Scripted Theatre Lesson 11

Scripted Theatre Lesson 11 Once again, I am very sorry about my absence from posting. This is due to many things, most of which are drama related. The main reason is that I have been spending a lot of time after school in the hall, helping to set up for House Drama. This meant that a lot of my spare time was used setting up for it. Another thing is that there was also the school production on Monday and Tuesday this week, which meant we needed to spend even more time after school, both setting up and putting up lights before, and controlling the lights and sounds during. There should be a review of it very soon. This therefore meant I got home late both days this week as well. It does, however, mean I am a week behind on posts, and I am sorry.

This lesson, we started with a quite peculiar entrance. We were first told to wait outside, with only HC being allowed to enter. After approximately five minutes of frantic discussion of what was going to happen, we were allowed in. The scene we were brought into was jet black, with only a lamp in the middle, which shone a faint blue light over HC, who was sitting in a chair next to the light.
We were informed that this lesson was going to be one the use of light, and what it can show. This of course was relatively obvious for SA and I, who had talked about this in our portfolios as we were the techies, yet Mr R believes, quite rightly, that the actors need to know what lights do what and how they can be used, for both their use and for aid when they go to write their portfolios. They needed to know the difference between lights such as parcans, quartets and fresnels so that they knew in the future how the lights would be set up, etc.

The lesson’s first part, with HC in the chair, was to show the use of basic lighting (the lamp). We were taught how this set up could be used to show an idea of isolation, where the character was in a limited area, and mystery, as half of the character was in shadow, with the parts which were lighted very weak. The picture (when it is finally uploaded onto here) is of this part, however it does not give the full effect as the auto-flash was on, sorry about that.

Then the fresnels were lit above his head, and we were shown how this can ad a shadow under all of the protruding features, and this can show isolation or depression, etc. This was also backed up by the way the fresnel created a circle around him, also showing a sense of the isolation of the character. The sense which he and his immediate surroundings were in light, and the areas around him in the rest of the room were in pitch black, or thereabouts. This also showed a sense of mystery, where we did not know what was happening in the other parts of his world.

Afterwards, we were given a quick bit of detail into the use of a moving quartet (admittedly, with a fresnel lens), and were shown how the use of shadows can be used against a wall or an object to show an sense of mystery or to give an essence of darkness to the character. We were also told about the gobo and how it’s used to project different images onto the backdrop or the cyclorama. The most striking piece of information we were taught – the one which stuck in my mind most – was how some set designers sprinkle white paint randomly over the cyc. This was to give the hints of the colour of the lights in small areas, as they reflected off of the white colour. This was memorable for me because I would never have thought of this and it’s  a great and innovative way of doing it.

Thank you for reading, and apologies for the delay,

GT

bad quality picture taken by me

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