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Discussion in 'General Advice' started by venuetech, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. venuetech

    venuetech Well-Known Member

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    What are the current books that most technicians should have?

    (my old copy of Scenery for the Theatre burris-meyer cole is now being sold as an antique book)
     
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    ScottT Lighting Programmer

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    In which field? Sound? Lighting Design? Riggin? Please be a little more specific.
     
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    A couple of my favorites, but I'll echo ScottT area of focus can help us narrow it down. Somewhere on here is Ships book list it's 50 pages of titles < or close to it>
    Essential books one MUST have;
    The Backstage Handbook.
    Pocket Ref < usually sold in Hardware stores, an invaluable reference source>

    Others;
    Scene Design & Stage Lighting. < whatever edition they are up to now.>
     
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    I'd add "Theatrical Design and Production" by Gillette, and second the Parker/Smith/Wolf "Scene Design and Stage Lighting." As reference, I go to "The Backstage Handbook" as well, and I would also add the Yamaha "Sound Reinforcement Handbook." A current photometrics handbook is also handy (I've got "The Photometrics Handbook" by Robert C. Mumm, but it's getting a little dated . . . )
     
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    +1 for pocket ref, I keep one in my tech kit and that little thing rocks!
     
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    I agree with all of the aformentioned titles. The Stage Rigging Handbook by Jay O. Glerum is another good one.

    ~Dave
     
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    I've been trying to find a used copy of "Entertainment Rigging" or "Arena Rigging" (same book different editions) that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg...is this book worth the cost? Any experiences with it?
     
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    A great book that I recently latched onto is Designing Disney by John Hench. It details a lot of the design principals that Disney Imagineering has used over the past 4 decades. The section on color, color palettes and the selection of color is the best discussion of color for scenic purposes I have seen in any book.

    The Hardcover is out of print, but the paperback edition is either out now or about to be released.
     
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    We just got a set of those at school. It's really informative, but a bit dull. Still, tells you what you need to know...
     

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