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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, 3rd Edition

Book Description

In the first edition of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.

In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that go on before the light plot is finalized and ready to go to into the shop, even dealing with cutting the plot in half.

In this third edition, Shelley throws the door wide open and shows step-by-step how to construct every lighting system in the Hokey light plot. Combining his diacritical analysis, killer drafting, and analytic use of the Slinky Method and Slinky Calculations, he presents the Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems and shows the basic methods used to create multi-instrument lighting systems.

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments for the Third Edition
  9. Chapter 1 A Review
    1. Introduction
    2. The Theatrical Space
    3. Theatrical Stage Nomenclature
    4. Hanging Position and Focus Nomenclature
    5. Light Nomenclature and Mathematics
    6. Color
    7. Electricity and Distribution
    8. Control
    9. Lighting Instruments
    10. The Staff of a Production
    11. The Production Schedule
    12. The Light Plot and Lighting Section
    13. Summary
  10. Chapter 2 Paperwork Overview
    1. The Document Pre-Approval and Distribution Charts
    2. Summary
  11. Stage 1 Research and Analysis
    1. Chapter 3 Background Preparations and Preliminary Design Paperwork
      1. Introduction
      2. Background Preparations
      3. Meetings
      4. Hokey Re-Analysis
      5. Summary
    2. Chapter 4 The Parameters
      1. Introduction
      2. Define the Contract
      3. Define the Communication
      4. Define the Production Schedule
      5. Define by the Budget
      6. Define by Type and Size of Production
      7. Define by Origin
      8. Define by Movement
      9. Define by Mode of Transport
      10. Define the Performance Facility
      11. Summary
  12. Stage 2 Construction and Reaction: Preliminary Documents
    1. Chapter 5 Create the Preliminary Drawings
      1. Introduction
      2. The Preliminary Drawings
      3. The Preliminary Section
      4. The Preliminary Groundplan
      5. The Front Elevation
      6. Summary
    2. Chapter 6 Creating the Preliminary Lighting Section and Light Plot
      1. Introduction
      2. Define the Hokey Lighting Systems
      3. Construct the Lighting Systems
      4. Backlight
      5. Downlight
      6. Sidelight
      7. Frontlight
      8. Scenic Light
      9. Backdrops and Translucencies: Analysis
      10. Peripheral Light
      11. Summary
    3. Chapter 7 Compiling and Sending Out the Shop Order
      1. Introduction
      2. The Lighting Rental Shop
      3. The Shop Order
      4. The Labor
      5. The Masking and Scenic Goods Rental Order
      6. Summary
    4. Chapter 8 Cuts and Changes
      1. Introduction
      2. The Bidding Process
      3. The Budget Gets Slashed
      4. Summary
  13. Stage 3 Preparation and Implementation: The Lighting Design is Documented and Installed
    1. Chapter 9 The Light Plot, Section, and Support Paperwork Packet
      1. Introduction
      2. The Light Plot
      3. The Lighting Section
      4. The Support Paperwork
      5. Summary
    2. Chapter 10 The Load-In and Focus Packet
      1. Introduction
      2. The Hang Plot
      3. The Headset Layout Groundplan
      4. Computer Lighting Console Information
      5. Focus Information
      6. Summary
    3. Chapter 11 The Cue Construction Packet
      1. Introduction
      2. The Magic Sheet
      3. The Cheat Sheet
      4. The Cue Master
      5. Forms
      6. Summary
    4. Chapter 12 Prior to the Load-In
      1. Introduction
      2. Confirm Paperwork Distribution
      3. Reacting to Changes
      4. Prepping the Rental Light Package
      5. Pre-Programming Lighting Console Information
      6. The Production Schedule
      7. Watching the Run-Through
      8. Final Preparations for the Load-In
      9. Summary
    5. Chapter 13 The Load-In and Setup
      1. Introduction
      2. Before the Load-In Begins
      3. The Load-In Begins
      4. Spiking the Deck
      5. Hanging the Light Plot
      6. Position the Booms
      7. Setting up the Lighting Console
      8. Check the Production Table
      9. Followspots
      10. Hot Test the Position
      11. Setting the Trims
      12. The First Channel Check
      13. Summary
    6. Chapter 14 The Focus Session
      1. Introduction
      2. Overview
      3. Focus Analysis
      4. Focus Techniques and Notes
      5. Focus Tips
      6. Focus Checklists
      7. Focusing the Hokey Light Plot
      8. Summary
    7. Chapter 15 The Light Cue Level Setting Session and Technical Rehearsals
      1. Introduction
      2. Light Cue Level Setting Session Analysis
      3. Before the Cueing Session
      4. The Cueing Session
      5. Followspots
      6. The Technical Rehearsal
      7. Prior to the Technical Rehearsal
      8. Before the Final Rehearsal
      9. Summary
    8. Chapter 16 The Performance
      1. Introduction
      2. Before the Performance
      3. The Show Call
      4. The Performance
      5. After the Show
  14. Stage 4 Archive and Final Activities: The Lighting Design is Cleaned Up and Stored
    1. Chapter 17 Archiving and Final
      1. Introduction
      2. Archive Overview
      3. Summary
  15. Appendix A
  16. Appendix B
  17. Glossary
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index