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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting from Focal Press is the 3rd edition by author Steven Louis Shelley. In it, he shows you step-by-step how to construct every lighting system in the Hokey light plot. Combining his diacritical analysis, drafting, and analytic use of the Slinky Method and Slinky Calculations, he presents the Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems and shows the basic methods used to create multi-instrument lighting systems.
About the author: Steven Louis Shelley has worked in theater for over 40 years as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories of many dance companies. He's designed lighting on and off Broadway, as well as for concerts, television, regional theater, and regional opera. Steve is also the inventor and patent holder of the award-winning Field Templates and SoftSymbols (www.fieldtemplate.com). He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Over 100 topics, including analysis and application of the three categories of collaboration; a detailed examination of production meetings and one-on-one meetings; and meeting checklists with management and the creative team.
Over 50 illustrations, including Shelley's Periodic Table of Fundamental Lighting Systems; ground plans, sections, and front elevations that illustrate basic system wash configurations for each direction of light.
Analysis, calculation, and step-by-step technical construction of each lighting system in the Hokey light plot.
Explanation of a manufacturer's cut sheet, and how to apply basic formulas to determine the beam size, foot-candles, and gel transmission for lighting instruments.
Updated process of pre-programming computer lighting consoles prior to the load-in.
Comprehensive overview of archiving paperwork and soft copy for a production.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgments for the Third Edition Introduction
Chapter 1: A Review
Chapter 2: Paperwork Overview
Chapter 3: Background Preparations and Preliminary Design Paperwork
Chapter 4: The Parameters
Chapter 5: Create the Preliminary Drawings
Chapter 6: Creating the Preliminary Lighting Section and Light Plot
Chapter 7: Compiling and Sending Out the Shop Order
Chapter 8: Cuts and Changes
Chapter 9: The Light Plot, Section, and Support Paperwork Packet
Chapter 10: The Load-In and Focus Packet
Chapter 11: The Cue Construction Packet
Chapter 12: Prior to the Load-In
Chapter 13: The Load-In and Setup
Chapter 14: The Focus Session
Chapter 15: The Light Cue Level Setting Session and Technical Rehearsals