1st Edition

Lighting for Televised Live Events
Making Your Live Production Look Great for the Eye and the Camera

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 31, 2021
ISBN 9780367256661
May 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 102 Color Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Lighting for Live Televised Events unlocks the science, art, philosophies, and language of creating lighting for live entertainment and presentations that work for the television camera as well as for the live audience.

The book explores how to retain the essence and excitement of a live production while assuring that the show looks its best on-camera for the millions of viewers that can only see it on their TV, computer, tablet, or mobile phone screen. Readers will learn how to adapt an existing stage show for the camera, as well as how to design live entertainment or events specifically for TV. Filled with real-life examples and illustrations, the book covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • how exposure and color work for the camera;
  • how angle, visual balance, and composition can make people and backgrounds look their best, while preserving theatricality;
  • information on camera equipment, screens, and projectors, as well as the control room environments that are found on a professional shoot;
  • the unique challenges of lighting for the IMAG video screens used at festivals and concerts.

Lighting for Live Televised Events is aimed at lighting design students, as well as professional designers that are considering a career — or a career expansion — in television. It is an essential resource for any stage lighting designer whose show may be shot for a television special or a live webcast and who will be asked by their client to collaborate with the incoming video team.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Science 1. Introduction: Making Your Live Production Look Great for the Eye and the Camera 2. Exposure 3. Contrast in Lighting 4. Dynamic Range 5. Balance 6. Color and Color Temperature Part 2: The Art 7. Angle 8. Composition 9. Depth of Field 10. Aesthetics: Style and Taste Part 3: The Equipment 11. Contrast Ratios of Displays 12. Digital Cameras and Projectors 13. Projection Screens and LED Tiles Part 4: The Production 14. Adapting the Live Show 15. Content Video

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James L. Moody was 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.

Jeff Ravitz is a lighting designer, lecturer and writer specializing in live entertainment and events being captured for television broadcast and streaming. He was awarded the Primetime Emmy for his lighting of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live In New York City on HBO, and was previously nominated for Cher’s Extravaganza: Live at the Mirage. He has also received ten regional Emmys and four Telly Awards for television designs, and was named a Parnelli Lighting Designer of the Year.