Behind the curtain – Technical Production

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Ever wondered what the role of a set designer, lighting designer, sound designer and projection designer and the steps these creatives take to develop and integrate their designs for a production.  How the production manager supports all of the creative team and especially the design team to realise all the elements of a production.  This Behind the Curtain – Technical Production online program will provide you with a rich source of information to build your confidence and understanding of the professional theatre making process. It comes with interviews with professional designers, templates and checklists, and a clear pathway to get you from concept all the way through to the opening night!

Topics covered in this video course:

Preamble / Module Overview 
The importance of lighting design 
 Providing support to narrative, defines the world / atmos of work, accompany actors, isolate areas & time, highlight, can be a part of the design elements, special effects, magical moments
Key Deliverables of a Lighting Designer 
 Understand and master script
 Input into creative design
 Develop cue synopsis
 Lighting Plan & plot
 Delivery of final paperwork (plans, focus notes, cue synopsis, and show data)
 Understanding budget
Where does a lighting designer typically start process? 
 Script breakdown, creative discussions with director and what shapes those discussions, Identify the “worlds”, vision of director & style of work, other creatives / other design elements, scene-by-scene breakdown
 Cue Synopsis Development
The Language of lighting design 
 Focus, plot, beam angles, LX fixtures, LX bars, grids etc
 Communication between director and designer (mood, timing, fade times etc)
 Closer look / breakdown / development of a LX cue synopsis
 The importance of cue structure
 Timing & Transitions / working with other mediums
 Reason and importance of a focus
 Tools of a focus
 Method of a focus
 Every space if different / refocus required if touring / consideration in plan for touring / who is invloved in focus
 Reason and importance of a plot / what is a plot
 Paper / Dry Plot
 Plot process
 Tools of a plot / language of a plot
The Tools of Lighting design 
 Lighting plans / Software
 Colour Charts / Gels / Intensity
 Custom Plans vs House Rigs
 Intelligent vs Conventional
 LED vs Conventional
 Control Equipment (consoles etc)
 Data, Dimmer Racks & Channels etc
Industry Chat 
Preamble / Module Overview 
The Importance of sound design 
 Providing support to narrative, accompany actors on a journey / Emotionally trigger audience, range of sound & effects on humans
Key DeliverablesUnderstand and master script
 Input into creative design
 Develop a cue synopis
 Deliver a sound plan & plot
 Source / Create / Curate / Edit, program and deliver audio content
 Delivery of final paperwork and plans
Where does a sound designer typically start their process? 
 understanding the script
 Understanding the source of noise
The Tools of sound design 
 Recording and composing
Working with other mediums 
 Sound and lighting working together
 Video and sound working together
Cue Structure & Plot 
 Importance and reason for plotting audio
 Audio plot process
 Audio plot tools (cue synopsis, ensuring files are ready and in right format etc)
 Spot speakers / isolating sound
 Interfaces / splitting sounds
Budget Implications 
 APRA – Availability & contact, Recording studio costs, Original arrangements, Musician costs,
Industry Chat 
Preamble / Module Overview 
Key Deliverables of Production Management 
 The role of a production manager
 Scheduling (what to include, what to look out for, including the needs of creatives and director
 Managing physical delivery of project
 Development of technical spec
 Standard / Average Venue Costings
 Venue Liaison
Production Schedule Management 
 How to develop / where to start
 Key items to include / key considerations
 Venue inclusions / considerations
Production Budget Management 
 The importance of agreed / solid budgets
 How to develop / where to start / handy tips / key items to include / the beauty of sub budgets feeding into main budgets
 Risks to monitor
 Template example
Managing the process 
 How to continually track process (production meetings etc)
 Reporting to company management
Producer OverviewFlow chart
The Importance of video design 
Where does video design typically start 
 Cue synopsis
 Projection, LED screens and mapping
Key deliverables of a SM 
Tools of stage management 
Prompt Copy / Record keeping 
The importance of set designers / costumes designers 
Design Process 
Design Presentations 
 Model Boxes
The tools of set design / costume design 
 Mood boards, CAD software, 3D vis
Working with other mediums 
 Lighting, colours
Build & Implementation 
 Budget management
 Engaging 3rd parties