Lighting Week 4

This week was more self directed, and were asked to light three scenes from a Shakespeare play. This involved reading through the scenes and deciding on lighting cues, which lights needed to be rigged and where, the colours which could be used and also any gobos or other effects.

Here are some of the final results which we created:

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Lighting Week 3

We had the opportunity this week to have a look at how successful our gobos were. We were set a task in the first week where we had to design a gobo under a group theme, draw it onto AutoCAD or Illustrator, and then give it to Mick to be laser cut. In this Fridays session I put my gobo into the gobo holder and tested it out against the screen. our group decided to do a ’50s Wallpaper’ theme and so I was quite impressed with the result.

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Our second task for the day was setting a scene, and my group was given ‘sunlight into a bedroom’. This was quite handy as I had made some shutters for our actual set in the week, and so we were able to use that with a soft yellow light. We quickly created a bed out of chairs and rigged the lantern onto the stand behind the shutters so the light filtered through and it looked quite realistic. The gel we chose was quite yellowy and so it looked like the sun setting in the early evening of a summers day.

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We were also asked to bring a copy of an ‘Old Master’ to the session in order for us to recreate the lighting within the picture. This is the one we chose, and we recreated it by directing a Pinspot into a lantern which we found, and having red under lighting for Jesus.

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This is our recreation:

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The other groups also did their recreations of Old Masters and it was interesting to see the transition from an image to actual real-life lighting.

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Lighting Week 2

This week in the lighting session we were divided into groups; working at height with Adam and looking at coloured lighting with Shane. The first half of the day I was looking  at gels and how they can change the colour of the light. I was surprised at the amount of different colours there were, and also that the gels were actually made out of special material which doesn’t catch fire when subjected to high temperatures. We were also shown inside Shane’s office which holds all the electrical systems for the lights.

I was slightly apprehensive for working at height, even though I don’t actually have a fear of heights. The scaffolding tower looked quite daunting when you stood underneath it however once I’d actually got to the top it was alright. It was slightly confusing knowing where to put your hands, especially when opening the trap doors, but Adam talked me through it so I was okay.

I found the ladder even more daunting, especially as it shook a lot when other people climbed it. Nonetheless I climbed to the top and touched the lighting bars so I was quite proud of that. We were also given a brief introduction to the lighting desk by Adam.

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Lighting Week 1

For the next four weeks of the VTP module, we are looking at lighting, the different types of lantern, how to rig the lights, and how to create an effective lantern design. In our first session we looked at gobos and what effects they can create. We looked at the difference between metal gobos and cardboard ones, and where they can be used. The cardboard ones can’t be used in certain lanterns which cast a lot of heat as they could potentially catch fire.

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