2014 – BL&S partners with Qube Cinema for Historic Screening of Digitally Restored Oklahoma!: This year's TCM Classic Film Festival featured a “landmark screening of the restored and digitally mastered” classic musical, Oklahoma! at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “‘Both Festival goers and industry pros in attendance were stunned and amazed at the sharpness, color saturation and brightness of Oklahoma! at this higher resolution and frame rate,’ said Christopher Reyna, co-technical director of the TCM Classic Film Festival. ... ‘It was the best digital film I’ve seen,’ agreed Chapin Cutler, who was also co-technical director of the TCM Classic
Film Festival. ‘The fact that we filled the 950-seat theater on a Thursday evening to see a movie made in 1955 is quite an accomplishment, and, thanks to Qube, the quality of the exhibition was stunning.’” Read the full article at qubecinema.com
February 2014 – BL&S selected for “Top Integrators”: Boston Light & Sound has been honored with a recognition by Systems Contractor News in its selection of “Top Integrators.” Zeke Zola from BL&S commented on the recognition: “This is quite an honor for us. The fact that Systems Contractor News included BL&S in its selection of ‘Top Integrators,’ signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition.”
January 2014 – BL&S featured in “Confessions Of A Sundance Juror” article by Leonard Maltin: Go behind the scenes at Sundance and hear about Leonard Maltin’s experience as a juror, as well as his backstage tour with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler, the longtime technical director at Sundance. “Chapin and his team at Boston Light & Sound have the benefit of experience behind them, as well as vast technical knowledge,” writes Maltin, “These highly dedicated people love what they do and perform daily miracles to make sure things go right throughout the festival.” Read the full article on Leonard Maltin’s blog at Indiewire.com
September 2013 – BL&S featured in “The Next Niche - A Theater Grows in Brooklyn” article: One of the largest screens in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s new Steinberg Screen at the Harvey Theater is capable of showing both 2D and 3D films on a single screen. It can also be completely retracted for the theater’s live music, drama and dance performances. Find out how the renovation project “...was brought to life by AV and cinema systems integrator Boston Light and Sound (BL&S). Careful coordination with manufacturer Stewart Filmscreen ensured the successful installation of the specified roll-up, 35-foot-wide screen that
is stored below the stage.” Read the full article at AVNetwork.com
August 2013 – Tampa Theatre and BL&S featured in “DCI or DIE: Classic movie houses make the move to digital” in Film Journal’s Digital Issue: John Bell of the Tampa Theatre tells Film Journal, “Our stage manager and projectionist worked it all out with Boston Light & Sound. I can’t sing their praises enough...Frankly, all we’ve gotten since debuting digital are rave reviews about the beautiful picture and the awesome sound.” Read the full article by Andreas Fuchs of Film Journal. Find out how BL&S helped the Tampa Theatre make the upgrade to digital here.
August 2013 – BL&S helps create “World’s Largest Temporary Cinema” at Caesar’s Palace Colosseum: BL&S was responsible for the sound and projection systems in the 4,298-seat Colosseum in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the cinema industry’s largest convention. Since the space “...was larger than any conventional cinema, QSC designed the system with a combination of professional installation, tour sound, and cinema loudspeakers.” Read the full article by Mark Mayfield of Sound & Video Contractor.
May 2013 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw earns CTS-D certification from InfoComm International: The Certified Technology Specialist-Design (CTS-D) credential from InfoComm International indicates “an AV system designer who assesses client needs; designs AV systems; prepares AV design documents; and coordinates and collaborates with other professionals to create AV systems that satisfy client requirements.” It builds on Shaw’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I) certifications. Boston Light & Sound’s Zeke Zola, CTS; Strider Slocum, CTS; Robert Harris, CTS; and Jan Jones, CTS, have earned the CTS credential. CTS certification denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
April 2013 - Boston Light & Sound was proud to stand with Boston during the Interfaith Service for the Boston Marathon victims, their families and the public on April 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. The event was broadcast on national television and attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; federal, state and local officials; and first responders. BL&S technicians provided technical assistance for the event’s sound.
April 2013 - BL&S’s Chapin Cutler quoted in Hollywood Reporter article,“CinemaCon: RealD to Showcase New Screen Technology” Read the full article by Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter.
January 2013 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw earns CTS-I® certification from InfoComm International: The Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I®) credential from InfoComm International indicates AV system installation specialization, and builds on Shaw’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification. BL&S’s Zeke Zola, CTS®; Strider Slocum, CTS®; Robert Harris, CTS®; and Jan Jones, CTS®, have earned the CTS® credential. CTS® certification denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
November 2012 – BL&S and Meyer Sound “Bring Power and Subtlety to Refurbished Cinema at Walker Art Center” “‘The sound of the Meyer Sound system is fantastic,’ says Sheryl Mousley, senior curator of film/video. ‘‘Beasts’ was the perfect film to experience it with, as the quiet voice of the six-year-old main character held ground against the music and varying location sounds.’” Read the full article from Meyer Sound. Read more about BL&S’s involvement here.
October 2012 – “Vineyard haven: Island Film Society finally has a state-of-the-art home” with help from Boston Light & Sound: “‘Boston Light & Sound was phenomenal too, installing our Christie projector, Dolby d-cinema server and QSC Audio amplifiers, JBL speakers… They put it all together for us, perfectly.’
During the Festival, ‘I had filmmakers come up to me who have been at many, many film festivals, and say, ‘This is the best my movie has ever looked and sounded outside of L.A., perhaps.’ It was great to hear that they thought this highly of the presentation.’” Read the full article by Andreas Fuchs of Film Journal.
September 2012 – Telluride Film Festival Honors Boston Light & Sound’s Chapin Cutler’s Commitment to the SHOW: Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) and its co-founder C. Chapin Cutler, Jr. join the ranks of Ted Turner, Leonard Maltin, UCLA, and HBO in receiving the Telluride Film Festival Special Silver Medallion. Telluride presented the award to Chapin on Sunday, September 2 at this year’s festival for his significant contribution to the world of cinema.
Chapin has long taken Telluride’s celebration of “The SHOW” to heart, perfecting the art of film and digital cinema exhibition. Since his company’s founding in 1977, he and BL&S have gained a reputation for achieving the impossible. View the full press release. View more details from the Telluride Film Festival.
September 2012 – “Lights, Sound, Action!” An interview with BL&S’s Larry Shaw in Wellesley Weston Magazine: “As Principal and Director of Engineering for Boston Light & Sound (BL&S)... Larry has worked on countless movie sets, personally collaborated with film directors, and even won an Oscar! He is just another one of my neighbors, but a neighbor with a great story to tell and – don't forget – an Oscar.” Read the full article by Laura Lamere of Wellesley Weston Magazine.
August 2012 – “Iconyx Helps St. Joseph Parish Focus the Message” “It’s a rectangular space with a flat ceiling and lots of right angles,” explains Zeke Zola, Install Manager at Boston Light & Sound, the company behind the design-build project. “The walls are all brick and there’s minimal acoustical dampening other than carpeting in the aisles. So it’s a rather reverberant space, and they’ve always struggled with intelligibility and coverage.”
The church’s sound system had evolved in piecemeal fashion over several years, and included a distributed system along the walls that created more problems than it solved. Find out what BL&S recommended and read the full article from Renkus-Heinz.
July 2012 – Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) celebrates 35th anniversary: What began as an unlikely partnership between a movie buff and a projectionist has grown into one of the most well respected service providers in the industry. From bringing phenomenal film and digital cinema presentation to the Sundance Film Festival to ensuring exceptional sound quality at Fenway Park, BL&S continues its quest to deliver the impossible. The firm designs, installs, and perfects digital cinema and film presentation systems as well as Pro-AV systems for theatres, museums, stadiums, houses of worship, corporate media rooms, film festivals, world premieres, and more.
Notable projects over the years include worldwide screenings of “Napoleon,” the Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre restoration, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, “The Town” movie premiere at Fenway Park, Martin Scorsese’s screening room, and more. BL&S’s passion for the craft will continue to serve the firm’s clients well into the future.
March 2012 – “‘Napoleon’s’ triumphant return” Abel Gance’s 5 ½ hour cinematic masterpiece screened this month at Oakland CA’s Paramount Theatre courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. BL&S has a long history with bringing the 1927 silent film with live orchestras to appreciative audiences around the world. Get details and how BL&S specialists built special booths to house the three synchronized projectors for the Polyvision triptych sequence in Oakland in the full article by By Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times.
March 2012 – “Sound Advice: How to Ensure Your Audio Playback Comes Through Loud and Clear” “What do filmmakers need to do prior to screening their work”... to ensure the soundtrack quality represents the filmmaker’s intentions in a variety of venues? BL&S’s Chapin Cutler answers this question and more in an interview on Documentary.org. Read the full article by Miriam Cutler (no relation to Chapin).
February 2012 – Boston Light & Sound earns InfoComm International’s Sapphire CAVSP® certification: The Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider designation recognizes that a percentage of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff have achieved and maintained individual InfoComm Certification and have completed relevant coursework from the InfoComm Academy. View the full press release.
January 2012 – Boston Light & Sound’s Zeke Zola earns CTS® certification: Zeke Zola, CTS® has earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification from InfoComm International. He joins BL&S’s Larry Shaw, CTS®, Strider Slocum, CTS®, and Robert Harris, CTS® in earning the credential. CTS® denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
January 2012 – BL&S upgrades Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic with EAW sound: “It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” says Mark Rowinski, Systems Design Engineer at Boston Light & Sound. “All the components matched perfectly,” noting that when they did final measurements of the system, every point in the room was within +/-2dB of each other, underscoring the system’s consistency. “The entire EAW system performs very, very well and the coverage is completely even throughout the house. And it sounds fantastic. It’s got that EAW sound that sounded great in 1999 and still sounds great today.” Read the full article by Jacob Coakley from Stage Directions.
January 2012 – BL&S’s Robert Harris earns certification from InfoComm International: Robert Harris, CTS® has earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) certification from InfoComm International. Harris joins Boston Light & Sound’s Larry Shaw, CTS® and Strider Slocum, CTS® in earning the credential. CTS® denotes audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession.
September 2011 – BL&S’s Chapin Cutler interviewed at the Telluride Film Festival:
Hollywood columnist Jeffrey Wells declares, “Cutler is like a NASA rocket scientist when it comes to theatrical projection. He adheres to standards that most commercial exhibitors avoid due to their cheapskate, nickel-and-dime attitudes about putting on a show with celluloid and digital.” See the video interview with BL&S’s Chapin Cutler on Hollywood Elsewhere by Jeffrey Wells.
September 2011 – BL&S’s Larry Shaw and Strider Slocum earn certification from InfoComm International: Larry Shaw, CTS® and Strider Slocum, CTS® of Boston Light & Sound, based in Boston, MA, have earned their certification from InfoComm International. The Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) credential is for audiovisual professionals who have demonstrated extensive knowledge of the technology used in audio, video and display systems, and a competence, dedication, and commitment to their profession. View full press release [PDF].
May 2011 – “Misuse of 3-D digital lens leaves 2-D movies in the dark” from The Boston Globe.
What happens when theatres use 3-D lenses to show 2-D films? BL&S’s co-founder Chapin Cutler “...estimates that a film projected through a Sony with the 3-D lens in place and other adjustments not made can be as much as 85 percent darker than a properly projected film.” Read the full article by Ty Burr from The Boston Globe.
April 2011 – Alcorn McBride delivers for BL&S at numerous film festivals:
“For years, we have been looking for a device that could be encoded for screen washes, sponsor tags and trailers” says Chapin Cutler, President of Boston Light & Sound and Technical Director of the Sundance Film Festival. Find out how Alcorn McBride helped BL&S find what they were looking for here. From Projection, Lights and Staging News.
February 2011 – BL&S, SIA Acoustics upgrade Boston College’s Theater Arts Center:
Hear about how Boston Light & Sound teamed up with system design consultant SIA Acoustics to overhaul the sound system at the Robsham Theater Arts Center in “SIA Acoustics, BLS Upgrade Theater With JBL” from ProSound News.
January 2011 – Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s open air theatre:
Get behind-the-scenes details and see photos from the 2010 festival’s centerpiece – an open air theatre on the esplanade – from Projection, Lights and Staging News.
October 2010 – “A Reel Deal for Blind, Deaf: Prodded by attorney general, theaters offering more gear to help the disabled enjoy films” Read the full article by Johnny Diaz of The Boston Globe here.
September 2010 – BL&S screens “The Town” premiere in Fenway Park:
“We actually like going into places where people think you can’t do a good job showing a movie, and Fenway Park was one of those,” says BL&S’s Chapin Cutler. Get the technical details on how BL&S screened “The Town” at Boston’s own Fenway Park in “Electro-Voice Goes To Town in Fenway Park”
from ProSound News. Read more about how BL&S did it here.
Hear about the large screen on the visitor’s dugout and the star-filled evening in “Ben Affleck brings ‘The Town’ premiere home to Fenway,” from The LA Times. See the trailer here.
September 2010 – Another year of “The SHOW” at Telluride:
“Experience of Telluride still like no other,” writes Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post. BL&S has been involved with technical guidance for the Telluride Film Festival since 1982. Read more here.
September 2010 – BL&S receives Crestron DigitalMedia™ certification:
Strider Slocum, system designer at Boston Light & Sound, recently achieved the certification of Digital Media Certified Engineer through Crestron Electronics, Inc. of Rockleigh, NJ. BL&S is now fully equipped to design, install, commission, and troubleshoot Crestron DigitalMedia™ systems.
July 2010 – Theatre agreement increases accessibility for hearing and visually impaired: “As the nation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hearing and visually impaired residents of Massachusetts will gain greater accessibility to movie theaters through a settlement reached by Attorney General Martha Coakley with the three largest movie theater chains in Massachusetts.” View full press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office here. BL&S is an experienced system integrator for the Rear Window Captioning System and DVS Theatrical, providing theatres with complete system design, installation, and service.
July 2010 – From the Traverse City Film Festival:
Hear how “3-D techs keep movies on cutting edge,” in this article by Sheri McWhirter of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
January 2010 – Navigating the world of digital convergence:
View “The Art House and Digital Cinema” Presentation [PDF], presented by Robert Harris of BL&S to a conference of art house cinema owners.
October 2009 – BL&S designs specialty cinema sound for DOHA Tribeca Film Festival: Michael Rome of BL&S explains one of the nuances of film festival audio: “You’re not looking for the subjective, overwhelming power of a rock concert, but rather a precise match to a specification.” Read the full article from Meyer Sound, featuring Boston Light & Sound and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival here. Read more about BL&S’s involvement here.
October 2009 – BL&S selected for PRO AV 60:
We are pleased to announce that Boston Light & Sound was chosen as one of “The PRO AV 60” by Pro AV magazine. Find out how we answered the question “What’s Your Best Advice for Succeeding in Pro AV?” and get the full story here: http://www.svconline.com/proav/business_the-pro-av-60-17-bread-and-butter-integrators/