Here’s a pretty good package, three books, buy them all!
We’re fans of both Steven Louis Shelly and his books. You should be too. Not only is Steve a talented designer, he is really organized and willing to share his organizational skills. In addition to all of that, Steve is one funny guy.
That makes reading his book all the more fun and exciting.
A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting is Steve’s mothership.
Yes, lighting design is about storytelling and evoking emotions. Lighting Design is also about the nearly always almost insurmountable communications and paperwork required to happen in order to help tell the story. Steve has a way. Even if you’re not a lighting designer you should read this book. It will not, I repeat, it will not hurt a costume designer, but it may help anyone organize and execute their part of any production.
Before you’re the lighting designer, you’re likely to be the assistant lighting designer. You might just like to be the assistant lighting designer. In any event, this book teaches what isn’t taught in school and that could be a very long list.
In The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit, Anne E. McMills unlocks insider-secrets and must-knows needed for success as a professional assistant lighting designer.
Anne outlines, step-by-step, the challenges the ALD faces during every phase of production. Never before has a resource existed that views the design process through the eyes of the assistant, and by professional designers outlining what they need from potential assistants.
Remember, assisting a designer, any designer, is like acting; you must know the designer in order to properly help them. It can be like playing a role.
Last, but certainly not least, our own Vectorworks for Entertainment Design. It’s a great gift, even if we expect our readers to already have at least one copy. What about Mom? She should have her own.
The first, and still really the only book in the industry tailored specifically for the show business professional, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design covers the ins and outs of Vectorworks software for lighting, scenic, and sound design.
From ideation to documentation.
This book encourages designers to create their own processes and workflows. The text stresses developing an idea, visualizing it, and evolving it for presentation, documentation, or drafting. Both the technical how-to and the art of design are illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and work from Broadway, major regional companies, and non-theatrical entertainment design is represented.
Of course, you can get them all from The Drama Book Shop in NYC; in person, online, or over the phone. Tell them we sent you!