Construct and implement your own lighting designs with the most trusted guide to stage lighting! An entertaining and educational read, author Steven Louis Shelley draws from his 35+ years of diverse experience to bring you the step-by-step technical tools for getting 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. Some of the topics covered:
* Deduction of the research, production meetings, and personal choices that result in evolution of the core lighting design documents
* Chapters analyzing technical specifications, advancing production facilities, and turning that information into accurate draftings
* Illustrated step-by-step construction of some of the systems in the preliminary light plot
* Examination of the processes involved in construction and submission of shop orders, and reacting to bids, cuts and changes that affect the light plot
* Discussions about preparations prior to the load-in, including prepping the lighting rental package, creating truck packs, and watching run-throughs
This enlightening reference is a necessary addition to anyone serious about stage lighting.
* Over 60 new topics and forums, including creating and negotiating contracts, Technical Rehearsal Tactics, and working with stage managers, assistants and others during rehearsals
* Learn what you'll need to have for each phase of the project, from the load-in and programming the lighting console through the focus session to the cueing session, the tech rehearsals and (finally!) the performance
* Get the trouble shooting tips you need quickly with 'Shelley's Notes' and 'Shelley's Soapbox'
* Know what you're getting into--Understand what affects your lighting design, such as the contract, the budget, the size of production, the schedule, and the performance facility
* Learn from others' mistakes--Real-life examples show you what working in an array of productions is actually like.