Consultation lighting for an auditorium
Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:36 PM
Thanks in advance for the helpful advice!
Posted 31 May 2010 - 02:41 AM
Posted 31 May 2010 - 04:17 AM
What's needed is a plan of the auditorium with indications of where potential lighting positions are, and some idea of the budget. Do you have the option of adding new lighting supports? Do you need flexibility? Such as will you want the option of hiring in extra lights for events?
I also wonder whether the sound needs looking at.
With stage lighting the ideal is to divide the stage into units, with each unit lit by two front light sources. Each light source arrives on stage from an angle roughly 45 degrees from the stage floor, and are seperated 45 degrees either side of “straight on”. Other lighting angles such as backlight and sidelight fill in, giving the actors on stage some form. Warm and cold colours are projected from opposite sides to create key and fill that can be balanced depending on the scene. These latter lanterns can cover the whole stage. You can forget about avoiding multiple shadows! The basic layout for each stage unit is a bit like this:
but with the frontal angles a lot less severe!
There's a nice guide to lanterns here
I did what you're doing at my old college, using experience I had from working in theatre before, and found myself in the 3D Art workshop learning how to arc weld so's I could turn scaffolding bars into lighting supports - you really do need those angles.
Maybe what you're doing's a lot more basic, but the same basic principles apply. You may find that organising backlight's a pig, but I'm sure you know that even one at a bad angle is better than nothing - just avoid getting it in the audience's eyes!
Posted 02 June 2010 - 09:09 PM
Thanks for the posts. They definitely helped point me into the right direction. I shall be updating/asking more questions as I learn more about the project. Thanks again!
Edited by Micah Fernandez, 02 June 2010 - 09:13 PM.