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Lighting Concept/Lighting Statement

Discussion in 'Wiki' started by derekleffew, May 6, 2008.

  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    When designing the lighting for anything, I've found it useful to discuss, in writing with proper syntax, spelling, and grammar, how I intend to use the four Controllable Properties (Intensity, Color, Distribution, Movement), and five Functions of Illumination (Selective Visibility, Revelation of Form, Illusion of Nature, Mood, Composition); to assist the Playwright, Director, and Actors, [and Box Office!] achieve their goals. Some would call this a "Lighting Concept" or "Lighting Statement." This is a process for lighting an Arthur Miller play, a pharmaceutical conglomerate's new product launch, a manufacturer's latest concept car, the latest mouse-created performing sensation, or the rock-star who has not had a hit in thirty years.

    An old dead guy (Stanley McCandless) from Yale taught this seventy-six years ago, and another old dead guy (Howard Bay) from Brandeis refuted the Yalie's achievements in 1974. For those who suffer from insomnia, I highly recommend reading Feeling and Form, by aesthetician Suzanne K. Langer. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953); and attempting to define "the space that exists beyond the mirror," "virtual time," and "virtual space."

    The objective(s) of man-made lighting has not changed since our first ancestor told a story to the second in front of a fire.

    More wise words on "the design process":
    Unabashedly purloined from the SML:
    In response to a question about how to light a subway car for a production of Godspell, the following advice was offered:
    Wise words from one of the best lighting educators ever, the late Gilbert Hemsley:
    For a summary of the entire design process, see Lighting Design: Table of Contents, courtesy of Harvard.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2010

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