Stage lights without lenses
Running time: 0.46mins
Film maker Mike Marriage
Parcans, birdies and floods have a range of uses, from lighting the vast expanses of a large cyclorama (a possible use of a flood) to a small bit of uplighting (often achieved with the help of a birdie, or Par 16).
The way a set and actors are lit have a major impact on the mood of a scene. The National Theatre's Lighting Department deploys everything from the humble parcan to complex automated lights.
A look at the history of follow spots and how they are used today.
Moving lights were created for live concerts.
A look at how to become a lighting designer.
When a show changes round in the rep, there's not enough time for each scene to be laid out exactly as it is in the show to allow the lights to be focussed on it.
Automated lights can be utilised to create an even wash of light across a stage.
Follow spots have a lot more to them than just being a light that an operator can point at an actor to ensure they are lit well enough.
Lights with lenses are very versatile and can be used to create a range of effects, with different sizes and shapes of beam.
A look at the variety of lights without lenses and their uses on stage.
Programming lights and operating them during the show are two very different procedures.
Automated lights are essential in the National's rep system.
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