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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Steven Louis Shelley

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Preface

In my experience, there are three defining moments in the course of any lighting design. The first is when the lighting designer is hired. The second is when the load-in starts and lighting instruments begin to get hung. The third and final moment is when the curtain opens to an audience.

In between, the realization of every lighting design requires a progressive sequence of tasks. In addition to completing the tasks, every design has to be adapted—no design is ever realized without some amount of change. Not only is every production unique, the final product may be completely different from the initial plan. In order for a design to be considered “complete,” both the initial tasks and the adaptations must be executed.

While the overall ...

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