The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change

The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change

by Linda Essig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325005087

ISBN-13: 9780325005089

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

Over the last twenty-five years, lighting design has undergone a series of radical changes. With the advent of computerized lighting control, automated lights, and a standard control protocol, lighting designers have acquired a set of tremendously powerful tools that allow effects never previously possible.

Linda Essig has interviewed twenty luminaries of

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Overview

Over the last twenty-five years, lighting design has undergone a series of radical changes. With the advent of computerized lighting control, automated lights, and a standard control protocol, lighting designers have acquired a set of tremendously powerful tools that allow effects never previously possible.

Linda Essig has interviewed twenty luminaries of lighting design and engineering about these changes and how they have affected the art, science, and business of contemporary theatre. Among those interviewed are:

  • Ken Billington (Chicago, On the Twentieth Century)
  • Natasha Katz (Beauty and the Beast, Aida)
  • Neil Peter Jampolis (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Dennis Parichy (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
  • Jane Reisman (Black and Blue).

While discussing technical issues, these professionals let us in on the real nuts and bolts of their work: the problems of running an entire production from the back-up system, the politics behind the creation of standards, the extent to which "gizmoization" does or does not infringe on lighting as an art form.

An excellent resource for teachers, students, and professionals, The Speed of Light analyzes exactly how lighting design has gotten to its present state - a fascinating story in the words of practitioners who know the field best.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325005089
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,405,847
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Sect. 1The Advent of Computer Control in Commerical Theatre5
Sect. 2Vari-Lite and the Prevalence of Automation47
Sect. 3The Evolution of a Standardized Protocol and the Accessibility of Automation77
Sect. 4What Chances We Have Wrought: The Effects of Computer Control and Automation115
Interview Subject Capsule Biographies147

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