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Vue Lighting Rig #12: Modern Christmas Lights

Monday, December 17th, 2007

This week’s Vue Lighting Rig is less of a rig and more of a way of achieving a Christmas light effect. Looking at the Christmas lights in Liverpool I noticed several invisible Christmas trees. I’m sure these are popping up all over the country. You see lights in the shape of a tree but no […]

Vue Lighting Rig #11: The Godspot

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I’m taking another short break from my ongoing progression through the common basic rigs used for lighting an actor to look at a few effects rigs that can be used for seasonal pictures. Tonights rig, the Godspot, can be used to evoke the presence of God, that a deity is observing the scene, that, to […]

Vue Lighting Rig #10: Three Spot Lights

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Last weeks entry in my ongoing series of theatrically inspired Vue lighting rigs is one of the most commonly used rigs: Two Spotlights from the Front. Tonight’s rig is an improved version of that rig which adds a third light behind the actor to add a little back light. During the development of theatrical lighting […]

Vue Lighting Rig #9: Two Spotlights from the Front

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Tonight’s Theatrical lighting rigs is one of the most commonly used solutions to the question of how to light an actor. It has been in use for at least seventy-five years and was first described by Stanley McCandless in his 1932 book A Method of Lighting the Stage. Even the best funded production has a […]

Vue Lighting Rig #8: Spotlights at 45 degrees from the Front and Back

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Last weeks theatrical lighting rig for Vue placed two spot lights at 45 degrees on either side of the actor but this can create unsightly shadows especially down the middle of their face. This week the same rig is turned so that one light now points from the front and one from the back. We’ve […]

Vue Lighting Rig #7: Two Spots 45 Degrees From the Side

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Last week’s theatrical lighting rig for Vue, Two Spots Slightly to the Side, placed two lights at steep angles to either side of the actor. This week’s rig is very similar except the lights have moved out so they are now at roughly forty five degrees. As the light now comes from an increasingly lower […]

Vue Lighting Rig #6: Two Spots Slightly to the Side

Monday, November 5th, 2007

This week I’m continuing my series of basic lighting rigs for e-on software’s Vue inspired by theatrical lighting techniques. All the rigs so far have used a single light but this week’s is the first to use two. With two lights there is now light to both sides of the face. There are fewer areas […]

Vue Lighting Rig #5: Halloween Special

Monday, October 29th, 2007

This week I’m taking a break from working through the most common forms of theatrical lighting to bring you a Halloween special. This lighting rig is a popular lighting technique used in theatre and once popular in film and television although now more often seen in parody. A light source shines from below and close […]

Vue Lighting Rig #4: Single Spot In Front

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This lighting rig is one I used a lot when I first did lighting for plays at school. We didn’t have many lights and we had even fewer channels for controlling them on our lighting desk. A single spot light is aimed so it is pointing down from the front at an angle of around […]

Vue Lighting Rig #3: Single Spot Slightly Behind

Monday, October 15th, 2007

This third of my lighting rigs for Vue following on from last Mondays Vue Lighting Rig #2. This week the point light has been moved behind so it shines on the figure including both the top of their head and the bottom of their feet. With a single light source behind an actor no light […]

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