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*