LESSON 5: Hanging and Focusing Lighting Instruments, Part 1
Students will demonstrate their ability to hang and focus lighting instruments by practicing to hang and focus lighting instruments.
Lamps, Scoops, Fresnels, Par CANs, Ellipsoidals, Striplights, and Follow Spot.
C-Clamps, Safety Cables, Gobos, Gels, Gel frames, and wrenches.
Copies of the “Hanging and Focusing” handout for each student and slips of cardstock paper with the names of all lighting instruments and equipment written on them (for “The Light is Right” game).
Anticipatory Set/Hook: Have the lighting instruments and equipment on display again. When the students arrive, tell them that for a review they are going to play another quick game of “The Light is Right.” Split them into two groups again, and this time just have each group do all the instruments and equipment at once instead of breaking it up into two games like last time.
Step 1: Transition/Discussion—Go over the “Lighting Safety” document with them again.
Step 2: Instruction—Show them and talk to them about the different lighting positions—various places where lights are hung:
Step 3: Modeling—Show them the procedure for hanging lights on the batten.
Remind them that the lights get extremely hot, so wait to turn them on until you absolutely have to. Show them which spots on the instrument are hottest and the spots that are cooler and best to handle the light.
Step 4: Guided Practice—Give each student the opportunity to hang a light just as you showed them to.
Step 5: Explain to them that for focusing lights, they will do much of their work on a ladder, but for today they will be working on the ground. Explain to them and show them the basic procedures and terminology for focusing lights:
Step 6: Guided Practice—Give each student the opportunity to practice focusing a light, under your supervision. Act as the designer and call out things for them to do. If you run out of time before all students get a chance to practice, let those who did not get to practice know that they will get a turn at the beginning of next class.
Step 7: As the students leave class give them each a copy of the “Hanging and Focusing” handout.
Assessment: Students can be assessed through their practicing to hang and focus lighting instruments.