Alongside the Construct the Moment project a short lighting module has been going on. This has been designed to teach us the basics of lighting to better inform our design process.
This module has been 4 weeks long and has taught us various things; like the different types of lights, about gobos, about colours, how to focus lights and looking at the lighting table and how to work that.
I found learning about the colours really interesting. I had no idea that the primary colours of lighting were different to normal painting primary colours. This was something that shocked me, but also something that I found really interesting to experiment with. Another thing that I liked about colours is the amount of gels you can get. We were given little sample books of all the gel colours that LEE filters produce. This is a useful thing to have as a designer, it allows you to consider a more detailed design.
Playing around with gobos to create a scene was another thing that I enjoyed. It was interesting to know what effects we can create using this method. Each gobo can create so many different effects. Playing around with the focus of them allowed for the creation of interesting shapes and scenes. I also found it fun to add in gels to the mix to create yet another effect. The fact that we could all create gobos by ourselves was also cool. We just had to create a design on auto cad and send it through the laser cutter.
We were asked, in our groups, to design a lighting schedule for a couple of scenes from Hamlet. We were given the script and asked to consider transitions and general lighting within a budget. I think this was a very helpful exercise as it allowed us to fiddle around with the technology to create something for a narrative. I think that what we created was cool, however if we had more time I reckon we could have created something a lot more interesting.
Ultimately, this lighting module was incredibly useful when it came to lighting our ‘Thrill of Love’ sets. It allowed us to consider more knowledgeably what would be the most effective lighting design.