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  • 1. Lighting design
    Shawn Condon
    Billy Kontos
  • 2. Lighting Design
    Modern stage lighting is a flexible tool in the production of theatre, dance, opera and other performance arts. Several different types of stage lighting instruments are used in the pursuit of the various principles or goals of lighting.
  • 3. Functions of Lighting
    Stage lighting has several functions, although to allow for artistic effect, no hard and fast rules can ever be applied. The functions of lighting include:
    Illumination: The simple ability to see what is occurring on stage. Any lighting design will be ineffective if the viewers cannot see the characters; unless this is the explicit intent.
    Revelation of form: Altering the perception of shapes onstage, particularly three-dimensional stage elements.
    Focus: Directing the audience's attention to an area of the stage or distracting them from another.
  • 4. Functions of Lighting ctd.
    Mood: Setting the tone of a scene. Harsh red light has a totally different effect than soft lavender light.
    Location and time of day: Establishing or altering position in time and space. Blues can suggest night time while orange and red can suggest a sunrise or sunset. Use of gobos to project sky scene, moon etc
    Projection/stage elements: Lighting may be used to project scenery or to act as scenery onstage.
    Plot: A lighting event may trigger or advance the action onstage.
    Composition: Lighting may be used to show only the areas of the stage which the designer wants the audience to see, and to "paint a picture"
  • 5. Example of a Lighting Rig
  • 6. Intensity
    • Measured in lux, lumens and foot-candles.
    • 7. Depends upon:
    • 8. Power of lamp
    • 9. Presence of color gels or gobos
    • 10. Distance from the area to be lit and the beam or field angle of the fixture
    • 11. Color and substance being lit
    • 12. Neuro optics of the scene
  • Foot Candle Diagram
    Lux Meter
  • 13. Color
    Temperature measured in Kelvin
    Gel colors are organized by several different systems maintained by the color manufacturing companies
    Color also determined by intensity of lamp and color of object being lit
    Amber Shift- Also known as Amber Drift, occurs when the percentage of full power alamp being run drops, the tungsten filament in the bulb glows orange instead of more nearly white
  • 14. Lighting at the Classical Spectacular
  • 15. Pattern
    Pattern refers to the shape, quality and evenness of a lamp's output
    The pattern of light an instrument makes is largely determined by two factors
    Specifics of the lamp, reflector, and lens assembly
    The specifics of how the lamp is focused
    This gobo would produce this shape
  • 16. Focus
    Focus is a term usually used to describe where an instrument is pointed. The final focus should place the "hot spot" of the beam at the actor's head level when standing at the center of the instrument's assigned "focus area" on the stage
  • 17. Position
    Position refers to the location of an instrument in the theater's fly system or on permanent pipes in front-of-house locations
  • 18. Hanging
    Hanging is the act of placing the instrument in its assigned position
  • 19. Batten
    In theater, batten or pipe refers to a long metal pole suspended above the stage or the audience from which lighting fixtures, theatrical scenery, tabs or other curtains may be hung
    Usually these battens can be lowered to the stage (flown in) or raised into a fly tower above the stage (flown out) using a counterweighted fly system or automated, motor driven lift
  • 20. Types of Batten
    Electric- An electric is a batten with cables run above the pipe, usually enclosed in a raceway
    Drapery- A drapery pipe carries travelers, tormentor legs, borders, or tabs. Full-stage drapes can be very heavy, weighing hundreds of pounds, especially the grand drape.
    Clouds- Many theaters have built in shells designed to reflect sound produced on stage back into the audience.
    Set- Elements of the set which are relatively flat or light can be flown in on battens.
    Storage- Some theatres use spare battens to store unneeded scenery or lighting instruments. This practice is generally discouraged due to the hazard created by overhead storage.
  • 21. Gobo
    A physical template attached to a lighting source, used to control the shape of emitted light
    it is sometimes desirable to manipulate the shape of the light which is cast over a space or object
    To do so, a piece of material with patterned holes through which light passes is placed in the beam of light to allow only the desired "shape" or pattern through, while blocking the rest of the light, casting a specific shadow/light into the space
  • 22. Gobo Use
    May be used in connection with projectors and simpler light source to create lighting scenes in a theatrical application
    Simple gobos incorporated into automated lighting systems are popular at nightclubs and other musical venues to create moving shapes
    May also be used for architectural lighting as well as in interior design as in projecting a company logo on a wall or other feature
  • 23. Gobo ctd.
    A theatrical gobo may be made from either sheet metal or borosilicate glass depending upon the complexity of the design
    Glass gobos can include colored areas made of multiple layers of dichroic glass one for each color glued on an aluminum or chrome coated black and white gobo
    New technologies make it possible to turn a color photo into a glass gobo
  • 24. Lighting Instruments
    A lighting instrument is a device that produces controlled lighting as part of the effects a lighting designer brings to a show
    The term lighting instrument is preferred to light to avoid confusion between light and light sources
    Most theatrical light bulbs (or lamps, the term usually preferred) are Tungsten-Halogen or Quartz-Halogen
  • 25. Types of Instruments
    There are a variety of instruments frequently used in the theater. Although they vary in many ways they all have the following four basic components in one form or other:
    Box/Housing - a metal or plastic container to house the whole instrument and prevent light from spilling in unwanted directions.
    Light Source (lamp).
    Lens or opening - the gap in the housing where the light is intended to come out.
    Reflector - behind or around the light source in such a way as to direct more light towards the lens or opening.
  • 26. Lighting Instruments ctd.
    Most instruments are suspended or supported by a "U" shaped yoke, or 'trunion arm' fixed to the sides of the instrument, normally near its center of gravity
    Most venues ensure crew and performer safety by attaching a safety cable/chain (a metal wire or chain with a locking carabiner) to the fixture
    All lights are loosely classified as either floodlights (wash lights) or spotlights
  • 27. Types of Fixtures
    Within the groups of "wash" and "spot" light, there are other, more specific types of fixtures
    Traditionally theatre and stage lighting has been of the "generic" type. These are lights which are focussed, geled, and then simply dimmed to give the effect the designer wants. In recent years the emergence of moving lights (or automated lights) has had a substantial impact of theatre and stage lighting
  • 28. Lighting Controls
    Lighting control tools might best be described as anything that changes the quality of the light
    Controllers are commonly lighting consoles designed for sophisticated control over very large numbers of dimmers or luminaires, but may be simpler devices which play back stored sequences of lighting states with minimal user interfaces. Consoles are also referred to as lighting desks or light-boards
  • 29. Lighting Console
  • 30. Dimmers
    A dimmer is a device used to vary the electrical power delivered to the instrument’s lamp
    As power to the lamp decreases, the light fades or dims
    Fades can be either UP or DOWN, that is increasing or decreasing the intensity
    Today, most dimmers are solid state, although many mechanical dimmers still exist
  • 31. Dimmers ctd.
    Dimmers are often found in large racks that draw large amounts of three-phase electrical power
    The dimmers themselves are often removable modules that range from a 20-amp, 2.4 Kilowatt unit to a 50-amp or even a 100-amp unit
    Constant Power Modules are used to supply non-dimming current to other electrical devices (like smoke machines, chain winches, or scenic motors)
  • 32. Dimmers
  • 33. High Key Lighting
    High-key lighting is a style of lighting for film, television, or photography that aims to reduce the lighting ratio present in the scene
    This was originally done partly for technological reasons, since early film and television did not deal well with high contrast ratios but now is used to suggest an upbeat mood
    The term "high-key" has found its way from cinema into more widespread usage, for example referring to an event that requires much organization or is subject to a great deal of publicity
  • 34. High Key Portrait
  • 35. Low Key Lighting
    Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television
    It attempts to create a chiaroscuro effect
    In traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for even illumination
    Low-key lighting requires only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector
  • 36. Low Key Photo