On July 16th, 2019 the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. hosted an historic and exciting evening, culminating with a laser show.
The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The Homecoming Celebration Dinner featured; Apollo 11 Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Dr. Margrit von Braun and a star-studded line-up of NASA personalities.
To represent the past and into the future, two 30-foot tall models of the Apollo 11 and the new SLS rockets flanked the main stage.
ILDA Member Kozmic Lazer Show provided simulated launches, with jet rocket blasts and filled the room with lasers. The dazzling lasers shot down the entire 426-foot Davidson Center building, covering the Apollo 11 rocket; all set to music of "Space Camp" by John Williams.
Kozmic Lazer Show owner Patrick Sittnick said, “My team and I were greatly honored to be part of such a monumental historic event.”
— From EIN Presswire
The 2019 ILDA Conference will be in Orlando, Florida from November 8 through 10. Two laser safety classes will be on Nov. 7, and there will be a group theme park visit on Nov. 11.
The conference hotel is the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, in the north Lake Buena Vista area near the Disney Springs shopping and restaurant district. Two-room suites are normally $200 or more, but for ILDA attendees the rate is only $139 per night for 1 or 2 persons.
Orlando area attractions include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. The Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land at Disney's Hollywood Studios opens in August, so this will be new to most ILDA attendees.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is about 1 hour away. In addition, Florida has some of the best beaches in the U.S., including Cocoa and Daytona beaches, about 1¼ to 1½ hours away.
For more information on the Conference and on hotel registration, visit the 2019 Conference page.
The 2018 ILDA Award winners were announced at a gala presentation November 12, 2018 — the finale of the ILDA Conference in Montréal.
Congratulations to all winners, and especially to the recipient of ILDA's highest honor, Glenn Thomas, the 2018 Career Achievement Award winner. His acceptance speech and a list of all the award winners are at the 2018 Awards page.
A PDF booklet containing all the 2018 ILDA Award winners is now online. It contains a list of all the winners along with a description of each winning entry.
Also, a compilation video is now at YouTube. It has short excerpts from each of the winners, giving a good overview of the best laser shows in the world. Click the image below to watch the video on this page.
The 28-minute 2018 ILDA Award winners compilation video includes work from the three top shows in each of these categories:
We also have the 2017, 2016 and 2015 ILDA Award compilation videos. Each one is about 20-25 minutes long, and has the best shows from those years.
2017 ILDA Awards compilation
If you want to see each 2017 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2017 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.
2016 ILDA Awards compilation
If you want to see each 2016 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2016 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.
2015 ILDA Awards compilation
ILDA is pleased to publish the online version of Glenn Thomas' book "The Laserium® Laserist: The Greatest Job on Earth."
The book is a fascinating look at the pioneering efforts that first brought the beauty of laser light to wide audiences.
In the early 1970's, filmmaker Ivan Dryer created the first permanent laser light show, Laserium®, at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. It dazzled audiences there for 28 years.
Glenn Thomas's book describes the technical and artistic efforts that go into a Laserium® show. It was a constant battle with the technical limitations of the unwieldy krypton-ion laser. And without computer assistance, almost all of the show was performed live each night by a new artist, the "laserist."
We hope ILDA Members and the general public will enjoy this account from a person who loved his work and felt, as so many of us do, that being a laserist is "the greatest job on earth."
ILDA thanks Glenn Thomas for permission to put this online, the ILDA Board for supporting Glenn and this book, and the current holder of the Laserium® trademark, Tim Zigenbein of LumaLaser Inc and Laserium.com.
Other ILDA websites: ILDAmember.com for membership database and event management (including joining ILDA), and LasershowSafety.info for safety information.
No reproduction of the text or images on this website is allowed without written permission of ILDA or other copyright holders. "ILDA" and the ILDA logo are trademarks of the International Laser Display Association.
Photo credits: Large slideshow pictures, in order — “Rainbow” by ILDA; “Prolight Sound 2017" by KVANT, "Corporate Lumia" by Pinnacle Laser Productions, "Stardancer at IMAGINE - Dubai Festival City" by Laservision Mega Media, "Date Night" by Derek Abbott, "Glowing" by David Kumpula, "Angel" by KVANT, "Alan Walker ADE" by Laserimage AB, "IMAGINE - Dubai Festival City" by Laservision Mega Media. Green beams above column 1 (The universe’s most unique light) — “Scooter” by Lightline Lasertechnik.