A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting

by Steven Louis Shelley

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Combining theory and application, A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting provides a comprehensive analysis of lighting systems along with examples and illustrations of the technical tools and methods used in the industry.

An entertaining and educational read, author Steven Louis Shelley draws from his 35+ years of diverse experience to explain how to get the job done along with real-life examples of projects from start to finish. Learn why some techniques are successful while others fail with 'Shelley's Notes' and 'Shelley's Soapbox,' all with a humor that guides you through complex problems and concepts.

Highlights include:

-Over 100 new topics, including analysis and application of the three categories of collaboration; a detailed examination of production meetings and one-on-one meetings; and meeting checklists with management and the creative team.

-Over 50 new illustrations, including Shelley's Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems; groundplans, sections, and front elevations that illustrate basic system wash configurations for each direction of light.

-Analysis, calculation, and step-by-step technical construction of each lighting system in the Hokey light plot.

-Explanation of a manufacturer's cut sheet, and how to apply basic formulas to determine the beam size, footcandles, and gel transmission for lighting instruments.

-Updated process of pre-programming computer lighting consoles prior to the load-in.

-Comprehensive overview of archiving paperwork and softcopy for a production.

Students and professionals will benefit from experience-based tips and techniques to prepare and execute a lighting design, along with learning how to avoid common traps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781135902353
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 1,192,386
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

Steven Louis Shelley has worked in theatre for over 40 years as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories of many dance companies. He's designed lighting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as concerts, television, regional theatre, and regional opera. Steve is also the inventor and patent holder of the award-winning Field Templates™ and SoftSymbols™ (www.fieldtemplate.com). He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments for the Third Edition


Chapter 1: A Review

Chapter 2: Paperwork Overview

Chapter 3: Background Preparations and Preliminary Design Paperwork

Chapter 4: The Parameters

Chapter 5: Create the Preliminary Drawings

Chapter 6: Creating the Preliminary Lighting Section and Light Plot

Chapter 7: Compiling and Sending Out the Shop Order

Chapter 8: Cuts and Changes

Chapter 9: The Light Plot, Section, and Support Paperwork Packet

Chapter 10: The Load-In and Focus Packet

Chapter 11: The Cue Construction Packet

Chapter 12: Prior to the Load-In

Chapter 13: The Load-In and Setup

Chapter 14: The Focus Session

Chapter 15: The Light Cue Level Setting Session and Technical Rehearsals

Chapter 16: The Performance

Chapter 17: Archiving and Final Activities

Appendix A

Appendix B




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