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Learning Lighting
« on: Apr 30, 2013, 02:13 pm »

I have stage managed a few low key plays. But more recently I was asked to design lights and since I do not have any experience I could not help out
I am in nyc, any ideas how I could go about learning skills to design lights?


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Re: Learning Lighting
« Reply #1 on: Apr 30, 2013, 06:09 pm »
Contact the crew head of a theatre you've worked with and ask if you can help out during a hang or focus.

The next time you SM, pay close attention to the lighting designer during tech.  If you have time, have the designer or an electrician walk you through the focus.  Ask one of them to give you a sample of a "magic sheet". 

When you're calling a show, pay attention to how cues run and what color choices were made. 

After closing, if there's time before the light crew strikes and the theatre is empty, ask if you can play with the light board some and build your own "cues" to practice.

That's all things you can do on your own.  Another thing you could do, if you had the time, is volunteer to be an assistant lighting designer for one of your colleagues (if you're not otherwise working during their tech).

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Re: Learning Lighting
« Reply #2 on: Apr 30, 2013, 06:34 pm »
hbelden gives good advice. I would say pay specific attention to the focus. As a stage manager it can come down to us to re-focus a touring show, so knowing the terminology and how to effectively lead a show focus is great to know.
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Re: Learning Lighting
« Reply #3 on: Apr 30, 2013, 07:56 pm »
Take a class in lighting at the local city or community college. And - no offense meant, but start talking to lighting designers. They will know where to suggest far better.


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