About the Book:
What are the do's and don'ts of being a good assistant lighting
What are focus tapes, and how do I use them?
What is the best method for creating a magic sheet?
What should be found in every assistant's kit?
How do I make that first important leap into this professional
Answer these questions and many more with The
Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit by Broadway associate lighting designer Anne E. McMills. This definitive
guide unlocks the insider-secrets used to succeed as a professional
assistant lighting designer (ALD) – whether choosing assisting as a
career or while transitioning to another. This book outlines,
step-by-step, the challenges the ALD faces during every phase of
production. Never before has a resource existed that views the design
process through the eyes of the assistant.
Intermingled among the nuts and bolts of the paperwork and
essential procedures, top industry professionals reveal tips for
personal survival in this challenging career – both domestically
and abroad as well as in other careers in lighting. Within these
pages are the industry secrets rarely taught in any school!
What people say:
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,
Broadway Lighting Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit
sets out to fill a big gap in the market of lighting books – a huge
help to so many aspiring ALD's and teaches us 'mature' designers how
to better behave! This book is marvelous."
— Richard Pilbrow,
internationally known Lighting Designer
"The Assistant Lighting
Designer's Toolkit is a great addition to just about
everyone's lighting library. Lots of how-to info from the tech table
battle front." — Scott Parker, Lighting Designer,
Columbus State University
"This unique, impressive book
has the detail of a Broadway lighting show “bible” with each
element of a lighting design clearly prepared, presented and
documented… It is vital reading for a designer or student."
— Focus Magazine
"The Assistant Lighting
Designer's Toolkit is… chock-full of information and insights.
Whatever your experience level, it is a worthy addition to your
theatre library. For those making the transition from life as a
lighting design student to the professional market, it is an
invaluable resource." — Lighting & Sound America
About the Author:
Anne E. McMills has enjoyed a
vibrant career as a lighting designer and associate lighting designer
working on Broadway in New York City. Not only was she working on
designing her own shows in New York, but she also worked as an
associate under such prominent Tony Award-winning lighting designers
such as Brian MacDevitt, Peter Kaczorowski, and Ken Billington. She
also worked for several years mounting productions of Wicked and
Spamalot in various cities around the world assisting the prominent
Broadway projections designer, Elaine J. McCarthy. In addition, Anne
has extensive experience in lighting for television, theme parks,
architecture, and concerts. Currently, she is the Head of Lighting
Design at San Diego State University.