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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:
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.
|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|
Posted October 25, 2002