1. Entertainment
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Lighting, Sound and Effects

Lighting, sound and special effects are integral aspects of any production, and this category offers everything from lighting and sound basics and resources, to information on lighting design, sound design, sound effects, and more. This category also offers valuable information on how to design lighting and work with color, as well as how to run a lightboard or sound system for your show.
  1. Lighting Design (2)
  2. Sound Design and Effects (0)

Prolight + Sound Conference Announced for Frankfurt
The Prolight + Sound Conference has been announced for 2013 from April 10-13, 2013, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Third Annual Student Lighting Design Competition Announced
Entries are now being accepted for the iSquint.net and 'Stage Directions' Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC), sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical and Field Template.

Helpful Apps for Lighting Design
A helpful and comprehensive list of mobile apps now available for lighting designers and others in theatre tech.

The Top Apps for Stage Tech
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.

Atlanta Ballet Calls on Master Magician for 'Nutcracker' Effects
The Atlanta Ballet’s upcoming staging of ‘The Nutcracker’ in December 2012 will include a host of exciting tricks and special effects created especially for the production by Master Illusionist Drew Thomas (of "America’s Got Talent").

Updated Renderworks Tutorial Now Available from Daniel Jansenson
Nemetschek Vectorworks has just published a newly updated training guide for users of Vectorworks software with 'Remarkable Renderworks: An Introduction to the Basics, Second Edition.'

From Gaffers Tape to Gobos: Stagecraft and Tech Supplies Providers
Does your heart beat a little faster at the thought of a fabulous array of artful GOBOs? Could you spend hours arguing the pros and cons of the latest super-digitized light boards? Are you still searching for the perfect flashlight?If so, here are some must-hit sites for stage techs and those who love them.

How to Run a Light Board
A series of simple and informative instructions for how to learn and run a light board during the creation of a show or live performance.

2012 Sci-Tech Oscars to Honor Eight Tech Achievements
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced recently that eight scientific and technical achievements, represented by 28 individual award recipients, will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, taking place this year at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Planning the Show: A Checklist for Designers
Planning the show is easy if you use this handy checklist of questions and definitions every designer should ask when approaching an upcoming production.

Academy Honors Effects Innovator Erland
Groundbreaking visual effects technologist and pioneer Jonathan Erland has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011.

What to Wear on a Stage Crew
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.

Art Meets Tech: The Role of the Lighting Designer
The lighting designer has one of the most difficult yet rewarding jobs in any production, as he must not only paint the stage with light, but be at ease with the worlds of design, drafting (or CAD), lamps, gels and accessories, and light boards and other equipment.

The Sound Designer's Wizardry
Unquestionably, one of the unsung heroes of any production is the Sound Designer, who helps to create an atmosphere that many audience members may never even consciously register.

Alan Hanson Wins Third Annual Student Lighting Design Competition
Talented University of Cincinnati MFA student Alan Hanson was recently honored as the winner of the 2013 iSquint.net and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition.

Stage Lighting Then and Now
Stage lighting is too-often an underappreciated art for theatregoers. Not only does light illuminate the action you’re watching, it also directly affects the emotion and and subtext of a scene. Here's a quick look at the basic elements of stage lighting.

Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates, along with insights from designer Steve Shelley.

USITT Rising Star Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the USITT Rising Star Award for 2012 are now open through November 2, 2011. The award, established by LDI/LiveDesign magazine, is given out annually by USITT to a young professional at the beginning of his or her career.

Lighting Cue Sheet (Detailed)
An easy to use and comprehensive expanded blank form for immediate use in jotting down lighting cues, lantern numbers, and much more. A great tool for lighting designers or lighting design students still learning their craft.

Lighting and Sound Cue Sheet
An easy to use and comprehensive expanded blank form for immediate use in jotting down lighting and sound cues in one place during the tech/rehearsal process. Another great tool for lighting or sound designers, or for design students still learning their craft.

5 Timeless Stage Effects Still in Use Today - Timeless Stage Effects -...
For as long as there have been theatres and audiences, there have been theatrical effects. After millennia of staging entertainment (both religious and secular) for the public, let's take a look at stage effects -- specifically, at those timeless effects used in centuries past, and which are still ageless and effective, and very much in use, today!

Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.

Master Audio Releases New 'DSP Studio' App for iPad
Master Audio has launched the highly anticipated iOS 'DSP Studio' app for iPad, bringing full wireless remote control and monitoring of its flagship Xcellence series of loudspeaker systems via the iPad.

Light on the Subject: Rob Sayer
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayers, on the business and craft of onstage lighting.

Production 101
Performing arts from the local and regional perspective, from little theatres to regional venues, and encompassing all aspects of staging, production, administration, promotion, and more.

CAST Software Announces wysiwyg® R30 Video Contest
CAST Software has announced its 2013 Video Contest, a popular annual event in which users of the brand-new wysiwyg® R30 are invited to submit their finest lighting designs.

Tony Awards for Sound Design
A look at the Tony Award nominees and winners for Sound Design, for both Musicals and Plays, from 2008-2013.

Drama Desk Award Winners and Nominees for Lighting Design
A complete look at the Drama Desk Award Winners and Nominees for Lighting Design, from 1975 through 2012.

5 Essential Stagecraft and Stage Tech Websites
From TCG and USITT, to some links that may surprise you, here's a review of five essential web resources on stage tech and stagecraft for those in the performing arts -- as well as an overview of how to maximize, utilize, and contact them.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.