Technical Design Solutions for Theatre: The Technical Brief Collection Volume 2 [NOOK Book]


The Technical Brief is a collection of single-focus articles on technical production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigious Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electrics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, device, or technique that has ...
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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 technical production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigious Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electrics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, device, or technique that has been tested on stage or in a shop by students and professionals.

Some articles included are:
Building Authentic Elizabethan Ruffs; Simple and Inexpensive Stained Glass; A Quick-Load Floor Pulley Design; A Simple Approach to Stretching Drops; Flexi-Pitch Escape Stairs; Spot-Welding Scrim with Sobo; Handrail Armatures for a Grand Staircase; The Triscuit-Studwall Deck System; A Frameless Turntable; Stand on Stage: Minimum Weight, Maximum Effect; A Self-Paging Cable Tray; Roller Chain Turntable Drives; A Bench-Built XLR Cable Tester

Audience: Professionals and students in the technical theatre industry.

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"....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: 9781136082771
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 20 MB
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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

Collaborating in Metal Costume Construction 2
Building Authentic Elizabethan Ruffs 5
A Milliner's Approach to Maskmaking: Part I 8
A Milliner's Approach to Maskmaking : Part II 10
Collapsible Change Booths 13
Labeling and Storing Electrical Cable 16
Extending the Life of Strip-Light Color Media 18
Inexpensive MR16 Lamp Holders 19
A Schmitt-Trigger Practical Switch 22
Moving Leaves by the Power of Spring 23
A Ground-Fog Generating System 24
A Phase-Changing Moon Box 26
The World's Brightest Glowing Thing 29
Disappearing Footlights 31
Modifying Kodak's Fun-Flash for Theatrical Effects 33
Simultaneous Realtime Control of Sound and Light with MIDI 34
A Sure-Shot Fireball Effect 36
A Motorized, Mirrored Rain Effect 39
Theatrically Safe Outdoor Bonfires 42
A Free-Falling Ball of Light 44
Using Embossed Wallpaper for Low Relief 48
Dyeing Marble Patterns into Fabric 49
A Durable, Rough Texture Coating for Scenery and Props 51
Shop-Made Naugahyde 53
Simple and Inexpensive Stained Glass 55
Creating an Antique Mirror Effect 57
More Stage Blood 60
Low-Tech Ghost Effects: Moving Furniture 61
Latchless Rotating Shelving 63
Rat Trap Stage Trick 64
A Flashing Cane for Casting Spells 65
Building Distorting Mirrors 66
Pneumatic Debris Cannons 67
A Recycled-Bike Rig for a "Zinging" Puppet 69
A Simple Approach to Complicated Theatrical Sculpture 70
Ornate Chandeliers Made Simple 72
Maskmaking 101 75
Creating a Glass-Block Effect 78
The Cheap, Easy, and Effective Snow Machine 79
A Mini-Pinrail for Counterweight Rails 82
Shop-Built Scenery Bumpers & Rollers 83
A Quick Release for Drops 85
A Pneumatically Tripped Circular Curtain 87
A Modular Aluminum Drop Rig 89
A Quiet Glide and Unistrut Traveler System 92
Pneumatic Drop Boxes 94
A Quick-Load Floor Pulley Design 97
A Simple Approach to Stretching Drops 100
Panel-Tipping Rig 103
Quiet Heavy-Duty Traveler Track 105
Self-Trimming Flown Units 108
A Flying Rig for Low-Ceiling Theaters 111
Adjustable Scenery Picks of Unistrut 113
An Irising Portal 115
A Stock Safety Rail System 118
CO[subscript 2] Fire Suppression System for Theatrical Fire Effects 120
Lightweight Acting Cubes 124
Step Modules for Stock 6:12 or 8:10 Stairs 127
Flexi-Pitch Escape Stairs 129
A No-Weld Spiral Staircase 132
Pinless (and Painless) Pipe Pockets 134
Spot-Welding Scrim with Sobo 137
Handrail Armatures for a Grand Staircase 140
Tube Steel Perimeter Framing for Flats 143
Triscuit Cart 145
A Pre-Cambered Overhanging Ceiling 147
Whalers - Low-Profile Stiffeners for Steel-Framed Flats 149
A Space-Saving Rain Wall 151
Fabric Hinges for Space Frame Flats 154
PVC Framing for Non-Weight-Bearing Scenery 156
A Modified Parallel Platform Unit for Audience Risers 158
Bondo Floor Repairs 160
The Triscuit-Studwall Deck System 161
Using Medium-Density Fiberboard as a Deck Lid 164
The Steel-Framed Texas Triscuit 166
A Frameless Turntable 168
Sand on Stage: Minimum Weight, Maximum Effect 171
A Miniature Chase Controller 174
A Low-Voltage Cue-Light System 176
Focusable Cue Lights 179
A Second Drive for Elevator Door Movement 182
A Telescoping Fire Pole 184
A Self-Paging Cable Tray 186
Nylon Rollers Revisited 188
A Pipe and Ball-Bearing Pivot 190
Weld-on Holes 193
A Wheel-less Revolve 194
A Tensioning Sheave for a Deck Winch System 197
A Spectacular Electrified Fence 199
A Pneumatic Floor Lock System 202
Tap-Water Hydraulic Power 204
A System for Rotating Linked Periaktoi 207
A Telescope-Stabilized Lift Rig 210
A Spring-Driven Revolve 213
Single-Orientation Curved Tracking 216
Rotating Doors 218
A Pneumatic Tab Turner 221
Roller Chain Turntable Drives 224
A Hand-Driven Endless-Loop Turntable Drive 227
A Plausible, Practical Raft 230
Flipping Trap Unit 233
A Control Rig for a Down-Opening Trapdoor 236
Mini Paint Roller Piston 238
A Swivel Caster Bolt-Hole Jig 240
A Shop-Built Adjustable Router Fence 241
A Tool for Mass-Producing Homasote Brickface 243
A Hot-Wire Bow for Cutting Blue Foam 245
A Shop-Built Circle Guide for Torch-Cutting 247
Scene Shop Tuffets 249
Improved Scene Shop Tuffets 250
A 4-Sided Steel-Marking Gauge 251
A Jig for Cutting Ellipses 252
How to Use Your Headset as a Page Mic 256
Amplified-to-Line Signal Converter 257
Two Head Attachment Methods for Wireless Microphones 258
A Device to Determine Sound System Polarity 259
Making A Prop Tape Player Cueable 262
A Bench-Built XLR Cable Tester 265
Inexpensive Digital Noise Reduction 268
Two-Scene Sound Control 270
Recreating an Acoustic Space with Discrete-6 Recording 272
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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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