Various productions require different types of lighting as evidenced by our case study. By taking an in depth look at specific lights, we can help with making sure you’re making the most out of your production. This week, we’re focusing on spotlights to further explain how they can add depth and precision to a live performance.

First Thing’s First

Evidently, different types of lighting can influence and affect an audiences’ perception of a production. Lighting sets the tone for how you want your audience to engage with a performance, and how they will come to understand the story you’re telling on stage

In the case of spotlights, they are typically used to emphasize a particular person, event or thing to make sure the focus of an audience understands the importance and emphasis placed on a subject. Given this, you’ll find that spotlights are commonly used in live productions such as plays, musicals and solo artist performances.

Setting the Tone

As mentioned, spotlights have a tendency to set up a focused, direct and peaceful stage; however, they can potentially add more dynamism than originally meets the idea, especially when they are positioned appropriately.

The position of a spotlight not only helps direct where performers should be throughout their stage performance, it can also enhance their presence and engagement with an audience. Often when we discuss spotlights, the assumption is to think of one solid vertical cone shaped beam of light; while this may useful during certain productions, there are ways to enhance their dynamism. Many spotlights have a type of zoom function which would increase light exposure on stage, additionally, some lights have the ability to be positioned both horizontally and vertically casting either horizontal or vertical cone shaped beams.

Drop down spotlights will create that typical effect we often see for solo artists during very serious performances. However; if you’re able to position a spotlight on its’ side, you can cast a wider ray of light to illuminate more of the stage; therefore, creating a dynamic space potentially showcasing more aspects of your production. Horizontal spotlights are typically used for musical performances which require emphasis on more than one main protagonist.

Keep Your Options Open

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