This is a nuts-and-bolts look at the construction and implementation of theatrical lighting design. Combining theory and application, it provides an analysis of lighting systems along with step-by-step examples and illustrations of the technical tools and methods used for lighting design.
- Over 100 new topics, including analysis and application of the three categories of collaboration; a detailed examination of production meetings and one-on-one meetings; and meeting checklists with management and the creative team.
- Over 50 new illustrations, including Shelley’s Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems; groundplans, sections, and front elevations that illustrate basic system wash configurations for each direction of light.
- Analysis, calculation, and step-by-step technical construction of each lighting system in the Hokey light plot.
- Explanation of a manufacturer’s cut sheet, and how to apply basic formulas to determine the beam size, footcandles, and gel transmission for lighting instruments.
- Updated process of pre-programming computer lighting consoles prior to the load-in.
- Comprehensive overview of archiving paperwork and softcopy for a production.
About the author
Steven Louis Shelley has worked in theatre for over 40 years as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories of many dance companies. He’s designed lighting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as concerts, television, regional theatre, and regional opera. Steve is also the inventor and patent holder of the award-winning Field Templates and SoftSymbols (www.fieldtemplate.com). He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.