A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting / Edition 2

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting / Edition 2

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by Steven Louis Shelley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0240811410

ISBN-13: 9780240811413

Pub. Date: 10/05/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Construct and Implement Your Own Lighting Designs with the most trusted guide to stage lighting!

An entertaining and educational read, author Steven Louis Shelley draws from his 35+ years of diverse experience to bring you the step-by-step technical tools for getting the job done along with real-life examples of projects from start to finish. Learn why some

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Construct and Implement Your Own Lighting Designs with the most trusted guide to stage lighting!

An entertaining and educational read, author Steven Louis Shelley draws from his 35+ years of diverse experience to bring you the step-by-step technical tools for getting the job done along with real-life examples of projects from start to finish. Learn why some techniques are successful while others fail with 'Shelley's Notes' and 'Shelley's Soapbox,' all with a humor that guides you through complex problems and concepts.

Some of the topics covered:

* Deduction of the research, production meetings, and personal choices that result in evolution of the core lighting design documents
* Chapters analyzing technical specifications, advancing production facilities, and turning that information into accurate draftings
* Illustrated step-by-step construction of some of the systems in the preliminary light plot
* Examination of the processes involved in construction and submission of shop orders, and reacting to bids, cuts and changes that affect the light plot
* Discussions about preparations prior to the load-in, including prepping the lighting rental package, creating truck packs, and watching run-throughs

This enlightening reference is a necessary addition to anyone serious about stage lighting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240811413
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Review
Chapter 2: Paperwork Overview
Chapter 3: Background Preparations and Preliminary Design Paperworks
Chapter 4:The Parameters
Chapter 5: Create the Preliminaries and Send out the Shop Order
Chapter 6: Cuts and Changes
Chapter 7: The Light Plot, Section, and Support Paperwork Packet
Chapter 8: The Load-In and Focus Packet
Chapter 9: The Cue Construction Packet
Chapter 10: Prior to the Load-In
Chapter 11: The Load-In and Setup
Chapter 12: The Focus Session
Chapter 13: The Light Cue Level Setting Session and Technical Rehearsals
Chapter 14: The Performance

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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Lighting_Mistress More than 1 year ago
Shelley has done it again. I read the first edition when it first came out. I loved it. I learned a lot from it. But THIS edition is in an entirely different league. This book immediately became a REQUIRED text book for every student I have. It can be used by anyone from the beginning student to the masters level and beyond into the professional world. The text itself is well organized, the writing is humorous but incredibly informative and easy to read, his graphic aids are phenomenally helpful, and the manner in which he shares his experience and knowledge is unparalleled. He shares his personal anecdotes and lessons learned in small doses called: "Shelley's Notes", "Shelley's Soapbox", and "Tales from the Road". These short narratives alone are worth their weight in gold. This is the single most comprehensive and inclusive text written on the subject of lighting design today, and everyone who wants to know anything about our field should read it - cover to cover. Jennifer E. Griffin Lighting Designer Visiting Professor
Jim_from_JimOnLight More than 1 year ago
As far as I am concerned, there are about five things you need to do when you begin learning about entertainment production: 1. Read "The Dramatic Imagination" by Robert Edmund Jones 2. Learn how to use CAD 3. Read a lighting book by each of: a) Steve Shelley b) Jim Moody c) Richard Cadena d) Richard Pilbrow. 4. Learn how to operate a lighting console 5. Learn how to be pleasant Steve Shelley's book "A Practical Guide to State Lighting, Second Ed" is one of the texts that you just need to read. Steve understands lighting and management, and his experiences on the road as a dance LD/SM are like life guides for young designers to follow. Steve understands the way our industry operates - and for students to learn the standard ways through Steve's explanations and analogies makes their education pertinent and relevant. It's probably a pretty smart idea to order Steve Shelley's book, especially if you want to learn the right way in the entertainment lighting industries. It's even priced well. Enjoy.
Kevin_Lee_Allen More than 1 year ago
The second edition of Steven Louis Shelley's A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting is a substantial upgrade from the first edition. In pages alone, that's about 200 pages or a 65% increase. Given the amount of useful information packed onto each page of this book, I would suggest that owners of the first edition add the second edition to their libraries. In the Introduction, Shelley notes that his book is not only written for students, that it also intended as a useful reference for practicing professionals. I agree. Shelley also notes that he uses his own text as a reference. I think I will also certainly be using A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting as a regular reference. Buy this book and/or read more on my blog at http://klad.com/blog/?p=1167