Profession lighting designer
Lighting designers develop a lighting design concept for a performance and supervise the execution of it. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. During rehearsals and performance they coach the operators to obtain optimal timing and manipulation. Lighting designers develop lighting plots, cue lists and other documentation to support the operators and production crew. Lighting designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating light art outside a performance context.
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- Conventional / Realistic
- Adapt existing designs to changed circumstances
Adapt an existing design to changed circumstances and ensure that the artistic quality of the original design is reflected in the final result.
- Adapt to artists' creative demands
Work with artists, striving to understand the creative vision and adapting to it. Make full use of your talents and skills to reach the best possible result.
- Analyse the scenography
Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.
- Update design results during rehearsals
Updating the design results based on observation of the stage image during the rehearsals, especially where the different designs and the action are integrated.
- Take measurements of performance space
Measure the performance space in order to calculate the amount of lighting equipment needed and where to place them.
- Supervise plotting of stage lights
Make sure cues for stage lights are adequately entered into the lightboard. Put in levels, positions, changeovers, etc.
- Assess power needs
Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.
- Communicate during show
Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.
- Propose improvements to artistic production
Assess past artistic activities with a view to improving future projects.
- Safeguard artistic quality of performance
Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.
- Perform quality control of design during a run
Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.
- Monitor sociological trends
Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.
- Analyse score
Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.
- Develop design concept
Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.
- Coach staff for running the performance
Give instructions to all team members about how they should run the performance.
- Understand artistic concepts
Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.
- Meet deadlines
Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
- Follow safety procedures when working at heights
Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.
- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- Develop design ideas cooperatively
Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.
- Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision
Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.
- Analyse the artistic concept based on stage actions
Analyse the artistic concept, form and structure of a live performance based on observation during rehearsals or improvisation. Create a structured base for the design process of a specific production.
- Verify feasibility
Interpret an artistic plan and verify whether the described design can be executed.
- Draw up lighting plan
Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.
- Analyse a script
Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.
- Present detailed design proposals
Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.
- Use communication equipment
Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.
- Focus stage lights
Focus, direct, adjust and tune stage lights, either alone or leading a group. Coordinate with the team to determine the optimal lighting.
- Research new ideas
Thorough research for information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production based.
- Monitor developments in technology used for design
Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.
Optional knowledge and skillsorganise resources for artistic production update budget draw up artistic production work with respect for own safety plot lighting states with automated lights ensure safety of mobile electrical systems lead a team translate artistic concepts to technical designs copyright legislation plot lighting states focus lighting equipment keep personal administration labour legislation provide documentation adapt artistic plan to location operate a lighting console follow environmentally-sustainable work practices analyse the need for technical resources use personal protection equipment document your own practice install lighting set up light board contribute to a safe working environment
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