Creating a lighting plan

The following two pages were created as a sort of blog, to capture the my process in creating the lighting plan for two shows. It was originally intended for the students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where the two shows took place. It may be useful for other students of theatre lighting design. In particular, both shows were also an experiment for me, in using Sketchup for drawing lighting plans.

The Laramie Project

Twelfth Night

Beauty and art

I’ve been pondering over the difference between beauty and art in what I, and other “artists”, do. Now, clearly a lot depends on your definition of art. My definition of art is something which has been created or arranged in such a manner as to try to stimulate emotions and thoughts. I think this can be generally simplified into the statement that ‘art should say something’. I think beauty on the other hand, does not need to say anything, it just is; or isn’t, depending on the eye of the beholder.

Another thing I recently heard somewhere is that art has no purpose other than as art. This is another way in which I think art differs from beauty, because I think beauty can be expressed in more ways than just one (aesthetics); in that, something can be done in a beautiful way. I have realised that a lot of the things I like in life, I like because they are beautiful in more ways than one.

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