'Rating the Oscars: Event Producers Give the 2015 Academy Awards a B+'
Some of the country's top industry professionals discuss what they liked and didn't like at the 87th Academy Awards.
February 23, 2015
by Claire Hoffman
Jon Retsky, co-owner and lead designer of Got Light:
“While slightly and possibly a bit too reminiscent of last year’s Oscars (I’m still not sure what the intention was behind recycling bits and pieces of 2014), this year did offer a dynamic new level of design and production that was refreshing to see. When the show wasn’t being upstaged by Lady Gaga performing The Sound of Music (shocking) or Neil Patrick Harris in his tighty whities (refreshing), it offered a dynamic and layered design, bringing together lighting, video, and scenic in a way that nearly fooled the eye—in a good way! There were many moments where it was difficult to discern what was scenic and what was video. Frankly, I enjoyed the fact that even I was tricked and couldn’t make the distinction at times. While last year offered simple and classic elegance, this year built upon that by adding in an industrial and futuristic layer, bordering on some new hybrid form of steampunk? I think it’s fair to say that the antique Edison lightbulb in all its exposed, raw glory isn’t going anywhere soon! Clearly this look is still very much the trend. The fluid movement of flying the bulbs in and out during transitions was a sexy and smart move. The opening number (which, let’s face it,is the most important moment in the entire show) was smart. Very smart—and super high-energy from a design standpoint. It offered scenic video in multiple layers and in a way that created an ever-changing depth and fluidity. What more perfect a way to 'fall in love with moving pictures' again then to embody that very element.”
Letter Grade: A-
'Why tech companies spend so much on holiday parties'
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2014
by Wendy Lee
“It’s not a buffet station and bar, and thank you for coming,” said Jon Retsky, co-owner and lead designer for Got Light, a San Francisco lighting company. “It’s custom-designed props. It feels like the dot-com days are back a little bit.”
Retsky said business is so busy this holiday season, he’s had to turn potential customers away.
Got Light's 'Brilliant Lighting' | Photographic Gallery
Special Events Magazine
November 4, 2014
The talented team at San Francisco's Got Light shares a gorgeous gallery of special event lighting.Video mapping has become the leading and driving force for event design.
Using video as a decor and scenic element tells your story and invites guests into a fully interactive experience.
Video mapping allows an event to dramatically change colors, moods, and themes within a singular space.
'The Light Fantastic: New Trends and Tools for Event Lighting' article featuring Got Light
Special Events Magazine
November 1, 2014
by Susan Cuadrado
“Lighting carries a strong and immediate presence — defining personality, style, vibe, time, season, theme, emotion and energy from the moment guests enter a space, immediately informing guests of the event’s environment and story,” says Jon Retsky, co-owner and lead designer at San Francisco-based Got Light.
San Francisco, California (October 28, 2014) San Francisco’s leading lighting design team Got Light has been named BizBash National 2014 Event Style Awards Winner for Best Event Lighting Design for their ethereal Redwood Forest Wedding.
“Receiving our first BizBash award, as determined by fellow event professionals, is an extremely flattering honor,” says co-owner Jon Retsky. “Over the past ten years, our success has been built on creatively transforming empty spaces by employing innovative solutions and designs,” explains co-owner Russell Holt. “We are proud Got Light has been recognized as a national leader in event lighting design.”
We are celebrating this honor with our amazing staff and crew who made this enormous undertaking happen! And a big thank you to our event partners Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, Ken Fulk Inc., Preston Bailey, and Zephyr Tents!!
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San Francisco, California (July 10, 2014) San Francisco’s leading event design team Got Light is proud to reveal their ten new illuminated decor collections. From chandeliers to marquee lights, rustic to chic, their entire collection has evolved to match the latest architectural trends. Their online decor gallery (http://www.got-light.com/decor) provides a visual, in-depth look of ten collections.
“Nearing our tenth anniversary, launching these new decor collections is an exciting step in Got Light’s continued growth. These exciting new products are providing renewed character and energy to all events,” says co-owner Jon Retsky. “Got Light’s success has been built on creatively transforming empty spaces by employing innovative solutions and designs,” explains Got Light co-owner Russell Holt. “With these newly launched collections, we are taking events to the next level.”
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San Francisco, California (April 23, 2014) Entering their tenth year as San Francisco’s premier event design and production company, Got Light announces an event-first for SFMOMA’s The Modern Ball 2014, the museum’s biennial fund-raising gala on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. In partnership with San Francisco’s resident creative genius Stanlee R. Gatti, Got Light will delight guests with high-voltage visual energy at the Bay Area’s biggest art bash held outside the museum for the very first time.
Got Light is planning new surprises around every corner at all three signature experiences: The Gala Dinner, The Supper Club, and The Post-Modern Party. Beginning with cocktails at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, Gala Dinner guests will enjoy a unique, tented space atop its waterfall at Yerba Buena Gardens Terrace; Supper Club guests will retreat to City View Terrace at Metreon. Throughout all locales, the reveling art benefactors will be immersed in Got Light’s lighting, audio, and video.
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San Francisco, California (September 24, 2013) We are happy to officially welcome reFRACTion to the Got Light family! Together, Got Light and technical design firm reFRACTion, LLC, will bring astounding lighting and audio innovations to the Bay Area.
Our combined synergy of ReFRACTion's team of artists, engineers, and technicians within Got Light's fold will further expand our ability to execute astounding events for our clients.
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San Francisco, California (August 7, 2013) Entering their tenth year as the Bay Area’s premiere wedding and event lighting designers, Got Light was honored to create the setting for the lavish affair alongside celebrated event producer and caterer Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, and under the direction of designers Preston Bailey and Ken Fulk. With newly released photos featured in Vanity Fair Magazine and the internet abuzz leading up to the event, Got Light is happy to have been a part of the team!
Got Light consists of passionate designers, producers, and engineers, all of whom were dedicated to the creation of Sean Parker’s vision of a “performance-art project” set in a modern-day enchanted forest. Got Light expertly layered color, texture, kinetic movement, and subtle highlights to create the ethereal fairytale environment the couple envisioned.
San Francisco, California (May 11, 2013) Got Light, San Francisco Bay Area Event Lighting Design Company, will design another spectacular event for revelers at San Francisco Symphony’s Spring Gala on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Headlined by Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monáe, the concert event will benefit the Orchestra’s music and education programs. Both the pre-party and after-party at San Francisco City Hall will be transformed by Got Light’s signature style of elegance, artistry, and fun. Entering their fifth year as the Symphony’s exclusive fundraising event lighting designers, Got Light is also established as one of San Francisco City Hall’s featured and preferred companies.
San Francisco, California (April 26, 2013) Got Light celebrates their nine-year anniversary as San Francisco Bay Area's leader in producing artistic lighting and event design, creating dramatic environments with light, audio, video, projection art, video mapping, drape, and staging. Nearing a decade in the events industry, they have recently expanded business development by relocating to a larger office and warehouse space, presenting their first-ever client showcase, undertaking a rebranding process, and creating new staff positions.