Lighting Board Notes

 

The role of the lighting designer within theatre is to work with the director, set designer, and costume designer, to create an overall 'look' for the show in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety and cost. The lighting designer also works closely with the stage manager on show control programming.

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We have modern, computer capable equipment for lighting design. From this station, the house manager can control all the lights in the building. There is a special emergency switch in the system that when thrown shuts down all the lights instantly. The house lights have emergency battery backup power to special lamps in the art deco sconces that provide illumination in any emergency.

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Drawing Lines

How to draw a straight line

Sounds simple doesn't it? Draw a straight line. Go ahead, give it a try. Take your pencil and draw a straight line. Hint: drawing a line side to side is easier then up and down. Not easy is it? Now, try a ruler. In technical theater we use rulers all the time. You don't have one? How about the edge of an index card? Maybe the edge of that math book you want to throw across the room. You have a lot of straight edges you could use in place of a ruler. 

Several tools are available to use to draw our lines.

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Painting

These painting pages are our newest addition to the site. Given time, we hope that they will help you in creating your scenic elements for your productions. We've added a link to a site that has sets of instructions for decorative painting techniques.

See also the "pro corner" page.

One of the most often painted fake things are doors. These sliding doors are actually flat flats. Paint is applied in the direction that wood grain would run for each board. Then, hi-lights and shadows are added to give the effect of depth. To learn this technique, you should start with a basic gray door and then paint lighter & darker gray panels. After that, add white hi-lights and black shadows. sldngd1

 

 

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BEING A SOUND OPERATOR

"PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR•.

It is expected of any technician that they be prompt, efficient, and responsible. Further, they must be supportive of the team's efforts to put on a good show. In line with that, they should have a good understanding of the chain of command, and what position they hold on the ladder. The SOUND OPERATOR gets their initial instructions on the show from the sound designer, after which they become a part of the running crew responsible to the Stage Manager.

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Sound Design

 

What sounds happen at the donut shop? Perhaps they play Muzak. The sound designer would be wise to sit and enjoy a donut as well. Quietly. Just listen for a while. how does a donut shop make regular things sound? Crispy Cream makes their donuts in the shop. What does the machine sound like?

So, you don't have a sound effects library? You don't have time to deal with burning a show CD? Do you have $100 in the budget to have a pro do all the work for you? Design By Wire! Check this place out. They'll do it all for you... Here's an example of a sound cue sheet from them.

 

 

 


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Murrow's Sound Equipment

 Here's what we have. The links are to the web sites that contain info about each piece of equipment and may even have a copy of the manual. 
Our sound rack. It's being stored in our tool cage at the moment. We goofed a little. When we were designing the rack, we measured all the doors we thought we would need to pass through. Then the plan changed and we wanted to use the old storage closet... You guessed it; we didn't measure the closet door. The rack is an inch too wide. Yuk!!! rack1 rack2

 

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Subcategories

SFX EFX

Special Effects for the stage is a wide ranging area of stage magic. Making a light flash, and door swing open on its own, making "fire" on stage could all be considered special effects. Several articles here may also belong to other categories. Such as electrics, rigging, sound, etc...

Rigging

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

Knots for Theater

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.