Technical Design Solutions for Theatre: The Technical Brief Collection Volume 2

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The Technical Brief is a collection of single-focus articles on techni cal production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigi ous Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theat re technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new ch allenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electr ics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, devic e, or technique that has been tested on stage or in a shop by students and professionals.

Audience: Professionals and students in the technical theatre industry.

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From the Publisher
"....A long-needed collection of information on how specific problems have been approached and solved....To me the most valuable use of Technical Brief is not how to copy how someone else solved a particular problem, but to see the approach, materials, and techniques that were used which give me an idea how I might approach the problems I need to solve." Robert R. Scales, Ph.D., Dean of USC School of Theatre
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240804927
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/19/2002
  • Series: The Technical Brief Collection
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,282,911
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Sammler is currently the Chairman of the Department of Technical Design and Production for Yale School of Drama. He is the Production Supervisor for Yale Repertory Theatre and has over seen over 150 productions. Ben Sammler is also an experienced lighting designer and technical director with over 15 years of teaching experience, as well as the co-author of Structural Design for the Stage, 1999 (Focal Press), winner of the Golden Pen Award presented by USITT in 2000.
Don Harvey has been a professor at Yale School of Drama since 1985. He is currenlty an adjunct Professor.

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Table of Contents

Costumes; Lighting; Lighting Effects; Painting; Props; Rigging Hardware; Safety; Scenery; Scenery Decks; Scenery Electronics; Scenery Hardware; Scenery Mechanics; Scenery Tools; Sound

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Technical Design Solutions for Theater is outstanding, Mandatory for smaller, budget conscious Theater

    Misters Sammler and Harvey have compiled an excellent compendium of stage tricks and problem solvers, all well laid out, easy to understand, generously providing pictures and drawings. This manual seems inspired by the Non-Einsteins for the Non-Einsteins, and linear thinkers as well as non-linear artistic types will benefit.
    Included are no less than three index methods, table of contents, even a topical index. Except for calling you and finding out your personal needs and tabbing those pages, they have done everything possible to make TDST a "work" book, not a "shelf" book.
    Design tips range from the casual- building a lighter stronger flat, to very detailed and specific, such as How to make turntable stage floors and sound amplification and electronics layouts. Want a hanging moon in the sky that changes with the phases? Want to build a chandelier for under 200 dollars? ghost effects, scenery flying in a low height space, rain effects, this manual's uses never end.
    I used several tips in a recent high school production, when finances from the school became tight. These and other enhancements changed our "high school" theater, into "community" theater, wowing our audiences. This year our budget has been increased, we ended last year in the black, due to a large degree, to the money saving, audience impressing tips in this manual.
    I look forward to further volumes, hopefully with even more tricks and tips for enhancing small theater productions. They, like this one, will end up dog-eared with sawdust and coaster stains, the highest badge of honor for a working manual of this type.

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