9780073514239

Designing with Light An Introduction to Stage Lighting

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    9780073514239

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    0073514233

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/22/2013
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Summary

Designing with Lightis a comprehensive survey of the practical and aesthetic aspects of stage lighting design. The authors approach stage lighting design as an art that integrates the vision of director, actor, and playwright, and as a craft that provides practical solutions for the manipulation of stage space. The sixth edition offers a wealth of new information on new trends in lighting design.

Table of Contents

PREFACE IV

CHAPTER 1

AN INTRODUCTION TO DESIGNING WITH LIGHT

Light and Perception

Design Characteristics of Light

Controllable Qualities of Light
Distribution
Intensity
Movement
Color

Functions of Stage Lighting
Visibility
Selective Focus
Modeling
Mood

Psychological Effects of Light

CHAPTER 2

LIGHTING PRODUCTION TEAM:

Organization and Responsibilities

Lighting Designer

Assistant Lighting Designer

Programmer

Master Electrician

Electricians

Production Design Team

CHAPTER 3

ELECTRICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Electricity—What Is It?

Electricity at Work
Direct and Alternating Current
A Simple Electrical Circuit
Basic Circuits
Power Calculations
More Practical Information

CHAPTER 4

LENSES, LAMPS, REFLECTORS, AND LIGHTING INSTRUMENTS

Lenses
Double Plano-Convex Lens Train
Step Lens
Fresnel Lens

Lamps and Light Sources
Incandescent Lamp
Tungsten-Halogen Lamp
Arc Sources
Light Emitting Diodes
Light Emitting Plasma
Lamp Structure
Color Temperature
Light Output of Lamps
Reflectors

Lighting Instruments
Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
Fresnel Spotlight
Striplight
Cyc Light
Ellipsoidal Reflector Floodlight
PAR Can
Followspot

Specialty Equipment
Low-Voltage Systems
Booms and Ladders

CHAPTER 5

CABLES AND CONNECTORS

Electrical Cable for Stage Use
Wire Gauge
Connecting Devices
Extension Cables

Circuiting
Permanent Wiring
Spidering
Connecting Strips and Patch Panels
Dimmer per Circuit

CHAPTER 6

INTENSITY CONTROL

Dimmers
Dimmer Control Techniques
Autotransformer Dimmer
Silicon Controlled Rectifier Dimmer
Sine Wave Dimmer
Digital Control Systems for Electronic Dimmers

Control Consoles
Group Master
Preset
Combination
Wireless Dimmer Control
Computer Memory
Computer Board Control Capabilities

Lighting System Electrical Flow

CHAPTER 7

PRACTICALS AND EFFECTS

Lighting Fixtures

Gas Lamps

Candles

Lanterns

Torches

Fire Effects

Moon Effects

Star Effects

Lightning

Explosions and Flashes

Water Effects

CHAPTER 8

COLOR

Defining Color
Color Terminology

Seeing Color

Color Mixing
Primary Colors
Secondary Colors
Complementary Colors
Filtered Light
Integrated Color Wheel

The Practical Application of Colored Light in the Theatre
Meaning of Color
Practical Color Use
Warm and Cool Colors
Color Direction
Complementary Tint Theory
Complementary Color Shadowing
Color Media

CHAPTER 9

PROJECTIONS AND MEDIA

Film-Based Media

Digital Projectors

Digital Projector Characteristics
Projection Surfaces

Keystoning

Projection Mapping
Focus Grid
3D Modeling

Playback
Slide-Based Digital Systems
Cue-Based Systems
Timeline Systems
Media Servers
Display Techniques
The Future

CHAPTER 10

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY INSTRUMENTS

Moving Light Fixtures
Control
Lamps
Color Changing
24-VDC Power Supplies
Dimming
Gobos
Beam Shape
Effects Projection
Movement
Directional Control
Examples of Moving Light Fixtures
LED-Sourced Fixtures

Fog and Haze

Stage Scaffolding

Previsualization Software

CHAPTER 11

THE DESIGN PROCESS

Commitment

Analysis
The Questioning Process

Research
Background Research
Conceptual Research

Incubation

Selection

Implementation

Evaluation

CHAPTER 12

THE IMAGE OF LIGHT

Script Analysis
First Reading
Second Reading
Third Reading

Analysis of the Image of Light
Analysis for Distribution and Intensity
Analysis for Movement
Analysis for Color

CHAPTER 13

THE LIGHTING KEY

Modeling with Light

Creating the Lighting Key

CHAPTER 14

USING THE LIGHTING KEY TO DRAW THE LIGHT PLOT

Acting and Lighting Areas

Using the Lighting Key to Draw the Light Plot

Determining the Sectional Angle

Selecting Instrument Size

Duplicating the Lighting Key

Layering

Designing Lighting Keys for Thrust and Arena Stages

CHAPTER 15

DRAFTING THE LIGHTING DESIGN

Graphic Standards for Lighting Design
The Light Plot
The Lighting Section
The Instrument Schedules and Channel Hookup Sheets
Standards for Drafting in Lighting Design

Drafting the Plot
Computer Graphics

CHAPTER 16

DESIGN EXAMPLES

Designing for Theatre Type
Proscenium Stage
Thrust Stage
Arena Stage

Designing for Theatrical Form
Drama: The Glass Menagerie
Musicals: Cabaret
Dance: The Nutcracker

CHAPTER 17

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE PROCEDURES

Organizational Tools
Electrician’s Cue Sheet
Recording Dimmer Intensity Levels
Computer Board Cueing Techniques
Designer’s Cue Sheet
Magic Sheet

Rehearsals
Lighting Rehearsal
Technical and Dress Rehearsals
Instrument and Dimmer Check

CHAPTER 18

AN INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING FOR FILM AND VIDEO

Technical Information
Color Temperature
Light Sources and Their Effects on Film and Video
F-Stops
Shutter Speed
Gray Scale
Film Latitude
Light Meters
Filters
Film Speed

Exposure Control
Take a Base Reading
Visually Analyze the Scene
Meter the Highlight/Shadow Areas

Media Lighting Instruments
Lamps
Media Lighting Fixtures
Fixtures Used on Small-Budget Productions

Design Examples

Example 1: Dunston’s Discovery

Example 2: Julio and Kate

APPENDIX A

USITT RP-2, Recommended Practice for Theatrical lighting Design Graphics – (2006)

GLOSSARY

INDEX

Rewards Program

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