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Proscenium # Markers

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Jezza, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Jezza

    Jezza Active Member

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    Hey guys, sort of an unrelated topic, but something that came up at my rehearsal this afternoon. What is the technical name for/where can I acquire those plastic numbered cards that I so often see stage hands taping down to the proscenium edge so that actors can find there mark? You know, usually going from 12 to 0 and back to 12 with 0 being center stage? I know this isn't the correct forum for this, but I didn't know where else to post.

    Example (pretend these cards are placed all the way DS on the proscenium edge)

    12 11 10 ... 0 ... 10 11 12
     
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    We just make numbers out of spike tape. Might take a bit longer, but they'll stay down and cost a whole lot less.
     
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    If you're looking for cleaner looking numbers, you can usual get them from a printing company. We recently got ours from a company in Florida called Artype Inc.
     
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    Best way to get your dance numbers down on the stage and make them visible is white paint and a stencil.
     
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    comuter+printer+get them laminated= finished
     
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    A ballet company I used to work with kept a roll of Jute webbing, like you use on the top of a drop, it was pre-numbered. It just had white gaff, with a number written on it every foot, in the manner in which you indicated. The ME used it for focusing but I guess you could use it for anything.
     
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    It's called a number line. Most often used in dance and musical/dance productions. The "equity" version only includes even numbers (every two feet) plus little dash marks on the odd feet. Ours goes from 0 to 18 feet on each side. We put ours down with white spray paint and number stencils from Walmart.
     
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    lol, I work in a professional theatre and all the touring companies I have seen that used a number line always did it with white tape. Maybe because they use a new stage every few weeks?
     
  9. Jezza

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    Ah, gotcha, thanks, it just seems somewhere buried in my brain on some load out I saw a stagehand ripping up some really nice, plastic black cards w/ white lettering. Just wondering whether they were pre-fab or not. Guess I'm going to go find some stencils and some white spray paint.
    We are actually doing Les Mis which is not a dance show, but I've got a number of movers coming in and I figured that the number line would aid in them not missing the focus points for the movers EVERY night in a row :). You know how most high school actors are. Nothing worse than Javert's Suicide w/ Javert not even in in the beam of light. Thanks
     
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    If you head to any general hardware store you should be able to find stick-on numbering, 0-9. Usually comes in several sizes to mark mail boxes with. Just stick onto the stage, done.
     

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