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Tools of the Trade / Re: Dressing Room Mirror Lights
« Last post by KMC on Today at 07:55 am »
This is great information.  The Lighting Supervisor is getting some LED lights with an acceptable CRI and color temp at one station and then get some feedback before changing other stations.   Thank you for the help!

Please do let us know how it turns out! 
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Tools of the Trade / Re: Breaking and reforming a board
« Last post by abhibeckert on Dec 09, 2018, 06:39 pm »
Velcro will be hugely obvious to the audience. Every night a great big RRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPP will be heard by everyone in the space.
3M sells something similar to Velcro that doesn't use there regular hook and loop system. Instead it has thousands of straight pins that slot into each other.

They sell it in white or black for picture frame hanging, not sure if it's available in tape form.

They come apart silently, and have stronger sheering strength (but weaker pull-apart strength).
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It really depends on the show. If it's a new script, do it single sided, as rewrites will be much harder to insert if it's double sided. I'm not sure there is one single "standard," otherwise.


How about for staged readings? Is there a standard for that?
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How about for staged readings? Is there a standard for that?
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Stage Management: Other / Re: Circus
« Last post by abhibeckert on Dec 03, 2018, 06:42 pm »
My dad is involved in circus (though mostly as a musician) and he brought me in to work as crew a few for a few travelling shows. He doesn't like how animals are treated in circus so hasn't got involved in any circus with animals.

I think the biggest difference is the show revolves around a particular skill the talent has created on their own, it can take several years to develop a 30 second stunt before it's good enough to perform on stage and they "own" that work, taking it to various productions over their career.

If they're having trouble finding work, they'll often do small shows on their own with no production and no crew at all. Sound is often edited to the point you hit "play" before they walk on stage and hit "stop" after they walk off, or sometimes it's controlled via foot pedals on stage.

Compared to theatre the talent plays a much bigger role in deciding how their act should be done, what safety precautions are required, and often they provide their own props/costumes/music/etc especially if these are integral to the act, though of course changes are always made to integrate various acts into a cohesive show, which is where our job would come in.

My "crew" role was just setup/takedown and then during the show I was doing front of house stuff. There were some people doing proper crew work during the show but nowhere near as many people as a theatre production would have.
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Tools of the Trade / Re: Dressing Room Mirror Lights
« Last post by abhibeckert on Dec 02, 2018, 10:16 pm »
We've had a terrible heat wave the last couple weeks and I've been struggling to manage temperatures especially during matinee runs.

Our mirrors use standard E27 bulbs and it was bad enough we considered removing every second one, just deal with the reduced light. But in the end we installed LED bulbs. They generate almost no heat perfect.

I wouldn't assume that's true of all bulbs, at full brightness my LED torch gets dangerously hot (I've burned my fingers a few times). Fortunately don't use it at full brightness very often.

Beware a lot of dimmable LEDs "lower" their brightness by basically strobing at full brightness. Gives some people a headache, the lower the brightness the worse it is.
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Tools of the Trade / Re: Dressing Room Mirror Lights
« Last post by cdavisnyc on Dec 02, 2018, 06:40 pm »
We also have on/off and dimmer control right at the counter level for segments of mirror lighting, maybe 2-3 stations per segment. It's super easy to keep the overhead lights on all the time, and just turn up the mirror lights when it's time to put on makeup. Otherwise, the room gets too warm too quickly.

(Conversely, at nap time between shows, sometimes people will turn off the overheads and turn on the mirror lights at a very low level. Super cozy.)
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Employment / Re: Health insurance
« Last post by loebtmc on Dec 01, 2018, 02:32 am »
The Actors Fund is the best resource for all things health insurance. Even tho I assume you are not yet union, they may be able to help you out. Give them a call.
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Tools of the Trade / Re: Dressing Room Mirror Lights
« Last post by Stuart Plymesser on Nov 30, 2018, 10:44 am »
This is great information.  The Lighting Supervisor is getting some LED lights with an acceptable CRI and color temp at one station and then get some feedback before changing other stations.   Thank you for the help!
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Employment / Health insurance
« Last post by JJ Hersh on Nov 30, 2018, 10:27 am »
I've been getting insurance through my parents for my whole life but starting in December I lose eligibility and I'm in the process of applying for some sort of subsidized insurance in my state. As a freelancer I really have no clue what I'll make. My monthly income has ranged from 500 dollars to almost 3000. Has anyone had to deal with this? How do you estimate income with that much variability?
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