How to use a scale ruler to add dimensions to a light plot.
Here's the worksheet I created for the exercise.
Here's the paper version of the Scale Rulers. When you print these out, be sure you have the print output set to No Scaling. The pdf needs to print full size to be in the proper scale. I suggest you still check it with an actual ruler. Also, if you make copies, double check those as well. I've had copiers enlarge/reduce by just 1-3% and it knocks everything off.
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"over the course of his 10 weeks there, a little taste of everything. Sometimes even that was too much; the job called ''Super'' meant picking cigarette butts and other garbage from the brilliant green lawn in front of the theater. Other jobs were hit or miss. ''Run Crew'' might mean operating a spotlight for the new musical ''R Shomon'' at the festival's smaller stage, the Nikos; or dressing its star, Audra McDonald; or mopping the deck or setting the props or filling actors' glasses with too much ice and getting upbraided for it. The best assignment was ''Lines,'' which meant helping one of the Equity actors (perhaps Ms. Tomei?) memorize her part."
While paper and pencil were the preferred method of many designers even ten years ago, today, designers are expected to use computer-based programs to support their design work. Current lighting technology has also increased the need for a diverse body of computer software applications.
I use this worksheet to help my students learn how to add dimensions between lighting units on a sample light plot. Adding dimensions while drafting a light plot saves an immense amount of time and during the lighting crew calls when the lights are being found in the theatre.
I've created a short totorial on making rough-sketched collection of 2 point perspective boxes. This was for my drafting and draing for theatre class at CSU.
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A quick how-to on using an architects' scale ruler and completing a Scale Ruler worksheet for my Drafting & Drawing and my Fundamentals class at CSU.
Reading and/or measuring with a scale ruler is a basic skill required for many involved with design and/or technical theater.
A copy of the worksheet and the paper version of the scale rulers are posted here.