Special Event Production: The Resources

By Doug Matthews, Doug Matthews

© 2008 – Routledge

396 pages

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Paperback: 9780750685238
pub: 2007-11-20
US Dollars$65.95

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About the Book

This must-have guide to special event production resources looks deep behind-the-scenes of an event and dissects what it is that creates success. It analyses the resources and is an extensive reference guide to the technical details of the technical aspects of a big event. It provides a thorough grounding on the specifications and performance of lighting and audio systems, visual presentation technology, special effects and temporary outdoor venues.

Incorporating pedagogical features, this easy-to-read book is packed with photographs, diagrams, flow charts, checklists, sample forms, and real-life examples. The vast varieties of audio-visual technologies, outdoor venues, décor and staging are presented.

This text is Part two of a two book set - also available is Special Events Production: the process (ISBN 9780750682435). Also available is a companion to both texts is a website packed with toolkits resources, and additional information.


"Matthew's two books, "Special Event Production," are a must-have for anyone in the field, whether a newcomer or an old hand. The author has organized this complicated subject well. Lavishly illustrated, laid-out with side-bars, diagrams, and examples, the reader will find everything they need in the two volumes. In fact, I found the books welcoming and accessible with plenty of white space, and the detailed table of contents and good index make looking up a topic easy. These two volumes should become the gold standard in special event production. Highly readable and highly recommended." - Julie Ferguson, Professional Speaker and Event Organizer

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Entertainment
1.1 Origins of Entertainment
1.2 Influences on the Development of Entertainment Genres
1.3 Defining Entertainment
1.4 Staging Entertainment
1.5 Working with Performers
Chapter 2: Décor
2.1 Design Theory
2.2 Categories of Décor
2.3 Setup Considerations for Décor
Chapter 3: Lighting Systems
3.1 Objectives of Event Lighting
3.2 Qualities of Light
3.3 Lighting Instruments
3.4 Event Lighting Design
3.5 Between Concept and Execution
3.6 Lighting Control, Setup, and Operation
Chapter 4: Audio Systems
4.1 Acoustic Theory and its Application to the Event Space
4.2 Uses of an Audio System
4.3 Main Audio System Groups and Their Components
4.4 Signal Flow and Equipment Locations in the Event Space
4.5 Pre-Event Sound Check and System Operation During the Event
Chapter 5: Visual Presentation Technology
5.1 Purpose of Visual Presentations
5.2 Visual Sources
5.3 Signal Processing
5.4 Projection Equipment
5.5 Display Equipment
5.6 Multimedia Presentations
5.7 Equipment Setup and Operation
Chapter 6: Special Effects
6.1 What are Special Effects?
6.2 Types of Special Effects
Chapter 7: Staging
7.1 History and Language of the Stage
7.2 Types and Construction of Stages
7.3 Placement and Sizing of Stages
7.4 Stage Draping
7.5 Stage Sets
Chapter 8: Tenting
8.1 Special Event Tents in History
8.2 Why Use a Tent for a Special Event?
8.3 Types and Styles of Tents
8.4 Tent Accessories and Options
8.5 Setup Considerations
8.6 Tent Technology Today and in the Future
Chapter 9: Miscellaneous Technical Resources
9.1 Electrical Power
9.2 Rigging and Trussing
9.3 Other Temporary Structures

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism

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