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Scene Design and Stage Lighting, 10th Edition

  • R. Craig Wolf San Diego State University
  • Dick Block Carnegie Mellon University
  • ISBN-10: 1111344434  |  ISBN-13: 9781111344436
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2003, 1996
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

Now in full color and packed with professional information and cutting-edge technologies, SCENE DESIGN AND STAGE LIGHTING, Tenth Edition, equips you with the most up-to-date coverage available on scenery, lighting, sound, and technology. Completely current, the exciting new tenth edition has two new chapters on digital integration in scene design and lighting design (Chapters 12 and 13), a new chapter on getting work in the profession (Chapter 28), and mirrors the best of real-world practices. Vibrant color production photographs support the text and spotlight examples of contemporary work. The book retains its strong emphasis on modern technology, with many changes in the lighting design and sound design chapters, reflecting the latest practices. The text also includes an expanded section on television design, as well as an emphasis on health and safety issues. The authors emphasize collaboration in all sections of the text, and they provide insight via interviews with professional lighting and scenery designers in two features: "Working Professionals" and "Designers at Work." Reflecting current professional practice, SCENE DESIGN AND STAGE LIGHTING, Tenth Edition, offers in-depth coverage of a broad range of topics, making it the most detailed and comprehensive text available in the scenic, lighting, and sound design fields.

Features and Benefits

  • Expanded coverage of current electronic drawing systems CAD and SketchUp. The changing nature of the field is reflected in the discussion of the growing use of computers in design, drafting, and technical production. In addition, 50 percent of drafting samples are new and are a mixture of hand and computer drafting, including samples drawn on the popular SketchUp application.
  • Modernized and expanded lighting design coverage is now more concentrated and focused and includes the most recent information available on lighting instruments, control, projection, and effects. Expanded coverage of new light sources includes HMI, low voltage, and LEDs. The text also features numerous new lighting equipment photographs.
  • Approximately 50 percent of the designs pictured are new.
  • Scenery tools and building techniques are completely modern, including low-tech and contemporary technology in moving scenery, stronger emphasis on the use of metals in scenery construction, discussions of mechanized versus automated scenery, and more color examples of scene painting, including progression of specific textures. There are also new interviews with professional scenic designers.
  • A classic text for stage design and lighting, SCENE DESIGN AND STAGE LIGHTING, Tenth Edition's two major strengths are its comprehensiveness and readability. Extremely student friendly and engaging, it covers a wide range of topics in great detail, with information for introductory and more advanced courses--equipping readers with tools they will use throughout their careers.
  • Emphasizing modern technology, the text is the most detailed and comprehensive book available in the scenic, lighting, and sound design fields. Thorough coverage in the lighting section reflects current practice and technology.
  • Collaboration among all members of the design team--sound, costume, lighting, scenic, and director--is emphasized throughout the text.
  • "Working Professionals" and "Designers at Work" boxes feature interviews with professional lighting designers, scenic designers, sound designers, a technical director, and prop master, giving readers insight from real practitioners. A chapter titled "Lighting Design as a Profession" provides additional career/professional insight.
  • Reflecting the digital age in which we live and work, sound chapters emphasize digital technology, modern equipment, and design techniques.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
Part I: CREATING THE DESIGN
2. Scene Design and the Theatre Space.
3. Scene Design as a Visual Art.
4. The Design Process.
5. Color in the Design.
6. Drafting the Design.
7. The Scene Shop, Tools, and Equipment.
8. Building the Scenery.
9. Painting Scenery.
10. Handling Scenery.
11. Stage Properties and the Designer.
Part II: DIGITAL AGE INTEGRATION: SCENERY AND LIGHTING.
12. Projection in the Theatre.
13. Automation in the Theatre.
Part III: STAGE LIGHTING.
14. Introduction to Stage Lighting.
15. Distribution.
16. Color and Light.
17. Lighting Fixtures.
18. Projected Effects, Practicals, and Special Effects.
19. Design: Choices and Process.
20. Design: The Light Plot, Paperwork, and Production.
21. Power Distribution and Control.
22. Stage Lighting and Electricity.
23. Light Sources.
24. Design Techniques.
25. Lighting Design as a Profession.
Part IV: SOUND FOR THE THEATER.
26. Sound and Music in the Theatre.
27. Sound Systems and Equipment.

What's New

  • Text now in full color. A first in the market, SCENE DESIGN AND STAGE LIGHTING, Tenth Edition, is now offered in full color. Vibrant color production photographs of set designs and lighting designs support the text and spotlight examples of contemporary work, in a format students are used to seeing in everyday practice.
  • Two new chapters on digital integration in the theater. Chapter 12 ("Theatrical Use of Media") and Chapter 13 ("Automation in the Theatre") focus on the use of media and digital technology in set design, lighting design, and sound design.
  • New section on looking for a job in Chapter 4 offers suggestions and advice on how to get work in the industry after graduation.
  • Numerous new production photographs. Approximately 50 percent of the production photographs, set designs, light plots, and sound designs are new to this edition, with an emphasis on showing the most cutting-edge examples.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

R. Craig Wolf

R. Craig Wolf is a professional lighting designer as well as an educator. Mr. Wolf's designs have been seen nationwide, including productions for San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, Virginia Shakespeare, Richmond Ballet Company, Theatre Artaud in San Francisco, and Japan America Center and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble of Los Angeles. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and is vice chair of their Publications Committee and, for five years, he was lighting commissioner. He became a lighting associate member of the United Scenic Artists Design Union in 1977. Mr. Wolf has taught at the Universities of Michigan and Virginia and is currently professor of design, MFA graduate adviser, and head of the design program in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University.

Dick Block

Dick Block has worked as a freelance scene designer and a scenic artist for more than 25 years. He has designed for AMAS, Columbia Artists, and TheatreWorks USA, all in New York, and for the Virginia Stage Company, the Weston Playhouse (Vermont), and the Human Race (Ohio). Additional regional credits include work at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Center Stage in Baltimore, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Block is also active with United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), having served as scene design co-commissioner and on the board of directors, and with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival both regionally and nationally, having served as the first national design chair. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Distinguished Service. Block received his MFA from Northwestern University. After teaching at the University of Michigan and Cornell, he is currently the associate head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon.