Just like a soccer game, every good designer is always looking to achieve goals for a production. Though lighting is a subjective art, here is what we believe those goals to be:
- To control what can and cannot be seen.
- To create the environment in which the action happens.
- To participate in collaboration in the style of the production.
- To support the story of the theatrical piece according to the chosen style and goal of the production.
Over the next few weeks we will explore all four goals; today we focus on #1- controlling what can and cannot be seen.
Seems simple, right? It feels philosophically obvious that you can’t see things without light and that is absolutely true! Less obvious, though, is the fact that you can visually manipulate what can and cannot be seen in a number of ways.
For instance, If an object onstage appears too dim and adding intensity is not helping, it usually means that there is too much light on other items. Adding light is not always the answer, taking away light can be more effective. Another important consideration when controlling what can or cannot be seen is the use of dominant and submissive colors in light- but thats a subject for another blog! If you are too curious to wait,you can read more about that here.
Our SLS Advisor team also tells our clients not to think, even for a second, that by simply not lighting something it will vanish. There is always bleeding of light and something that is not purposely treated with light can still be seen. Light is sneaky like that.
We want to hear from you! What innovative ways have you controlled visuals onstage? What challenges have you had?
See you then!