Designer/Technician Guidelines

Lighting Supervisor Guidelines

The lighting supervisor is responsible for:

Rough Plot

When the rough plot is turned over, the lighting supervisor will do the following before the final plot is completed:

  • Reconcile plot inventory with actual inventory
  • Budget show with all color, templates, effects and practicals
  • Count number of necessary circuits in each position to determine the feasibility of the design given practical considerations (s/he does not need to create a final circuit plot at this time, only determine if there are enough circuits to hang the show).

Shop Order

The lighting supervisor should obtain the lighting package from the network and the completed set of drawings from the designer. S/he should then prepare a shop order to present to the light cage supervisors and the master electrician. The shop order should contain:

  • Number and type of instruments
  • All boom hardware
  • Cable lengths
  • Template holders and gel frames
  • Effects such as smoke, haze, strobes
  • Color count
  • Any other equipment needed

Expendables / Rentals

The lighting supervisor is responsible for creating a list of all expendables including: color, templates, scrolls, and anything above stock equipment. With the staff technical supervisor, contact all appropriate vendors to obtain said expendables and rentals.

Circuit Plot

The circuit plot can either be done on the computer or by hand and should take into account:

  • Where the circuits are in the theatre
  • Whether the equipment and circuits are twist or pin
  • How much of each type of cable is necessary
  • How many two-fers and adapters are needed
  • Which pipes or booms need extra circuits and where they will come from

Pre-Hang

With the master electrician, the lighting supervisor will prepare hanging cards or hang tapes as deemed necessary by the staff technical supervisor. The lighting supervisor is expected to attend all production meetings.

Hang

Before hang, the lighting supervisor will meet with the master electrician to review the circuit plot and discuss any potential issues. The lighting supervisor will be readily available during hang to answer questions and deal with any circuiting issues. The lighting supervisor will take any changes made to the paperwork and update the Lightwright file distributing new copies as necessary.

Focus

Before focus, the lighting supervisor will meet with the master electrician and lighting designer to review the plot and discuss the order of focus. The lighting supervisor will be readily available during focus to answer questions and deal with any issues. The lighting supervisor will take any changes made to the paperwork and update the Lightwright file distributing new copies as necessary.

Technical Rehearsals

The lighting supervisor will ensure that all technical rehearsals are ready from a lighting standpoint. This includes overseeing setup of cue lights, tech tables, running lights and any other elements as defined by the staff technical supervisor

Post Rehearsal Production Meetings

At the end of each technical rehearsal there will be a production meeting where the director will be able to give notes to the entire production team. After this, the lighting designer, lighting supervisor and master electrician will meet to develop a list of notes in order of priority for the following day. The lighting supervisor should compile the list of notes and update the plot and paperwork as necessary before the following day’s work session.

Before the End of the Semester

Each lighting supervisor must turn in an updated lighting package as discussed and defined by the staff technical supervisor. No grade will be submitted until the receipt of these documents.

 

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