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Encyclopedia of stage lighting
Briggs, Jody, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
v, 334 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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If one does not know who a snuff-boy was or how his job related to stage lighting, or needs to understand the difference between motivated light and motivating light, the answers can be found in the more than 1500 detailed entries of this encyclopedia, which is ideal for students, teachers, lighting technicians, lighting designers and all others who have an interest in stage lighting. Some of the numerous topics covered are equipment, methods, concepts, design process, electricity, characteristics of light, and lightboard operations. Where applicable, entries present both the historical and current day significance of the apparatus or concept being introduced. In addition, the many areas of stage lighting that elicit debate are viewed from all angles and the various options presented. This approach will allow the reader to make a personal evaluation of the most appropriate method. Entries are extensively cross-referenced. Computer-generated line drawings and samples of lighting paperwork are included with the entries to which they relate.

Author Notes

Jody Briggs is a freelance lighting designer living in Seattle, Washington. He has been the lighting designer for the Taproot Theatre Company for 11 years. He has also written several lighting-related computer programs

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Booklist Review

More than 1,500 entries cover terms, concepts, equipment, techniques, and more related to stage lighting design. Although the entries are detailed and sometimes quite technical, the author, a lighting designer, keeps them readable and even personal. For theater collections. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Libraries supporting a substantial theatrical lighting design program should have a copy of this valuable reference work if they can afford it. For answering advanced reference questions about theater etiquette, current and antiquated theatrical lighting instruments, and current lighting practices, this encyclopedia can be invaluable. Peppered with some 300 simple line drawings and diagrams to illustrate basic concepts, this work emphasizes the principles and practices of the founding fathers of theatrical lighting, among whom are Stanley McCandless, Ariel Davis, Adolphe Appia, and Gordan Craig. Although many entries use theatrical jargon liberally, most of it is explained in the work. Though not intended to replace existing lighting textbooks, this book often goes beyond most encyclopedias, addressing standard lighting procedures and practices, briefly outlining the historical development of theatrical lighting, and providing strategies for dealing with theater directors and other theatrical personalities. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate degree programs in theatrical design, and larger public libraries. L. A. Beinhoff Sauk Valley Community College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
The Encyclopediap. 11
Bibliographyp. 333