The new venture enables interested parties – lighting and visual designers, DOPs, directors, gaffers, grips, engineers and techs of all types and from all sectors who are into creative and practical lighting – so they can utilise and maximise their time in self-isolation to learn cool new things.The Astera Academy is doing its bit to help make the best out of the worldwide situation and assist the creative entertainment technology industry.
A statement from the company said: “We all know that the entertainment and production industry in all sectors has been hit hard by Covid-19. With almost all events cancelled, and theatres closed. Many venues have been stepping up to become makeshift hospitals and quarantine centers. Some companies have been engaging in alternative activities to help fight the virus in any way possible, while others have been shutting and temporarily laying off staff. So, trying to stay inventive and inspired as we all stand strong together to come through this – has become something of a mission.The Astera Academy offers free webinars allowing people to learn more about the AsteraApp and various Astera lighting fixtures.
Each webinar is streaming twice a day – to cater for Europe and Asia, with an afternoon session for the convenience of the Americas – and will last between 30 and 60 minutes. The broadcast is coming from Astera’s European HQ in Munich, and all times are listed as central European time zone (CET).Meanwhile, Astera’s HQ in Munich and factory in China also remain open.
Stringent measures have been introduced to ensure all the workplaces and employees stay safe and that all the rules for social distancing are being strictly observed during the lock-down periods. This includes splitting the offices into small teams with separate entrances, while home office working has been implemented for all where this is safe and practical.Repairs and other packages can go in and out as usual as Astera continues to provide technical – and moral – support to its distributors, dealers, end users and all collaborators and partners globally.
Most – but not all – of the worldwide service centers are open, and customers are being advised to check before sending something in.