Help and advice needed
Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:53 PM
Thanks very much everyone.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:11 PM
There'll be a big light in the sky for almost the first 2 hours of your performance. What sort of filtering there will be in front of I can't say.
"Somtimes I sits and thinks...............
and sometimes I just sits"
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:31 PM
The brilliant aspect of this is that the time taken for the sun to dim and be replaced by the floods means the audience often don't even notice there is artificial illumination until they stand up to leave. Do take note of what Mark says about direction of the setting sun and take appropriate decisions. Watch out for buildings and trees throwing shadow.
The noise of the generator is a far bigger problem for theatre and we have recently had a thread on that as well..
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:38 PM
I know this is educational and learning comes from experience but when playing with temporary power (and in the case of lighting, usually lots of it), it's usually a good plan to have somebody around who understands how this stuff work, to save you damaging stuff or hurting yourselves. They may appear to be fairly "plug and play" and if you're lucky they may indeed work in that manner, but most generators are designed for site equipment like tools, not dimmer racks.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:53 AM
Ours was probably rather different to your idea--it was a promeade style performance done in a lovely park. We did the show in two halves, with just natural daylight for the first half, then an intermission, then artificial lights for the second half. The artificial lighting was kept simply...lots of colour washes on trees and bushes to make them unreal and a warm light light on faces of the main characters. We also (with permission and an RA!) used actual torches (I.e. open flame!) for one scene and the finale featured a mob of fairies "dancing" (in reality, all the chorus/extra characters holding torches (this time the battery kind) with coloured gel stuck on, running around a sports field behind the main action.
However, in June none of this is likely to come into play with a 7:30PM start.....
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:21 AM
We were in the round, so I setup 4 stands of 3 PAR64s (CP62 lamp) each which I had to blind focus and these just stayed on the whole show. We also had some festoon and tree uplighters for later scenes.
Our show was a reduced script, so we finished around 9 by which time the lights made enough of a difference to warrant the effort. They helped to pick the stage out from everything else and give it some focus.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:35 AM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:57 PM