it doesnt have to be a colour thing, all im trying to say is break out of the red=emotion, green=nature, yellow=happy, etc. mindset. people just instantly jump to what they know best, without actually sitting down and thinking about what else could work well in a scene. a murder scene could be done totally effecively in open whiteJahJahwarrior said:Hopefully my best design will be what I am designing for my schoos upcoming play, the Importance of Being Earnest. I only have 16 pars to work iwht, nothing more, so it's gonna be pretty simple, only a few cues, maybe 20 at MOST. I'm envisioning three main lighting cues, with other smaller cues, like "more light on door" for entrances stuff.
And, just wondering, what WOULD you prescribe for a murder scene mxsa?? I mean, think about it, what other color works as well as primary or crimson red for evil?? Not white, not green, not purple, not blue. The best lighting for a murder scene would probably be dim lighting with some red mixed in, maybe not predominantly red, but just enough so the audiences feels the evil withoutnoticing it.
that sounds like a really cool designgengwall said:Well, I just joined and this seemed to be a good topic to make my first post on.
A couple years ago I did the lighting for "God's Favorite", a Niel Simon play. It is interesting because the entire play takes place in a single room. here's the kicker - in the first act, the room is normal; in the second act, the house has burned down.
First act was fun because we had some "in the dark" scenes with moon light pooring in through french doors. There was also lighting and even a lighting strike (first time ever for me triggering a flash pot from the light board!) Most of the scenes were normal indoorsy scenes - really warm colors on a really warm (yellow walls) interior set.
Second act, all I did was use plain old halogen work lights front of stage. What a contrast! It worked out really good and got lots of gasps from the audience when they saw the burned out room.
The funny thing was, it was the simplest show I've ever been involved with from a queue standpoint. The second act had only two light queues! And the first act didn't have many more. So, basically I could sit back and enjoy the actual play which is rare.