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

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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
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

A professional lighting designer, Linda Essig is also Professor of Lighting Design and Chair of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her design credits include productions for the Cleveland Play House, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and many others.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Sect. 1 The Advent of Computer Control in Commerical Theatre 5
Sect. 2 Vari-Lite and the Prevalence of Automation 47
Sect. 3 The Evolution of a Standardized Protocol and the Accessibility of Automation 77
Sect. 4 What Chances We Have Wrought: The Effects of Computer Control and Automation 115
Interview Subject Capsule Biographies 147
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    Posted October 25, 2002

    Outstanding

    A must have book for anyone interested in entertainment technology.

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