2nd Edition

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

By Anne E. McMills Copyright 2022
    524 Pages 232 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    524 Pages 232 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ground-breaking text returns in its second edition, unlocking the insider secrets and proven, time-tested methods to succeed as a professional assistant lighting designer.

    This definitive guide outlines, step-by-step, the daily challenges that assistant lighting designers face during every phase of production, and the solutions for overcoming them. Furthermore, intermingled among the highly detailed paperwork techniques and essential procedures, top industry professionals reveal tips for success in this challenging career. This fully updated second edition features:

    • All new advice, real-world stories, and current paperwork examples from over 120 working professionals.
    • Updated industry practices with case studies from the professionals themselves, such as how to create a video network to record previews for the lighting department; how much printing is done in an increasingly paperless world; how to produce a set electrics package; and how the industry interfaces with cutting-edge technology like remote followspots and pre-visualization software.
    • New lifestyle tips for traveling abroad, negotiating contracts, and dealing with stressful situations.

    The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit, the most trusted authority on assisting in the lighting world, equips budding assistant lighting designers and students studying lighting design with the insider knowledge they need to achieve the successful career that they have always wanted—whether choosing assisting as a career or as a stepping-stone toward design. Within these pages are the industry secrets rarely taught in school!

    Part I: The Profession  1. Understanding Assisting  2. The Tools Required  3. Production Personnel  4. Unions  Part II: The Process  5. Design Prep  6. Load-in  7. Tech  8. Previews and Performances  Part III: The Paperwork  9. Pre-production Paperwork  10. Tech Process Paperwork  Part IV: The Industry  11. US-based Employment Opportunities  12. Working Internationally  13. Working in Related Industries  Part V: The Life  14. Working as an Independent Contractor


    Anne E. McMills career extends across the many facets of the lighting world—from theatre (including Broadway and the West End) to television and theme parks, to architectural lighting, corporate industrials, concerts, cruise ships, award shows, dance, and opera. In addition to designing her own work, Anne has worked as an associate for many Tony Award-winning Broadway designers, mounting productions throughout the world. Anne is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and is the Head of Lighting Design for the MFA in Design and Technology at San Diego State University. For further information, visit www.annemcmillslighting.com.

    "The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit is a book the lighting world needs and should be required reading for all new – and not so new – lighting designers."

    Ken Billington, Tony Award-winning Broadway Lighting Designer