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Oct 10, 2010, 02:10 pm
Anyone have a good spike matrix form?

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Oct 10, 2010, 03:49 pm


I don't even know what a spike matrix is, but I hope somebody posts one! Now I'm curious...

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Oct 10, 2010, 05:16 pm
A spike chart denoting where spike marks are on stage to transfer easily from rehearsal room to stage.

Nobodys Perfect Spike Transkers.xls
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Oct 10, 2010, 08:02 pm
Oh I do! Here it is, with sample data! Used it on tour.

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Oct 11, 2010, 12:54 am

This is great, thank you!

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Oct 11, 2010, 01:24 pm
Thanks jayscott!

I hope it is able to help you with your spike transfers. I used it for roughly 79 performances on tour this spring, so it served me well. The only other thing that I changed on it as the tour went on was to sort by SL and SR (I don't think this form is sorted as such) so that we would do one side of the stage as oppose to by object or scene being spike. The nice thing about it being in excel though is you can play with the sorting to best suit you.

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Jul 27, 2014, 10:43 am
MarcieA, what does the 'Make' column in your document refer to? I just can't work it out!!


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Jul 28, 2014, 01:32 am
How many spikes you have to actually, physically make. Useful only if you use a color more than one time (yellow on my chart, for example). Also helpful in that that column can just be used to assign someone the task of making x number of y color, without the need to count rows for a total.

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Jul 28, 2014, 03:27 am
That's what I thought, it just didn't seem to correlate on MarcieA's document with how many items were for each colour....especially the 'N/A' colour!

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Dec 15, 2018, 02:42 pm
Hey MarcieA,

I've never seen a Spike Matrix before now. How would you use it? Would you create the staging space in the rehearsal room (Mark out the size of the stage etc.) then measure how far in each spike is?



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Dec 15, 2018, 08:54 pm
I'm not Marcie but might be able to answer your question. You can use it to recreate your spikes in any space you're in. So you can make your spike matrix (or spike chart or spike list) in the rehearsal room- in this case it's measured from down center, so you measure how far upstage your spike is, and then how far SL or SR. Then when you move to stage, you can re-spike exactly the same as you had in the rehearsal hall. Or, if it's a touring show, you can recreate your spikes quickly and efficiently in every venue.

The other way I've seen it done is by triangulation. You put a screw into the floor on the plaster line 10' SR of center and 10' SL of center. Hook a tape measure onto each screw and measure out your spikes where the tape measures meet. You'll end up with two measurements per spike, a SL and a SR measurement. Do the same wherever you're taping out. It's fast and exact, and doesn't need anyone to hold onto the other end of each tape measure.

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