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Christmas Expo: The "great" Class

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I am very excited to be teaching what I have coined "The Great Class: Great Music, Great Programming, Great Show"

I'll be teaching on June 17th at 2:45 PM and we will be discussing how to approach show creation from the ground up.


In this class I assume you know how to use LOR software and hardware so we focus entirely on the creative side of show creation from picking music to sequencing to presentation. I'll share with you my secret formula for creating a great musical show and we'll have some brainstorming fun along the way :)


I can't WAIT to see you there!


Here is the full description:

Great Music, Great Programming, Great Show! (feel free to come up with a better title) You learned the Light-O-Rama software, you bought controllers, now what? This advanced class will guide you through the process of choosing great music and advanced sequencing ideas that will help you take audiences on a journey when visiting your musical light show. We will also showcase some of the lesser known secrets employed by Disney and other companies that make their shows emotionally gripping and memorable.

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My Wifey and I wish we could attend your class at the Expo as I am sure it will be popular and beneficial to many, both newbies and experienced. It's funny you should mention Disney,  We truly do feel the spirit of Disney when we do our sequencing as Walt himself was a Master at 'Story Telling' which gives us inspiration to pull off a Wonderful Lightshow.


BTW.    We love the title of your class no need to change it.

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Jeff, are you gonna have slides or video by chance. I cant make expo this year but hope to next year.. would really love to attend this class... 

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Unfortunately we did not take any videos and the slides (on their own) are not really helpful without the class itself.

I'm not the type of instructor that just reads the slides so it wouldn't really do you much good.


Hope to see you next year though!

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