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Tools of the Trade / Re: iPad Pro for Blocking?
« on: Jun 14, 2020, 09:33 am »
An app that Iíve started using on the iPad is ďNeboĒ. It transcribes any handwritten notes on the app (using Apple Pencil) into typed. Itís very accurate. I wrote 4 pages of notes and only had 2 or 3 mistakes. It also learns from your handwriting to make it better. There is a sketch function, diagram function, math function and more. Plus, itís free!

When I?m doing a prompt book, I have my script single-sided and hole-punch it on the opposite side you usually would. This means the script is on my left and cues, notes, and blocking is on my right. I do this because I?m right handed.

The columns I have for the ?blank? page are (from left to right): Cues Closest to the script (LX, SQ, FLY, etc.), Description (a description of what each cue is. Eg ?LxQ 1 - House Lights Out? etc. I also use this Column for any notes about the blocking that require extra attention.), Blocking (Alan crosses downstage left from upstage right would be (A) USR x DSL etc.)

I would always draw a line connecting a cue to a point in the script and add a tail after the word/line that the cue happens.

It really is personal choice and whatever is easier for you.

Here's a brilliant article showing the basics of how to read sheet music.

As everyone has said, the best way to learn how to read music is by learning an instrument.

When you're part of a production that has music involved, a copy of the score/sheet music should be available. If you don't really know how to read music, try and get the copy with Vocals. 99% of the time, there will be lyrics below the top line (Treble) of music.
Each mark on the page has a meaning. There are various different notes etc. The easiest way to learn what each note (sound) on the page makes is by learning your scales and the musical alphabet which only contains 8 letters (A B C D E F G). For example: the Treble clef (looks similar to an '&') each line and space has its own Letter. Starting from the bottom line of the stave, the lines have a letter associated to them. The lines are E G B D F. The best way to remember this is Elephants Go Bonkers Drinking Fanta. The letters of the spaces are F A C E.

Music theory is something that will take you a long time to get your head around. You should be able to find various tutorials on YouTube. This one is very basic but it should get you started in understanding what notes are what.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: STAGING: Realistic CPR
« on: Dec 16, 2018, 02:25 pm »
They may still choose to do the breathing since it's more "realistic," but the past two times I got my CPR certification the instructor told us breaths are no longer considered necessary. Whoever the People In Charge are, they have decided that people had too many CPR steps to remember and took too long to get to the part that matters. All they recommend you do now is check if the person is conscious and/or breathing, and start compressions as soon as you can.

I have to disagree with this. As a former EMT, breaths are still given, however, if you're not comfortable performing mouth to mouth, you don't have to. The reason for this is that the heart stores - on average - 5 minutes of oxygen within the system. If you don't provide rescue breaths, their chance of survival drops (NOT DRAMATICALLY) but it drops. I would suggest carrying a mouth guard. You can get them off amazon for pennies.

I've always been taught that you should write your cues on the page relating to your writing hand. E.G. I'm right-handed, therefore, I write my cues on the right.

I have tried writing them on the left, however, I find it difficult to line up the cue with the line/direction on the script.

I guess it's just personal preference.

The Green Room / Studying
« on: Dec 16, 2018, 01:16 pm »
Hey Guys,

I've had loads of experience as a Theatre Tech in various roles, however, I haven't had any formal training.

I am gonna be applying to different colleges when applications open, however, do you know anywhere online that I could get some formal/in-formal training?

I've tried googling but not got very much, it's just directing me to college websites to sign up for their closed courses.

Any help would be much appreciated.



Uploaded Forms / Re: spike Matrix
« on: 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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