Finale: ‘The Complete Works’  Study Guide

‘All you need to know to be one step ahead!’

Act 1:    ‘Need a Technician. . .’  (43 pages)

Teaching notes, background information & illustrations

§        Overture and Beginners

1.      Need a technician?  Using the programme of study

§        Lanterns, Dimmers & Control

2.      Identifying Lanterns: lenses and reflectors, five ‘Family’ Groups of lanterns,

3.      Good working practice: preparing and rigging lanterns

4.      Looking at: dimmer packs, cable plugs & sockets, 2 preset lighting control desks

§         Understanding & Using Lanterns

5.     Fixed and Adjustable beam lanterns: how they work, what can be adjusted

6.     Angling & Focusing: Fresnels/PCs, Profiles, saving your lamps

7.     Five types of Lanterns: five different beams of light, which lantern to use and where?

8.     Lantern Accessories: barndoors, shutters, irises, gobos & colour frames

§            Good Working Practice

9.      Striking Lanterns & Accessories: quick check list, organising & storage

10.    Lantern Maintenance: trouble shooting, replacing lamps, cleaning & electrical testing

11.    Health & Safety: risk assessment, working at heights & access equipment

§          From Lantern to Control

12.   Understanding and managing the lighting system: lighting layout plans, a glossary of terms

§            Encore! – Resources

Lantern: Labels, Reference, Information & Record sheets

Hanging Bolt Assembly drawing, Rigging plans, Angling & Focusing floor sheets

Quick Guide to Lanterns – Makes & Models, lamps, colour frames and Gobos

Storage Labels for Accessories

Electricity at Work Regulations & Testing, User checks for Electrical Equipment

Examples of sketch survey and lighting layout plans

§             Encore! – Posters

‘Looking at Lanterns’: Lenses & Lantern Symbols, Acclaim & Quartet Lanterns

‘Five Types of Lanterns’: How do they work?



Act 2:    ‘Taking the Drama out of Lighting!’  (27 pages)

Teaching notes, background information & illustrations

§          The Principles of lighting

1.      The Angles of Illumination: lighting the face and body

2.      Front, Side & Back Lighting: exercise demonstrating the positions & effects

3.      Three Angles of Lighting: Front key & fill, Side shin/floor, head, cross & Back lighting   

§        The Art of Colour

4.      The Colour Palette: warm, neutral & cool colours, Key, Fill & Accent lighting, split colours

5.      Using Colour Filters: identifying, cutting & marking, establishing a storage system

§          Special Effects

6.      Using Gobos: types of patterns, mounting, holders & sizes to match the lanterns

7.      Moving Effects:  Gobo Rotators, Animation discs, Effects projectors

8.      Gobo Slide Projection: Imagepro, ‘cool beam’ lanterns, making and using plastic slides, Peak & Flat field adjustment on Profile spots

9.      Other Effects using: smoke, haze & fog, pyrotechnics, strobe & UV lighting

§             A Lighting Exercise

10.   Amps, Volts & Watts: Ohms Law, calculating the power requirements

11.   Lighting a Scene: designing, making a plan, rigging, health & safety

12.   Setting & Plotting Lighting Levels: types of cues, plot sheets

§            Encore! – Resources

  Lighting Exercise equipment requirements, Safety Bonds, Chains & Floor Stands

Three Angles of Lighting plan, Colour Filter Storage Sheets

Lighting a Scene exercise: information sheets, plans, guide to setting & plotting

§          Encore! – Posters

§          Three Angles of Lighting



Act 3:    ‘So You’re Lighting the Production?’  (37 pages)

Teaching notes, background information & illustrations

§          The Lighting Palette

1.       Lighting Design: visibility, selection, fluidity, lighting naturalist drama, musicals & dance

2.       Six Area Lighting Grid: creating a lighting palette, rigging, angle & focusing

§              Lighting the Performance Space

3.       Cross Area Front Lighting: optimum angles of illumination, lighting the face not the floor, choice & position of lanterns, F.O.H. horizontal & vertical boom bars

4.       Angling & Focusing Lanterns: thinking in plan & elevation, angles & overshoot

5.       Flat Frontal Lighting: frontal lighting rig, lighting for dance