This additional information is mainly for Lighting Techs and Designers.
Lighting Companies, Books and Informational sites:
I wanted to put together a great lighting resources section for you that can and may be of help to you after your class journey. Especially, if lighting will be a part of your journey!
1) Apollo - http://www.internetapollo.com/
2) Rosco - www.rosco.com (especially the gobo catalog) Email: Anne Hunter at email@example.com for a Gel Slide Converter to be sent to you for free. Let her know you are a VCC design student. This converter gives you the equivalent of a gel, incase the one you want is not in stock or not available.Other companies: Lee/ GAM -Great American Market/ Cinegel/ Technilux
3) Stage lighting for students the basics - www.stagelightingprimer.com
4) Photometrics Handbook by Robert C. Mumm is out of print but you can find used books starting at $5.55 or higher the book cost $20.00. orginally and is really informative. www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/5111713/used/Photometrics%20Handbook its very helpful it has a great deal of lights that you can know the information on without effort.
5) Stage Lighting Links - http://people.virginia.edu/~rlk3p/desource/links/Linklist.html has tons of information
6) The Light Network - www.lightnetwork.com/index.php
7) Magazines to help keep you in the loop at all times – PLSN http://www.plsn.com/ Live Design http://livedesignonline.com/
8) Aspiring to be the best in lighting? Not only in theatrical lighting visit - www.iald.org
9) Building a lighting portfolio, you may think that well you haven't done anything great yet! Begin your portfolio using class assignments to show your educational experience. Such as your Lighting Portfolio from the Introduction to Stage Lighting class if you had myself, Aaron or Heather. Get a domain name and web host, now a days you can get a site that cost $58.88 per year contact me for more info. Or try a free search engine that works good such as www.weebly.com. Keep it professional, clean and put only your best cleariest works on their.Here is my website www.soniapasqual.net and George Jackson www.gjacksonlights.com website to give you what the clients can view before hiring us for a job. Keep it simple, clean and easy to navigate, plus a way to contact you is very beneficial.
10) American Theatre of Community Theatre - www.aact.org/people/lightingdesiger.html
11) United States Institute of Theatre Technology - www.usitt.org holds conferences and gives legit information on how to succeed and become professional in this industry.
12) United Scenic Artist (IATSE union for designers/plus it gets you work) - http://www.iatse-intl.org/home.html However you have to know it will limit you to only a certain caliber of work and you may be more than fine with that. If your goal is Broadway for example, this will be the badge to have!
13) Top schools for lighting designers if you are looking to further your degree (this is only my opinion): *NYU Tisch School of Design and Film http://design.tisch.nyu.edu/page/courses.html
* Parson School of Design, NYC ( I got accepted here great school especially if you want to do architectural lighting as well). http://www.parsons.edu/
Local schools: UCF - http://www.ucf.edu/ can give you the degree you want BFA or BA. If a BA is good for you Rollins College http://www.rollins.edu/ (private school)
14) Tools to keep you hired, this industry its easy to be REPLACED!1) Dedication and Passion for this industry 2) Keeping up to date on newest technology 3) Knowing a CAD program such as Vectorworks http://www.nemetschek.net/ or AutoCAD http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=2704278 plus Lightwright or really good at Excel Spreedsheets plus Rendering programs is vital now a days. For Vectorworks its Renderworks for AutoCAD its LD Assistant.4) A good Attitude, because no one wants to work with a cranky, late human being! Do your best to be positive and on time!
15) Lighting Programming – ETC consoles www.etcconnect.com , GrandMA www.malighting.com, High End – (Road Hog as all there consoles are being discontinued), Strand consoles www.strandlighting.com , SGM Technology/ TechniLux http://www.sgm.it/ , Clay Paky http://www.claypaky.it/english/fr_main.htm, Vari-lite http://www.vari-lite.com/, ROBE http://www.robelighting.com/, Martin http://www.martin.com/ to name a few
16) LDI - http://ldishow.com/LDI08/public/enter.aspx this is a great yearly conference to attend, over 400 companies pertaining all to our industry. The floor passes are $60 and it is well worth it. It is in Orlando to Vegas they alternate years, it will be here Fall 2009 at the Orange County Convention Center. During this time you can get trainings on new products as well, they have workshops and certifications. Great time to network and the swag is fun too!
17) A website with some of the latest state of the art gear. http://www.alia.com.au/equipment/equipment_dec07.html
18) To order lighting templates for drafting contact Stage Equipment and Lighting at (407) 425-2010. Or go to www.lightingtemplates.com you want to order the conventional lighting template 1/4" = 1'-0" and the 1/2" = 1'-0" if you are in the lighting design class you need both. Introduction to stage lighting class only needs the 1/4" template.