Today was my first day shadowing a professional lighting technician/engineer with a college education for lighting design. With his expertise and experience working with the Spreckles Performing Arts Center, Patrick, is an ideal mentor. I got the opportunity to observe how he organizes his workspace as well as his techniques and methods for lighting a stage. First he draws a simple schematic of the theater's original lighting scheme and then sketches a second schematic that depicts his ideas for how the show should be lit.
He also taught me about a few lighting methods that help make a dance show, specifically, more enjoyable and impactful. Lighting methods include: side lighting, fill lighting, as well as mood lighting (using colors and special gels that change the ray of light being projected by a light instrument).
Third, I learned about the different light instruments and the stage coverage that they each provides. I worked mainly with "par" lights by hanging them, securing the clamps attached to them, connecting them to "channels", and replacing the gels associated with them. Finally I observed how he programmed the lights by using a lighting board connected to a monitor. Through this, I was capable of differentiating "dimers" and channels based on how he was capable of programming channels into a single dimmer which then allowed him to control groups of lighting instruments with simple commands that are sent to the dimers. The channels associated with each dimer are then controlled by said dimer.
My name is Daniel Segobiano and I am a current Senior in Nueva's School for the Performing Arts Academy. For my senior project I am working as a light and sound technician for the Movement Lab show that Windsor High School's theater is hosting. This page is a collection of the tasks I performed for each day that I interned.