4th Edition

The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook

By Brad Schiller Copyright 2022
    304 Pages 56 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 56 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook, fourth edition, provides respected and clear coverage of the process of programming automated lighting fixtures from basic principles to advanced production preparations.

    This guide helps lighting programmers and designers with the creative and operational challenges they face in their rapidly evolving industry. Concepts, procedures, and guidelines to ensure a successful production are covered as well as troubleshooting, much needed information on workflows, technology, work relationships, console networking, digital lighting, and more. Chapters are peppered with advice and war stories from some of the most prominent lighting designers and programmers of today. The fourth edition is the most comprehensive yet: added topics include programming structure, advanced recording/editing, cloning, multi-cell fixtures, safety routines, GDTF, and pre-visualization. Deep explorations into the work of programmers from Earlybird and Broadway provide readers with timely real-world scenarios and advice.

    The information in this book is perfect for anyone interested in the programming of automated lighting in any market. From the beginner to the expert, the methodologies within provide simple, yet powerful tools to assist with any production. Lighting designers also will gain important knowledge about the procedures and concepts utilized by lighting programmers.

    Introduction  Ten Things Every Programmer Should Know  1. Programming Philosophies  2. Automated Lighting Concepts  3. Preparing for Programming  4. Basic Programming  5. Intermediate Programming  6. Advanced Programming  7. External Interactions  8. Media Servers and Digital Lighting  9. The Age of Networking  10. Programming Genres  11. Troubleshooting  12. Emergency Preparedness  13. Programmer and Designer Relationships  14. Words of Wisdom from Industry Professionals


    Brad Schiller has over 30 years of experience in the lighting industry. Starting his career in the mid 1980’s he has worked as a technician, programmer, and designer on many different productions. Over the years he has also been employed by High End Systems, Vari*Lite, and Martin where he has assisted with product development, training, and testing for many popular fixtures and consoles. Brad has experience with various types of productions including theatre, television, concerts, film, architectural, dance, and corporate events. Project favorites include: the 1996 Academy Awards, The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, The Crystal Method, and Metallica. Brad’s career has allowed him countless opportunities to work around the globe, and across diverse facets of the industry. At the 2005 LDI awards ceremony Brad was presented with the Technician of the Year award and described as "the programmer’s programmer". He is also the author of Living the Lighting Life (Routledge 2021). A self-described "lighting geek," he has a deep-rooted passion for lighting that continues to drive him. Learn more at www.bradschiller.com.