Intro to Lighting and Lighting Design

Materials Needed:

Scripts, gels, computers


Learning Objective:

Students will demonstrate their ability to think like a lighting designer as they create a lighting design complete with analysis for a scene in The Fiddler on the Roof.


Hook (5-7 minutes):

Pass out a script to each student. Today we’re putting what we discussed about how lighting affects mood into action. You will create a lighting design for one of the scenes from The Fiddler on the Roof. Pick a scene from the script that you’d like to design the lighting for. You’ll be designing the light for the entire scene, not just a part of it


Activity 1 (35-45 minutes):

Move to the computer lab. Find three different mood pictures that show how you’d like the lighting to look for the scene. Give 5-7 sentences of analysis for each picture. Why did you choose it? What mood does it set for the scene? What pages does this photo fit? Does the mood photo represent the lighting for the entire scene or just part of it? What does the lighting in the picture tell us about the lighting in the scene?


Next, pick out 3-5 different gels you’d like to use for the scene. Students may look through sample Rosco gels and must pick specific gels they’d like to use. Each gel selection must be followed by 3-5 sentences explaining why they chose the gel, and detailing where they’d use the gel in the scene.


Activity 2 (20 minutes):

Have students print out their lighting design handouts in the lab and then move to the classroom. Each student should present their lighting design to the class. They should show their mood pictures and gel choices along with their explanation of their choices.


Wrap-up (5 minutes):

What have you learned about being a lighting designer today? What SM skills does it take to be a lighting designer? What did you learn from your peers?