Making Bad

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You have to be really good, sometimes, to make bad. Take words on the page.  It’s hard enough writing ‘natural’ dialogue.  ‘Natural’ dialogue, on the page, sounds utterly unnatural.  It’s very kinda yeah um so… and yeah like after that it was so like, wow, just, like and yeah so …

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Things Actors Can Say

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… that technicians can’t.  This could also extend to musicians, dancers, any artisty type really that the director doesn’t want to upset.  I hasten to add that 99% of all actors and artists I’ve ever lit have been awesome amazing professionals who can lift a text and elevate a character …

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Another Tech, Another Night…

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Last night I slept 8 unbroken hours for the first time in… oooh… a while.  It’s been another tech-tastic week, and it’s not quite over yet…. Thankfully!  When I come to that point where I’m pretty much too tired to speak (a problem when you’re trying to give cue numbers …

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Kind of Blue

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As a lighting designer, I’m sometimes asked to make things ‘blue’.  Here is what ‘blue’ means to me: Daylight blue – the cheating blue that turns a yellow tungsten lens to the not-quite-white of daylight Royal blue, rich with imperial ambitions Congo blue, the darkest I know, which eats up …

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Lessons In Music

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Things I have learned while lighting music gigs: 1.  You can’t have too many fingers.  In theatre, you create a state, make it balanced and beautiful, save it, and move on.  In music, you layer things on top of other things, live, as the band plays, usually without knowing what …

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