Billie Holiday, Malcolm X and Yusuf Hawkins are all in heaven. Emmy Straight enters and is looking for God. She is asking numerous questions as to where to find God and why she is up there with the others. With asking those questions, Emmy is curious as to how everyone had arrived to heaven. Then the real world down below seemed to gain a connection to heaven and then a door has appeared and the characters leave heaven.
Since the characters are in heaven, the colors for the show would be more in the light blues and lavenders. The set is going white so that is a great opportunity to bounce light. Whenever any of the characters flash back to their past to speak of their death, there would be a play of more richer blues and purples. Any song that Billie Holiday would sing, the lights would fade to a darker blue. This show would primarily have lights that would change per mood for certain sections of the show. In a meeting with one of the people from the creative team, they said that the pink panther theme would be used towards the end. With that little piece of information, the lights will be a bright pink and fade out when the characters are off the stage. When Emmy Straight is singing her song, there is an array of colors to be used.
How does this take a correlation with designing a show, is that you have to convey the ideas of what the creative team is asking for. In addition to making sure that the purpose of the light made sense. An example would be that say the director wanted light coming from underneath the actor, but then with the way it looked we had to cut the light out from the show. As a designer, you really need to learn to compromise with the creative team to make sure that the aesthetic of the show is achieved. Being the Assistant Lighting Designer, I had to make sure that any design changes had been implemented were kept and to remind the creative team the reason why it had gotten cut so we can move forward with making the show happen.
Throughout five years as an Entertainment technology student, many skills have been acquired in multiple departments. However, the main interest is primarily in lighting. When receiving the formal invitation by David Levitt to be his assistant lighting designer, the opportunity was taken right away. In regards to goals for this project, it’s to gain on field knowledge of how it’s like to work with the creative team and the production team at the same time. In addition to learning what it’s like to do cable runs for a show, and taking into consideration how certain spaces need to have the sight lines accounted for. As the assistant lighting designer for “Billie, Malcolm, Yussuf: A Play in One Act with blues and rap music”, you are making sure that the input or the ideas of the designer are met. In addition to making sure that you give creative input or criticism to make sure the ideas are clear. Meetings with the director, will further help with making sure that the vision is going to stay maintained. With any kind of lighting design, the plans are to be used and implemented, to ensure that the dimensions for the general hang leading to the final focus will be accurate.
In the position as the Assistant Lighting Designer, you need to pay attention as to if there is going to be a type of special light request for a certain cue. In addition to if the sight lines are going to be compromised if a unit is placed in the wrong area. This could eventually lead to the light or the special being cut out from the show in the final product. One of the concerns that was faced during one of the rehearsals was for the opening scene. One of the creative members had inquired if they could either add light or take away light from the lobby area. Looking at the configuration of the lobby which doubles as a very small theater space, couldn’t be able to accommodate what is being requested. The primary designer wasn’t able to give a reply for they were busy. The director was then told by the ALD that the request couldn’t be fulfilled. The main designer was then notified of such directive action. As the assistant lighting designer for this show, the input is respected for the choices were discussed with the main designer. And if those choices were a benefactor to the show then they were implemented.
Show script with cues
The strip lights in the Demonstration room down (from the venue itself)
(4) 6’ pipe upstairs in Dem. room
Any other lighting inventory in Dem. room (from the venue itself)
All Par 64 will be using 500W WFL
4x R40s will be outfitted with 300W FL lenses
1x Opto Splitter
Power Con Jump
Power Con -> Edison four of them
*the information was gathered via emails that I’ve been included in*