Actually, portuguese! And sadly, I have never been to Brazil even though I have friends there I wish I could visit!
And don’t worry at all, I was actually really interested in this. I briefly worked in video/movie-making and never had a very intimate contact with lighting designing (that was someone else’s job ) but in school, we were given a general idea of what it involved, etc. But I got really curious as to what else is there, and what this job entails, etc, so I might have got carried away on my own, don’t worry!!
(Also, thank you so much! :D)
Anyway, to the best of my abilities hehe, and sorry if it sounds a bit weird, I am not always a good translator haha, here is a bit (I’m going to hide it under the drop-down thingy so it doesn’t to bulky):
"An activity that I really like is the preparation of sketches while I watch rehearsals for lighting designing jobs and the creation of light for shows. The sketches can be done during the idea itself, in which case, they’re generally quick drawings that are meant to materialize those ideas. Then, the sketches are improved, thought over, until they become a solid project.
We can talk about work tools: from clipboards and papers to photo and video cameras. I prefer to work with a clipboard, several sheets of paper and coloured pens or pencils, they make my job easier.
A thing to keep in mind is that the light designing job cannot be isolated from other designs that compose the visual identity of the show. Set design, props, figurines, every element of the scene. For that reason, it is really interesting for each of these professionals to work closely with one another and witness rehearsals together.
What do lighting desingers need to write down and gather for their studies? Movements, the duration of each scene, general area of the actors’ performance, colours, shapes, abstract ideas, every thing than can be appealing for an artistic creation. Your sketches and notes can either follow a sequence or not. I do believe that, when we work in a sequence of thought, our work is enriched, but that is personal, in the end.
Some items that we can include in our sketches are:
- The position of (the words are ‘poles’ and ‘towers’, I assume these are lighting instruments??)
- Number and type of equipment used in a scene
- Colours, hues, shades, etc.
- Type of projections, shadows and effects
- Other objects and support
- Colours of the set, figurines, props, etc.
- The mood of the scene
- The type of environment
- Metereological conditions
- Schedules (day, night, etc - important to define the angulation of projections)
- Keywords (it can help in defining colours, shines, shades, etc)
- Metaphors (ideias that come inspired by the images)
- Directions given by the stage director (for a better understanding of the show)
- Other opinions