In the first edition of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.
In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that go on before the light plot is finalized and ready to go to into the shop, even dealing with cutting the plot in half.
In this third edition, Shelley throws the door wide open and shows step-by-step how to construct every lighting system in the Hokey light plot. Combining his diacritical analysis, killer drafting, and analytic use of the Slinky Method and Slinky Calculations, he presents the Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems and shows the basic methods used to create multi-instrument lighting systems.
-Over 100 new topics, including analysis and application of the three categories of collaboration; a detailed examination of production meetings and one-on-one meetings; and meeting checklists with management and the creative team.
-Over 50 new illustrations, including Shelley’s Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems; groundplans, sections, and front elevations that illustrate basic system wash configurations for each direction of light.
-Analysis, calculation, and step-by-step technical construction of each lighting system in the Hokey light plot.
-Explanation of a manufacturer’s cut sheet, and how to apply basic formulas to determine the beam size, footcandles, and gel transmission for lighting instruments.
-Updated process of pre-programming computer lighting consoles prior to the load-in.
-Comprehensive overview of archiving paperwork and softcopy for a production.
‘Any student or professional seeking to work as a lighting designer in theater or dance should read this book. I’ve been using this book since the first edition, as it’s a wonderful tool for education. This book goes into the details behind the creation of a lighting design. The knowledge you gain by studying this text will free you to create art with your lighting, instead of being caught up in the mundane tasks required to execute a design.’ Stephen Ellison, Lighting Systems Design Consultant
Steven Louis Shelley has worked in theatre for over 40 years as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories of many dance companies. He’s designed lighting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as concerts, television, regional theatre, and regional opera. Steve is also the inventor and patent holder of the award-winning Field Templates™ and SoftSymbols™ (www.fieldtemplate.com). He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.