For further reference: Gillette, Michael J. Theatrical Design and Production, 3rd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1992. Chapter 12, pp. 288-317.
Controllable properties of Light:
Functions of stage lighting:
- Selective Focus
Color and direction:
- -Key and fill
- -Warm and cool
- Motivated light
- Motivating light
Functions and uses:
- Area lighting
Designing the Lighting
Begin with the same design process as the scenic designer:
- Script analysis
- Initial conferences with the artistic team
- Research: sketching and collecting lighting images
- Conferences with the artistic team
- Presentation of lighting images and color ideas
- Agreement and conceptual approval
- Technical communication:
- Rehearsal research
-Lighting keys and maps
- Cue the show
-Place all cues and describe all effects
-Use rehearsal research keys to determine lighting angles and effects.
-Colors can be determined and assigned in the research keys.
- Create the effects list
- Draft the section
- Create a work plot
-Mark all focus, lamp, color, other info on the plot at the instrument.
- Go through the effects list one-by-one, and place instruments to create each.
- Adjust work plot to conform to inventory and limitations
- Develop instrument schedules
- Analyze schedules for complete implementation of design in the plot
- Do the dimmer assignment. This is most easily done with reference to the effects list.
- Complete the hookup schedule.
- Draw a finish plot.