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  1. Backstage Handbook

    Backstage Handbook

    $22.00

    First published in 1988, Backstage Handbook is one of the most widely used stagecraft textbooks in the United States, with about 10,000 copies sold every year.

    This handy reference book brings together under one cover an incredible variety of information useful to designers, technicians and students who work behind the scenes in theatre, film and television. Its sturdy leatherette binding will stand up to years of constant use.

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  2. Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design

    Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design

    $27.50

    A step-by-step exploration of everything aspiring and practicing designers and directors need to know about the theatrical design process.

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  3. Technical Design Solutions for Theatre: The Technical Brief Collection Volume 3

    Technical Design Solutions for Theatre: The Technical Brief Collection Volume 3

    $54.95

    Technical Design Solutions for Theatre is a collection of single-focus articles detailing technical production solutions that have appeared in The Technical Brief Collection, a publication of the Yale School of Drama’s Technical Design and Production Department. The primary objective of the publication was to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, projections, sound, and costumes. Each article describes an approach, device, or technique that has been tested onstage or in a shop.

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  4. QLab 3 Show Control: Projects for Live Performances & Installations

    QLab 3 Show Control: Projects for Live Performances & Installations

    $49.95

    Used from Broadway to Britain’s West End, QLab software is the tool of choice for many of the world’s most prominent sound, projection, and integrated media designers. QLab 3 Show Control: Projects for Live Performances & Installations is a project-based book on QLab software covering sound, video, and show control. With information on both sound and video system basics and the more advanced functions of QLab such as MIDI show control, new OSC capabilities, networking, video effects, and microphone integration, each chapter’s specific projects will allow you to learn the software’s capabilities at your own pace. Tutorials and additional resources are featured at www.focalpress.com/cw/hopgood. Learn More
  5. The Theatrical Firearms Handbook [Paperback]

    The Theatrical Firearms Handbook [Paperback]

    $39.95

    The Theatrical Firearms Handbook is the essential guide to navigating the many decisions that are involved in the safe and effective use of firearm props for both the stage and screen. It is an invaluable resource for fight choreographers, props designers, backstage crew, directors, actors, stage managers, and more, at all levels of experience. Written in an informal and entertaining manner, with over 100 illustrations, it establishes baseline safety protocol while empowering performers and designers to tell their story of conflict in a way that makes the most of both established convention and current tools of the trade.

    Within these pages you'll find practical instruction couched in the language of theatre and film, making firearms technology and concepts approachable to dramatic artists without any dumbing-down of the subject material. This handbook is equally at home within the worlds of academic training, professional performance, and independent or community theatre and video productions.

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  6. The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

    The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

    $39.95

    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 career?

    Answer these questions and many more with The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit. 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 school!

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  7. The Business of Theatrical Design 2nd Edition

    The Business of Theatrical Design 2nd Edition

    $19.95

    For theatrical design students and theater professionals, here is the essential guide to marketing your skills, furthering your career, and operating a successful business! In The Business of Theatrical Design, design veteran James Moody shares his proven techniques to help costume, scenic, and lighting designers become successful businesspeople. Here is the latest information regarding IRS, state, and business liabilities; salary and fee scales; equipment costs; professional organizations; union and contract issues; and much more. Plus dozens of working producers, promoters, and designers share their insights and offer a thorough, true-to-life profile of this competitive industry. An indispensable resource for anyone looking to pursue a career in the theater!

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  8. Illustrated Theatre Production Guide 3rd Edition

    Illustrated Theatre Production Guide 3rd Edition

    $49.95

    This new and fully updated edition of the Illustrated Theatre Production Guide takes a step-by-step approach to the most common and popular theatre production practices, covering important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used on the stage. This book examines theatres and their equipment, tools and materials, and scenery construction, as well as the principles of electricity and implementation of a lighting design.

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  9. Structural Design for the Stage, 2nd Edition

    Structural Design for the Stage, 2nd Edition

    $74.95

    The follow-up to the 2000 Golden Pen Award-winning Structural Design for the Stage, this second edition provides the theater technician with a foundation in structural design, allowing an intuitive understanding of "why sets stand up." It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, emphasizing conservative approaches to real world examples. This is an invaluable reference for any serious theatre technician throughout their career, from the initial study of the fundamental concepts, to the day-to-day use of the techniques and reference materials.

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  10. Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design, 4th Edition

    Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design, 4th Edition

    $39.95

    Covering every phase of a theatrical production, this fourth edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the process of sound design from initial concept through implementation in actual performances. Learn More

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