Lighting paper includes: dimmer drafting paper, scale ruler, lighting template for drafting units, pencils, drafting triangles, sketch pads, pads of lined paper, and more. But, what about the computer and some drafting program??? Lighting design has been around far longer then computers. you don’t need them. Yes, managing a large show can be a bit easier with a good paperwork program, but it is far from necessary. Have you heard the story about how NASA spent thousands and thousands of dollars on inventing a pen that would write in space: they could have used a pencil….

The interdisciplinary nature of the work of the lighting designer is reflected by terms originating in architecture, and computer graphics. The performing arts design must provide a coordinated approach that encompasses all facets of the complex facilities. From space planning to systems design, all aspects must be made in coordination with each other to yield a successful project. 

The audience expects a place of convenience and comfort where the performance can be seen and heard without distractions. Performers and technicians need workable backstage areas and good theatre systems in order to do their work safely, comfortably and well. Management requires a facility that is attractive to audiences and artists alike and is efficient to operate. 

The design and engineering of these buildings involves integrating aesthetic considerations with acoustical requirements, audience access and seating, complex audio/visual systems, production lighting, architectural lighting, production communication, and ease of backstage operations. 

What is the best way to convey lighting ideas to design team? Students will gain an overall technical working knowledge of the tools of the trade, and learn how, and where to apply them to a final design. However essential technical expertise is our class stresses the artistic, conceptual, collaborative side of the craft. 

The simplicity and clarity of the lighting will help to create some of the most moving moments on stage and contribute to the emotional depth of the performance. It may be considered as a low-key but effective in establishing the place and the right ambience. The lighting has the quiet task of setting clear moods without exaggerations, giving the actors the prominence they deserve. 

The lighting designer’s concept is based on articulation, specificity and detail. The finished design must be extremely fluid, with some cues sharply defined while others flowed smoothly from on to another. The lighting designer can use scenic elements symbolically; the flashbacks lighting can be impressionistic; the lighting designer can project patterns and saturated colors. When the tension will be starker and more shadowy, the color saturation increases.

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