What are focus tapes, and how do I use them?
What is the best method for creating a magic sheet?
What'should be found in every assistant’s kit?
How do I make that first important leap into this professional career?
Answer these questions and many more with The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit. This definitive guide unlocks the insider-secrets used to succeed as a professional assistant lighting designer (ALD) – whether choosing assisting as a career or while transitioning to another. This book outlines, step-by-step, the challenges the ALD faces during every phase of production. Never before has a resource existed that views the design process through the eyes of the assistant.
Intermingled among the nuts and bolts of the paperwork and essential procedures, top industry professionals reveal tips for personal survival in this challenging career – both domestically and abroad as well as in other careers in lighting. Within these pages are the industry secrets rarely taught in school!
The author's website can be found at http://www.aldtoolkit.com/.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword
Common Theatrical Abbreviations
PART 1: The Profession
Chapter 1 – Understanding Assisting
Chapter 2 – The Tools Required
Chapter 3 – Production Personnel
Chapter 4 – Unions
PART 2: The Process
Chapter 5 – Design Prep
Chapter 6 – Load-in
Chapter 7 – Tech
Chapter 8 – Previews & Performances
PART 3: The Paperwork
Chapter 9 – Pre-production Paperwork
Chapter 10 – Tech Process Paperwork
PART 4: The Industry
Chapter 11 – U.S.-based Employment Opportunities
Chapter 12 – Working Outside the United States
Chapter 13 – Working in Industries Outside of Theatre
PART 5: The Life
Chapter 14 – Working as an Independent Contractor
Appendix A: Step-by-Step Assistant’s Checklist
Appendix B: Design Package Checklist
Appendix C: Assistant’s Kit Checklist
Appendix D: Electronic Folder Organization
Appendix E: Site Survey Measurements
Appendix F: Sample Shop Order
Appendix G: Sample Cover Letter and Resume
Appendix H: Contributing Designers and Associates
Appendix I: Product Websites