What are light plots, and what do you do with them?
Light plots are basically a drawing of the positions of the stage lights throughout the PAC … Depending on where the light[s] are, they create different [lighting] effects … what I can use [lights] for is limited, so positioning-wise, light plots help me to think about [them], like, by placing them in a particular location, what capabilities am I limiting, and what purpose do [I] want these lights to be functioning for. … The drawing itself, after it’s finished, we use it to make sure all the [stage] lights are in the correct position — basically, the position that I want them to be in.
What has your artistic experience at PHS been like?
I had a lot of freedom, just because… I’m given a blank piece of paper and they make me draw whatever I want based on the script I’m given. So it’s been a lot of, like, experimenting, I guess, and trial and error. Just figuring out how the programs work, and what about lighting should I be focusing on. Is it the focus of the scene? Is it the atmosphere that I’m trying to create for the scene? Is it… I mean, there’s just so many things to consider for lighting, and I was just thrown into that position, kind of. So it was a lot of adventure — a lot of going into this mystery land I had no experience of going into before.
Do you have any last words for others looking to go into light plotting?
[Light] designing looks daunting at first. You have to learn not only how to program [the light plots on the computer], but also … you have to learn and understand the script and the characters thoroughly and understand what [the] focus of that scene is. … So you have to be both artistic [and] very experienced with technology. But despite the magnitude of what you have to learn, it’s … very fun. It’s … kinda adventurous [in] some points, so don’t be afraid of … the size of what you have to learn. Just enjoy the experience and have a lot of fun.