November 29, 2003 was the laser entertainment industry's equivalent of Hollywood's Oscar night: over a dozen companies from five nations were honored for artistic achievement during a gala celebration at the historic Le Plaza Theatre in Brussels.
The International Laser Display Association's (ILDA) awards honored a wide spectrum of applications ranging from a citywide festival in Budapest to pulsating beam shows for nightclubs and discotheques. The awards were preceded by an elaborate opening ceremony created by Laser System Europe that included aquatic fountains, dancers, live ice sculpting and, of course, laser effects.
LOBO electronic of Aalen, Germany received the most awards of any single company, taking honors in nine of ILDA's fourteen artistic categories, including four first place awards. The company's three-dimensional beam shows took four awards, with all the shows created through a subscription service that provides clients with a new show each month.
ILDA members and invited guests, forming an audience of about 100, were given a special treat during the awards ceremony when Paris-based magician Theo Dari performed his award-winning "Laserman" show. Dari's unique act combines science fiction with sleight-of-hand, and features an alien-looking magician who uses his bare hands to manipulate laser beams with the speed and deceit of a card shark. The crowd of seasoned laser professionals -- no easy group to please -- gave Dari a standing ovation.
Additional highlights of the awards included a 1st Place to US-based LFI International for the "Surpraser" stage show in Seoul, South Korea, which combines live actors and dancers with powerful laser effects. Laser System Europe of Belgium, which hosted ILDA's conference, took fist place for the opening ceremony of Moscow's Utah Games. The show synchronized lighting, sound, aquatic fountains and laser displays with live performers. LOBO electronic's "Mystere" show took 1st Place in the Indoor Show category, and featured the company's new Scanline Laser Video projections used in conjunction with vector laser graphics and atmospheric laser effects.
ILDA Standard Projector - Beam Module
1st: "Fantasmic", Laserlight Showdesign
2nd: "Diva", LOBO electronic GmbH
3rd (tie): "Dove e L’amore", Laserlight Showdesign
3rd (tie): "Hard Caress", LOBO electronic GmbH
ILDA Standard Projector - Cel Animation
1st: "Dino", LOBO electronic GmbH
2nd: "Kokopelli Dance", Laser Force, Inc.
ILDA Standard Projector - Computer Animation
1st: "Ford", Lasertainment Productions Inc.
2nd: "Material Girl", Laser Show Design
3rd: "SilverStar", LOBO electronic GmbH
ILDA Standard Projector - Graphic Module
1st: "Burt the Turtle", LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH
2nd: "Power of the Dream", Laser Force, Inc.
3rd: "Winter Wonderland", Laser Force, Inc.
Honorable Mention: "Laser Bond-007", Lasertainment Productions Inc.
ILDA Standard Projector - Graphic & Beam Module
1st: "Dirty Mary", LOBO electronic GmbH
2nd: "Walking Stick", Laser Spectacles, Inc.
3rd: "Wyrms w/Bowties", Laser Spectacles, Inc.
1st: "Neo", LOBO electronic GmbH
2nd: "Burly Brawl", Emagit Design
3rd: "Hard Edge", Laser Magic Ltd
Honorable Mention: "El Baile", LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH
1st: "Bathwater", LFI International
2nd: "There, There", LFI International
1st: "I’m too Sexy", Laser Show Design
2nd: "Hey Baby", LFI International
3rd: "Porsche Cayenne", HB-Laserkomponenten GmbH
1st: "Cubi Bubi", LFI International
2nd: "Mercedes SL500", LOBO electronic GmbH
3rd: "Edwin Plat", LOBO electronic GnbH
1st: "Mystère", LOBO electronic GmbH
2nd: "Mooy", Emagit Design
3rd: "Euforia", Laserpromotions B.V.
1st: "Seoulland "Surpraser", LFI International
2nd: "Over the Rainbow", Laser Show Design
3rd: "National Day Budapest 2002", LOBO electronic GmbH
1st: "Utah Games Ceremonies", Laser System Europe
2nd: "Mysteries of the World, LOBO electronic GmbH
3rd: "ILDA 2002 Awards Ceremony Opening Show", Lighting Systems Design
1st: "Laserman", Laser System Europe
2nd: "Taps", Laser Spectacles, Inc.
3rd: "Countdown", LOBO electronic GmbH
2nd: "The LPV File Format and Tools", LaserAnimation Sollinger
The LPV File Format and Associated Tools offer a realistic preview of laser shows on a standard PC without any specific laser hardware. The LPV file format allows realistic simulation of both laser graphics and atmospherics, while reducing file size and securing content for easy distribution across the Internet.
Honorable Mention: "LCC Avatar", MediaLas
The MediaLas LCC Avatar is an updated laser control center console with CompactFlash memory that offers many real-time functions for laser output. The console has a crash-immune OS and offers a wide range of features tailored for live performance.
Honorable Mention: "Optical Showlink Transcoder", Raven Systems Design, LLC
The second generation Optical Showlink Transcoder allows seamless connection of ADAT to ILDA/DMX/MIDI connections, offers additional signal processing/subencoding, a 1U box for three universes, and supports long-distance optical links via standard telco-fiber.
(No 1st or 3rd places were awarded)
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