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Concert Lighting

The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting, 4th Edition

By James Moody, Paul Dexter


362 pages

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Concert Lighting: Tools, Techniques, Art, and Business Fourth Edition provides readers with an updated look at how to succeed in the complex world of concert lighting design and technology. The authors have reorganized the book into three comprehensive and thoroughly revised sections, covering history, equipment and technology, and design, and containing new information on LED technology, pixel mapping, projection options, media servers, automated lighting, solutions for moving lights, DMX, and Ethernet problems, and designer communication and collaboration. This book also explores the cross-media use of concert lighting techniques in film, video, theatre, and the corporate world, highlighted with advice from master designers such as Bruce Rodgers, Cosmo Wilson, and Sarah Landau. From securing precious contracts to knowing the best equipment to use to design a show, Concert Lighting covers everything a designer needs to know about working in the touring industry.

Table of Contents

1. The Rise of the Concert Lighting Field

2. Touring Personnel (Unions are a side note)

3. The Importance of Business, and Effective Communications

4. Pre-Production

5. The Design Stage

6. The Designer’s WorkBox

7. Writing Music Cues

8. Life on the Road

9. Venues and Local Lighting Equipment Theaters, Amphitheaters, Arenas, Casinos,

Festivals, Fairs, and Racetracks

10. Working Outside the United States

11. Risk Assessment and Safety

12. Finding Solutions


13. Lifts, Hoists and Roofs

14. Lighting Trusses

15. Lighting Consoles

16.Protocol, Control, and Ancillary Enablers

17. Conventional Lighting and Accessories

18. Portable Dimming and Distribution

19. Automated Lighting

20. LED Lighting

21. LED Screens, Projection and Media Servers

22.Lasers, Smoke and Pyrotechnic Effects


23. Master Designers

24. Designers’ Perspective: Art vs. Business

25. The Artist Perspective (and the Producers’)

26. Live Broadcast, Film and Video

27. Looking Forward

About the Authors

Jim Moody is the Head of the Technical Theatre Program, Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College (A Professional Conservatory Program). Considered one of the founders of concert lighting he received the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award from Performance magazine in 1980. Active also in television, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team award.

Paul Dexter has been the lighting and set designer for such concerts and concert tours as Rick James, Motley Crue, DIO, Ozzy Osbourne, and Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Rod Stewart. Paul is president of his own design firm, Masterworks Design, Inc. His recent activities include touring the world with REO Speedwagon as production and lighting designer, production designer for Heaven & Hell and architectural lighting designer for Activision Motion Capture Studios.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production