This is a basic design class to establish the fundamentals of theatrical lighting design. In this session, we discuss fixture usage, cueing, visibility and basic effects. This 2-3 hour course focuses on the aspects of beginning design and generally does not touch on the technical side, with the exception of some control.
- A description of the different fixtures, quality of light and the basic usage of those fixtures, set mounts and practical’s.
- How to focus, angles of light and how they change a mood, basic cue placement.
- Basic color concepts, gels and how to choose your colors, split color, scrollers, LEDs.
- Templates/Gobos, why and where to use them.
- A basic “how to” for special effects: snow, rain, rotating patterns/gobos, fire, clouds, twinkling stars.
- Understanding fixture accessories and their use – example: barndoors, tophats, donuts, etc.
- Basic cueing, timing, and transitions for the control of lighting.
This course is designed for students/volunteers/staff involved with High School, Middle School, Community Theatre Drama/Theatre Departments.