1st Edition

Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment Essential Tools for Video Presentation

By Davin Gaddy Copyright 2018
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment is a guide to understanding the concepts and equipment used in projection and video design for live performances. After an introduction in the principles of design elements as well as information on content, this book focuses on how content is used and transmitted by describing the essential components of systems, providing definitions used in communicating video concepts, and including basic system troubleshooting tips and tricks. A brief history of projected imagery is included, as well as information on analog systems, as outdated technology continues to be used either by choice of the designer or by necessity due to budget. By providing the information to understand the tools and how to use them, the reader should be able to create their own systems to meet his or her design ideas.


    Design Elements

    Source Material

    Display Surface






    Trouble Shooting

    Advanced Projection Design

    Appendix: Line Drawings/Sample Systems

    Appendix: Formulas



    Davin E. Gaddy has been working professionally in live entertainment, convention and trade show, themed exhibit, and cinema markets for over 25 years, not including his prior student work. During this time, he has spanned the gamut of the industry, learning a variety of production styles. Due to his experience, Gaddy was the perfect fit to be the lead projectionist for Cirque du Soleil’s production of , which has stunned millions of audience members over the course of its run.

    In addition, Gaddy advocates for the education of other members of the industry. He has taught workshops on video for performance at theatrical conventions, as well as directly to students at high schools, colleges, and universities. Gaddy serves as a moderator on ControlBooth.com, an online forum for the theatrical industry. Gaddy is the chairman of the committee preparing the video and projection exam for USITT’s Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician program.

    "This is a book that I would have loved to have had when I was starting out and being introduced to terms and concepts that were completely foreign. It's for novices and intermediate techs who need foundational knowledge and information to supplement their real-world experience or lack thereof."

    -Richard Cadena, Lighting and Sound America, April 2019