The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit


By Anne E. McMills

© 2014 – Focal Press

Paperback. 436 pages

SKU: 9780415711210 Category:


What are the do’s and don’ts of being a good assistant lighting designer?

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!

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“The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit is a book the lighting world needs and should be required reading for all new – and not so new – lighting designers.”  – Ken Billington

“The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit sets out to fill a big gap in the market of lighting books — a huge help to so many aspiring ALD’s and teaches us ‘mature’ designers how to better behave! This book is marvelous.”         – Richard Pilbrow, internationally known Author and Lighting Designer; voted “one of the 50 most powerful people in the entertainment technology industry” (Live Design 2010)

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Weight 1.0 kg