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Come to life? HOW DO THEY CONTROL THE LIGHTS and SOUND? What Lights will they use in the h.p.s. production? Spotlight operator Sound operator Spotlight Operator
The Spotlight Operator is a theatrical technician, known as a lighting technician, who operates a specialized stage light known as a followspot. A followspot is designed to move, change size and width, and change color easily by hand.
Duties of a spotlight operator
A spotlight operator is expected to be familiar with the followspot that they are working with, as well as be able to read through a cue sheet and follow directions from the lighting designer, master electrician, light board operator, stage manager, assistant stage manager, and other electricians. In smaller shows, the light board operator may also have to operate the followspot but this is rare, as the followspot and light board operation both need lots of attention during most parts of a show. On most touring shows the followspots will have little rehearsal and only a brief meeting to discuss call numbers, home positions and what to do if a problem arises. Sound Operator
The sound operator is the person responsible and in control of all the sound and music of a production. This job may include operating a mixing console and sound reinforcement system, as well as coordinating sound effects and controlling microphones.
The sound operator is generally required to know how to use the various playback equipment, that pre-recorded sound cues will play from, the sound console that controls the levels and individual channel, as well as other sound-related devices. In touring theatre, the sound operator is responsible for getting the sound system installed and running, and safely installed with the venue and any of the local equipment. In larger productions, the sound operator is assisted by one or more Sound Assistants. what types of Lights do they use in a production? Rigger Lighting Operator The Crew Rigger
A rigger is a crew member who works with ropes, booms, lifts, hoists and harnesses during a production. Their skill with ropes and booms are found useful in the theatre. Riggers are in charge of changing backdrops/sets and anything that requires lifting and moving they are also in charge of setting up scaffolding or anything that the crew might need. Riggers are also in charge of attaching equipment to the venue/theater. The original canvas backdrops used in the theatre were moved with ropes and pulleys and thats were riggers were first employed. The name rigger is still used for crew backstage in theatres and productions. Riggers play an important role in making a production come to life. Lighting Operator
The lighting operator is one of the most important jobs in a production because without lights the production would boring.The lighting operator works mostly with the lighting designer and discusses lighting requirements. The lighting operator then creates the lighting design that works with the budget, arranges for purchase and rental of additional equipment if it is needed. Supervises hanging and focusing of lights. The sound operator also controls all the lights and makes sure everything runs to plan. The crew are the hardest working people in a production. There work stays hidden from the audience and they are probably the least recognised workers. Without the crew there would be no production. Here are just some of the hundreds of jobs that the crew have. Lights Strobe Lights
A strobe light is a device used to produce and maintain bright regular flashes of light. The colour can change easily. It is kind of like a camera flash.
A followspot, is a powerful stage lighting instrument which projects a bright beam of light onto a performance area.Followspots are controlled by a spotlight operator.
Strip lights are long box typically containing multiple lamps arranged along the length of the instrument. Lamps are often covered with gels of multiple colors.
Moving lights are a very advanced lights. They have the ability for a crew member to remotely control the movement of the light and the colour.
Gel caps are a coloured non melt plastic cover. They clip on to the front of the light and can be changed easily. They come in almost every single colour. Bibliography Lighting Lighting controls
Lighting control tools are best described as anything that changes the quality of the light. Lighting consoles are designed for easy control over very large numbers of lights. Consoles are also referred to as lighting desks or light-boards. For larger shows or installations, multiple consoles are often used. Listed below are the two most used light control consoles.
Memory-based lighting consoles have become very popular in all larger productions. This type of controller has almost completely replaced all other lighting control consoles. Memory consoles are mostly used in productions like chocolatte where scenes do not change every show because the scenes are designed and digitally recorded, so there is less room for human error. Many memory consoles have a row of faders. The faders can be programmed to control the brightness of the light or the group of lights. The console is also able to be operated manually for live control. On some more advanced consoles, faders can be used to control effects and moving light effects.
Moving light controllers
Moving Light Controllers are another step up from Memory Consoles. As well as being capable of controlling ordinary lights, they can also control moving/intelligent lights. On most controllers, this section is separate from main light controls. The section includes an area of buttons allowing the operator to select the fixtures they want to control, and a joystick to control the pan and tilt, focus, colour and the brightness. Audio http://www.ehow.com/stagelighting/
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Bowditch, Clinton 20/10/12 Interview Audio Controls
In professional audio, a mixing console is an electronic device for mixing, routing and changing the level and dynamics. A mixer can mix analog and digital sounds, depending on the type of mixer. Mixing consoles are used in many different places, including recording studios, concerts, broadcasting, musicals, television and film post-production. Mixing consoles can be used by vocalists singing a duet to be heard through one set of speakers. On smaller mixers the inputs are on the left of the mixing board and the master controls are on the right. In larger mixers, the master controls are in the center with inputs on both sides. During the crew call, all equipment must be checked to make sure everything is in working order.
LIGHTS: Lighting crew should conduct a dimmer check. This is a thorough inspection to make sure each instrument is working and focused properly. Cue lights and run lights should be turned on.
SOUND: Speaker check, microphone check, playback source checks, dressing room monitors on and headset system is in working order.
SET/RUN CREW: Sweep, mop and clean the stage. Run of all moving elements, hydraulic lifts and flies. Pre-set all elements for the beginning of show.
PROPS: All props are pre-set for the beginning of the show. All food items prepared.
WARDROBE: All laundry is clean, ironed and steamed. Wigs are set.
One Hour Prior to Curtain open: Actors
In most situations, the cast is called an hour prior to curtain time. Vocal warm-ups are a must for musicals. During this time actors should also do a personal prop checks. Remember that the house will typically open 30 minutes prior to the show, at which point the stage will not be available.
Thirty Minutes Prior to Curtain open: House Opens
The stage manager will communicate to the house manager that the stage is ready. The house manager will then open the lobby doors and usher in the audience. At this time, it is proper theatre etiquette that no one “break stage.” This simply means the stage area should not be interrupted or invaded by actors, crew, so as to maintain the sanctity of the magical place that is the stage. Lots of equipment is used to control the lights,
audio and special effects in a production. There is lots of different controllers to control different things.Here are just some of the few. Control's Interview with Melissa about the technical side of our production Chocolatte What microphones will they use in the h.p.s. production? Does the audience get the best experience possible with the technical equipment were going to use in our production? Lights Lots of different types of lights are used in productions. Lights make a production come to life. Without lights the production would be boring and dull. Set Up It takes a long time to setup a production. It depends on the type of production and the amount of props and sets and technical equipment that is required. Watch this video and try to estimate how long you think it would take. What type of technicians will we have operating the technical equipment? Strobe Light Strip Light Gel Caps Moving Light Followspot Spotlight Operator Sound Operator Rigger Lighting Operator Mixing Console Memory Console Moving Light Control Wireless Headset Microphone Wireless Handheld Microphone Crew Setting Up For A Production