Friday, November 16, 2007
I don't normally pat myself on the back, but I also rarely get any tangible feedback on my work as a lighting designer. Last Friday we had a 'responder' come see the show. Responders are theatre professionals who are asked by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to go to see college shows and respond. They speak to the cast and crew the night they watch the show, and then file a written report. I am potentially one such person, although so far I have not been able to attend a performance due to my own shows conflicting. I couldn't stay the night the woman was here, but today I read her written evaluation. She loved the show in general, and here is what she said about my end of things:
Technical Elements: The lighting and sound were seamlessly woven into the whole, providing atmosphere and resonance, harmony and mood. The execution was smooth, never distracting. Cues came in fluidly, causing no interruption or distractions, always supporting the scene and action. Lighting was ethereal in the Fairy scenes, gobos and green lighting added a woodland feel to the action in the forest. Mood was set and scenes moved from one location to the next with an appropriately ‘dreamlike’ ambience.
Gobos are metal patterns that we put into certain lights to throw shadows or images. In this case I have used several to simulate the look of moonlight filtering through trees.
Ok, I've crowed enough. I shall return to my normal self-flagellation right away.