blake garner

Control and Network Consultant

Blake Garner has been involved in lighting design, networks & control systems field for over ten years.

With Saber, Blake designs and specifies networks to support our lighting, audio and video designs. Recent examples include the lighting control network for themed attraction Ravenstone Castle, Ba Na Hills, Vietnam with Lead Consultants ITEC Entertainment, and for developer SunGroup.

As Technical Coordinator for the last five Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks displays on Sydney Harbour (NYE 2013-2017), he has managed and coordinated all the technical elements required for a global event that showcases Sydney to the world. Coordinating and specifying the technology controlling the pyrotechnics, lighting, soundtrack, video projection, BOH communication and backup communication systems in such a way that is frame-accurate, reliable and fully redundant is a key part of the position. All of the elements, scattered across the harbour must be seamlessly combined where it is then watched by a million people in the city, and broadcast to a billion people world-wide.

He is an expert in immersive exhibitions and displays, starting his career as the lighting programmer for the lighting, wind, strobe and other immersive effects of a display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as far back as 2007, that is still running to this day. Since then, he has gone on to program and specify lighting control systems for theatre, music and shows at the Sydney Opera House (2010-), Vivid Sydney (2014, 2016, 2017), Les Miserables Australian Tour (2014-15) and War Horse China Tour for the National Theatre, London (2015-2016).

Blake’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Computer Science and IT Systems from the University of Western Australia, as well as an Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Lighting) from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Together, these skills in technology and event lighting has placed him in a unique position to fully harness the rapid and exciting opportunities in modern event control systems.