Automation (Scenic)

Scenic automation is at the forefront of the largest most complex productions in the world, ensuring that the most mind-numbingly complex sequences of scene changes can happen at the touch of a button right in front of the audiences’ eyes.

Relevant pages at Theatrecrafts.com

Automation Credits

Random Glossary Entry

BRIDGE LIFT
An elevator which raises and lowers sections of the stage floor, usually by electrical or hydraulic means.

A selection of notable shows and designers / suppliers

Safety

Modern automation systems have a high degree of safety systems built-in. This video shows a ‘safe edge’ on a lift for a production of The Bodyguard. As soon as something gets in the way of the scissor lift, it stops moving instantly, preventing what could be a serious injury.

Books

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External Links

Companies

Broadweigh Portable wireless load monitoring [UK]
PRG Scenic Rigging & Automation [USA]
Unusual Rigging Rigging, suspension and automation [London, UK]

Flying

Fisher Technical Services 3D Flying [USA]

Makers

Weld-Fab Stage Engineering Ltd Revolves, Scissor Lifts, Scenic Engineering [UK]

Manufacturers

AVW Controls Impressario System [London, UK]
Creative Conners Inc.
Delstar Engineering [UK]
Kinesys Motion control
Q Motion Stage engineering and automation
Silicon Theatre Scenery Scenic automation and performer flying [The Netherlands]
Stage Machines LLC
Stage One Scenic Automation Projects [UK]
Stage Technologies Includes many examples of their projects
VisualAct Technology & Engineering for the entertainment industry [Sweden]

Software

Spikemark Scenic Automation & Visualisation