Lighting chain, fixtures and controlLE

stage lighting fixtures- LED washes, batons, ETC source, filter gels-different thickness, conventional fixtures or generic fixtures have shutters (four points)- used for when you need a sharp edge ie 90 degree angle. high intensity.”fixed focal length” shorter the tunnel the wider the beam and the longer the tunnel- the narrower the beam- beam angles.

gobo’s- normally metal (light continuously shining through).

source 4 zoom- adjustable tunnel

Fresnel lens spotlight- lighter and smaller than the source 4. allows you to move the lamp. the beam can be shaped but external barn doors but cannot be cut sharply buy ERSes. (no shutters) cannot use gobo’s. they are useful for a sort edge and ability to have variable beam angles

parabolic aluminized reflector- traditional PAR fixture is self contained. you cannot adjust the beam angle unless you buy the specific lamp for the fixture. very narrow spot (VNSP) narrow spot (NSP) medium flood (MFL) wide flood (WFL).

ETC manufacturer- Altman

LED fixtures .- stands for light emitting diode

follow spots. needs somebody to stand behind them and operate them to light up a performer. the follow spot will have an iris for controlling the size of the beam. a dowser which is a mechanical dimmer which can control the intensity beam and to fade in and and fade on the light. must be more powerful the any other light on stage.

boomerang -changes the colour of the beam.

automated fixtures- its automatic and programmable. moving head or moving yoke, these work by moving the entire body. more likely to have a tight beam. mortised focus. a moving head spot has a built in gobo.








Could we re-structure these notes to make a bit more sense please? - EH081214

yeah i will do try to do this later today -KR

Our First Event – unit 65 P4

On the 29th September we had a double lesson of production arts but I could only be there for the first lesson in which we spent at the EW workshop getting the equipment together and learning how to use and set it up. I was on the lighting side of it rather than the sound side. We got the cables and lights that we could use and sorted them out before taking them back to the school. The brief is in my last post.

The others in my group set up the lighting and tested the lighting making sure there wasn’t any issues with it or anything we had left behind. the sound group did the same, testing for issues and to see if they had forgotten anything they might have needed. People that were performing tested out the mics and made sure there wasn’t any technical issues.







Assembly Light and Sound Setup

Assembly Tuesday the 30th September I will have to be at the concourse of studio school at 08:50 hours

year 12 – production job roles

1) setting up a sound system – passive or active?

2) setting up a lighting system – moving heads or LED pars?

3) be able to operate a sound desk – what sound desk will I use?

4) be able to set lighting fixtures up for the assembly think about colour

5) be able to set up and let artists use microphones

6) be able to set up video screens for presentations – Powerpoint

7) using and knowing how to use a mic stand

8) how to set up a microphone



First day BTEC production arts

Unfortunately I was only able to attend the first lesson. During that lesson we toured around EW, learning about the services they provide, the green screen, the recording studios and noted down the fire exits and safety points.  We got a introduction to the building, staff and what we will be doing on this course. Buck’s Fizz was also doing sound check in a side area so we got to watch how there shows are run backstage ie the sound and lighting along we everything along side that like the simple variations of pitches and tones, levels of sound played onto the stage to keep them in time and the different lighting settings for each song or part. We got to look around their tour bus and how much they cost to hire for gigs and tours. Today was mostly a introduction to the course and explanation of what we are doing and the areas we will be working in during our time there. There was an open day whist we were there though I didn’t get to speak to anyone as I had to leave before the second lesson, others had the chance to talk to them about the industry and how to get into it.