Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre

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Basic. This is the key word in Scenic Design and Lighting Tecniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre, written by two seasoned professionals with over twenty years of experience. This book is designed to show you how to turn a bare stage into a basic set design, without using heavy language that would bog you down. From materials and construction to basic props and lighting, this book explains all you will need to know to build your set and light it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240808062
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Napoli has worked in the field of technical theatre for over 20 years as a professional freelance carpenter, prop master, technical director, production manager, and designer. He holds an MFA in Theatre from Catholic University and a BA in Theatre from St. Vincent College and has been an adjunct professor at the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Currently, he is the Designer and Technical Director at Penn State Berks.
An independent producer, videographer/director of videography, and editor with experience in all areas of video, from corporate training to television commercials. His articles appear regularly in Videography, Television Broadcast, TV Technology, Mix, and Government Video. He is a member of the Television/Film faculty at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Section 1 - Building the Set
Chapter 1 - The Basic Scenic Building Blocks
A. Flats
B. Platforms
C. Drops and Backings

Chapter 2 - What are They Made of? - Scenic Construction Materials
A. Wood: Shapes, Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
B. Metal: Shapes, Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
C. Cloth: Shapes, Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
D. Plastic: Shapes, Types, Advantages and Disadvantages

Chapter 3 - What Tools Do I Use? - Scene Shop Tools and Techniques
A. The Hand Tools You'll Need in Your Tool Box
B. Power Tools
C. Portable Power Tools
D. Finishing Tools

Chapter 4 - How Does It Go Together? - Construction Tips and Techniques
A. Building Flats and Platforms
B. Moving Scenery
C. Connecting Different Types of Scenery
D. Making Scenery Shift

Section 2 - Creating the Environment
Chapter 5 - What Do I Need? - Interpreting the Script for its Basic Scenic Needs
A. Who, What, Where, and When
B. Creating Breakdowns of Basic Scenic Needs
C. What is a Prop and When is it a Set Dressing?
D. What Does the Director Want?
E. What Does it Feel Like to You?

Chapter 6 - How Do I Get Them to Build It? - Communicating Your Ideas
A. Research or Don't Reinvent the Wheel
B. Sketches and Drawings
C. Floor Plans and Scale Drawings
D. Breakouts - Perspective Sketches
E. Digital Images and CAD

Chapter 7 - How Do I Get Them to Believe It? - Adding Realistic Details
A. Paint Treatments
B. Wall Coverings

Chapter 8 - What Should it Look Like?
A. Floor Choices
B. Set Dressings and Props Choices

Section 3 - Lighting the Set
Chapter 9 - The Basics of Lighting
A. Using Three Point Lighting
B. Types of Lighting Instruments and Their Intended Uses
C. Using Diffusion, Gels, and Cookies
D. Learning What To and What Not to Light

Chapter 10 - Special Effects Lighting
A. How to Create the Intended Effect with Light
B. Achieving the Most with Very Little
C. The Latest Techniques and Equipment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    High School helper

    For those who are working with high school students, this is a great text! It provides information on every topic the students need to put a show together. The best part is, the humor and sarcasm in the book, make it feel more like a conversation with the author than a textbook! Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2006

    Great Resource for Post Prom/ Homecoming Decorators!

    Parents get themselves into the most unusual situations when their children get into high school. We volunteer to help and then find out that we are the 'chair' of the committee we know very little about. I have found myself in that situation more than three times as the mother of 5 children, 2 through high school and three to go... It's called Post Prom, an innocuous title until the details become known. In our school the details involve totally transforming the high school for one night into a place the seniors and their guest will not recognize and will enjoy the entire night. (The purpose of course is drug and alcohal free safe fun.) I wish I had had this book two children ago!! Although it is designed for theatre, most of the techniques are very adaptable for transforming the school with low cost into most anything. Particularly because the authors deal with a soup-to nuts, basic to intermediate skill set, I can take this to our meetings and literally show the other parents the how-to! And quite frankly when I become frustrated with either my skill set, or the other parent's skill set, the book's wry sense of humor helps me get on with it. I have a master's degree in Occupational Therapy, which has prepared me for many situations. Thank goodness for this book, because it's helping me through Post Prom Preparation!! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Wonderful Book

    This book gives insight to the theater tech industry for both the knowledgeable and amateur reader. The pictures allow for a more in depth and complete understanding of the material. Unlike some drab educational books, the quirky and uplifting humor allows for very enjoyable reading. HIGHLY RATED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    At last a fun AND useful tech theatre text

    Gloman and Napoli's new lavishly illustrated and readable book should prove useful to anyone wanting practical, up-to-date information on the whats, hows and whys of Scene design and lighting. Just a terrific book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A 'fun to learn ' book.

    The humor in the book makes it easier to deal with the difficult theatrical material.

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