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Sunday, February 8th, 2009
4:01 pm - AutoCAD and drafting

Does anyone know where I can get a cheap version of AutoCAD?  I can use the University's computers, but with the weather here, it's a pain getting to the library when the lab is open.   Not sure if it's worth buying AutoCAD??? ---but I am taking a scene design class, and that is where I'm planning my concentration to be, so maybe I should?
I have a project due soon where we are drafting simple things (learning how to use AutoCAD)  It usually frustrates me...If anyone has any tips that would help!  But as for right now, I don't have any specific questions, but I'll get on and ask if I do!

I was also wondering if anyone had a good link for tech production symbols...this is the list:
Doorway with Swing direction
Sliding Door
Two way Door
Casement window
Regular tread staircase

I think I'm just nervous about  drafting it right.

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12:17 pm - Test Pattern Gobos?

I'm lighting Tragedy: A Tragedy by Will Eno. X-posted around, cut for any repetitivenessCollapse )

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009
1:52 pm - Trying To Make A Portfolio


I'm applying to college at the moment, and hoping to go in to Stage Management. I've been running my high schools drama department for 3 years now, but I've sort of made everything up as I go along, the entire department is student run, (though we hire a director) and I have no idea what to put in a stage managers portfolio.
I was hoping you guys could give me some insight?

Whats in your portfolio?

Thank you.

current mood: frazzled.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
11:56 am - Tech programs

hi, does anybody have suggestions for a disign/tech program or simply scene painting. Im looking to transfer to a 4-year school. I have a degree in Fine Art but ultimately, I want to be a scenic artists. I've decided on applying to NCSA for their concentration in scene painting but other than that, Im stumped.

other school im looking at (please let me know if you have any thoughts about these or toher school)

Central Connecticut State University (my safety school, plus its in my home town so its cheap)
North Carolina School for the Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design (heard some negative things)

Thank in advance

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Monday, December 8th, 2008
11:16 pm - Casting Notice

Breath of Fire is currently casting Hurricane in a Glass. We always need and appreciate techies. Please come to the audition, introduce yourself, and leave your contact info.

actors needed, men, women, 20's to 80's, notice behind cutCollapse )

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1:53 am - Gifts for new lighting people/kids

I'm designing lights for a show at a middle school and have 2 kids working underneath me as a spot op and my board op (an old crappy 2 scene preset which runs about 80 cues during a 94 pg. script musical no less).  They have both been FANTASTIC - hard working, quick learners, never ever complain, great instincts, always eager to learn more and they get things right about 97% of the time.  In short they're better than about 99% of the adults and professionals with which I've worked.  This is their first foray into tech theatre and lighting and I wanted to get them a little something on closing night to both thank them and 'initiate' them into our lovely world.  Unfortunately I'm short on funds so I can't go hog wild and get them anything fancy but I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for some quick and simple under $10 gifts I could get them that would hopefully help them in the future as lighting techs/designers, either conventional or not.  I'm already planning on giving them each a set of gel swatch books of Rosco, Lee and Gam (which most of our local houses use and which I can get free from my local store) and probably a bit of candy.  Anything else you guys could suggest?

EDIT: They're not yet at the point where they're hanging, focusing, or messing about with circuitry yet (school just about had a heart attack when I asked if they could, haha, though I understand why for insurance reasons) so we unfortunately didn't get to get into that much except for a hanging and focusing and few shin busters on or near the ground.  Looking for more general lighting gifts rather than practical ones as I think I have that aspect covered in the only practical way that applies to our previous work thus far.  Thanks for the awesome suggestions though and keep 'em coming!

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008
4:37 pm - Theatre community for people in Pittsburgh

I just started an lj community for people interested and involved with theatre in Pittsburgh.


current mood: geeky

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Friday, November 28th, 2008
8:36 pm - X-mas gifting

I'm thinking of getting my husband some tools for this Christmas. He's in his second year of a theater degree and does a lot of general tech work - not really specialized to lamps or carpentry or anything. So I was thinking of a leatherman, but I'm not really sure.

What have y'all found to be the most useful tools for general work? What would you most like to get as present?

Thanks for your time.

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Friday, November 14th, 2008
10:38 am - portfolio question

ok. is it better for a portfolio, to have one image per page, or one show with many (many being 3-5) pictures per page??


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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:21 pm

So the time has come for me to invest in some sort of knife. I currently have two debates going on in my head, 1) multi-tool or knife and 2) should I get LeatherMan or Gerber? Any comments, suggestions, opinions, or tips would be great. Oh, and if it makes any difference I'm currently an electrician going on to lighting design.

Thanks for the help.


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5:03 pm - Help Me Choose!


Although Stagehand Tees has been operational, in that our t-shirts are still for sale and we're still making custom designs, we have all gotten too caught up in Real Life to put out our newsletter in several months.  But we're hoping to change that this month!

With each edition of our newsletter, we usually award one of our Custom Design Submission visitors a free t-shirt and choose that Custom Design to be included into our Shop so that all our other visitors can also purchase that design.

But this time, we can't decide!  We've narrowed the decion down to a handful of slogans, and we're throwing open a poll to see what kinds of things other techies would like to wear.

OK, the poll feature won't work, so here's the list:
Choose Your 1 Favorite Slogan
    * And God Said ... Let There Be Light. Lock It. No Cuts
    * Hung Like A Rigger
    * Sun At Zero Enter
    * Remember, I control the very heavy stuff dangling above your head!
    * Those Guys Are Stronger. Use Them (two arrows pointing left and right)
    * When the money leaves, So do we
    * Will work for swag
    * Stagehand’s Creed: We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful; We have done so much, for so long, with so little; We can now do virtually anything with nothing!

Please keep in mind that we're polling techies in several locations, so the slogan with the most votes here may not necessarily win the free t-shirt.

And subscribe to our Newsletter to find out who wins!

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
11:59 pm - Job Searching

How do you learn about new opportunities for paid jobs in theatre production?  Are there job boards that specialize in performing arts?  I am particularly interested in assistant designer/scenic designer, master carpenter, or technical director opportunities.  Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2008
7:49 pm

Hey, I'm new to this community...
My name is Kristen, I'm attending Edinboro University of PA for a BFA in Painting, and a minor in theatre.
I lloooooove theatre, and my main concentration is set design, but so far I haven't gotten to design sets, but I've been the set artist. 
I was the set art director back in high school and I hope to eventually achieve more in theatre after college. 
Here's what I've been involved with, for all I have been painting/set crew and stage crew:
Read more...Collapse )

Currently I am working on a set for a show called "Proof".  It's the most painting responsibility I've had so far at University.  I'm so excited!  I'm currently taking Stage Craft I, and next semester I hope to take Set Design.  

Hope to talk to some fellow techies! 

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
2:46 pm - A/B/C/etc switchbox for a phone patch system

So I'm looking to find an A/B/C/etc switchbox to that will work with a phone patch system. Right now what the company I'm with is doing is using circuit breakers for individual circuits as their switches and it is very inefficient and confusing to all who do the A/B switching. I know there are switch boxes out there but I'm having problems finding anything that'll work with a phone patch pannel. I also would be interested in having it be DMX controlled so that we can eliminate the human error aspect of this job.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Monday, October 13th, 2008
10:56 pm - coloram II scroller troubleshooting

Hey all.
This is a lighting question.

Basically, we have a bunch of coloram II scrollers for our S4s and one of them decided to revolt.  We need to manually tweak it to not be 2 colors at once, but I can't seem to find anything in the manual or online.  My prof seems to think there's some magical screw that can do this, but he's not sure.

Anyway, I'm a little desperate since he decided to drop this in my lap.

Any and all help would be appreciated.


current mood: tech

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
9:08 pm - Begging request (please delete if inappropriate)

So I posted the other day;

I'm tech producer for a charity show thats on later this week. This is aimed at people in the UK who own/have access to sound equipment.

Basically I'm having massive trouble sourcing radio mics for a price we can afford (basically; almost nothing) we have no budget. The limit of what we can spend is about £150 (£200 at an absolute push, we're flat broke). We're raising money for an amazing place; Mary Ann Evans Hospice, a beautiful, peaceful place for people at the end of their lives.

What we need; 6 radio lapel mics and their recievers, and a minimum of 2 boundary/rifle mics, plus cables to wire them into the sound board. I'm willing to drive pretty much anywhere in the country to pick them up tomorrow or tuesday and will deliver them back again on friday.

I know its a super super long shot but like I said, we're desperate :) I'll throw in a DVD of the show after its done and tickets if you're in the area (Coventry in the Midlands). Post a comment on here or email me at sleepysweet@gmail.com.

Mods; Sorry, I know its a little inappropriate so delete if you feel the need! :)

current mood: stressed

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
11:43 pm - Quick Question re: Mics

You might not remember me but I'm the girl who is tech director for a med school sketch show despite having next to no tech experience.

Anyway, I've found some very very useful people who are going to do most of the really technical set up and operating stuff but I have just a quick question about the stuff I'm ordering to rent.

We're ordering a number of body radio mic packs (can't remember the technical name but the person who I explained it to knew what I meant).

The other thing I had to order was mics to pick up the general noise on the stage. Mostly people talking during scenes and the general cast singing. I called them Rifle mics but I think that might be the wrong thing. I'm thinking on the mics that attach to the front of the stage.

Have I ordered the right thing? If not what is it I need? I have people who are going to set them all up I just forgot to name check them and want to make sure the right stuffs in place to fit on monday :)

If someone could let me know in the next twelve hours or so so I can sort it out I'd be amazingly grateful!


(P.S Thanks to an amazing cast, generous people and lucking into a fab venue I think its going to be an amazing show, I'll try and post pictures/video after the shows next week :) )

current mood: busy

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Friday, August 29th, 2008
4:22 am - I have a question.

Is there a certain type of album thing that I should make my lighting portfolio in? And where do I get one?

current mood: thoughtful

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008
8:47 am - Scrim repair? (Stop laughing.)

Hey all.  All I am hoping for a brain wave from the ether on this.  I have been working on a set of moving panels covered in scrim for a show.  They are  9' x 5', made of 1" square steel.  the scrim is stretched across the front and outside edge then stapled to a tack strip (1/4" luan fastened  with T-nails.) on the back.  They ride on common closet door hanger track/ hardware.  Now the bitchy part. 

Before they were even hung, someone managed to put a 2" square hole in the center of a panel.  used a reweaving method on that hole which is less visable (from 10' and with the projections) than I thought.  I have also done some weaving along the front edges of the scrim frames.  Catch is now they have managed to shred apprx.  10"  the scrim along the bottom of the frame at the rearmost edge.  It is sliced where the scrim abuts the tack strip.  I am not really guessing this is a fixable issue, but the going thought is to take a strip of scrap, weave that in to the existing panel, then re-stretch that section.  Needless to say they are also not getting these damn things back till we are sure they are safe to use without damage...

So, does this seem viable as a repair?  Will it hold under the tension?  Am I missing an easier way to do this?  Yes, every surface of exposed scrim that contacts an object is getting covered by something solid.  Or should this just be given up as a bad job, and the panel replaced?

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
4:47 pm

I am lighting Treasure Island at a childrens theater that I work at and I have a question for y'all. I am looking to create a firefly effect behind a black up stage scrim. I am going to have a few fans blowing about 15 lamps on wires that are going to be slowly blinking (randomly). All of this is fine, except I am now trying out what the easiest way would be to make 15 lamps randomly blink, slowly. I have already tried the trick of putting a florescent starter in the line, but the blink is much too quick. I really do not want to run 15 circuits and ghost loads, I am sure their has to be a better way.


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