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Prop/Scenery [Mar. 19th, 2010|01:47 am]
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I'm beginning writing a script for a possible dinner theater.  It will be performed at a church (at least by a church drama group) so keep this in mind when answering.  One of the characters once posed as a pin-up girl (the script takes place in late-1941-ish America) and runs across an old poster/calendar of herself at a club she is wanting to work as a singer at.  My wife will most likely be filling this role.

I am looking for a pin-up picture (Elvgren, Vargas, DL Rust, MacPherson, the like) that would pre-date 1941.  The model should be clothed.  She needs to have raven hair and blue eyes (perferred to save on 'shopping).  I know of a Pirate girl by Rust, and a Ballerina by Vargas (both have brown eyes - see below) but this is the look that would work quite well.  The problem is, I think they both are from later 40s to the 50s.  Would these would work (even though the dates are wrong) for a general audience (not pin-up aficionados)?  Or could someone point me in the right direction af a more date appropriate picture?  


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Congress to ban companies from hosting events and conferences [Mar. 5th, 2009|02:12 pm]
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Sen. Kerry has introduced legislation that would ban all 421 firms including the nation's largest banks that received money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events.
If passed, I don't need to tell you the profound impact on the business travel industry and the nation's economy it would have. This legislation would not only impact the affected companies it would have a chilling, immediate impact on all companies. This hurts travel managers, hotels, airlines, rental cars, EVERYONE!  It is estimated that without the jobs generated by meetings and conventions unemployment would jump from 7.6% to 8.2! 
We, as entertainment technicians who rely upon the travel and tourist industry to fund our events, must educate Congress on the importance of managed travel and the benefits it brings. NBTA has issued a set of guidelines to the U.S. Treasury for effective managed travel. Travel for meetings and events can be a cost effective tool that help businesses grow. We need to give these real world practices time to work. We can't afford negative news stories to drive Congress to manage travel. We have to make sure our government knows that.
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Flicker! [Mar. 4th, 2009|06:20 pm]
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Any thoughts on how to program a nice electrical flicker effect on an etc express?

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Test Pattern Gobos? [Feb. 8th, 2009|12:18 pm]
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I'm lighting Tragedy: A Tragedy by Will Eno. X-posted around, cut for any repetitivenessCollapse )
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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2009|02:56 am]
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Hello! I'm sorry if this isn't quite the most run of the mill of questions here but I figure this would be a good place to ask for help.. I would like to become a stage hand, leaning towards lighting or perhaps costuming/makeup, I haven't decided which I prefer so far. I have just transferring into a rather good 4-year college (Hunter college, nyc, if anybody is familar) and I'm looking at their GER requirements and wondering why I'm going through the potential mess of 3 years of broad range academics and then a year of the stuff I actually came to learn!

So, To boil it down.. I'm wondering, What is better for a stage hand/tech/etc, An associates, bachelors or some other sort of qualification? Many websites say that no degree is needed at all but in your opinions, What gives you the best training and helps you actually land the job?

I'd sincerely appreciate all the help I can get on this topic.. thanks. <3
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2008|04:33 pm]
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I am lighting Treasure Island at a childrens theater that I work at and I have a question for y'all. I am looking to create a firefly effect behind a black up stage scrim. I am going to have a few fans blowing about 15 lamps on wires that are going to be slowly blinking (randomly). All of this is fine, except I am now trying out what the easiest way would be to make 15 lamps randomly blink, slowly. I have already tried the trick of putting a florescent starter in the line, but the blink is much too quick. I really do not want to run 15 circuits and ghost loads, I am sure their has to be a better way.

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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2008|12:50 pm]
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X-Posting -

So - in theatre we're always told that the best way to spend our time in between shows is to "read more plays - read read read plays!"

Here's my question - Where does one get all these new plays that we're supposed to be reading all the time?  Do you all just randomly order handfuls of plays from DPS or Samuel French or whoever else?  Doesn't that get expensive?  Or do you have alternate places to go to read the new things as they come out?

Resources and suggestions welcome - thanks!
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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2008|05:31 pm]
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I want to post some examples of my lighting work on my website. What legal issues do I need to be aware of in posting photos that I took, however I did not design the set or direct the show? Also, some of my work is at a childrens theater so the photos have child actors in them, does this complicate this more for some reason?
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crossposted [Jul. 11th, 2008|05:41 pm]
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Hello, I'm a TD working in academic theater and am looking for some plans...

Anyone out there have a set of plans or know of a good site containing plans for a star trap? I've never built one, but I have a director who wants one...

We can't afford hydraulics - it'll most likely be a counterweight elevator...

Any thoughts?

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(no subject) [Jun. 2nd, 2008|11:51 pm]
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I was chatting with a friend today and he was telling me about some rumors he has heard about LDI this year. Apparently, rumors are that ETC is announcing something BIG. Something along the lines of a LED ERS being run by a 20+ watt LED. At first I thought this couldn't be true, but Chauvet already has some instruments with 14 watt LED's in them....

Have any of you heard such rumors?

If not, can we please talk about how tacky the new Hight End Systems "Show Pix" is? the 24,000 Lumen output is nice, but jesus....
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