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TECH ASSIGNMENTS 5/4 - 5/8
LIGHT POSITIONS & LIVE THEATRE VIEWING
A closer look at Lighting Positions
Although you can place lighting instruments almost anywhere, most stage lighting designers focus on five main positions. We have used all 5 in our theatre with side light being the least used.
Front lights, which are the primary source of lighting for most scenes. The distinction between warm, cool and neutral front lighting establishes mood, time and place. The colors used should enhance the scenery and complement a performer's skin tone.
High Side lighting, which is a light hung at an over-head angle between 30 and 60 degrees. This accentuates the top side of an actor's head, neck and shoulders. Thus, high side lighting draws special attention to the facial expressions of a performer.
Back lighting, which creates depth and makes the performer appear multi-dimensional by separating them from the stage's background scenery.
Down lights, which highlight the top of a performer's head and shoulders. Down lighting is mainly used to wash or flood an area of the stage with soft or harsh light.
Side lighting, which is primarily used to highlight the side of the face, arms, mid-torso and legs. A full quota of side lighting consists of bottom, middle and top lights, which reveal the three tiers of a performer's body.
TASK: Using a small toy (action figure, car, Barbie) as a model, demonstrate what each of these positions look like by using a flash light or adjustable lamp to illuminate your model in the 5 positions and create a photo collage of them. The photo of the model should always be taken from the front from the audience’s viewpoint.
My example, May the 4th Be With You, was simply staged on my couch with a flashlight. I used the Layout App to make the collage after. Mine are labeled for you and you can do the same if you know how to edit a photo and add text.
If you know how to use any software that demonstrates light on an object, you can use that too.
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