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by: Deryn Susman

Lighting Th111-03

Deryn Susman
GPA 3.922

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The basics of what lighting is and the importance of it in theater.
Intro Design/Technology
Victoria Neal
Class Notes
theater, lighting, Introduction
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Deryn Susman on Saturday October 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Th111-03 at Wagner College taught by Victoria Neal in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Intro Design/Technology in Theater and Speech at Wagner College.


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Date Created: 10/08/16
Lighting 9/30/2016 By Deryn Susman Step 1: Pay attention to the world’s lighting, so you can recreate it on the stage Lighting designs areoften based on memory Functions of Lighting 1. Visibility 2. Emphasize (performers, moments, areas, etc.) 3. Modeling a. Increasingly important, the larger the theater b. Shadows are needed to see features c. Light comes from multiple places to add shadow/depth 4. Mood a. Most responsive thing to subtle changes in mood 5. Time of day Tools ● Lights ● Intensity ● Color ○ Need many variations for working with different skin tones, etc ● Clear edge vs sharp edge → “diffuse” ● Direction ● Texture (pattern) ● How big of an area is illuminated ● How long it takes to change Dusk vs Dawn The biggest differentiation is the direction of the light Mustassign directions for differentlightsources thatare consistent throughoutthe show Difficult to Talk About ● Talk about directions to be specific ● Elevation Lighting Plots ● Break into areas (each area is illuminated by one fixture and is about 8ft ○ Essentially big enough for two actors to play in ○ Depends on blocking and set ● Arrows indicate direction of light Making a Lighting Design 1. Go through script 2. Research a. Look at light in pictures and find possible common themes; get ideas for color and direction 3. Track movements and redefine 4. Work and adapt based on rehearsals


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