Profession pyrotechnic designer
Pyrotechnic designers develop a pyrotechnical 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 pyrotechnic 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. Pyrotechnic designers develop plans, cue lists and other documentation to support the operators and production crew. Pyrotechnic designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating pyrotechnical art outside a performance context.
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- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- 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.
- Coach staff for running the performance
Give instructions to all team members about how they should run the performance.
- Communicate during show
Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.
- Work safely with pyrotechnical materials in a performance environment
Take necessary precautions while preparing, transporting, storing, installing and operating pyrotechnical materials and explosives of class T1 and T2.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Translate artistic concepts to technical designs
Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use communication equipment
Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.
- Safeguard artistic quality of performance
Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.
- Monitor sociological trends
Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.
- 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.
- Meet deadlines
Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
- Analyse score
Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.
- Propose improvements to artistic production
Assess past artistic activities with a view to improving future projects.
- 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.
- Analyse the scenography
Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.
- Analyse a script
Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.
- Perform quality control of design during a run
Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.
- Understand artistic concepts
Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.
- Prevent fire in a performance environment
Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.
- Research new ideas
Thorough research for information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production based.
Optional knowledge and skillswork safely with machines obtain pyrotechnic permits organise resources for artistic production store pyrotechnical materials plan pyrotechnical effects keep personal administration copyright legislation labour legislation set up pyrotechnical equipment draw up artistic production write risk assessment on performing arts production test pyrotechnical effects work with respect for own safety operate pyrotechnical control update budget lead a team provide documentation build pyrotechnical devices perform first fire intervention use personal protection equipment document your own practice analyse the need for technical resources
Source: Sisyphus ODB