Lighting

Getting Started in Lighting:

1) The Lighting Design Process
2) Types of Lantern
3) Choosing Colour
4) Soon – The Lighting Rig
5) Focussing Lighting
6) Soon – Plotting Lighting

Further Information:

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External Links

Access Equipment

Aluminium Access Products Tallescope manufacturers [UK]
Genie Lifts and Access Equipment [Worldwide]
Slingsby Access ladders [UK]
Zarges Access ladders & towers [Germany & UK]

Control Systems

RDM Protocol About the Remote Device Management enhancements to DMX512

Designers

Andrew Gardner
Ben M Rogers [London, UK]
David Hersey
David Howe
Durham Marenghi
Graham Walne [UK]
Luc Lafortune
Marcin Michna [Poland]
Natasha Katz
Patrick Woodroffe
Paul Pyant
Paule Constable
Richard Pilbrow Theatre Projects
Sean Hennessy [NY, USA]
Teegan Lee [Australia]
Tim Routledge [UK]

Discussion Forums

The Blue Room Technical Discussion Forum [UK]

Equipment

101 Uses for Gaffa Tape (Photo gallery)
101 Uses for Gaffer Tape (List)
Ironclad Performance Work Gloves [Los Angeles, CA, USA]
Lighting Stencil from Stage Electrics [UK]
Pockit Utility holsters & accessories for your tools [USA]
Setwear Gloves, belts, bags [CA, USA]

Events

LDI Show (Lighting Dimensions International) [Las Vegas, USA]

Health & Safety

ESTA Fog / Smoke [USA]
Health & Safety Executive [UK]
Online Sign Free Printable Safety Sign Maker
RU Safe? information and guidance about safety in small venues [UK]
The Yellow Book - ABTT Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment Safety standards and guidelines for venues. [UK]
Theatre Safety Blog

History

Ancient Lights Vintage Lighting Equipment Hire [UK]
National Theatre panel of Lighting Designers discuss their craft [London, UK]
The Backstage Heritage Collection [UK]
The Lighting Archive invaluable archive of paperwork from designers such as Ken Billington and Jean Rosenthal
The Magic Lantern Society [UK]
The Strand Archive Information about equipment produced by Strand Lighting / Rank Strand / Strand Electric
Theatre Lighting Archive Video interviews from long-serving members of the lighting community in South Africa [South Africa]
Theatrical Lighting Database From the New York Public Library [NY, USA]

Installation

Cable Organizer Cable Raceways [USA]

Jobs

Stage Jobs Pro Theatre and Stage Jobs for UK Professionals [UK]

Manufacturers

ADB Lighting Control and luminaires [Belgium]
Altman Lighting Inc. Luminaires [USA]
Artistic Licence LED fixtures & control [Middlesex, UK]
CCT Lighting Luminaires [UK ]
Glasson Electronics LED Festoon & Lamp Control
High End Systems Moving Lights [Texas, USA]
James Hutton Lighting F650 Fresnels, PC650 PCs and P650 Profiles [Birmingham, UK]
LEDJ LED products
MA Lighting grandMA range of lighting desks [Germany]
Robert Juliat Luminaires, Dimmers, Followspots [France]
Selecon (part of the Philips Group) Luminaires, Lighting Control [Worldwide]
Strand Lighting (part of the Philips Group) Luminaires, Lighting Control [UK/USA]
Strong Entertainment Lighting Followspots [USA]
Vari*Lite Moving Lights [Texas, USA]
Zero 88 DImming and lighting control [Wales, UK]

Moving Lights

About the Moving Light Programmer blog entry from Ross Williams
RSC Lightlock Rigging automated lighting on easily movable or flown structures [UK]

Practitioners

Josef Svoboda
Linford Hudson, Followspot Operator

Products

Vari*Lite VLX Wash Light LED wash light [USA]

Puppets and Puppetry

Image Theatre Black Light puppet theatre [Prague, Czechslovakia]

Resources

Allan Chapman & James Insurance Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
An Introduction to Stage Lighting
Animated Knots [USA]
Crew Cover Insurance Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
Doodsons Entertainment Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
La Playa UK Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK / USA]
Load-In International Live Touring Industry magazine [UK]
Multipoint Suspension - not as easy as it seems Essential reading!
Theatre Digs Booker Touring Accommodation Finder [UK]
Wrightsure Insurance Public Liability Insurance [UK]

Research

Colour Temperature
StageWork Resources about the backstage work of the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep [UK]

Shows

Aida on Broadway - Natasha Katz goes Egyptian
The House of Dancing Water interview with Luc Lafortune

Smoke

Antari
Look Solutions [Germany, Europe]
LSG Low Smoke Generator from Le Maitre Carbon Dioxide input required
LSX Low Smoke Converter from Le Maitre
Martin (Jem)
Rosco
Smoke Factory [Germany, Europe]
Theatre FX [USA]

Software

Alien Stagecraft Tablet EOS Remote
AutoCAD Viewer
Autodesk AutoCAD
CAD 4 Theatre CAD training [UK]
Capture Lighting Visualisation Software [Sweden]
Drafty App for lighting, sound & video designers [USA]
Entec USB DMX interface DMX output from computer
LD Assistant Lighting design & event planning
LD Calculator
Lightconverse Visualisation [UK]
Lightwright
Luxart Conception (Microlux software)
LX Free Free download for Mac from the maker of Maclux Pro
LX Series Range of LX software for Mac from the maker of Maclux Pro
Maclux Pro Mac LX design software
Modelbox CAD drawings of UK venues [London, UK]
Modelbox Lighting Symbols Free download
Moving Light Assistant Paperwork
Omnifocus To Do List management
ShoFlo Collaborative Show Calling Software [USA]
TimeLord - Media Timecode Player Optimised for use with grandMA2
TurboCAD range 2D and 3D CAD
Vectorworks
Vibrio Lighting Control for iPad
Virtual Magic Sheet - West Side Systems [USA]
WYSIWYG Lighting visualisation
Zacview Visualisation for theatres [Germany]

Suppliers

Audio Light Systems [Edinburgh, Scotland, UK]
Flints Theatrical Chandlers Tools and Supplies [London, UK]
Full Compass Supplier [UK ]
Gear Source Europe Secondhand / Used Equipment [Kent, UK]
OPTI Kinetics Truss
Planet DJ Lighting, Sound & DJ Equipment [NV, USA]
SLX Lighting, Sound, Scenic Hire and Events [UK]
Stage Electrics Lighting & Sound Equipment Sales [UK]
TMB Electrical. lighting and rigging equipment
Total Solutions Group Trussing & Rigging [Birmingham, UK]
 Effects >> Wildfire FX Ultraviolet effects [Los Angleles, CA, USA]
 LED >> Brother, Brother & Sons LED lighting [Denmark]
 Colour Media >> Apollo Design Technology Gels, gobos, scrollers [USA]
 Colour Media >> GAM Great American Market [USA]
 Colour Media >> Lee Filters [USA]
 Colour Media >> Rosco Laboratories Rosco Supergel, Cinegel [USA]

Unions / Associations

ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Training, Advice, Membership [London, UK]
Actors Equity [American actors and stage managers] [USA]
ALD / A.L.D. - Association of Lighting Designers UK Association for students and professionals [London, UK]
ALIA Australasian Lighting Industry Association [Australasia]
BECTU Broadcasting, Entertainment & Cinematograph Trade Union (UK) [London, UK]
IATSE International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees [USA]
PLASA UK Professional Lighting & Sound Association [UK]
Skillset [London, UK]
USITT United States Institute for Theatre Technology [USA]

Video Resources

Backstage at the Royal Opera House - The Opera Machine Full access to 21 cameras backstage for Act III of the Ring Cycle