They are a warm up to better books to follow only. Books with four stars are slightly more useful than average. These books are either really good books on the basics, or less than great technical manuals which are useful to fill in the big picture later, but unlike the basics books, not to be bought right away. Books with five stars are books which are must have books in their field they are the law of the land and the manual which others are based upon. They also usually are not cheap, but are well worth the money if said field is what you wish to study. Books with six stars are books of the gods. If you see them, you should buy them, if you do not, you should try hard to get them.
Once you get these books, owning them is not the same as reading and studying them. You do not get the knowledge within them by osmosis, you must get thru even the most dry of these manuals to learn from them and gain expertise from them. For instance, I am still trying to get thru the NEC. On my first sitting, I managed to get thru grounding. I read thru the sections on theater and assembly hall electrics, and many other important parts, but until I have read and understand the entire book, I do not propose to be an expert, nor am I ready to go for my licence. In many cases, what is said in these books will not stick in your memory until you need and are ready to know by practical experience in the field. If however you read the literature before hand, going back over it later and really learning it will be a lot easier. It should also pop details into your head about which you should know, and reinforce what you think you should know. A #6 drywall screw has a sheer strength of 40#, use 14 TPI saws for steel 16 ga thru 1/4",1/16" cable is load rated at 95#, tie line at 40#, 1/8" cable at 280#. 15Amps is 14AWG wire is 1,800 watts. Know it memorize it, live it. Books along with OJT are the best place to learn it.
After each description about the use of each book, there is a location on approximately where to get it. These stores are possible locations for finding or ordering the book, but also in the case of Boarders, any similar book store will either order the said book or might even have it in stock with the exception of theater books. Boarders has the biggest selection of theater books after Act I on Lincoln and more than Dramatists Book Store on Clark and Belmont. As for antique books, good luck finding them, to some degree, some of the biggest used book stores will have computer records as to what they have and possibly what their competitors might have so six star books might be found in that way or just by luck. Hyde park has at least as many if not more quality used book stores as are in Lincoln Park, and many of my best books were found in Hyde Park. On the whole, where idea and design books are concerned, this list is not the know all end all a good eye for art and image, and a quick read thru of some of its pages will tell how good the book is. If it glosses over a lot of the info you already know, and does not go into much detail, the book is probably substandard to what you need. If the pictures do not inspire you they never will.
- Lighting Design,
- General Stage or Books Covering Everything,
- Scenic Design Tech Books,
- Scenic Design Idea Books,
- Prop Design and Construction,
- Rigging / Repelling,
- Metal Working,
- IESNA Publications
***Books I Have Read +++Books I Have Not Read
+++A-Z of Lighting Terms, Brian Fitt. Pocket-sized A-Z guide having expressions or terms, principals, formulas and lighting laws.
****** American Electricians' Handbook, 13th ed. by Terrell Croft; McGraw Hill – N.Y. 1996 ISBN: 0-07-013936-9 This book is larger than Audels Handy Book of Practical Electricity
(My Current Electrical Bible,) has more technical information than it -greater depth if such a thing is possible, and costs a lot, but is well worth it for anyone who wants to know the most precise details about such things as motors etc. It is really long, and specific reading it is a challenge. Barnes & Noble
****** Architectural Lighting Graphics, by John E. Flynn and Samuel M.Mills; Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. – N.Y. 1962 Library of Congress #62-8985 This book is the Architectural Graphics Standards, of lighting. If you can find a copy of it, or if it is still published, it is well worth any price. This book not only best describes what light in each of its 1960s forms does, but also has the design data and specs for not only every type of lamp on the market, but also the data for reflectance on every type of fixture involved with lighting. As a designer it is very useful, as an electrician it is essential. Boarders and Resale Shop
***** Audel, Electrical Course for Apprentices and Journeymen, by Roland E. Palmquist Macmillan General Reference – N.Y. 1988 ISBN: 0-02-594550-5 This is a training manual for electrician apprentices with questions at the end of each chapter to test your reading. Its intention is for providing apprentices or journeymen with at least the minimum amount of knowledge they kneed for their field, and guess what, it would not be a bad read for those in the lighting industry. This book goes into great detail about the science of electricity down to the molecular level. In fact, this book spends most of its time with the basics and basis of lighting, and only devotes a little space to actual equipment and wiring techniques. This book this forms a good place to start training. Barnes & Noble
***** Audel, Electricians Pocket Manual, First Ed. by Paul Rosenberg; Simon & Schuster Macmillan Co. – N.Y. 1997 ISBN: 0-02-036425-3 This tool box book sized book is the norm for most modern books on electrical wiring. They just do not make large books like the below Handy Book of Practical Electricity, anymore which are all encompassing and go into great depth on the subject – enough to really be useful. This book is more or less topical of professional electrician's books this size, which goes into a small amount of detail about the whole of the subject, and has some important details, but not enough information about any one subject to gain expertise. This book for instance has an excellent section on gears, but given the books size, it does not go into great depth, or assumes pre-knowledge of electrical wiring and concepts because things like how a ballast works is not covered. Other books I have seen in this size cover other subjects in great depth and gloss over the subjects in this book. In other books, I have seen useful sections on things like the affects of amperage on the human body, or very useful sections on motor troubleshooting, but than not as much on how they are wired. When buying such tool box manuals, it is important to read into the book to see what information it is going to go into detail about in regards to what you want to read about. I do not have the titles to any other books of this size at this time because after having read them, I have loaned them out and never saw them again.
****** Audels Handy Book of Practical Electricity with Wiring Diagrams, by Frank D. Graham Theodore Audel & Co. – New York 1967 This really big little book is a important learning tool as to how it was done, and how to do it with absolute assurance it is right. Once this book is read, old equipment is not as scary looking because back then wiring was a lot simpler, it is consequentially easier to learn the trade basics from this book than a modern one. The limiting factor in the book is the great amount of detail this book gives. It is impossible to read each chapter and fully understand what it is telling you, the calculations and detail is so great, the reader is best off reading the subjects, gaining the concepts from it, and going back to the book when possible and needed to use what it tells about each subject as needed. This book has proven its merit by teaching the great "Bush" some things he did not know about motors and how they work. This textbook in many areas to date is the only resource and authority available(See American Electricians Handbook Below) on many subjects most books either assume you already know about, or just do not go into enough depth about. It would be worth some effort to see if there is a current publication of this book which would probably be very useful in describing modern systems, but due to bulk have to cut out a lot of what is in this version. The use of both books than would give an in-depth amount of knowledge on the current applications covering the entire field of wiring.
Re-Sale Shop & Boarders?
*** Audel Guide to the 1999 National Electrical Code, Revised by Paul Rosenberg; Macmillan – N.Y. 1999 ISBN: 02-862811-X This is a guide to the NEC code which goes into more detail about the code and the rational behind each of its guidelines. It however glosses over or omits large sections of the code, especially the theater areas. On the other hand, the more detailed description of the code is better for those who are still learning as the code by itself as a text is rather dry, repetitive and confusing. This or a few other general expiations of are good for the learning of the code but still dry and repetitive. Boarders
++++The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook. By Brad Schiller. From Basic principles of automated lighting, to pre-production preparations, the text details concepts, procedures, and guidelines to ensure a successful production. Then the author continues with in-depth explanations for beginning, intermediate, and advanced programmers. Additional sections explore troubleshooting principles, working relatioonships, and future technologies. The author interviewed many respected lighting industry veterans including John Broderick, Christian Choi, Jim Lenahan and Arnold Serame. -PLSN Review.
***** Basic Electricity, Prepared by The Bureau of Naval Personnel 2nd ed.;Dover – N.Y. c.2000 ISBN: 0-486-20973-3 This is a Re-Print of a 1960 U.S. Navy manual on electricity, and looks to be an absolute Dover classic and gem where classic wiring, theory and education are concerned. It covers all the theories such s D.C. circuits, Inductance, Capacitance, Synchros, and many other highly technical things from the perspective of 40 years ago, when things were just becoming modern, but were still comparatively simple. As a historical reference alone, the pictures of the equipment, tools and techniques are of great interest, much less the information this book has in it for training.
This book is similar to Audel's, but is readily available, and possibly a little more user friendly. It also covers in depth slightly different subjects such as batteries and D.C. power. Barnes & Noble
+++++ Basic Industrial Electricity, by Kenneth G. Oliver 1990; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3533
"Shows the maintenance electrician how the equipment performs its function and what is required to maintain it."
+++ Basic Lighting Worktext for Film and Video, by Richard K. Fernchase Focal Press ISBN #0-240-80085-0
"Guides film and video professionals through the fundamentals of light science."
+++ Benfield Conduit Bending Manual, 2nd Ed. 1992; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6505
"Learn it from the source! The author Jack Benfield, explains the Benfield art of conduit bending in crystal-clear language. Basic elementary arithmetic does it! Using simple formulas, tables and diagrams, this method works with any make of bender found on any job. The magic formula works even if bends are made in the crotch of a tree or a hole in a wood block.(110pp)"
+++ Calculations for the Electrical Exam, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2552
Covers branch circuits, ampacity, motors, taps, box/conduit sizing, cooking equipment, commercial & dwelling calculations & more! Includes practice exams & ansewers!
++++ Code Check Electrical, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3918 "Guides you through the complex 1999 NEC so you can build it safe and right – and avoid expensive call – backs. You'll find a wealth of clear, accurate information, all thoroughly explained and referenced to the NEC."
**** Commercial Electrical Wiring, by John E. Traister; Craftsman Book Co. -Carlsbad, CA. 1997 ISBN: 0-934041-97-0
This Book is a better basics book than most home improvement type electrical manuals, but not as detailed as it should be given its specific title. Boarders
+++++ Computerized Lightboards, Focal Press
+++++ Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art and Business 2nd Ed, by James L. Moody; Focal Press ISBN: 0-240-82934
This book is worth examining and buying soon… "Concert Lighting is designed to assist students and professionals in understanding the unique fixtures, structures, and special effects and design elements used in concert lighting. It includes sections on CAD, moving lights, hi-bred consoles, and concert techniques in television production." Boarders, Tools For Stagecraft & Secoa
+++++ Control Systems For Live Entertainment 2nd Ed., by John Huntington; Focal Press – Newton, MA. 1994 ISBN: 0-240-80177-6
"Huntington provides a through examination of how computers are being used in the arena of live show control and a discussion of all the components vital to controlling lighting and sound for live entertainment systems. The book also highlights such hot topics as Multimedia and MIDI." (288pp) TCI – Review: Philip Nye "As a reference for technicians, designers, and technical managers working in the theatre, this must be an invaluable volume and these people are its primary audience. However, for equipment designers, true engineers, and anyone else new th toe field, ti left me with a certain uneasiness: I spotted quite a number of small mistakes, ranging from topographical errors through contradictions in bit orders and voltage levels to unanswered paradoxes…."
***** Designing With Light, 2nd. Ed. J. Michael Gillette; Mayfield Publishing Co. Mountain View, Ca. 1989
The book I learned the basics from. it is not as modern as Stage Lighting Revealed but just as good to learn the basics from. Boarders, Act I, Re-Sale
+++ Dictionary for the Electrician, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2554
+++++ Electric Motor Repair, 3rd. Ed. by Robert Rosenberg 1987; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2037
An intensely practical book on electric motor repair. Includes capacitor motors, repulsion-type motors, and three phase. Includes extensive illustrations and specific trouble-shooting and repair information throughout. Unique design makes text and illustrations easily accessible. (775pp)"
+++ EC&M's Electrical Calculations Handbook, by John Paschal 2000; ISBN: 0-0700570956
This book is a collection of all the essential calculations every electrical professional needs to pr9operly design, install and maintain electrical equipment. It is a one-stop resource for finding the calculations they need to increase profits, solve technical problems, and NEC compliant. The work out examples provide templates for solving everyday problems. Co-published between EC&M and McGraw-Hill." (420pp)
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Applying Installing and Maintaining Transformers, EC&M pub.#5852
"Covers Transformer basics including types; connections; overcurrent protection; calculations; effect of nonlinear loads and harmonics."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Applying Low-Voltage Fuses, EC&M Pub. #4791
"A long time favorite source on these protective devices: fuse construction and classes; short-circuit current behavior; and time-current characteristic curves."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Emergency, Standby & Other Auxiliary Power Systems, EC&M Pub. #6034
"New resource to affordable onsite power covers details for applying emergency, legally required, and optional standby power."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Ground Fault Protection, EC&M Pub. #6085 "Covers the basics: designing a GFP system;
GFP for ungrounded systems; GFP for other systems; Case histories; NEC requirements; maintenance, and more."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Modern Lighting Techniques, EC&M Pub. #4783
"Book is loaded with up-to-date information on equipment, Code rules, design, display lighting, emergency lighting, controls, and energy efficiency."
++++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Motors and Motor Controllers, 2nd ed. by John Paschal; EC&M Pub. Overland Park KS. 1999 Order # 7162
"Includes a wealth of information about motors of all types, various types of motor controllers, motor circuit considerations, control circuits, installations and maintenance. Details the types of motors and controllers available, where each type can be best applied, how the power and control circuits should be set up, and why they should be designed that way, including specifics on compliance with the 1999 NEC. Also provides insights into how to install motors to eliminate many of the problems that have been recorded in the the past, and how to maintain them."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Overcurrent Protection, EC&M Pub. #6360
"Covers characteristics of low and medium voltage over-current protective devices including circuit breakers, fuses and switches, protective relays and similar devices."
+++ EC&M's Practical Guide to Quality Power for Sensitive Electronic Equipment, 2nd Ed. EC&M Pub. #6670
"A must read for everyone involved in designing, installing, maintaining, or operating facilities containing sensitive electronic equipment."
+++ EC&M's Short Circuit Calculations "The Easy Way", by J.R. Seiver and John Paschal 2000; ISBN: 0-87288-745-6
"This book is written specifically to simplify short circuit calculations. It contains the most streamlined, simplified method of short-circuit calculations ever made available. Although in the past the subject of short-circuit calculations has been a difficult one, this book shows just how straightforward it can actually be, and how amazingly little time it can take to make highly-accurate short circuit calculations for an entire electrical power system. Forget what you thought that you knew before about abstract short-circuit calculations, and instead adopt this new intuitive and understandable "Easy Way" method. It saves time, provides a "feel" for what is happening in the circuit, and is so simple and timesaving that "what if" scenarios can be easily and swiftly done. The book also contains a spreadsheet on disk to help figure calculations." (124pp)
++++ EC&M's Step-by-Step Guide to Lighting, by John Paschal 1998; ISBN: 0-87288-695-6
This book will help an electrician face the challenges of providing first-class illumination. It includes detailed treatment of the types of lamps that are available to the electrical industry today. With information on the use of computers in lighting systems design, this book provides insight into modern lighting software as well as how to make professional lghting drawings using CAD techniques chapter exercises allow readers storeinforce learning. Includes a disk of sample CAD lighting installation rawings. Instructor's guide is available separately." (144pp)
+++ EC&M's Understanding NEC Rules on Lighting, 2nd Ed. 1996; ISBN: 0-87288-612-3
Covers lighting in general purpose areas, hazardous (classified) locations, swimming pools, signs and special equipment, emergency and standby areas, and public places. Discusses wiring methods, voltage requirements, materials, and lighting circuit design. Includes a new supplement updating the book to the 1999 NEC." (150pp)
+++ Electrical Engineering, Reference Manual for the P.E. Exam, 1997; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3152
No-Data given for this book, presumably it is information needed to gain an electrical engineering certificate, which would also be useful in occasional detail for specking out electrical projects.
+++ Electrical Grounding: Bringing Grounding Back to Earth, 5th Ed. by Ron O 'Riley; Construction Savvy – Dist.
#AF2741-99 A highly illustrated, systematic approach for understanding grounding principles and their application to the 1999 NEC. The rules are first illustrated, explained, reasoning behind them is discussed, and then applied to an actual installation. Use continually as a reference guide, as each installation covers all the rules and calculations for that installation. It helps keep anyone in the electrical, construction, and/or maintenance industries current with the codes on grounding. Illustrates and explains grounding rules and applications, and includes detailed examples for sizing grounding conductors. (294pp)"
+++++ Electrical Motor Controls, Rockis/Mazur 1997; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6440-97
Covers control devices used in modern industrial electrical systems. Chapters are organized so the content is presented in logical order, starting with basics such as tools, symbols, diagrams and manual controls. The workbook includes 17 tech-cheks based on the corresponding text chapters, and 111 worksheets that help you apply concepts and theory to practical problems. The instructor's guide offers suggested approaches to the text material, and answers to all tech chek and worksheet questions. (490pp)"
+++++ Electrical Power, Kaiser 1998; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF9180 This handy reference provides an understanding of the principles & operation of motors, generators, transformers, and motor controls. It covers rules governing the behavior of electricity and magnetism, and machines and devices that generate, transform, and use electrical power for motor control. (320pp)"
++++ Electrical Safety in the Workplace, by Ray A. Jones and Jane G. Jones; NFPA #M3-IESW-00 Shock, flash "Burn,thermal burn, and other dangers put workers in peril every day… Eliminate and mitigate the hazards with NFPA's far-reaching Electrical Safety in the Workplace! In this vital reference and training tool, renowned PE Ray Jones reveals his proven strategies for developing and operating electrical safety programs. (400pp 2000)"
++++ Electrical Systems Based on the 1999 NEC, by Michael I. Calfaman?; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF9075-99 Contents include: Wiring methods, materials. Conductors and Overcurrent protection. Branch circuits and Feeders. Grounding. Transformers. Services. Equipment for general use.Calculations and Final exam.
+++ Electrical Theory, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2555
+++++ Electrical Wiring Commercial, Mulin & Smith 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF281-99 Learn all aspects of commercial wiring from this comprehensive guide to applying the newly revised 1999 NEC. This practical hands-on text teaches how to apply the code, and also prepares students to communicate with inspectors, customers, and engineers about electrical systems. Has been expanded to include several new topics such as sizing branch circuits; neutral sizing processes; feeders and service; new loading, branch circuit and panel board."
+++++ Electrical Wiring Industrial, 10th ed. by Robert L. Smith & Stephen L. Herman 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist.
#AF2475-99 "This practical text has students work their way through an entire industrial building, wiring the branch circuits, feeders, service entrance and many of the electrical appliances and sub-systems found in industrial buildings. Each step is clearly defined with over 200 references to the NEC, with in-depth coverage of the effects of non-linear loads."
+++++ Electrical Wiring Residential, 13th ed. by Ray C. Mullin; Delmar – Boston 1999 ISBN: 0-8273-8607-9
This book seems like a much more competent how to book than all the Time Life books put together. It is seemingly geared towards the tradesmen and as such would be a good source of information for the lighting tech. "Learn all aspects of residential wiring and how to apply them to the wiring of a typical house. Loaded with examples, photos, illustrations, and wiring diagrams. Included is a complete set of room-by-room electrical floor plans and two blank floor plans to help learning through actual applications of NEC rules. All instructions and practices are consistent with OSHA safety requirements and methods and materials required by the 1999 NEC to ensure safety of people and equipment." Barnes & Noble
++++ The Electrician's Book of Trade Secrets, Hood St. Press; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF491
This one is guaranteed to keep your attention – your competition is using it often! Order this special find and receive a collection of real electrician' s trade secrets – the best, smartest, fastest and safest ways of doing things. Gathered from electricians, motor winders, engineers, inspectors, and contractors, these invaluable techniques took years to assemble.
Includes motor tricks, faster ways to install conduit, trouble-shooting tips, and more. Just one great idea will pay for this text over and over. (145pp)"
+++++ Electrician's Exam Preperation, by Michael Holt; Delmar – Boston 1999 ISBN: 0766803767
Even if the reader does not intend to get a licence, this book should be a wealth of information on how things are supposed to be done according to cod e. Audel's and many other companies publish similar materials, and anyone interested in seriously studying this subject should get them all. For those who do or do not chase the idea of going legal, at very least, this book should help the reader get an idea of the wealth of information he does not yet know or understand, and thus should. Barns & Noble
+++ Electrician's Guide to Conduit Bending, Coxco; Construction Savvy -Dist. #AF1094
The purpose of this text is to assist the electrician with developing the techniques required to accurately and efficiently bend conduit. Exposed conduit is there for all to see and directly reflects the ability of the installer. It will benefit all electricians to learn one of several methods of bending conduit that will assure accurate and precision bent conduit.(116pp)
***** Electrician's Pocket Manual, McGraw-Hill Pocket Reference by Rex iller; McGraw-Hill – New York 2000 ISBN: 0-07-136026-3 This is possibly the best of the mini-electrical manuals, it goes into a little more depth about the items it covers than other books, and gives worthwhile descriptions and information on the articles covered especially its sections on lamps blueprint/schematic reading and electronics. Barns & Noble & Boarders
++++ The Electrician's Pocket Reference, John E. Traister; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3181
Designed for quick and easy reference on any electrical job, this convenient, pocket-sized guide offers you a wealth of information. Filled with the most frequently used tables and charts, this expert source resource fully covers: Codes, standards, safety and print reading. Tools, materials, equipment and installation. At-a-glance solutions to many common electrical problems. Whether you're a seasoned pro or an apprentice, this versatile reference will help you complete even the most difficult residential,commercial, industrial or institutional electrical job."
+++++ Electrician's Troubleshooting Pocket Guide, by John E. Tamster McGraw Hill 2000; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2146-00 Shows how to effectively test and troubleshoot all types of electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings using a wide variety of testing equipment-including meters, ammeters, voltmeters, and megaohemmeters. You'll also find detailed, step-by-step procedures for verifying that instruments and related equipment are working properly … and troubleshooting circuits and equipment, ranging from incandescent fixtures to mercury lamps, motor to motor controls, and overcurrent devices to transformers (325pp)
+++ Electricity One-Seven, 2nd ed. Edited by Harry Mileaf 1996; Construction Savvy – Dist. #A226
"Combines a series of volumes designed specifically to teach electricity. One topic or concept is examined on a page, and each page carries an illustration that graphically depicts the topic being covered. Important points are also summarized with each illustration. Electricity One-Seven covers producing electricity, D.C. circuits, A.C. circuits, LCR circuits, test equipment, power sources and electrical motors. All technical terms are defined as they are introduced in the text, and key words are emphasized with italics throughout."
+++ The Emergency and Security Lighting Handbook, Focal Press "Discusses techniques and equipment for flood lighting, infra-red detectors, and CCTV as well as safety lighting for use in burning or damaged buildings."
++++ Ferm's Fast Finder, NEC #M3-RES68-99 "Ferm's Fast Finder includes 90 quick-reference tables plus diagrams and formulas! Completely up-to-date with today's NEC, this edition of Ferm's includes reference tables, electrical diagrams, formulas, and illustrations to help you complete electrical projects quickly and accurately. You'll save time and be on your way to passing inspections. (396pp 1999)"
+++ Film and Video Lighting Terms and Concepts, Focal Press
+++++The Followspot Training Program, Theatrical Technicians, Inc. (TTI)
"This is an instructor's package containing a complete training guide, full glossary, class planning outlined with checklist, and copy masters for student handouts. Covered is basic setup, nomenclature, pickups, cuesheets, controls, and more. Sample written and practical tests are included with answer sheets." (23pp)
+++ Grounding Workbook, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2553
+++++ Getting the Most from Your Followspot – An Operator's Handbook,Theatrical Technicians, Inc. (TTI); "This is the official IATSE craft training manual fro professional operators, stage managers and lighting designers. The text is used in followspot classes, workshops and apprenticeship programs in both educational and legitimate theatre."
*** Handbook of Electric Power Calculations, Second Ed. by Arthur Seidman; McGraw Hill – N.Y. 1997 ISBN: 0-07-0570048-5
Not an easy read. At this time this book is above myhead and I am not ready to read it yet. It looks really interesting and technical however and someday I hope it lives up to its expectations. Boarders
++++? Handbook of Scenery Properties and Lighting II, Volume 2 Lighting by Harvey Sweet) Allyn & Bacon – DesMoines 1994"A must-have guide to lighting design and implementation. From the psychology of color and its impact on the audience to the basics of electrical wiring and safety, provides a comprehensive overview of lighting for professional, non-commercial, and educational productions. Introduction to the purpose, functions, and qualities of stage lighting, then moves on to lighting design, including design strategies and color as a design element. Weaves in practical concerns and their effect on lighting design when discussing mounting positions and equipment, lighting instruments, electricity and electrical wiring, and lighting control. Covers control boards and dimmers; special effects, including HMI fixtures; low voltage – high intensity lamps and fixtures; computer-aided paperwork; and computer graphics. Has suggestions for less costly alternatives." Act I & Boarders (227pp
+++ House Wiring with the NEC, Ray C. Mullin; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF1073-99
The easy to understand text provides hundreds of examples, diagrams, photos and illustrations plus two electrical floor plans and two blank floor plans to help learning through applications of the NEC rules.
*** Illustrated Guide to the National Electrical Code, by Charles R. Miller; Delmar Publishers – N.Y. 1999 ISBN: 0-7668-0529-8 This is an easier to read explanation of the code but with an even more narrow focus than the Audel Guide. It is filled with drawings and explanations, but again not of a huge amount of use on stage. Boarders
+++ International Electrical Code, ICC, by the International Code Council;Construction Savvy – dist. #AF3147-00 "Contains administrative text necessary to administer and enforce the referenced National Electrical Code."
++++ Journeyman Electrician's Exam Q&A, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2549 "Contains
12 closed-book exams & 14 open-book exams. Over 1,300 exam questions wih answers & code references."
++++ Journeyman Electrician's Exam Workbook, by R.E. Chellew 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2347-99
Ace the journeyman electrician's exam with ease! This guide is filled with the basic theory and formulas needed for thorough exam preparation. The instructors guide answers with NEC references, and solutions when necessary, for all practice test questions. (129pp)
+++ Key Word Index, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2556
"Find what you're looking for in the Code Book in Seconds!
++++Lighting Control Technology and Applications 2nd Ed. Robert Simpson, Lighting Control Systems ISBN #0-240-51566-8
+++ Lighting Technology 2nd ed. by Brian Fitt, ISBN #0-240-51651-6
+++ Master Electrician's Exam Q&A, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy -Dist. #AF2550 "Ten closed-book exams & 12 open-book exams take you cover to cver in the code. Over 1,340 actual exam questions with answers."
++++ McGraw-Hill's National Electrical Code Handbook, 23rd ed. by Joseph F McPartland 1999;
Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF1092-99 This handbook remains the choice resource professionals and students turn to for the best explanation and interpretation of the complicated and hard-to-read Code. This time-saving tool helps electricians to know and manage the Code with added enhancements including step-by-step explanations of complicated rules, and easy to follow how-to instructions. (1,300pp)"
+++ Modern Residential Wiring, Harvey N. Holtzman 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF7452-99
Modern Residential Wiring text provides you with a solid background of electrical principles and practices, and a thorough understanding of National Electrical Code requirements. It covers not only the "how" but the "why" of safe electrical wiring practice. Modern Residential Wiring workbook is designed for use with the text and includes instructions, objectives, and problems."
+++ Motion Picture & Video Lighting, by Blain Brown; Focal Press
"Explores the technical, aesthetic and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. This comprehensive book reveals inside information that explores the challenges faced by cinematographers, lighting directors, gaffers, and grips. Through a hands-on approach, augmented by insightful diagrams, tables, charts and photographs. The author illustrates the power of light as one of the most important elements of film making."
+++ NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2000, NFPA #M3-101-00
"Design and install electrical projects that meet the 2000 LSC! This new LSC is making headlines across the nation for its milestone performance based design option. But the 2000 edition also references up to date versions of nearly fifty other documents – including the 1999 National Electrical Code! A better Code for a brand new era in the building industry! Users will discover that the 2000 Code Expands life safety know-how and makes requirements easier to follow. Only NFPA 101 covers the full range of construction, protection, and occupancy features you need to protect people against fire smoke and panic. (387pp 2000)
+++ NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, 1998 ed.NFPA #M3-70B-98 "Protect People, buildings, and equipment with a top-notch EPM program! To guard against the failure or malfunction of electrical systems and equipment, you need an electrial preventative maintenance (EPM) program that's tailored to meet your company's needs. NFPA 70B will help you develop a working program in any facility – from industrial plants to commercial buildings to large multi-family residential complexes. (173pp 1998)"
+++ NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces, 2000 ed. NFPA #M3-70E-00 "Follow the most respected guide for electrical safety at work! Everyone charged with providing or evaluating electrical safety in employee workplaces needs the critical information compiled in NFPA 70E! Here are vital requirements covering the safe installation of electrical equipment – from general rules to those addressing the installation of special equipment such as elevators, electric signs, and computer processing systems." (85pp 2000)
+++ NFPA 780 Standard for the installation of Lightning Protection Systems, 2000 ed. NFPA #M3-780-00
"Safeguard against costly lightning damage!" This book is constantly cross-referenced to and cited for instruction on the subject and would seem to be an important guide to read and understand. (50pp 2000)
+++ NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, 1997 ed. NFPA #M3-79-97 "Keep your focus on the correct design and installation of industrial machinery! NfPA 79 is the most frequently referenced safety standard for industrial machinery in the U.S. and around the globe. And it's the only standard considerations posed by the electrical/electronic equipment, apparatus, and systems used in industrial machinery and manufacturing processe
***** 1996 National Electrical Code, Woods; NFPA – Quincy, MA. ISBN:0-87765-402-6
This is the bible for electrical work. Every person who works in the field should strive like a scholar to get thru reading and understanding it. Failing this, anyone who works with wires but has no intent to learn the rules of what to do with them, should change fields. This copy in particular was not very expensive, but seems to be complete. Many less expensive versions of the code are not complete and loose much in the translation. This is the trade off afford ability verses completeness. Boarders or Mail Order
+++++ 1999 National Electrical Code Handbook: NFPA #D7-70HB99 or M3-70HB99
This book has the full text of the code plus valuable advice and background data on the code but not published in the code. It is published from the NEC and while not cheap, is a good and useful buy to fill in the details and intent of the code proper. NFPA
+++++ 1999 National Electrical Code: NFPA #D7-70-99SB or M3-70-99SB
This is the rule book. It is the rule book proper, from the organization that wrote it. It is not cheap but in a way it goes to a worthy cause and it is one of the few books which is complete, not edited for content like most books on the market. NFPA
++++ NEC Changes 1999, NFPA #M3-NEC99CHG
"This NFPA guide details and explains every major change in the 1999 NEC. Expert guidance, on-the-job examples, and special graphs and diagrams all serve to highlight the Code's revised guidelines. It covers over-current protection, grounding, branch circuits, audio systems and other key issues." NFPA
++++ National Electrical Safety Code, U.S. Gov. #C2-1997 NFPA #M3-RES69-96
"Work responsibly around live electric supply with the National Electrical Safety Code! Adopted as law by most states and public service commissions throught the U.S., the NESC complements the NEC with extra safety requirements for live electric supply. It covers installation, operation, and maintenance of conductors and equipment in electric supply stations – plus overhead and underground electric supply and communications lines. (312pp 1997"
++++ NESC Handbook,4th ed. by Alen L. Clapp IEE Standards Press, NFPA #M3-RES70-96
"The NESC Handbook helps you minimize risks – and comply with the Code correctly and efficiently. Look to the National Electrical Safety Code Handbook for expert guidance on putting the NESC into action. Background information and detailed explanations provide guidance for applying and enforcing the Code's essential safety requirements. Charts, diagrams, and definitions clarify key concepts. (504pp 1997)"
++++ NFPA Electrical Inspection Manual with Checkists, NFPA #M3-99NECCL "Another industry first from NFPA! The Inspection Manual, compiles all the criteria inspectors use to evaluate jobs, giving you the key to passing inspections on most types of electrical installations. A great asset to both Code users and enforcers." NFPA
+++ Ohm's Law, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2548
***** Old Electrical Wiring, by David E Shapiro; McGraw Hill – N.Y. 1998 ISBN: 0-07-057879-6
A really good book to read if you live or work in a building more than twenty years old. There is no other book with as much info on the how and why's of the way it was done. Boarders
*** OSHA Electrical Regulations Simplified, NFPA #M3-RES-67
"Find Explanations and advice on applying and enforcing OSHA electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces! This illustrated manual clarifies OSHA's mandates as well as vital provisions in other documents. Using everyday language, it spells out what company owners and managers need to know about." NFPA/OSHA
+++ Pocket guide to the National Electrical Code, 1999ed. by Marvin J. Fischer; NFPA #M3-RES93-99 Ideal for routine jobs, this compact, 3.1/4" x 5.1/4" guide covers many frequently referenced portions of the 1999 NEC. Includes over 150 pages of tables plus appendices, extracts, data on calculating ampacities, and helpful examples. (442pp. 1999)"
++++ A PracticalGuide to Stage Lighting, by Steven Louis Shelley Focal Press Boston 1999 ISBN: 0-240-80353-1
Seems like another modern Stage Lighting Revealed book. "This book is a nuts-and-bolts look at the construction and implementation of theatrical lighting design. Combining theory and application, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of lighting systems along with step-by-step examples and illustrations of the technical tools and methods. Readers will benefit from the experience based tips, techniques, and traps to avoid in preparing and executing a lighting design." Boarders & Secoa
+++++ Recommended Practice for DMX: A Guide for Users and Installers, by Adam Bennette; PLASA and USITT 1994 "Bundled with the DMX512 and AMX192 protocol standards." TCI Review by Glenn Loney – "this will probably be known as the DMX Bible, the standard reference text for DMX users trying to keep themselves out of the hell an unreliable DMX system can make. Unlike the Bible, Recommended Practice for DMX is unambiguously written, and clearly spells out what is good practice and what common practices are not good. This book however is hard to find stuff in, as it does not have an index, and its sec tion titles are not very clear as to what they entail. The key to finding things in this book is in understanding that it is written as a hook-up guide and not as a abstract topic book… It explains things from the first thing a person needs the cable, to the connector, to other practical topics in the front to the rear of the book presenting arcane, theoretical topics…" (79pp)
++++ Recommended Practice for Ethernet Cabling Systems, In Entertainment Lighting Applications, ESTA Publications. Stage Step – Dist. #TE3011 "Describes preferred system topologies, hardware, and labeling practices. Gives a synopsis of how Ethernet works. Ethernet is the preferred technology for linking multiple consoles, designer's stations, and dimmers in permanent installations. Touring companies are also beginning to use Ethernet as a way to reduce the amount of control cabling needed for big shows. Written by recognized lighting systems experts. Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
+++ Reminders for the Electrician, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2546
"Contains the hard to remember load calculations."
+++++ Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Film Lighting Equipment, Practice and Electrical Distribution. 3rd Ed. by Harry C. Box (377 pages); Focal Press
"Film lighting equipment, practice and electrical distribution. Primarily intended as a movie electrician's guide, this book has lots of cross-over information valuable to any theater, television, or concert electrician. It' s down to earth guide to practices, equipment, and 'tricks of the trade' for those of us in the "trenches". Includes electrical distribution and regulation, HMI, and arc light operation, set protocol, effects lighting, light manipulation, stands, mounting hardware and much more." Tools for Stagecraft
++++ The Speed of Light, Linda Essig, – covers the development of DMX512 (though not at the bits & bytes level) as well as computer control and automated lighting and the impact these technological advances have on our industry. – Mitch Hefter mitch@DesignRelief.com ESTA / USITT DMX Revision (ANSI BSR E1.11) Task Group Chair USITT Engineering Vice-Commissioner, DMX512 Subcommittee Chair
+++ Soares Book on Grounding, 7th ed. by J.Phillip Simmons, IAEI 1999; NFPA #M3-RES88-99 Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6788-99 This book makes grounding theory and practice easy to understand using dozens of new and revised illustrations! Based on the NEC, you'll learn how to design electrical distribution systems for safety. A powerful reference for electrical inspectors, electricians, electrical contractors, power company engineers, consulting engineers, and students. (287pp)"
*** Stage Lighting, Richard Pilbrow; Drama Book Publishers – N.Y. 1991 ISBN: 0-89676-005-7
This book was written by a great designer but is out of date and geared towards the European Theater, in other words the good system used to figure out beam spread is not used anymore on current lights, and many of the instrument's data in the book are not found in the U.S. On the other hand, it is a good basic design book and has the best pre-Photometrics Handbook Technical data system available for its time. It also tells a lot about pre-1990s equipment. Before Stage Lighting Revealed and Photometrics Handbook, this and the Gillette were the best on the market. Act I, Boarders, or Resale Shop
*** Stage Lighting in the Boondocks 4th ed. by James Hull Miller Meriwether Publishion Ltd. – CO. 1995 ISBN 1-56608-017-7 Ok book on the basics of lighting without much equipment. Possibly even some good ideas but not much of value it's not heavy on thetech part of building equipment and some of what's given isn't very proper.The artwork is the most limiting factor in this book. It is so bad it hampers understanding of what it's showing. Act I, Boarders.
****** Stage Lighting Controls, Uif Sandström; MPG Books Ltd. – Bodmin,Cornwall 1997 ISBN: 0240514769 This book on intelligent lighting, dimming, control and the history of the above is the first modern and quality and in-depth book on the subject, and to date the only one which in depth describes as much as is possible about how such things work based on the idea concept of control language from the controller in many ways dictates or limits what the dimmer can do. While this book does not go into enough depth on the technical details of the effects of voltage drop on data, or the effects of dust bunnies on a dimmer or light board fader, but it will fill in the details on the equipment enough for the reader to gain a good understanding on the differences between equipment, and in a broad sense, this book shows the basic principals of and how to use any lighting equipment or intelligent lighting device no matter what the brand. The only thing truly lacking in this book is a description of the pin out designations of things like MIDI connectors, which would be easy to describe while giving information on howit works. ACT I & Boarders
++++ The Stage Lighting Handbook, 5th ed. by Francis Reid; A&C Black London 1996 ISBN: 0-7136-4436-2 "This popular guide to stage lighting is widely accepted as the standard work on the subject. This book explains the process of designing lighting for all forms of stage production, and describes the equipment used. This new edition includes the latest advances in technology and discusses their impact on working methods." (224pp)
+++? Stage Lighting for Theatre Designers, by Nigel H. Morgan (128pp); Stage Step – Dist. #TE703
"Lighing is crucial to the success of a performance. Every aspect of the lighting design process is covered, from lighting styles, equipment, relationships with directors, and set and costume designers to the development of a design from first ideas to the first night. All practical aspects, including constraints of budget, time and space are considered in this heavily ilustrated volume along with explanations of the physical behavior of light and how to make the best use of it." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
++++ Stage Lighting Revealed, by Glen Cunningham Betterway Books, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993. ISBN 1-55870-290-3 (176pp)+ c.1996 The most modern basics book to date on stage lighting, also the current text book of most college programs. It is a good read on the basics of stage lighting and I would like to slug the un-known person I loaned it to who did not give it back. Act I or Boarders
++++Stage Lighting Step by Step, by Graham Walters, Betterway Books Cincinnati, Ohio 1997. ISBN 1-55870-601-1 Basic electrics to special effects step by step in lighting design.
++++ Stallcup's Electrical Calculations Simplified, NFPA #M3-RES-73 & Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6525-99 ISBN: 1-885341-39-3
"Complex calculations posing problems? Stallcup's guide is the key to simplified calculations! This edition is consistent with the 1996 NEC.""Made to condense the more complicated rules pertaining to calculating loads into a compact listing which provides easier understanding of how to perform calculations according to the provisions of the NEC. A broad assortment of basic code calculations have been selected to represent the main principles of electrical circuits with the focus on arriving at firm, accurate numerical data. Covers residential, commercial and industrial locations."
++++ Stallcup's Electrical Design Book, NFPA #M3-RES72-99 & Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6526-99 ISBN: -885341-33-4 "Stallcup's Electrical Design Book is your source for solutions! Find design tips, examples, calcs, and Code references in an easy-to-use workbook format. (608pp 1999)" "Explains the purpose of the NEC and its use as it applies to the design and installation of electrical wiring systems and equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial locations. Includes hundreds of questions,Calculations and solutions. (500pp)"
++++ Stallcup's Journeyman Electrician's Study Guide, 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6529-99 ISBN: 1-885341-42-3 "Study every type of question on the actual journeyman test using more than 1,500 questions and problems. Target weak areas; concentrate on skill improvement; and hone reasoning, judgement, comparison, and evaluation abilities. Answers to all problems and questions are in the instructor's guide, sold separately. Based on the 1999 NEC by James Stallcup."
++++ Stallcup's Generator, Transformer, Motor, and Compressor Book, 1999;Construction Savvy -Dist. #AF6534-99 ISBN: 1-885341-40-7
"This informative and easy to understand text has been developed for the hands-on electrician, with profoundly illustrated text to simplify the fundamentals of operation, construction and maintenance. The paperback text includes questions, while the Instructor's Guide contains the answers and solutions."
+++ Stallcup's Master Electrician's Study Guide, by James Stallcup 1999;ISBN: 1-885341-28-8
"Examine every possible type of question on the master electrician's exam, and focus on those areas needing extra attention. This book reinforces all you need to know to pass the test with its 2,000 questions and problems. Answers to all problems and questions are in the instructors guide, sold separately. Based on the 1999 NEC."
++++ Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, 14th ed. Fink & Beaty EC&M Books 1999; ISBN: 0-07-020984-7 Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2543 The undisputed "bible" of electrical engineering since 1907. Covers the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy-including the controversial transmission sitting and electric and magnetic fields. Incorporated vital information on the deregulation of the power industry.(2,200pp)
++++ Technician's Guide to Programmable Controllers, 3rd Ed. Richard A. Cox 1994; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF9126 How programmable controllers work, how they are programmed and their applications in industry. Learn by example! The text walks you through the installation, operation and trouble-shooting of a typical system. New chapters cover ladder logic. Each chapter contains objectives, review questions, illustrations, and a summary."
*** Theatre Lighting from A to Z, by Norman C. Boulanger; University of Washington Press 1992
– Seattle WA. 1992 ISBN: 0-295-97214-9 This modern well researched dictionary would be much better if published in long form by subject such as a normal book and not alphabetically. It has a lot of information, but you must already know what to look for before you can find the information in it, making the book limited. In fact, it is useless for anything more than research on term paper type things. Act I or Boarders
+++ Transformer Exam Calculations, Tom Henry Books; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2551
+++++ Troubleshoothing Electric Motors, 1996; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF7218
"Learn how to work with electric motors. Each chapter includes instructional text, explanations of specific applications, followed by activities relating to the chapter, and a trade test."
++++++ Troubleshooting Electrical/Electronic Systems, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2134
Sep-by-step applications show how to troubleshoot electrical and electronic systems. Activities provide hands-on experience in solving troubleshooting problems. Covers topics from residential wiring systems to industrial controls. The instructor's guide contains answers to all activities. (476pp)"
+++++ Ugly's Electrical References, 1999ed. by George V. Hart; Construction Savvy Dist. #AF9081-99
"Need immediate information in the midst of a project? Ugly's is the classic, quick, on the job reference for the electrical industry. It includes the most commonly required information in an easy to read, easy to access format. Ugly's is not a substitute for the NEC, but an essential companion relied upon by top electricians." Construction Savvy & any Electrical Supply House
++++ Understanding NEC Calculations, Holt 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF028-99
Based on the 1999 National Electrical Code, this resource explains NEC calculation rules as they apply to all electrical installations under 600 volts. It includes highly illustrated practical examples of practical examples of proper calculations and warnings of the dangers related to improper calculations. (260pp)
+++++Wiring a House, by Rex Cauldwel; Taunton publishing – ISBN:1-56158-113-3
This book seems to be a competent and very useful basics book on wiring. It has a good amount of detail about both new and old forms of wiring systems you will find in the field, and what to do with them. This book would seem to be a good source in gaining the core skills for the electrical field. Barnes & Noble
**** Wiring Skills Unit 1, Lab Manual, First Ed., by Energy Concepts Inc.William C. DeVry Pres. – Chicago, Il. 1975 This book, or any electrical trade school manual is a really good source for learning the trade short of attending them. In it are the things most books already assume you know. Resale Shop or Trade School Bookstore
2) Lighting Design:
**** Altman Mini Catalog, 4th Ed. Altman Stage Lighting Co. 1998 A good catalog/book to have. Altman until ETC came out was the standard for the industry and as such if you design for their equipment with the specs in this manual, you will be safe. This manual has the technical data on all lighting equipment and accessories and the most complete stage dictionary I have ever seen. (Special Order from Altman only)
**** Art Nouveau Lamps & Fixtures, by Christopher Wray; Arch Cape Press – N.Y. 1989 ISBN: 0-57-67883-7
This re-printing of a 1907 Electric Fittings, by James Hinks and Son Ltd. is more or less a catalog on Art Nouveau lamps. Un-fortunately the inked plates in this book are colored in with what looks like crayon to indicate color. The coloring however is not very realistic and makes it harder to discover what each lamp really looks like. The lamps also are all by them selves on a blank white page which also does not help them be usable. Only the sheer volume of lamps in this book makes it useful.Boarders
**** The Art of Stage Lighting, by Frederick Benthan; 1976 This book is older, but goes into much more, or at least as much detail on the physics and design as the Gelette and McCandless books, but in a more modern sense than McCandless and more detailed than Gelette on the basics of design and lighting control. I used this book in school some, but have not seen it since. This book is a worthwhile buy for the information it gives. Resale Shop & ISU Library
***** The Beauty of Light, by Ben Bova; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.- N.Y.1988 ISBN: 0-471-62580-9
A really good book on the psychology of lighting, and the science behind it. eyond that, it is not necessary to know in such detail. Resale Shop
++++Color Science for Lighting the Stage, by William B. Warfel and Walter R. Klappert; An excellent study on the engineering of stage light – or at least the science component of the art.
+++ The Control of Light, Focal Press "The authors examine light and explain the technical aspects of controlling it. Source book for all lighting practitioners in theatre, film, television, and photography; the information contained is common to the art if all lighting in any medium."
++++ Design Criteria for Lighting Interior Living Spaces, Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA); N.Y. 1995 ISBN: 0-87995-099-4 "A text about lighting solutions which allow for freedom of imagination and originality in design" (54pp)
++++? Discovering Stage Lighting, by Francis Reid (144pp); Focal Press (Stage Step – Dist. #TE517)
"The core of this book consists of a series of "discover" projects, using minimal resources, to explore the use of light in the theater, with particular emphasis on the interaction of conflicting visual aims. Each of the 14 projects are broken down into eight parts: the objective, the setting, the rig, contraction and expansion, cue synopsis, possible problems, analysis of results, assessment of lighting management. Covers all the major scenarios likely to be encountered by lighting students." This book seem in a narrow focus like a good lab book for beginning lighting students in areas that need more attention than most books give. This book it would seem would go well with a Gelette type book which does a good job of explaining things, but does little to reinforce what it teaches with practical use." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
++++ Handbook of Electrical Design Details, Traister 1997; Construction avvy – Dist. #AF1895
"There's never been a reference like this for electrical professionals! This massive handbook provides a vast array of layout details for electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and facilities. (800pp)"
*** Handbook of Stage Lighting Graphics, by William B Warfel; Drama Book Publishers – N.Y. 1974 ISBN: 0-910482-47-0
For when this book was published I am sure it went out to set a standard for design as that seems to be its main goal. As for teaching design, or paperwork, it does not do this very well. It is short and limited in scope. Overall it is of little use. Boarders or Resale Shop
+++++Jennifer Tipton/Jean Rosenthol
++++? The Lighting Art, The Aestetics of Stage Lighting Design, 2nd. ed. By Richard H Palmer (251pp); Stage Step – Dist. #TE707 "Offers valuable assistance in learning the design principles and techniques used in creating effective and visually excitingly lighting design for drama and dance. Addressing the designer rather than the technician, develops design matters in more detail than any other text of its type. Examines the way audiences see as a basis for lighting design. The complexities of visual psychophysics are simplified and applied to lighting design. Also, presents a practical approach for script analysis from the lighting designer's point of view and analyzes lighting disign according to principles of visual composition." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
++++ The IESNA Lighting Handbook, Reference and Applications, by Illumininating Engineering Society of North America 9th ed. 2000;Construction Savvy – dist. #AF2627-00
The handbook provides up-to-date coverage of lighting development, evaluation and interpretation of technical and research findings, and their application guidelines. The most significant change in the new 9th edition is the new procedure for determining the quantity and quality recommendations for lighting design.
+++ IESNA Ready Reference, by The Illuminating Engineering Society; N.Y.1995 ISBN: 0-87995-135-4
"Comprehensive manual on lighting terminology, conversion factors, light source data, reflectance data, illuminance selection, lighting calculation, energy management, cost analysis, & illuminance categories." (230pp)
+++ Light – Science and Magic, Focal Press "An introduction to photographic lighting."
+++ Light on the Subject, by David Hays. "Lighting for directors and actors – a non-technical book about lighting
++++The Light Fantastic by Max Keller. It's not comprehensive, but has a good blend of design and technology and some incredible pictures.
+++ Lighting by Design, Focal Press
"Serves as a useful technical guide to practitioners of lighting in theater, film, television, and still photography, particularly when the effects of lighting have a major influence on their contribution to the medium concerned."
**** Lighting for Historic Buildings, by Roger W. Moss; The Preservation Press – Washington, D.C. 1988 ISBN: 0-89133-131-X
This is a really good book. This book will tell you when and where certain fixtures came into being, what was available how it worked, and how much light it put out.Boarders
+++++ Lighting the Stage, by Francis Reid; Focus Press "Approaches stage lighting from the human angle. It is concerned with the relationships between the people involved in lighting and how they fit into the creative team. The author draws upon his many years of experience as a lighting designer and teacher to pass on tips and pointers which will interest and stimulate all those concerned with using designed light on stage.
**** Lighting the Stage: Art & Practice, Willard F. Bellman 1974 This is a book much like The Art of Stage Lighting, and just as detailed about the technique and science of it. Both books are un-complex in their technique and before computerized lighting and data held much importance in design, so the books spend a lot of time with the real basics such as reflection and refraction. This is what real designers need to know, not just how to create a chase sequence or program a Mac. Resale Shop & ISU Library
+++ Lighting for TV and Film, 3rd Ed. by Gerald Millerson; Focal Press ISBN: 0-240-54582-X "Explores the fundamental principles of lighting in studios, on location and display, and covers single-camera, small unit production, improvised, and economy lighting.
+++ Lighting Technology, Focal Press; "A Guide for the Entertainment Industry is now available."
****** The Magic of Light, by Jean Rosenthal, How to design for stage lighting and the "White Light" method of design. On of the best books on the subject. Used bookstore/E-Bay
****** A Method of Lighting the Stage, by Stanley McCandless; Theatre Arts Books – N.Y. 1973
This book is not "The Method" it is "A Method" and just happens to be the basis for lighting in the theater. This book is the theory behind the primary basis for lighting the stage. As such, it is also a must read to fully understand the theory behind the method. Act I, Resale Shop, or almost any College Library
***** The New Handbook of Stage Lighting Graphics, by William B. Warfel; Drama Book Publishers New York 1990 ISBN: 0-89676-112-6
This is a good book on drafting and converting the lighting design to paper by use of USITT Standards and Photometrics. It is actually even better than most books currently printed because it goes into more detail on how and why to design things. With it the beginning designer can put any show on paper, and with it a more experienced designer will better be able to translate image to design. It is a good but confusing book. If each step is not followed however, the designer is lost. Boarders, Act I, and Resale Shop
****** Photometrics Handbook, 2nd Ed. Robert C. Mumm; Broadway Press – Louisville, Ky. 1997 ISBN: 0911747-37-0
This Second Edition is an updated version of the first, with more detail on modern lighting equipment such as moving lights than the first, but for old school lighting tech people has cursed us into using the new system for referring to fixtures in its update over the origional. The only two limitations of this book are first in this edition, they have stopped referring to the instrument in terms of its focal length, and instead have started using the more modern beam spread angle to describe the fixture in the fixture heading. This practice works well when trying to find a 26E S-4 Leko, but does not help in finding a Altman 6×9 unless the designer has any idea of what beam spread it is, or looks in the body of the instruments description to find the model number from Altman of the instrument which includes the focal length. This does not help however in finding a Kliegl 8×9 however because its model number is 1968. In other words, in simplifying and standardizing this book they have made it harder to use for older fixtures, while making it easier to use for modern ones. The problem before was finding the beam angle of modern lights when focal length was given. (What is the focal length of the same 26E S-4 anyway?) This problem in the subject heading of each instrument however does not detract from the usefulness of the information given in this book. This book is a compilation and attempted standardization of the important information and photometric data for each lighting instrument or bulb on the theater market for use in both matching lamps to use, and matching instrument to design. With it, the designer can choose from an inventory which instrument given beam spread and candle power desired would best be used to light the stage. This revolutionary book much like The Backstage Handbook, is every bit as valuable if not more to the lighting technician as the above book is to the stage hand.
This book is based upon the Richard Pilbrow Stage
Lighting, idea and formula for finding the beam spread of fixtures based upon formula, but goes one step further giving a graph for the photometric data on the most used lamp for each fixture. Given some time, and some math work not completely given in this book but found in lamp supplier catalogs for lumens converted to candlepower, based on this graph or given data code, the exact intensity on stage for any lamp can be found. The limitation however is that there is never enough time to figure out such data and more graphs while eating up a lot of space in the book would be useful in fitting lamps with need and fixture. This is an important limitation in this book, as the HX 600 puts out a lot more light in a 3.5×5 than a EHD, just as important as the difference between a MSR 575/2 to a MSR 575 in lamp life to intensity. The book is also limited in the amount of fixtures covered in the book, it for instance does not have any real info on Major or Chicago Brands which are Quite common in this area, and has a narrow focus of lights covered in that it only does stage lights and not much in studio or architecture lighting. Such fixtures such as mole, Lowell, and even Quartz work lights while all are commonly used are not covered. This book is also limited in the amount of description given on each fixture, things like pattern size, gel frame size, and other accessaries types would be helpful, as well as info such as roundell info or availability of info on lamp MOL or LCL would be useful in modifying instruments like knowing if say a R-40 lamp can be put in a Altman 6-cell strip light, or what type of lamp best fits the fixture as there are many say 100 watt lamps available, which one given focal center of the reflector will best work in a fixture such as a boarder light. This book should also include more information from Lighting Graphics
Standards, on normal fixtures and lamp data.
Given the limitations of this book however, it is still tremendously to the designer and technician for general information about fixtures, their lamps, and design data. The body of information cannot be gotten by even having a specifications catalog for each fixture because they are in this book standardized and the author figured it out as best as possible when not given. If nothing else, I use this book at least once a week to match lamps with fixtures and with every design to best place my instruments on stage. ACT I & Boarders
+++ Placing Shadows: Lighting Technique for Video Production, 2nd Ed. Focal Press "A mix of theory and practical applications. Covers the physical properties of light and the selection of proper instruments and their placement for the best possible effect. The book covers the fundamentals, as well as providing a solid reference for tips on better performance and how to prepare for and avoid costly and time-consuming problems."
+++ The Professional Lighting Handbook, 2nd Ed. Verne Carlson & Sylvia E.Carlson; Focal Press
"A thoroughly updated edition of a classic resource which guides the reader through the technical foundations, equipment and techniques of lighting for film and video productions."
++++ Projection for the Performing Arts, Focal Press 1995 "This book is written in a non-technical language. It is a definitive book on all forms of projection, whether for live theatre, ballet, TV, outdoor events, and film and laser projection." (192pp)
+++++ Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life, by Richard Pibrow; Design Press N.Y. 1997 ISBN: 0-89676-139-8 Review by TCI Robert Bryan –
"Having been at the conception the gestation period and the birth of the first edition of Stage Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow, it is both a challenge and a pleasure to review this current edition. His original intention was to write a book about lighting design from the viewpoint of the lighting designer, not as had been the case in earlier works, looking more at the "electrical" nature of stage lighting than that of the design element. The new revised edition does this with abundance. Pilbrow's great gift is to present stage lighting with very clear-cut ideas. The early chapters in part one are still masterly in their clarity and wealth of information on design conception and the design process. The careful attention to detail and the painstaking pathway through the process of lighting are still the best ever written. In the early incarnation of the book, this section was always the one that young aspiring designers latched onto. Happily, nothing in the new version has been diminished; on the contrary, the whole look is improved and the text updated to cover modern needs. I particularly like the new and improved graphics in this section. One criticism the reviewer has with the book is the lack of current examples of plays/productions used in example especially with the old equipment used to demonstrate ideas and practices severely frowned upon now. The mechanics section of the book goes into much greater detail, the idea of using hand-drawn images is still prevalent, adding charm to the nuts and bolts section of the book. The comparative tables are back with excellent information. However with small proof-reading mistakes, this book still remains the best stage lighting book on the market. Obviously an immense amount of work has gone into this new, improved version. European lighting people may find the Americanization of the book a little strange. This is an understandable change, and, in many ways, a welcome one. For as Pilbrow rightly says, it was in America that the profession began, and for that, a lot of us can give hearty thanks. (481pp)
++++Step by Step Guide to Lighting, by John M. Paschal; EC&M Books #6956 ISBN: 0-87288-695-6
"This is the book you need to create dynamic lighting designs! (Architectural) EC&M's Step by Step Guide to Lighting explains everything you need to know about light, from the basic concepts of the spectrum to the simplification of lighting's complex formulas and calculations. And this book will guide you through every lighting project, both indoors and out."
*** Sunlighting as Formgiver for Architecture, William Lam; Van Nostrand and Reinhold – Ny. 1986
****** A Syllabus for Lighting The Stage, by Stanley McCandless; c1930
This book which I Wish I had another copy to, is even better than the first A Method, or the third, Stage Lighting Equipment by him also. It goes into detail which is just as valid today on how to make lighting equipment, and work within a theater space to light a show when the sky is not the limit for equipment budget but imagination is. Stanley McCandless by this book shows himself to be a genius long before his time as a tech person. One of the best ways to learn the old ways is by reading this book. Resale Shop or Elmhurst College
+++ The Technique of Lighting for Television and Film, 3rd Ed.; Focal Press
"Covers basic principles to highly technical application, showing the ways in which light alters appearances.
***** Technique of Stage Lighting, Gelespie Williams c.1960 After McCandless, this is the best book I have seen yet on the mechanics of light and how to control it on stage. This book goes into great detail with real examples – at least with fixtures and techniques from that date, on everything to do with engineering the light for the show. Books like this one are not written anymore. Resale Shop & ISU Library
***** Theatre Lighting Before Electricity, Frederick Penzel
3) General Stage or Books Covering Everything:
* Acting, by Richard Bolenslavsky; Theater Arts Books – N.Y. 1990 ISBN:0-87830-000-7
I was forced to take Acting Class in school. I was told, as a designer, this class will be useful for a designer, as such this book was required reading for all designers. This book has little to nothing about design as did the class. The only useful thing a designer or tech person can get by studying acting is a bit of empathy for the actors plight in life, some help in character development which can be projected by the designer into the world of the play, and a lot of otherwise useless information. Act I or Boarders
+++ American Theatrical Regulation, 1607-1900: Conpectus and Texts, by George B. Bryan;
Scarecrow Press – Metuchen 1993 ISBN: 0-8108-2825-1 "The scope and natue of statutory and common law American theatrical regulation are revealed in the three parts of this book: "A Conspectus of American Theatrical Legislation," "A Compendium of Theatrical Cases," and "Texts of Theatrical Statutes." The book's introduction provides context as well as definitions of legal terms that appear throughout, and there is an extensive index of names, subjects, and cases." (447pp)
++++ Architectural Acoustics, 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3125
"Provides the vital information needed to control and direct wanted or unwanted sounds within and around buildings. Includes design criteria and methods for a wide variety of applications, including airports, theaters, churches, and concert halls; classrooms, lecture halls and libraries; music practice rooms and recording studios; sports venues; and all types of residential commercial and industrial buildings. (332pp)"
+++Art Direction for Film and Video, by Robert Olson
++++ The Art of Play Production, John Dolman Jr. c. 1946. "It's a nice history of all aspects of theater and theater theory. Or if you prefer a good laugh at the antiquated equipment." – Mattech Control Booth .com
++++ The Artist Complete Health and Safety Guide,2nd Ed. by Monona Rossol Allworth Press 1994 ISBN: 12-01-99-3014 "This book was written to provide current and accurate information about health and safety hazards and laws in the arts. It is recommended for artists, art teachers and others." This book in theory gives the information on what different types of fog solution really has on you. Boarders, Sapsis & Secoa
TCI Review by K.R. – "This book promises a lot but appears to deliver. It goes into great detail of the techniques and practices from college level to industrial level materials, what to watch for and how to use them safely, along with laws and legislation about all materials used…." (343pp)
++++ The Audio Dictionary, by Glenn D. White (413 pages) 1993 "Easy reading in an area that can overload you with techno mumble jumble. Not merely definitions of terms, but also in-depth discussions of many key topics in the field and does it without resorting to the mathematics involved. For anyone in the quest of a deeper technical understanding of audio-both practical and theoretical." Tools for Stagecraft
++++ Audio in Media by Stanley Alten. Stan is a communications professor at Syracuse, so the book is geared more towards studio production but it's still a great book. – Stephen C. Litterst
+ Audio Made Easy, by Ira White (64 pages) ISBN: 00330260
"This book presents information on pro-audio in a laid-back, down-to-earth manner. It includes information on using EQ, speaker specifics, club and concert sound, church sound and theatrical sound. Without page-filling formulas and abstract elements." Boarders & Secoa
+++ Audio Measurements, by Norman Crowhurst; Audio Amateur Corporation – Peterborough NH 1996 "Comprehensive guide for checking quality in audio reproduction equipment. Re-print of the original 1958 handbook."
*** Backstage Forms, by Paul Carter; Broadway Press – NY. 1990 ISBN: 0-911747-18-4
This book is good for a highly organized tech person without the imagination to draw up his own schedules, lists and contracts, and not much more. Act I or Boarders
+ The Backstage Guide to Stage Management, by Thomas Kelly (256 pages) "All the tricks and techniques of doing the Stage Manager's job. From auditioning actors to running rehearsals and calling the cues, Tom Kelly tells you how he's been doing it for the last 20 years on Broadway." Tools for Stagecraft
***** Backstage Handbook, Third Ed., by Paul Carter; Broadway Press – Shelter Island, N.Y. 1994 ISBN: 0-911747-29-X. The best book at this point on theater tech resources. Buy this book first. It will not be immediately useful but will later. Act I, or Boarders
*** Backwards & Forwards, by David Ball; S.I.U. Press – Carbondale, Il. 1983
ISBN: 0-8093-1110-0 This book is a good basics book on play reading for a purpose instead of enjoyment. After following it, a designer should gain all the important information he needs from a script to design the play any time no matter how difficult or boring the play is to follow. Act I or Boarders
*** The Bedford Introduction to Drama, Lee A. Jacobus, The Bedford Press, N.Y. 1989
+++ Before You Shoot, 3rd. ed. by Helen Garvy (300pp); Stage Step – Distribution #F9954
A Guide to Low-Budget Film and Video Production. "Covers the initial planning of a project through its pre-production, production, and post -production: finding money, script breakdown, budgeting, crew and equipment shooting, editing and distribution."Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
***** The Book of 1000 Plays, by Steve Fletcher; Facts on File – N.Y. 1989 ISBN: 0-8160-2122-8
Any Tech Person or Designer should have at least one of these cheat sheet books. This one is as good if not better than most. It is a synopsis and date on all but the most recent plays and can save a designer or tech person when asked if he wants to work on it. Act I
++ Booking & Tour Management for the Performing Arts, by Rena Shagan(270pp); Stage Step – Distribution #R920 "Formerly "The Road Show". Revised and xpanded. This comprehensive handbook is designed to help solo artists and performing groups in music, theater, and dance develop their skills to compete in the marketplace. Guides you step-by-step through questions such as: what materials you'll need; how the booking process works, how to create promotional materials that sell; what responsibilities a manager assumes during a tour; how to accomplish administrative follow-up; prepare a sound budget; setting fees; achieving financial goals; capturing new presenters, and turning a booking into a tour.Stage Step – Guide To Preforming Arts
**** Basics of Sound Control, U.S. Gypsum Co.
This is a manual on how to design interiors for the best in sound control. This book is a very useful read for anything from sound studio design to actual theater design. It gives an understanding far beyond what graphic standards and architecture books can give. U.S. Gypsum Co. & I.S.U. Library
+++Chicago Death Trap, by Nat Brandt; Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale Il. ISBN #0-8093-2490-3 The Iriquois Fire of 1903 Better written than "Death Trap" but lacks content related to other Chicago happenings at the time of the 1906 fire. "In addition to the details of the causes and resulting deaths, this book contains some rather graphic photos of the aftermath and a gallery of some of the people who perished. This would be a great text for college classes. There are also several web sites – do a Google for it."
***** City of Chicago Building Code as of November 1994, Published by Sylvia J. Youpel;
Index Publishing Co. – Chicago Il. 1995 This $72.00 , 1,300 page book is the law and absolute final say about any construction or electrical work done in the city, and for the most part surrounding area. It, unlike the NEC or NBC is the law, as opposed to them being minimum guidelines for local interpretation or outright passage. This book is a masterwork of union and private special interest sponsored madness. This book goes well beyond the NEC guidelines and has many things in it to trip up a tradesman who is well familiar with either of the above governing bodies. In addition to reading and being familiar with the above rules, anyone practicing in Chicago should consult this manual before they attempt to do work in the city. The electrical section is not huge and as such can be studied and useful to electricians working in the city or anywhere else. City of Chicago
++++ Concert Sound and Lighting Systems: by John Vasey; Focal Press ISBN: 0240803647
"Concert Sound and Lighting provides a comprehensive coverage of equipment and setup procedures for touring concert systems. This new edition will cover the latest equipment now available and will discuss other venues where these skills and technologies are being used." Boarders, Tools for Stagecraft & Secoa
++++Concert Tour Production Management John Vasey. "All you need to know about concert touring by and industry expert. Appendices provide industry standard froms and information. Ohnly book dedicated to production management for concert tours.
+++ Construction Safety and Loss Control Program, by Andrew Civitello, Jr.; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2144 "Here's the quickest, most economical way to implement a construction safety program that meets or exceeds today's most stringent OSHA, insurance and legal requirements. Includes hundreds of safety forms, notices, reports, checklists, meeting agendas and more; ready to customize on your P.C. using the accompanying diskette. (364pp)"
++++ Creative Recording Parts 1&2, by Paul White (204pp & 204pp); Stage Step – Dist. #F103 & F104 Part 1: Effects and Processors. "An easy-to-understand guide to using signal processors and effects devices in contemporary music recording. Includes multieffects, MIDI control and tube equipment, with a detailed description of each type of processor and effect as well as many examples of applications in real-life recording situations. Recommended reading in colleges and universities all over the US." Part 2: Microphones, Acoustics, Soundproofing, & Monitoring. "Complete guide to understanding and using microphones in a recording environment. Covers DI techniques, and tips on improvising better acoustics, in a home studio recording environment. Also looks at acoustics, soundproofing, and monitoring, taking the mystery out of small studio design in a practical and down to earth way." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
++++ Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, (576pp.) By Lynn Garafola; #DH9359 Stage Step – Distribution
"The Ballets Russes radically transformed the nature of ballet – its subject matter, movement idiom, choreographic style, stage space, music, scenic.design, costume, even the dancer's physical appearance. Here is the mostauthoritative history of the company ever written and the first to examine it as a totality – its art, enterprise and audience. Combines social and cultural history with illuminating discussion of dance, drama, music, art, economics and public reception to panint an extraordinary portrait of the company that shaped ballet into what it is today. Stage Step – Guide to Performing Arts
*** Designing The Play, by Charles W. Cooper Ph.D.; Appleton-Century Crofts, Inc. – N.Y. 1946
This book is history. Not per-say history of theater, but history of how a small high school might have pulled off a one man show on the tech and direction end. It is very dated even for its time of publication and as such is a good recreance as to how things were done.
Resale Shop or Elmhurst College Library
*** Drama, It's Costume and Decor, James Lavre CBE. The Studio Pub. London, 1951
++++ Effects for the Theater, Ed. by Graham Waine; Drama Book Publishers – N.Y. 1995 ISBN: 0-89676-136-6"Four specialist practitioners have contributed to this comprehensive book: Joe Aveline on scenic effects; Esquire Jauchem on special effects; John Lenard on sound effects; and Graham Waine on lighting effects. A wide selection of possible effects are described, ranging from waterfalls, flying piople, creating snow, using strobes, blood, echoes, thunder and pyrotechnics. Sections on how to plan and integrate the effects safely into the productions. Appendix contains sections on cueing, safety, useful addresses, date, glossary, biblio., index etc."
+++ Eleven Plays of William Butler Yeats, edited by A. Norman Jeffares
**** The Empty Space, by Peter Brook; Macmillan Publishing Co. – N.Y. 1968 ISBN: 0-689-70558-1
This is a director's book on theater, but also holds a lot of information about design. It talks about what is bad theater and what should be good theater. These lofty ideals should be studied to a large extent by designers as they have a part in it. This subject is best presented in this book. Boarders & Act I
++ Everything About Theatre, by Robert L. Lee; Meriwether Publishing LTD. -Colorado Springs CO. 1996 ISBN: 1-56608-19-3 "The history, the crafts, and the art of the stage are presented in 18 easy to learn units. Theatre history in four parts gives the text an orderly structure. Between each part are bite-sized sections on acting, improvisation, makeup, lighting, props, costumes, and more. Each craft is described with examples, illustrations, and hands-on exercises where appropriate." (224pp)
**** First Intermissions, by M. Owen Lee; Oxford University Press – N.Y. 1995 ISBN: 0-19-509255-4
The Cleft notes to opera for those of us who do not understand notes and do not wish to get too heavily into detail into the show unless we have to design it. This book explains 21 Operas and their history at the MET. Boarders
+++ Five C's of Cinematography, by Joseph V. Mascelli (252pp); Stage Step – Distribution #F124 Motion Picture Filming Techniques. "The most widely respected book on cinematography ever published. With the aid of hundreds of photographs and diagrams, clearly and concisely presents all of the essential concepts and techniques of motion picture camera work. Used copies of this timeless, long out-of-print volume, first published in 1965, have been fetching hundreds of dollars per copy from students and teachers of cinematography and filmmaking. Covers camera angles, continuity, cutting, close-ups and composition. Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
+++ Gaffers, Grips and Best Boys, by Eric Taub (228 pages) "Explains the movie business from behind the scenes. An interesting narrative with interviews from the crew to the top. All the jobs that interact to make a motion picture are covered in this candid revealing book." Tools for Stagecraft
**** General Industry, OSHA Safety and Health Standards Digest, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 1975. OSHA #2201, Stock #029-016-00027-5 a good not too detailed rule book on how things in the shop must be done. This copy is old and not detailed, but still a good read. U.S. Government Printing Office or Resale Shop
++ Greening Up Our Houses, by Larry K. Fried & Theresa May [Inspired by Al Gore] (132 pages) ISBN: 12-01-99-3005 "A Guide to a More Ecologically Sound Theater. Complete information on eco-management strategies for the theater in one easy-to-use reference. This book takes a holistic view of the business of theater and examines the environmental impact and human health issues that result from these operations. Includes a listing of "green" theatrical products and suppliers." This book was totally canned by Theatre Crafts as great inspiration but not at all practical in almost any idea. This book is a wealth of ammunition in two ways: 1) Recycled paper many times is lighter than normal paper and thus would shoot out of a confetti cannon farther, and 2) if any eco-nut tries to change the way things are done, this will provide ammunition for other stupid ideas to give them to cancel out any proposals they give as being crazy. – Nice thought to be eco-minded but not practical. It also contains many recommendations for alternatives which are as bad ecologically as the ones they replace. – Karl G. Ruling Boarders & Sapsis
+++++ The Grip Book, 2nd Ed. by Michael and Sabrina Uva; Focal Press (382 pages) 1997
"Widely used by beginner and experienced Key Grips alike as a learning tool and a handy reference. The new second edition is now a compilation of the Uva's two highly regarded references covering all the equipment used by motion picture grips with details on all the available cranes, jibs, and arms in use today. I don't know of any other place to get this specialized information. Tools for Stagecraft
+++ A Guidebook for Creating Three-Dimensional Theatre Art, by Ann J. Carnaby; Heinemann
"Will help both the technically experienced and inexperienced create the correct piece for any production. It is a guidebook for the actual creator of theatre art, serving as a comprehensive manual for any theatre art, serving as a comprehensive manual fro any theatre craftsperson, whether they be milliner, puppeteer, costumer, set constructor, or properties master."
++++Handbook for Audio Engineers, 3rd Edition, Sams Publishing. Depending on how much math you want to jump into at the beginning of your search, you might want to go straight to … A few good ones to start with are – Greg Williams
++++Illustrated Theatre Production Guide by John Holloway, A step by step approach, illustrated theater producting guide contains a brief history of physical theatres and the development of various forms such as thrust, proscenium and black box venues. Operation of theater equipment is covered in detail in the chapters on rigging and curtains. Instructions for operating a fly system and basic stage hand skills such as knot tying and drapery folding are clearly outlined. -PLSN Review.
+++++ Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Effects, ESTA Publications, 2nd. Ed. (152pp); Stage Step – Dist. #TE3014 "A Factual presentation of various popular atmospheric effects. This concise reference gives an overview of various methods and techniques for theatrical fog production, including mineral oil mists, water/glycol and water/glycerin fogs, and cryogenic fogs. Defines terms and gives specific recommendations for the safe and responsible use of different fog-making methods; explains complicated and often misunderstood fog making methods; explains complicated and often misunderstood fog making technologies. Written for ESTA Technical Standards Program by field professionals." This book seems really important as there are so many products on the market and no good guide as to what they do.
Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
** The Irish Theater, by Christopher Fitz-Simon; Thames and Hudson – N.Y. 1983
Library of Congress #82-74547 This book is not essential unless the designer is designing an Irish play. Even then, aside from minimum information on deign in this time, it is most useful to help the designer understand the time period of the plays he is designing. Boarders and Resale Shop
**** Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, This is another acoustical / S.T.C. information book useful for architectural theater and sound studio design. This book goes more into the science of how sound travels and how to prevent it especially thru the electrical boxes and nails and such things not otherwise considered in other books on the subject. This book is a very good read. Acoustical Society of America & I.S.U Library
++++ Live Sound Reinforcement, by Scott Hunter Stark; Access Publishing Ocean Gate, NJ. 1993 ISBN: 00330275 "It's simple language, detailed illustrations and concrete examples convey the fundamentals of sound reinforcement theory in a clear, concise manner. Written for novice to intermediate level users, it outlines all aspects of P.A. systems operation, including commonly encountered design concerns, from equipment to indoor and outdoor sound considerations and psychoacoustics." (314 Pages) Boarders & Secoa TCI Review by Jim van Bergen – "The author notes in his forward that "the title of this book is acknowledged to be redundant in the normally understood technical sense," and identifies his probable reading audience as musicians, aspiring and practicing sound people, and aspiring systems designers. Yet he has written what would be more properly viewed as a musician's guide to reinforcement. Not only is the book's format and binding deficient in quality, the book presents nothing new in the field, with vague descriptions and inept terms to important subjects. Better books on the subject would be such as the Yamaha Reinforcement Handbook, as well as some videos."
**** The Living Theatre, Wilson, Edwin and Al Goldfarb; McGraw Hill, Inc.N.Y. 1983
+++ The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, 5th ed. by Vance Dickason; Audio Amateur Corporation – Peterborough, NH. 1995 ISBN: 1-882580-10-9 "The world' s most popular hands-on speaker book. Used by audio engineers and sound designers around the globe." (165pp)
****** The Mask, by Edward Gordon Craig; Stage Step (216pp) – Distributions #TA41
"No Study of modern theatre is complete without a thorough understanding of the enormous influence of the visionary genius Edward Gordon Craig. He was often read as "exceptional" and highly innovative in his native britian, thus, "The Mask" not only appears as Craig's main cosmopolitan project but also functions as a surrogate stage for his experiments in theatre practice. Comprehensive chronology, extensive notes and bibliography makes it an essential text for students, actors, directors, designers, researchers and writers." Any study of Craig should start with a book like this, it shows his art, his style and more important after his un-compromising attitude – his brilliant design ideas and concepts. Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts & I.S.U. Library
**** Millwrights and Mechanics Guide by Carl A. Nelson covers this subject in the rigging section. The tools are easy to come by and you probable have most of them. As far as load limits you might want to do some destructive testing your self.
**** Modern General Shop, The Goodheart – Willcox Company, Inc. Publishers; South Holland Il. 1978 ISBN: 0-87006-260-3
This is a school textbook which is a really good learning tool for each of the four subjects covered within. Drafting, Woodworking, Metal Working and Electricity. (This Book kind of sums up my life) Oblique, Isometric, Cabinet, Pictorial, this book covers it all at an easy grade level. This book in all the other chapters covers the absolute basics in all the fields, hand tool use, metal cutting and how electric works, so it answers the questions other books assume you already know without the complexity of a harder book. This book is especially useful in Isometric or Oblique drafting as it is easiest to learn from. Resale Shop
***** Modern Theater Practice, 3rd Edition. by Hubert C. Heffner; F.S. Crofts & Co. N.Y. 1946 This book is a classroom text for how to design, tech and build scenery or lights. Or at least how to do it back then. Its text is classic and even useful if you want to design or build in the classic way. It even tells how to use a hot glue pot. For small productions on a budget, such a book might be very useful, sets did not cost much back then.
+++ New Ears: The Audio Career & Education Handbook, by Mark Drews; New Ear Productions Syracuse, N.Y. 1993 ISBN: 0-9623502-1-4 Review from TCI Jim van Bergen –
"Joining the ranks of literature that falls in between reference and self-help, New Ears is designed to help students find guidance in audio careers. The bulk of material is a valuable database of schools and programs. Entries include standard information one would expect about any program, and includes emphasis, type and number of studios, resources available, and technology used in that program (analog, multitrack, digital multitrack, DAW, video, film, MIDI sequencing.) Drews also includes a full listing of graduate programs."
*** The New Home Owner's Handbook, by C.B. Smith; The World Publishing Co. – N.Y. 1944
This is a builder's guide to what is needed and goes into the building of a house. What to look for and how stuff in it works. This book is of historical interest for how things were done in the 1930s. For period plays this book is a great help in filing in the whole picture of how the home was constructed in the early 20th century, and how well it worked. This book, with The Morgan Home Builders Book, and viewing of many episodes of The Three Stooges should prepare a designer pretty well for designing such plays as Arsenic and Old Lace and that ilk. It also has a practical side in that homes of this era were all based off the same practices, and having read this book, anyone who visits houses of this era will have a new understanding of them. It also forms a good opposition/counterpoint to the Frank Lloyd Wright Design ideas. Resale Shop
*****NFPA 1126 – The Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience.
*****NFPA 160 – Flame Effectts Before an Audience
*****NFPA 1123 – Fireworks Displays
***** A Pictorial Treasury of Opera in America, by Daniel Blum; Grosset &Dunlap N.Y. 1954 Library of Congress #54-12557
This is a fairly concise synopsis of all the operas written and ever produced in The US. Like the Book of 1000 Plays, this book serves to cross reference operas and give a little background to them and the stars in history up until the middle of my impression of the golden age of the arts. The photos in this book are also inspiring for scenic design ideas, even if it does not show my favorite Neiher design for Macbeth from that period.Resale Shop
+++On the Safeguarding of Life in Theaters, by John R. Freeman, As President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this topic – the Iroquois fire and others, was originally presented at a conference than printed with peer review. The book includes lab tests about theater equipment backing up statements about the theater gear used.
+++ The Open Circle, Peter Brook's Theatre Environments; by Andrew Todd and Jean-Guy Lecat. Theater architecture by Peter Brook, "It's not long published but is a good read". – Paul Keogan
++++ OSHA Construction Code of Federal Regulations, CFR Title 29, Part 1926, 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist .#AF2893-99 "Covers the safety and protection of persons during the construction of buildings and other facilities. Gives responsibilities of employers concerning accident prevention, safety training, and the recording and reporting of injuries, fall protection, hand and power tools, scaffolds, excavations, and much more."
+++ The Owner's Manual, Sapsis Rigging – Dist.
"This is created exclusively for a facility that includes information on operating system safety, major components and equipment, their maintenance schedules, and a guide to keeping accurate records."
+++ PA Primer by Rick Fowler (paperback) Relwof Publications, Carrollton, GA, A few good ones to start with are: Greg Williams
** A Possible Theatre, by Stuart Vaughan; McGraw Hill – N.Y. 1969 Library of Congress #73-81915 This is not really a book about Theatre Architecture, but more a boring book about the start of the repertory theater movement in America. It is useful in some details and backgrounds but also a very hard and boring read. Resale Store
+++ Power Amp Projects, Audio Amateur Corporation – Peterborough, NH. 1996 ISBN: 1-882580-08-7 "Twenty-six articles from the pages of Audio Amateur magazine 1970-89. Great for sound engineers." (205pp)
+++ The Professional Cameraman's Handbook 4th Ed.; Focal Press "Details the components and step-by-step use of over 40 of the most widely used film cameras. Basic film camera procedures and trouble-shooting techniques are also covered."
+++ Space for Dance, and Architectural Design Guide, by Leslie Armstrong and Roger Morgan, 1984. "There are 5 pages of information and diagrams about dressing room requirements for dancers." – Tom Grabowski email@example.com
++++ Sound System Engineering by Don and Carolyn Davis Depending on how much math you want to jump into at the beginning of your search, you might want to go straight to … A few good ones to start with are – Greg Williams
*** A Source Book in Theatrical History, A.M. Nagler, Dover Pub. Inc. N.Y. 1952
++++ Stage Fright: Health and Safety in the Theater, by Monna Rossol ISBN: 0-9607118-3-X "A discussion of dangers found in common material and equipment in theater shops. This this book includes precautionary advice, rules of safety, ventilation requirements, and respiratory protection. This book is a must read for the entire shop." Boarders & Secoa
*** Stage Management and Theater Craft, Hendrik Baker. Garnet Miller Ltd. London, 1968
****Stage Sound, by David Collison; Drama Book Publishers/Cassell Ltd. – London 1982 ISBN: 0-304-30987-7 This to my knowledge was the first and while probably by now not the only book on stage sound design, is still rather useful in that it tells the basics of how to do it, how it works, and what to do with it. Resale, Act I or Boarders
+++ Stagecraft Instructional Resources, Performance Press "An extensive collection of lesson aids for the teaching of introductory stagecraft. Purchase includes a site licence to copy the over 200 pages of instructional materials including outline drawings, charts, activities, handouts, evaluation tools, and production forms covering Theatre Background, Drawing and Design, Construction, Properties, Color, Lighting and Sound, Rigging, Costumes and Management.
++ Stagecrafter's Handbook,3rd. ed. by I.E. Clark; I.E. Clark – Schulenburg, TX 1994 ISBN: 0-88680-394-2 "A what-to-do guide for theatre technicians and stage crews. Designed as a quick reference, the handbook lists and explains duties for those working with lights, costumes, properties, sound, special effects, makeup, and virtually every other aspect of play production. Especially valuable for community, university, and other theaters with inexperienced backstage workers. The new revision of the very popular earlier editions adds more information, photos, and diagrams and includes a bibliography of technical literature available from other publishers." (68pp)
TCI Review by Karl G. Ruling – "intended to relieve the director of having to tell each crew member all that is expected of him or her. This book is obviously written for high school students putting on plays in small programs where one teacher directs and is the ultimate authority on everything. There is no mention in the book of any designers, and there is no chapter on the producer, with the explanation that the producer of recording non-professional theatre is the club is the club or school, and the "director assumes the duties and responsibilities of the producer." The production organization described is one in which the lighting, set, costume, and prop crews work as committees to design and execute their respective crafts in consultation with the director. High school production organization assumed in the text certainly is not universal, but in that context the Stagecrafters' Handbook achieves its stated aim. It succinctly and clearly outlines what the crews are expected to do and how to do them. The advice is basic, so great art is not likely to result, but the advice will help students competently stage a show and not drive the drama teacher crazy with basic questions."
**** Scene Design and Stage Lighting, 5th Ed. W. Oren Parker; Holt, Rienhart and Wiston – Chicago 1985 ISBN: 0-03-064248-5 (My first book on Stage Craft) It shows my age, the Kligl Performer was new technology then. This is a basic and out of date book on stage craft. Overall it is pretty good for what it covers, but because it is 15 years out of date is not the best that is available for more than its history of being a book published at the dawn of modern scenic materials and light boards. Resale Shop
+++ Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers 2nd Ed., by James Thomas ISBN: 0-240-80336-1
"Based on the premise that plays are objects of study in and of themselves. This book teaches a traditional system of classifications that examines the written part of a play excluding such considerations as performance, scenery, or costuming. Examples for contemporary theatre, including three plays written since 1990, bring this edition completely up-to-date. Focal Press – Distribution
++++ Sound Design in the Theatre, by Dr. John L. Bracewell; Prentice-Hall – Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1993 ISBN: 0-13-825167-3 Review from TCI Jim Van Bergen – "In his detailed opening to Sound Design in the Theater, Ithaca College's Dr. John L. Bracewell describes his personal quest for a complete theatrical sound text. Although it took him 20 years to complete his work, readers will find the wait worthwhile. Bracewell is the first to successfully write a sound text that provides insight in both audio technology fundamentals and theatrical sound design, including an examination of the relationships of perception and psychol-acoustics to theatrical design. While Bracewell's text is ideal for the college level, the next edition would certainly benefit from more information on state of the art digital technology. But while many texts will be readily available on technology, Bracewell's journey will help aspiring audiophiles achieve a steadfast footing in design. This book should also spur the further development of standards, practices, and ethics in design, just as the author has done for the last 20 years."
++++ Sound Design in the Theatre by Dr. John Bracewell. Extrememly technical but extremely good. 2nd edition should be out soon, right Doc? – Stephen C. Litterst
+++ Sound and Music for the Theater, by Deena Kaye & James Lebrecht "This book is an in-depth text that discusses the aesthetics of sound design for the stage. This guide examines the designer's relationship within the theater community and details the process of sound design. The focus is on the design and techniques, rather than the equipment." Boarders & Secoa + Sound Check – The Basics of Sound and Sound Systems, by Tony Mascal ISBN: 0330118
"This book is a simplified guide to what can be a tricky subject: getting good sound. It covers amplifiers, speaker hookup, matching speakers with amps, sound reinforcement, mixers, monitor systems, grounding and more. Includes many diagrams and illustrations." (140 Pages) Boarders & Secoa
+ Sound Systems for Worship, (160 Pages) ISBN: 00290243 Unknown description, presumably about the design and equipment needed to run a church. Boarders & Secoa
++++ Sound with Vision, by E.G.M. Alkin, ISBN 0 408 70236 2. Published in 1973, it obviously doesn't touch on modern digital stuff. It's the collected and expanded lecture notes for the BBC's course on TV sound. While not all of it is relevant to theatre practice, much is. It's hard to find one book to do all that. The general books are usually very elementary, and the more specialised ones too specific. One of the best around – Frank Wood
++++Stage Manager, The Professional Experience by Larry Fazio. "Larry Fazio Presents the journey of a stage manager, from interviewing for the position through striking a theatrical production. He describes what does-and sometimes, does not make a good stage manager based on his own experience and that of other theater professionals." -Janie Rauscher Dramatics Mag.
+++++ Technical Design Solutions for Theater Vol.1 & Vol.2; Sammler and Don Harvey 2002, A collection of single-focus articles detailing technical production solutions. Topics include scenery, props, painting, electgrics, sound and costumes. Rosebrand
++ Technical Theater for Nontechnical People, by Drew Campbell (241pp); Stage Step – Dist. #TE722 "This unparalleled resource walks you through every aspect of the back-stage environment, from scenery to lighting to sound to props, and the often-overlooked area of stage management. Comprehensive and easy to understand, covers: working with designers; tricks and tools for set building and enhancing scene-change choreography; setting a mood and creating focus with light; sculpting sound with microphones, mixers and other sources; understanding floor plans; assessing a performance space; developing a prop list; managing a show on – and backstage." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts.
*** Theater A Way of Seeing, Milly S. Barranger, Wadsworth Pub. Co. 1986, Belmont Ca.
++++ Theatre Backstage from A to Z, by Warren Lounsbury and Norman Boulanger (213 pages) "An encyclopedia of terms from theatre slang to high technology.Hundreds of diagrams, photos, drawings and charts explain everything from a stage brace to a pool with a crosslight and a wash." If this book is anything like Theater Lighting From A to Z, this is a really detailed very good book in the worst format possible for it to be presented in. A carpenter does not have time to stop and look up a term at a time to figure.out how to do something, this book would be much more useful if written normally and not in a glossary form. Tools for Stagecraft
**** Theater Art, by Victor E D'Amico; The Manual Arts Press – Peoria, Il. 1931
Good pictures, well written, to some degree still a valid guidebook for design and tech for the stage especially for older plays, or smaller theaters with older equipment. Resale Shop
***** The Theater Fraternity, C. Lance Brockman of the the Univ of Minn. "wrote a book specifically dealing with scenery, costumes, et al involved with for Freemasonry in 1996. Entitled "The Theatre of the Fraternity". It covers the period from about 1899 to about 1929 if memory serves."
**** Theatrical Design and Production, by Michael Gilette; Mayfield Publishing Co. – Mountain View Ca. 1987 ISBN: 0-87484-578-5 This book is for the most part the same as Scene Design and Stage Lighting, it was written in the same period, and if not the same, is a little better. Resale Shop
+++Tinder Box – The Iroquis Theater Disaster 1903, by Anthony P. Hatch; Chicago theater fire with 602 people dead.
**** Tools & Skills: Workshop, Plumbing & Wiring, Complete Handyman's Library – Handyman Club of America; Cowles Creative Publishing, Inc. Minnetonka, MN. 1995 ISBN 0-86573-743-6
This Time Life like general purpose "How-To" book is actually useful and has a lot of good ideas in it, and with only a few blatant and somewhat obvious mistakes or un-safe practices, this book is very useful. In the tool/shop section, this book explains how to use many of the newest tools on the market, and has the how to on many good and right ways of doing things. It is too bad this book seems to have been underwritten by Black &Decker as their tools seem to down grade the expectations of this book. This book has tips on things like digital leveling, scene shop like circular saw straightedge guides, and which way the grain should lie in the handle to a hammer. The plumbing part is well detailed with the latest in materials and has as competent amount of instructions for doing general plumbing work. The electrical section of this book graphically shows how to install new plastic conduit boxes, shows some new products on the market like plastic NM clamps, and its wiring diagrams for general installations are not bad. However many of the wiring techniques used are wrong or against general good practice. It also generalizes too much when it comes to things like the load rating of wire and most rules involved. This section of the book should only be studied after other more competent books have been read.
Special Order – Handyman Club of America & Boarders
*** Towards a Poor Theatre, by Jerzy Grotowski; Methuen Dramabook – Great Britain 1994 ISBN: 0-413-34910-1
This is a somewhat good book, it is about the 1960s theater movement towards a more immediate confrontational theater. To fully understand plays from that era including to some extent, such as Buried Child type plays, one should read this. It will also help explain modern minimalist design and acting in found spaces. Resale & Boarders
**** USITT 3rd Blennial Theatre Technology Exhibit 1991, USITT If nothing else, this book if still published, is an excellent reason to join. It has many ideas and solutions on the school or non-professional level of doing things. Included in this book is things like the Go Fres, the Torch, and the Circuit Tester. USITT
+++ The Videomaker Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide to Making Videos. (384pp)
Stage Step – Distribution #F9943 "Here is the only book a camcorder owner needs to make great videos. This exciting new manual comes from the editors of Video Maker Magazine and takes the novice, step by step, through the elements that make quality video. Includes information on all the latest tools and techniques available to help you shoot like pros. Teaches how to make better, more exciting videos." Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
**Working Space, by Sara O'Connor; Theatre Communications Group – N.Y. 1992
ISBN: 1-55936-033-X This is a tretsie on the design and construction of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. As such given how close it is to here, and how new it is, it is a good read, however, it also shows a rather narrow read on the concept of building the best theater possible. On the subject of architectural theater design however is it of interest. Boarders, Resale Shop, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
*** The World Behind The Scenes, Percy Fitzgerald, Benjamin Blom Inc. N.Y. 1972
+++ Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook (not at hand at the moment) – A fewgood ones to start with are: Greg Williams
4) Scenic Design Tech Books:
++++ ACI Design Handbook (SP-17), ACI International; Construction Savvy -Dist. #AF2124 Information is presented for the engineering, design and analysis of: beams, slabs, brackets, footings, pile caps, columns, two-way slabs and seismic design. Commentaries cover: members in flexture, reinforcement, shear strength of beams and slabs, deflection control, columns, slab design, two-way action reinforcement, and seismic considerations.
+++ ASTM Referenced Standards to the Int'l Building Code, ICC, 2000, Construction Savvy – Dist. AF3590 "The 2000 International Building Code/ASTM Referenced Standards is an essential tool that will save code users time and help achieve compliance with the code. For example, section 2507 of the IBC states that "steel studs and track for lathing and plastering shall conform to ASTM Standards C645 and C955". These two complete standards along with 200 others are included in this publication to use with the 2000 International Building Code".
+++ ASTM Standards in Building Codes, 4 Vol. Set, 37th ed. by the American Society of Testing & Materials 3D4541-G155; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2435-00 "Stay on top of the latest changes in construction materials and practices with this revised four volume set that covers over 1,600 ASTM specifications, practices, and test methods. These Codes allow you to specify the right material for the job and understand the significance and use of test methods. Satisfies code requirements established by the new 2000 International Codes (which replace the previous code requirements established by BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI, CABO, the Uniform Plumbing Code, and the National Building Code of Canada.) Includes all ASTM referenced by MasterSpec, SpecText and NAVFAC. (9,000pp)"
++++ Accommodating the Lively Arts, An Architects View, (112pp.) by Martin Bloom; #R947 Stage Step – Distribution "Focuses on all aspects of theatre design: types of stages, ways of arranging the audience, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. With plenty of accompanying illustrations, provides an interesting history of performance spaces from theater's earliest times, when a smooth flat surface was enough, to the magnificent places built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. A vital source of information for anyone interested in theater design or who is planning to renovate or build an auditorium. Stage Step – Guide to Performing Arts
++++ Applied Structural Steel Design, 3rd. ed. by Lenard Spiegel; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3906 Provides a basic understanding of the strength and behavior of structural steel members and their interrelationships in simple structural systems. (529pp)
+++ Architect's Portable Handbook, Pat Gujtyrie 2nd Ed.; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3521
"Easy to handle and organized in the easy to follow CSI Masterformat, which parallels the progress of a typical job, the handbook offers you a quick, accurate, on-the-job guideance on everything from cost estimating to electrical systems. Featuring checklists, design data for major building materials, and details for major components and assemblies fro any type of facility, this handbook offers many examples highlighting key techniques and procedures".
++++ Architecture: Form, Space and Order, by Francis D.K. Ching; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3914
"A beautifully illustrated volume that embraces today's forms and looks at conventional models with a fresh perspective. Ching examines every principal of architecture, juxtaposing images that span centuries and cross cultural boundaries to create a design vocabulary that is both elemental and timeless. Among the topics covered are point, line, plane, volume, proportion, scale, circulation, and the interdependence of form and space. (400pp)"
***** Architectural Graphic Standards, 9th Ed. Edited by John Ray Hoke, Jr. FAIA; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. – N.Y. 1994 ISBN: 0-471-53369-6 All that can be said for this book is that it is the Bible for designers. it does not matter that you are designing on the stage, or that you do not want the exact scale used for a house, with this book you read the data for how it is in the real world, and change it if necessary to fit your needs. Even old copies of book are useful and should be consulted if for nothing else, for period property design. It has an excellent section on the human dimensions and basic dimensions of all types of things. This all in addition to the standards for all materials used in construction from theater aisle minimum spacing to an analysis of stair and ramp slopes for comfort. Boarders & The Chicago Architecture Bookstore
***** Architecture Drafting and Design, by Donald E. Hepler; McGraw-Hill -N.Y. 1977 ISBN: 0-07-28291-9
This book is a really good introduction to architecture. Not just its forms, but also how to become a pretty fair one. It has just enough data and technical information in it that any theater designer could get a good feel for architecture without getting bogged down in the math and minute details. Every theater designer should have at least as much knowledge as this book gives both on the drafting side and the design side. You need to be able to design a home environment for the characters, than abstract from it and take away the fourth wall as needed. On the drafting side, it is a better text for learning how to draft well than most design books. While it is not USITT code for design, using this ANSI code the book gives, will allow a well drawn design in addition to explaining how to do perspective and elevations in an easier way. Resale Shop, Boarders, & The Chicago Architecture Book Store
**** The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter (1830), by Asher Benjamin;Dover Publications – N.Y. 1988 ISBN: 0-486-25802-5
This book is misleading, it is not much about 19th century construction, rather it is a very good book on Greek Architecture. It does not just look at it, it tells the designer how to accurately design it with formula and guidelines to do it in almost any scale. If you ever design a Greek play, or want to learn scale and proportion, this book is a good buy. Boarders or The Chicago Architecture Bookstore
***** Architect's Handbook of Formulas, Tables, and Mathematical Calculations, by David Kent Ballast; Prentice Hall – New Jersey 1988 ISBN: 0-13-044686-6
This book is a good supplement to the tables found in Scenery for the Theater and Backstage Handbook. With these three books, the designer does not absolutely need Architectural Graphic Standards for their day to day design work. This book is all tables for calculations on acoustics, beams, flooring, and all types of other things which come up in theater architectural and stage design. Even with Architectural Graphics Standards, this book still has tables which are not included in the above book and is of constant use to me or any designer who wants to get his load calculations correct. With the math done, and the set built properly a set or stage can take almost any amount of abuse. Boarders & The Chicago Architecture Bookstore.
***** 3rd Edition, AutoCAD Quick Refrence, by Craig Sharp; Que Corporation – Carmel IN. 1992 ISBN: 1-56529-024-0
This book is a sort of dictionary for Release 12 like Dos for Dummies. It is a quick reference book for problems or questions involved with and during the use of AutoCad. This edition will cover much of what later editions have, although it has probably been up dated to match the software. It will also cover earlier editions well. It is organized as a dictionary with subjects described following a key word. This book will get the learning Cadd user out of a lot of trouble. As a designer, the only way to make a living today is to know how to design in this format. It must be learned to get work, this book will help. Computer Store & Boarders
***** AutoCAD Onstage, by Rich Rose; Betterway Publications, Inc. – White Hall, VA. 1990 ISBN: 1-55870-164-8
This book is a class book on design on computer. It is not how to come up with a design, but how to put it on computer using AutoCAD in general or almost any brand. It covers step by step how to turn a design into a computer scenic design with multi-levels in much the same way as a basic CADD course might show how to design a floor plan on the computer. This book is not superior to the Payne book, both have their uses, this book is set up as a classroom manual for how to use the program by designers, the Payne book is how to design with it – assuming you already can do so. Act I & Boarders
+++++ AutoCAD 2000 Basics, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3905
Designed for novice Auto CAD users, this book takes a three pronged approach to teaching Auto CAD by integrating text, CD-ROM, and web-based support. Includes 20 Auto CAD lessons designed to bring you fully up to speed. Using the enclosed CD, 25 drawing tasks are captured as multimedia presentations for your review. When you review these lessons on your computer, you will see a drawing being created right on screen using the steps shown in the text. The text has an accompanying website that offers a self-assessment tool to test your understanding of important concepts. Take the quizzes online as practice exams and you will receive immediate feedback on your progress."
+++++ AutoCAD 2000 for Architecture, by Alan Jefferis and Michael Jokes; Construction Savvy – dist. #AF3903 "Designed to give you the skills you need to master 2D drawing commands for architectural-related drawings, this book introduces each command as it relates to architecture. Each chapter builds upon the previous one to offera complete learning tool that teaches how to apply AutoCAD to modern architectural drawings.
++++ The AutoCAD 2000 Tutor for Engineering Graphics, by alan J Kalameja; Construction Savvy – Dist #AF3904 "Master engineering design graphics and the newest tools in AutoCAD 2000 with these self-paced tutorials. Will take you from one-view engineering drawings to geometric constructions and multiview projections as well as 3D and solid modeling."
+++ The BOCA National Building Code, 1999 14th annual, by Building Officials & Code Administrators International, Inc.; Construction Savvy – Dist. AF4445-99 "Designers, contractors, installers, and inspectors – don't pass up this comprehensive, performance-based code for the design and construction of buildings and structures – it gives you the most current, complete standards. This code gives regulations in terms of measured performance instead of rigid specification of materials whenever possible. Doing so allows the code user the widest possible freedom in material selection and methods of construction. (376pp)"
+++ Basic Construction Math Review, by Dave Buster; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF83 "Understand essential math fundamentals to aid in your construction courses and in solving everyday construction problems. (104pp)
The Business of Theatrical Design by James L. Moody ASLD, Allworth Press – NY. 2002 ISBN: 1-58115-248-5.
"For theatrical design students and working professionals, this is the essential guide to earning a living, marketing skills, furthering a design career, and operating a business." Act I, Boarders
++++ The Complete Book of Drawing for the Theater, by Harvey Sweet; Allyn & Bacon – DesMoines 1995 "Based on time-honored techniques, incorporating the most recent technological tools and trends. Provides a solid foundation in the preparation of graphics for the preforming arts. Topics range from drawing simple geometrics, projections and pictorials, to the creation of perspective, the rendering of figures and costumes, the effects of light and shadow, the basics of color and the uses of various media. With a chapter of CAD, students are introduced to the basics of this new and important design communication tool." (323 pp.)
***** Computer Scenographics, by Darwin Ried Payne; Southern Illinois University Press – Carbondale, Il. 1994 ISBN: 0-8093-1905-5 This is a modern How To book on theater design in the Auto Cadd environment. It tells how to set up a design studio, what hardware to buy, and how to use it both on line for research and for drafting/sketching purposes. This book does not go heavily into the actual computer language, but it does help to convert what is learned from basic Auto CADD courses to the theater. Act I & Boarders
++++ Complete Book of Drawing for the Theater, Harvey Sweet. Drafting & Drawing Theater Book – Jerry George firstname.lastname@example.org Recommended.
** Construction Estimating Reference Data, by Ed Sarviel ASPE; Craftsman Book Company
Carlsbad, CA. 1993 ISBN: 0-934041-84-9 This book is a cheaper version of Means Means Graphic Construction Standards. It does not go into as much detail as the above book, but is cheaper for as much as Man Hours and Cost Data is needed for the theater. Un-fortunately, the book is set up for contractors and as such the time estimates assume different skill levels and types of people doing the work, so any useful or similar data within the book needs to be re-estimated. It is however useful to help with estimates and quotes on contracted work, and will form a good starting point for the quote. Boarders
++++ Construction Specifications Writing, 4th ed. by Harold J. Rosen 1999;Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2101 Offers solid advice on every aspect of the process-principles, bidding, conditions of the contract, and procedures – including how to select the right vocabulary and actually write specifications as well as how to organize and rank its various phases. (336pp)
++++ Color in Interior Design, by John Pile; Construction Savvy – dist. #AF3943 The use of color is central to all work in interior design, yet the systematic study of color is often an afterthought. In this beautiful reference work, a famed practitioner and teacher provides a thorough foundation in all aspects of color. You will rediscover the principles of color, from science to psychological effects, always within the context of designing successful interior spaces."
+++++ Designing in the Theatre, by Geoffery Holme; Waterlow and Sons Ltd. – Great Britain 1927
This book is a really good history book on design especially important on turn of the century design styles which it goes into great detail about. After reading this section, you could completely design a period piece under this or any past style of design. It also talks about modern design for the period – Craig/Appia, and how they are extreme but worth study, then it goes into the authors own style and concepts which are really worthwhile in design. Re-Sale Shop & ISU Library
+++++ Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World Patricia Woodbridge Focal Press ISBN 0-24080424-4, I have only had a couple of hours to look at it but it looks very good at first glance. There is a chapter on computer drafting and rendering. – Michael Powers email@example.com
++++ Designing with Models, by Criss B. Mills; Construction Savvy -dist.#AF3940 "Models provide designers with an extremely effective medium for exploring ideas, testing theories, and discovering innovative solutions. Shows you essential design modeling terms, equipment, materials, and construction methods. Walks you through the basics of determining scale; generating new ideas; exploring design alternatives; modifying, editing, and integrating new forms into models; and adding details and other final stage refinements.
***** Drafting & Design, by James H Farle; Creative Publishing Co. – College Station TX.
ISBN: 0-932702-53-8 This is a rare find but one of the best drafting instruction work books available. It is one of the few books I have ever seen which teaches how to find the point view of a line to find its true length in three dimensional space using auxiliary views. This technique, in addition to good instruction in all other types of drafting layout is invaluable in a draftsman's education and not covered in any other text. If it can be found, this book is invaluable for instruction in drafting hard to draw objects. Resale and Boarders
***** Drafting for the Theater, by Dennis Dorn & Mark Shanda; Southern Illinois University Press – Carbondale, Il.1992 ISBN: 0-8093-1508-4 Hard to believe this book was written by the grumpy old shop manager at ISU. This is the best book on design and drafting on the market. It even has CADD in it. It might be a little old now but it is yet to be improved upon. By following this book, a design will come out, with practice, it will even become a good design. Act I and Boarders
***** Drafting Scenery for Theater, Film and TV by Richard Rose , 1990 by Betterway Publications, Inc
ISBEN #1-55870-141-9 Drafting Book recommended by Andy Champ-Doran – firstname.lastname@example.org
++++ Building for the Arts, a Guidebook for the Planning and Design of Cultural Facilities, (262pp) by catherine Brown; Stage Step – Distribution "An indispensable resource whether you are planning a theater, symphony hall, dance studio, museum, art gallery, outdoor amphitheater or multi-discipline arts center. Includes information on feasibility studies, gaining community and government support, real estate acquisition, 1986 federal tax law changes, hiring of architects and consultants, development of a building plan, design of flexible spaces, plus more. Stage Step – Guide to Performing Arts
++++ Carpentry and Building Construction, 5th Ed. Feirer 1997; Construction Savvy – Dist.
#AF7646-97 Provides carpenters with the information and skills they need to do quality construction. It has been updated to include the latest information on wood technology as it applies to the building trades. (978pp)"
+++ Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the P.E. Exam, Lindeburg 1999; Construction Savvy
– Dist. # AF3149 88 Concise chapters, 500 solved sample problems, hundreds of tables, figures and charts that reduce the number of other references you 'll need during the exam. (400pp)
***** Engineering Design Graphics, 5th Ed. by James H Earle; Addison Wesley Publishing Co. – Reading MA. 1987 ISBN: 0-201-11641-3 This is a beginning book to the other type of drafting, Engineering Drawing and specification. This book is really useful for figuring out drafting anything from how to draft screws , to designing automobiles. This said, it is really useful in property design, mold making, part designing, almost anything up to and including citing the descriptions in this book of materials available, figuring out what materials to use suc as grade of bolt would have the best combination of sheer and strength for any use in the theater such as mounting under-hanging loft blocks. It is the text book to Drafting and Design, and goes into even further detail about such things as Auxiliary Planes in drafting. Resale Shop & Boarders
+++ Field Engineer's Manual, 2nd ed. by Robert O. Parmley; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2128
As an engineer working in the field, you can't bring along a library of technical materials for every problem that might arise. You need a compact, portable reference containing the wide range of technical data necessary to conduct preliminary surveys … solve field problems … evaluate construction plans … select building materials … and deal with hundreds of other unpredictable situations. (704pp)
+++ Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, by Robert T. Ratay 2000; Construction Savvy – Dist.
AF3948 From exploring the possible origins of errors, through investigating and analyzing failures, to working with the legal profession for assigning responsibilities, this handbook covers every important topic in the field.
+++ From Page to Stage: How Theatre Designers Mike Connections Between Scripts and Images, by Rosemary Ingham; Heinemann – Portsmouth, NH. 1998 ISBN: 0-435-07042-8
Reviewed by TCI's Jane Hogan – "The book is ultimately about relationships, the relationship between designer and script, designer and image. Apparently geared towards younger designers and newcomers interested in exploring how the design process works, the book covers a wide range of subjects. These include the various approaches to imagination (psychological, philosophical, and ordinary discourse), perception and memory; how to read a play (what aspects need to be examined;) a brief history of theater and theatre as art and business; literary theory; and the audience. This book makes some long-winded explanations of simple theories and uses some odd examples but Ingham gets her point across." In general this is a practical book for use by young designers who need some help with the visual process and guidance in the demands of the production. (192pp)
+++ A Guidebook for Creating Three-Dimensional Theatre Art, by Ann J. Carnby; Heinemann Portsmouth NH. 1997 ISBN: 0-435-07000-2
"Whether you come from a technically experienced or inexperienced theatrical background, this book will help you create the absolutely correct piece for any production. Carnaby's book does not deal with the design process, but is intended to be a guidebook for the actual creator of theater art, serving as a general manual for any theatre craftsperson." (256pp)
++++ Graphics For The Performing Arts by Harvey Sweet,for the theatre things – Michael Powers email@example.com
++++ Engineering Drawing and Design by Jensen for things like welding, sheet metal and etc.- Michael Powers firstname.lastname@example.org
++++ Handbook to the 2000 IBC – Structural Provisions, International Code Council; Constructional Savvy #AF3594 "Understand the code and how it applies to your work. Explaining intent along with diagrams and examples, the 2000 IBC Handbook will boost your understanding and productivity."
+++ Handbook of Civil Engineering Calculations, 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2541
This problem-solving handbook helps you select and apply virtually any calculation needed in civil engineering. Supplies easy, numbered, step-by-step directions for the entire range of civil engineering calculations from basic to advanced. Brings you up to speed on applications for the latest design codes, environmental methodologies, and the newest practical techniques from top engineering consulting firms.
+++ Historic Preservation: Project Planning & Estimating, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3942
With over a million commercial and institutional buildings and countless residences erected in the U.S. prior to World War II, more AECs and facility professionals are having to manage and estimate these projects. This 450 page book provides crucial information on: Applicable standards and financing; Site survey methods; Hazardous materials; Identifying and qualifying specialty contractors; Mechanical/Electrical systems upgrades; Old building materials and how to restore them. Explains how to assemble a reliable, detailed estimate plus budgeting for future maintenance of the restored building.
+++ The History & Theory of Environmental Scenery, by Arnold Anderson; UMI Reasearch Press Ann Arbor, MI. 1981 This book dictates and backgrounds a type of scenic design which while not currently the mainstay for design but more an element of design, is reflected in this book as a concept of its own. It is an interesting read, and gives good background research for productions leaning on this design style." Re-Sale Shop and ISU Library.
*** The Human Figure, by David K. Rubins; Penguin Books; N.Y. 1976 ISBN: 0-1400.4243-1
This book on anatomy for artists is not so much help to a stage designer. Designers should know how to sketch the human body, if for nothing else than story boards and perspective drawings, but this book goes into a little more than is needed for the scenic designer or even scenic artist where work on stage is designed. It has little to no how to, more how it is you should already know how to. Boarders
+++++ Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components, by Rosert Parmley; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3949 Thousands of illustrations make this book ideal for the busy engineer who needs to find the perfect device – in a hurry. Offers a complete compendium of the most frequently used mechanical components, represented graphically. Provides the most commonly used design formulas as well as additional structural data. (1,200pp)
++++ 2000 International Building Code, ICC, by the International Code Cuncil; Construction Savvy #AF3536-00 "Adopted by BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI -the 2000 IBC replaces their codes! This long-awaited publication features updated means of egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, innovative construction technology, revamped structural provisions, reorganized occupancy classifications, and the latest industry standards in material design. (767pp)"
+++ International Mechanical Code, ICC 1998, by the International Code Council; Construction Savvy – dist. #AF1036 "Provides comprehensive regulations for the safe installation and maintenance of mechanical facilities. Part of the new International Code Council, this and its companion sets of codes have been written for international applications. (138pp)"
++++ Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers and Architects, Construction Savvy – Dist.
AF3109 Features in-depth explanations of how and why components are put together in commercial and residential projects. Helps you understand and coordinate a complete design. Clear text and more than 300 drawings and tables lead you through all the materials and methods of interior construction and detailing "Master format" numbers are used throughout.
***** Learning CAD with AutoCad, by Mihir Dumar Das; Prentice Hall – Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1988 ISBN: 0-13-527599-7
This book is out of date but an excellent class work book for learning how to use the standard for the drafting industry's drafting software. The software this book is written for is Release 11, an early non-technical edition. In this book it is easier to learn the basics of how to use even the most modern software or other brands of it because this Release is not as technical and easier to learn the basics from before the bells and whistle Releases are to be learned from. Current editions are probably available. Resale Shop
***** Machinists' and Metalworkers Pocket Reference, by Ronald A. Walsh; McGraw-Hill N.Y. 2000 ISBN:0-07-136092-1 This Book is not as complete or thorough as Machinery's Handbook (below), but still has a lot of useful information on the engineering and tech side of the industry – a ready reference on things like strength of each grade of bolt, differences in cutting tool coatings for best use in various applications, sheet-metal fabrication, and other things as well as the cmc machining practices and other things not of much use to people other than machinists. It is however good to understand how such things work. Barns & Noble
****** Machinery's Handbook 26, 26th Ed. by Erik Oberg; Industrial Press Inc. – N.Y. 2000 ISBN: 0-8311-2625-6
This expensive little book and its larger sized brothers and compact discs are kind of like the bible/Architectural Graphic Standards for industrial manufacturing. It covers everything from what cutting oil to use with any type of tool and metal or speed, and the sheer strength of things like bolts and fasteners. This edition is changed from the last one, and I am not sure which is more useful, as some information has been dropped and some added. Barns & Noble, Boarders & J&L Industrial Supply
**** Manual of Steel Construction, AISC pub.
This is a very good book on the basics of structural analysis to figure out which and what pieces of steel to use in any one place in a steel structure. It also analyzes the various loading on steel members and stresses to them. All of these complex formulas are presented in a forum that is easy to read, and more important easy to understand, given the context that the subject is not an easy off the street one to understand. With this book, anyone with a basic training in engineering and architecture can design complex structures without too major of problems. (American Standard Steel #3 Channel = 5# per foot, 16ga. UK x Deck (HH Robertson), 24" wide 12'-0" span, 35'-0" length, 75psf live load, wgt. 3 Psf., glass fiber filled.) – the decking design for the three story jack-knife stage designed for "West Side Story" design by B. Ship. at I.S.U. Re-Sale Shop & I.S.U. Library
++++ Mark's Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 10th ed. by Eugene A. Avallone and Theodore Baumeister III; Provides quick access to mathematics, mechanics of solids and fluids, heat, materials, fuels, and furnaces, machine elements, power generation, materials handling, transportation, fans, pumps, compressors, electrical and electronics engineering, instruments and controls, industrial engineering an more. (1,800pp)
**** Mathematics for Carpenters, by Robert Bradford; Delmar Publishers – Albany N.Y. 1975
Library of Congress #75-19525 This book is a high school seeming math book for use by designers as a cheat sheet when they do not remember how to do the math on everything. It is of much more use to a designer than carpenter because it covers the run of mathematics from algebra to trig, but only what the designer needs to know from each of these courses from the construction point of view, and with construction in mind for each of its examples to make it easier yet and bring the math home to the non-math major. This book goes into great depth into things like dividing fractions, and as such ifall that is needed is the formula and not how to use it, books like The Backstage Handbook or Architect's Handbook are a little easier to find what you need and get back out quickly. This book in particular is not the only similar one the market still in print, almost any will do the same thing in teaching how to do forgotten math problems. Boarders or Resale Shop
**** Means Graphic Construction Standards, Editor in Chief Wiliam D. Mahoney; R.S. Means Company Inc. – Kingston, MA.1986 ISBN: 0-911950-79-6
This book is kind of a companion to Architectural Graphic Standards. This book goes into different details about the materials for construction use and goes greater into depth than any other cost estimate book about the man hours it will take to do each step of a job, from installing a kick plate to how long it should take to install a 20 amp 250 volt receptacle. In addition to details about man hours, and various info about finishes, weights of materials and different types and variations on materials, the book also has a fair amount of info in the chapter headings which is useful to read. The man-hours in this book can be adapted fairly well to theater hours. Boarders
*** Means Graphic Construction Standards, Pub. Ed. E. Norman Peterson Jr.; R.S. Means Co. Inc. 1986 This like the other Means book above goes into detail about man hours and other construction data, requirements, and info in construction of all types. It is meant to be a companion to Architectural Graphic Standards, and is very useful in estimating and bidding out work in actual construction of theaters and with some tweaking of the man-hours also useful for figuring out times and manpower for scenic construction. Boarders
*** Miniature Scenic Modelling, by Jack Kine; Argus Books Limited – Watford, England 1981 ISBN: 0-85242-776-X
This highly recommended book on making train models is also recommended for use in building scenic models. For this purpose, it works okay. The book tells how to make trees out of lint and things like that, but un-fortunately the time needed to follow many of the ideas in this book would also take time away from the actual design. Hobby Shops and Boarders
+++ Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE Standard #7-98
Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF2913-99 Provides the latest requirements for dead and live loads, soil, flood, wind, snow, rain, ice, and earthquake loads, and their combinations. (352pp)
+++ Modern Carpentry, Wagner 2000; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF9998-00 "Special emphasis is placed on safety and the use of modern tools, materials, and prefabricated components. (797pp)"
**** Morgan Distribution, Building and Remodeling Ideas, Morgan Products LTD. c.1986
Phone (708)293-0510 This is not a book proper, but gives good info and specifications on things such as Anderson Windows, and Morgan Doors. In other words, when designing a door or window for the stage, simply open this book and the sizes and styles are already there. This is a really good reference book. Morgan Distribution
++++ National Design Specification for Wood Construction with Supplements, 1999; Construction Savvy – Dist. AF524299 Includes "NDS Design Values", "Commentary", plus these supplements: Structural Lumber, Structural-Use Panels, Timber Poles & Piles, Connections, Structural Glued Laminated Timber. Also contains guidelines for wood I-joists, structural composite lumber, metal plate connected wood trusses, and pre-engineered metal connectors.
***** The Natural Way to Draw, by Kimon Nicolaides; Houghton Mifflin Co. – Boston 1969
ISBN: 0-395-20548-4 This is a good how to book on how to draw the human figure and some on other sketching. Every designer needs to be at least a capable artist in order to better layout and convey his ideas on paper to others. The director does not understand or care much about blue prints, the lighting designer could really use story boards and perspective drawings, and in these a bad figure is both necessary for perspective, and to better give an idea of what the designer intends will look like when done. A baddrawing of a person will also give a bad impression of the rest of the design un-fairly. This book in addition to showing how to do people well, also shows various methods for drawing people quickly, cleanly and fairly neatly. Boarders and Resale Shop
+++ Planning & Managing Interior Projects, 2nd. Ed. by Carol E. Farren; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3928 Helps you successfully manage the layers, agendas, and technology of today's office space construction-renovations-relocations. (550pp)
++++ Process and Expression in Architectural Form, by Gunir Birkerts; University of Oklahoma Press
Oklahoma 1994 ISBN: 0-80612642-6 "Generously illustrated with concept development sketches as well as site plans, section drawings, full schematics, and photographs and finished buildings. We see the results of Birkerts approach in the portfolio section of the volume which includes three finished projects, plus 10 projects still in progress." (192pp)
+++Production Design for Television by Terry Bryne
++++ The Professional Practice of Architectural Detailing, 2nd Ed; Construction Savvy – Dist.
#AF3141 Detailing is important because it is a means of controlling the total building process. If the professional is to produce excellent architecture, control of this process must be done through details or the architecture will be compromised in the form of "minimum construction" techniques and procedures. (452pp)
+++ The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings, 2nd ed.; Construction Savvy – Dist.
#AF3513 Speaks to architects in the visual language in which design concepts re ommunicated through specific graphic representations. Provides step by sep guidance for the development of an entire set of working drawings and, in five cases studies of actual building projects, documents each stage of development and construction.
+++ Residential Building Design and Construction, by Jack H. Willenbrock; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3909 The text explores housing trends/demands, basic design principles, and working drawing skills, and provides the technical procedures and standard Code specifications for designing/building all of the various systems in a house. Each process is well-illustrated with a coordinated set of specific-system photographs/illustrations, design calculations, working drawings, and contract documents for a 'Case study House'. (507pp)
+++ Residential Steel Design and Construction, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3910
As high-quality wood becomes scarcer and more expensive, residential builders are turning to steel as the building material of choice. Using examples from award-winning houses, this clear, step-by-step guide provides everything a residential contractor needs to know to build a steel-framed house quickly and easily. You'll discover how to select the right materials and tools … use energy-efficient HVAC units, appliances and lighting … choose the best windows and doors … optimize landscaping and solar design.
The most complete and practical resource available on a subject of increasing importance to residential builders and designers. (492pp)
+++ Residential Steel Framing Guide, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF1004 "Contains over 200 diagrams and detail for steel framing-floor systems, wall framing, CEE channel roof systems, Gus Truss roof systems, exterior wall details, bridge/blocking, fastening and hardware/connections."
****** Scenographic Imagination, 3rd Ed. by Darwin Reid Payne; Southern Illinois University Press Carbondale, Il. 1993 ISBN: 0-8093-1850-4 This in my opinion is the best book on design ever written. It tells how, why and when. This is an advanced course in stage design which will forever change how you design a show – for the better. (Or at least explain why you are not ready for the next stage of development.) Act I or Boarders
+++Setting the Scene, The Great Hollywood Art Directors, by Robert S. Sennett
*** Simplified Design of Structural Steel, 5th Ed. Harry Parker, M.S.;Interscience Pub. John Wiley & Sons – N.Y. 1983 This book specializes in the materials used in steel buildings. It is a good source for learning what materials are currently used, how they are assembled, and why they are used for a building. Used in combination with other steel design books to figure out the size and weight of the materials to be used, it is pretty safe to design with steel both the theater and its set. Note however if this book and others are the only ones used the set designed will be really heavy and durable – more than needed. Boarders, Re-Sale, & I.S.U. Library
**** Simplified Engineering For Architects & Builders, 5th ed. by Harry Parker M.S.; Wiley -Interscience Publication – John Wiley & Sons. N.Y. 1975 This is another good book for the non-architect for use in understanding architecture and real construction. This book will tell you why or how a platform made out of 2×4 with 3/4 ply will hold a half dozen chubby actors given proper support without collapsing when the standard construction practice demands platforms to be constructed of much more beefy materials.Boarders, Re-Sale Shop & I.S.U. Library
+++ Span Tables & Design Values for Joists & Rafters, 1993; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF6710
Includes allowable spans for various floor and ceiling joists as well as rafters.
+++++ Stage Decoration, by Sheldon Cheney; Chapman & Hall, LTD. – London 1928
This is a really good book on Scene Design History up until the twenties starting with the Greeks. It thoroughly describes how the design was done, and magic made. It also goes into modern design ideas for the period – which is invaluable background into the theories behind the dawn of modern scene design."
+++ Stage Design, by Howard Bay; Drama Book Specialists – NY. 1974 This is an interesting book on design history with some really inspiring pictures of the best of the best in modern design in this century. Including Neher pictues. ISU Library & Re-Sale Shops
+++ Stage Design, by Guido Frette; GG Gorlich – Milano c. 1954 this book is written in Itallian but has a lot of detail on designers and design of the period from the turn of the century to the fifties. Its pictures are especially useful as they detail designs from the modern golden age of theater. ISU Library & Re-Sale Shop
*** Stage Design Throughout the World Since 1960, International Theatre Institute; Harrap – London 12/77 This is a book on designers and their designs since the sixties. Until about 1977 when the revitalization of theater started in the 1950s was about finished. It is good background on shows and designers of the period. Resale Shop
+++++ Standard Handbook of Architectural Engineering, by Robert Brown Butler 1998; Construction Savvy Dist. #AF6716-98 "More than ten years in the making, this is the most fundamental and far-reaching volume on architectural engineering design ever written. Featuring 450 universal design scenarios stocked with easy to use Interactive formulas, innovative design tools, illustrated examples, and at a galance tables, this handbook leads you step by step through the design, selection and sizing of virtually any functional component of a building."
+++ Standard Handbook of Civil Engineering, 4th ed. Merritt 1996; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF341
Covers planning, design, and construction of buildings, bridges, tunnels, transportation facilities, and other structures. Includes changes in design, construction materials, and equipment, new specifications for wood construction; most recent EPA and OSHA regulations; changes in highway and airport pavement design. (1,456pp)
+++ Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations, 3rd. Ed. Tyler G. Hicks 1995; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF8426
Covers 13 engineering disciplines including civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical, electronics, chemical and process plant control, aeronautical and astronautical, marine, nuclear, sanitary, environmental, and engineering economics. (1,800pp)
*** Steel Design for Engineers and Architects, Rene Amon; VanNostrand Reinhold Co. – Cincinnati 1982
This is a good source for the facts, figures, formulas, and tables needed for steel design, but otherwise is well above the head of the typical set designer. Boarders, Re-Sale & I.S.U. Library
++++++ Structural Design for the Stage, by Alys Holden and Bronislaw Sammier ISBN: 0-240-80354-X
"This book provides the theatre technician with a foundation in structural design. It introduces the basics of statistics and the study of strength of materials. The material is presented in such a way that only a basic knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry is required." This book it would seem makes years of personal study to understand such concepts on my part a waste of time, where was it ten years ago! Boarders & Secoa
**** Structures for Architects, 2nd Ed. by B.S. Benjamin; Van Nostrand Co. -N.Y. 1984 ISBN: 0-442-21190-2
This is a excellent but highly technical book on the physics of load bearing structures. With it, and a strong math understanding, a designer can design any structure as long as they follow the formulas in this book and understand all of the forces involved with the structure discussed in this book. A little knowledge is however a dangerous thing and designing complex structures with the help of this book without completely understanding everything said in it can lead to a dangerous situation. With this book, Architectural Graphics Standards, and a few other selected texts, the designer can go beyond plats and flats and both design the stage house and put anything imagined in it helicopters to growing barricades. Resale Shop & Boarders
***** Structural Engineering Handbook,4th ed. Gaylord & Gaylord; McGraw Hill – St. Louis 1968
This is a good book on the basics of engineering. This book, much like the basic steel design engineering handbook types, explains how stress and tension work in the most basic principles of design. This book is an excellent supplement to any set designer's education. This book as a minimum, should be required reading for designers because typical design courses do not even brush on the subject, yet send students off to risk life and lim of the talent with their designs without the designers grasping the principles of this book. Boarders, Re-Sale, and I.S.U. Library
**** Structural Steel Design, 3rd Ed. by Jack C. McCormic; Harper & Row – N.Y. 1981 ISBN: 0-06-044344-8
This excellent but highly technical book is much like Structures for Architects, but specializes in design with steel only. It covers fasteners, all types of steel, its nomenclature and how it goes together. This book is also easier to follow than Structures. This book is one of the best sources available for designing or understanding anything made of metal from what size channel to use to make a platform to what the Approximate load rating is of the fly loft. Boarders & Resale
***** Theatrical Set Design, by David Walker; Allyn and Beacon, Inc. – Boston 1969
Library of Congress #69-15463 This book is out of print but one of the best main stage design books on the market given its period. In addition to easy ways to design and build scenery which is easily adapted for today, it is well written on how to design. Resale Shop
++++ Technical Design Solutions for Theatre (The Technical Brief Collection, Volume 1) by Ben Sammler and Don Harvey ISBN: 0240804902, $39.99
++++ Technical Design Solutions for Theatre (The Technical Brief Collection, Volume 2) by Ben Sammler and Don Harvey ISBN: 0240804929, $39.99
**** Theory and Craft of the Scenographic Model, Revised Ed. by Darwin Reid Payne; Southern Illinois University Press – Carbondale 1985 ISBN:0-8093-1194-1
This book by Payne is a good read on how to build a set model Boarders & Act I
+++ Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design Data, 7th Ed; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF3108
Covers fundamentals of architecture and design including universal and accessible design, bioclimatic design, daylighting, environmentally responsible design, indoor air quality, acoustics, technology, intelligent building systems, economics and life-cycle costing, specifications, and design-build. Includes design data on architectural design and the building shell, interiors and services.
++++ Timber Construction Manual, 4th Ed. AITC 1994, American Institute of Timber Construction; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF7507
A convenient reference for architects, engineers, contractors, teachers, and all others in need of technical data and recommendations on engineered timber construction. (928pp)
+++TV Scenic Design Handbook, by Gerald Millerson
+++TV Sets, Fantasy Blueprint of Classic TV Homes, by Mark Bennett
+++ Uniform Building Code, vol. 1-3. ICBO 1997; Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF7283-97
"Vol 1 covers the administrative, fire and life safety, and field inspection provisions, including all non-structural provisions and the structural provisions necessary for field inspections. (442pp) Vol 2 covers structural engineering design provisions including those formerly in the U.B.C. standards. (492pp) Vol. 3 contains the remaining UBC material. It helps you develop better building construction and greater safety for the public achieved by uniformity in building. Covers materials, testing, and installation standards. (538pp)
+++ Contractor's Index to the 1997 Uniform Building Code, Construction Savvy – Dist #AF1021
"Makes it easy to find what you're looking for in the 1997 U.B.C. Volume 1. Entries in this book are by the terms builders use, being ten times more detailed than the index in the U.B.C. (186pp)"
+++ Handbook to the Uniform Building Code, Construction Savvy – Dist. #AF4198-97
"Code changes are easier to comprehend and remember when you know the intent. This detailed, illustrated commentary on the 1997 Uniform Building Code traces background and rationale for the codes trrough the 12997 edition. (409pp)"
5) Scenic Design Idea Books:
++++Adolphia Appia Adolphe Appia: "A Portfolio of Reproductions", "Music and The Art of the Theatre", "The Work of Living Art", "Adolphe Appia-A Gospel for=20 Modern Stages", "Portfolios of Drawings", "The Work of Living Art and Man is the Measure of All Things"=2E There is a picture of the set on page 209 of The Development of the Theatre by Allardyce Nicoll=2E I'm sure in the books he wrote that is a lot more info=2E For info on Appia see p 124 and p 167 in Theatre and Playhouse by=20 Leacroft=2E The production was presented in The Greal Hall of the=20 Dalcroze School at Hellerau, Dresden=2E The Hall was built in 1910-12=2E = =20 The photo on p 167 shows the scene in Hades from Orpheus and=20 Euridice=2E It is a drawing=2E
*** Adventures With Impossible Figures, by Bruno Ernst; Tarquin Publications – Norfolk 1986 ISBN:0-906212-54-5 This is a book on Esher and other mind fuck drawings and mind warping pictures. If you want to design settings like the "Adding Machine" and other "Brazil" like mind fuck or Brecht like style plays, the ideas in this book might be a good starting point in design. While much of what is in it is not feasible to build, it is paintable or with care the ideas it shows cane be at least partially brought out on stage. This is a good overview to the artists and concepts of mind warping drawings.
*** All the Ways of Building, by L. Lamprey; The Macmillan Co. – N.Y. 1966 his book adds a little color to the development in the methods and materials used in building structures all thru the ages. The reader of this book will gain some knowledge beyond the sterile shapes of walls and be able to fill in the spaces between them with realistic coverings and furnishings in each of the classical architectural periods. Resale Shop
*** The American Country House, by Roger W. Moss; Henry Holt and Co. – N.Y. 1991 ISBN: 0-850-1248-6
This wide ranging overview of old house styles has many modern and some classic drawings of early mansions and homes from around the 18th century. The broad scope of the book prevents much detail, and the interior shots are not original but modern impressions of classic design. The paintings shown in this book are small and thus of limited use – better found in period art collections. None of the designs shown in the book are hard to find better pictures of and more in depth details of in most other books. Unless something in this bookreally sticks out as being right for a certain situation, this book is not of much use other than to show ideas.
***** American Paintings in the Museum Fine Arts, Boston, Museum for Fine Arts; Boston 1969
Library of Congress #68-27634 This book two volume book on paintings like any other museum type book is very useful for a designer to capture not only a period, and copy a setting, but to study the popular artistic style of the time from realism to cubism. Without many books on art, a designer is limiting his imagination when it comes to design. This broad based book captures a lot of different styles, and has large clean pictures shown and thus is very useful in helping to choose at least a style of painting to study with further research, if not a artist and painting to look into. Boarders and Resale Shop
**** American Set Design I , Arnold Aronson; (182pp) This is a short book about famous American set designers with a lot of pictures of their settings and ideas. There are a lot of plays covered in this book, however, for the set designer to use this book before designing their own show, would needlessly taint the design. The designers impressions of the play at the time they designed for the production they designed them will never be the same as the current design needs. Designers who gain inspiration off these photos are cheating amongst other things and thus this book is not of much value to the set designer – too tempting to do it the easy way. Boarders & Act I
** American Set Design II, by Ronn Smith; Theatre Communications Group, Inc., N.Y. 1991
ISBN: 1-55936-017-8 This book like the first edition is about designers and pictures of their famous designs. It shows wonderful inspiring designs, which are all too easy to steel and wreck the designers natural inspiration towards the best design for the plays circumstances. On the other hand, the history of the great designers and pictures of what they have sketched or produced are inspiring and great to give new ideas. This book should not be owned, instead it should be checked out of a library once a year to re-fresh the idea pool, but not to be of easy enough access to cheat off of. Boarders & Act I
*** Architectural Graphic Standards 1st to 6th ed., Ed. by Harold D. Hauf. Faia; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. N.Y. 1956, 1970 etc. These older copies of the bible for architecture are especially useful to scenic designers because they show the materials, scale drawings of furnishings, and finishes, and many other materials used in past construction. Re-Sale Shop & I.S.U. Library
++++ Architecture of Europe, by Doreen Yarwood; Ivan R. Dee, Inc. – Chicago,Il. 1991 ISBN: 0-929587-65-0 "The richness and diversity of European architecture over the past two centuries captured in a comprehensive survey with almost 200 illustrations of building types in 23 countries." (176pp)
***** Architecture and Interior Design, by Victoria Klossball; John Wiley &Sons – N.Y. 1980 ISBN: 0-471-08722-X This book on interior design is not per say a how to book but is more a history and over-view of design from each period in Europe and America from the 18th century to today. This has the background information needed to understand each period of design and a lot of examples of Artwork, interiors, exteriors, and pieces from each. This book is especially useful in choosing a period and getting to know the prime features to look for with each style, especially where the interior is concerned. Boarders & Resale Shop
+++ Art Deco, by Richard Striner; Abbeville Press – N.Y. 1994 ISBN: 1-55859-824-3 "A Pocket size guide to everything art deco: designers, key building types, furnishings, details, and materials." (96pp)
*** Art Has Many Faces, by Katharine Kuh; Harper& Brothers Publishers – N.Y. 1951 This is a sort of book on art theory with plenty of pictures and photos to convey the ideas in each category. The images in this book cross the poles in art design types and styles. In other words, this is a good source book for designers to get ideas and concept from on almost any style of play from Brechtian to Mediaeval Mystery. Resale Shop
++++ The Art of New York, Ed. By Seymour Chaust & Steven Heller; Harry N. Abrams Inc. Pub. N.Y. 1974 this book has classic inspirational drawings and lithographs from the turn of the century to the fifties period. Re-Sale Shop & ISU Library
***** Art Through the Ages, Part I, by Horst de la Croix; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers Chicago 1986 ISBN: 0-15-503764-1 This Humanities type art book should be the starting place for design in all periods from ancient to early European art with its second edition being the rest. This well written overview of the art, culture, and times of each period and topographic area will give a good place to base and start research into things like the vases about the Trojan War which might show some furniture or Gothic Architecture and how it came out and why in that period with the proper light and decoration, it was not considered to be gloom and doom design. Boarders or Resale Shop
+++++ The Arte of Warre, Niccolo Macchiavelli, Whitehorne, P. Translator. Library of Congress #79-26097. Johnson Walter J. Inc. ISBN #90-221-0135-5
+++ Artillerist's Manual Reprint of 1860 ed. John Gibbon Editor; Greenwood Pub. Group Inc. GIAM Greenwood Press, 1971. ISBN #0-8371-5007-8
+++ Artillery, Terry Gander; Lerner Publications Co. 1987, ISBN #0-8225-1380-3
++ Artillery Through The Ages: A Short Illustrated History of Cannon Emphasizing Types Used in America, Albert Manucy; reprint of 1949 ed. U.S. Government Printing Office 1985, ISBN #0-16-003405-1 Serial Number 024-005-00159-0
+++ Artillery Two Thousand, Ian V. Hogg; Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. ISBN #0-85368-983-0
+++ Artillery of the World, 2nd Rev. Ed., Shelford Bidwell, Pergamon Press Inc. 1981, ISBN #0-08-027035
**** Artillery and Warfare During The Thirteenth And Fourteenth Centuries, John M. Patrick, Utah State University Press Monograph Number 3, Logan Utah, May 1961
*** Ben Shahn His Graphic Art, Text by James Thrall Soby; George Braziller, Inc. – N.Y. 1963 Library of Congress #57-12840 This is a artsy type book on a specific modern artist, in this case a graphic artist. His drawings are more or less sketches and very distorted, but this and any such book on the arts is very useful in giving the designer inspiration for bringing non-realistic sets out on stage. The distorted images water colors in this book are certainly not real they are imagined or distorted and as such a great help in how to ideas for designers. Resale Shop
++++ Bravi: Lyric Opera of Chicago, by John von Rhein and Andrew Porter; Abbeville Press N.Y. 1994 ISBN: 1-55859-771-9 "Opera Productions since 1980 including Macbeth, Aida, Romeo and Juliet, Phillip Glass' Satyagraha, Salome, McTeague, and more. Von Rhein's Essays give the history of the Lyric Opera, and Porter discusses the scenic design." (152pp)
*** Britian's Haunted Heritage, by J.A. Brooks; Jarrold Pub. – Norwich 1990 ISBN: 0-7117-0521-6
This book is useful not so much for its "Blythe Spirit" implications, but has many good quality color photos of interiors, landscapes, and architecture around England. It of course has a lot of dramatic castle pictures, but also has a wide variety of other features from around the country. This book gives a well rounded color picture to supplement otherwise dry texts on British design. Boarders
*** Cartoon Cavalcade, Ed. by Thomas Craven; Consolidated Book Publishers – Chicago 1945
This is a book on Newspaper type cartoons from before the turn of the century to World War II. These cartoons are history, and stylization and the basis for where all sorts of figures come from. For the most part the drawings are all about the stylized people in them, but when there background to the drawings, like with the Fairy Tales book shows even better than the above how to have simple scenery reinforce to its highest degree the action on stage. Its drawings also are useful for design in sketch comedy, a slight step away from drab reality. Resale Shop
****** Caspar Neher – Brecht's Designer, by John Willett; Methuen – NY. 1986
This designer not only is worth a read because of his workings with Brecht, but also it is a commentary on Germain Design during the Nazi period with great progress in state sponsored design and the period after when the great productions were done. This designer in particular while never recognized as great – is a sleeper designer in that his designs for Macbeth, all of Brecht 's early work and Wagner are in my opinion brilliant. His concepts however are never really stated due to poor writing in the book. It is more about his history which is a good read, but less about his concept on design. He is presented as a thoroughly modern professional designer and businessman and not much as an artist. Re-Sale Shop & Boarders
*** The Castle in the Circle Merle Fifield, Ball State Monograph Number Six, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 1967 Good Theater History Book. Used Book Stores
** Cathedral, David MacAulay, Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston 1973
+++ Cecil Beaton: Stage and Film Designs, by Charles Spencer (127pp); Stage Step – Dist. #TE714
"Based on Sir Cecil's personal recollections, notebooks and sketchbooks, his sympathetic and penetrating account investigates Beaton's contributions to the theatre and to ballet, opera and film. The evolution and characteristic componets of the "Beaton style" are recorded in a generous selection of illustrations, many from Beaton's private collection and previously unpublished, which point to the deep and lasting impression his remarkable career has left on 20th century stage design. Stage Step – Guide to Preforming Arts
++++ A Companion to the Opera, by Robin May; Hippicrene Books – NY. 1977
This is a book on Opera history, an overview of shows, and productions in history. Its background and pictures in design are useful in gaining an understanding of opera design. Re-Sale Shop & ISU Library
**** A Concise History of England, From Stonehenge to the Microchip, F.E. Halliday; Thames & Hudson Ltd. London 1989
Craig- "On the Art of the Theatre", "The Theatre Advancing", "Towards a New Theatre", "Scene"=2E
* Crash Course in Archtecture, Eva Howarth; Doubleday Canada Limited – Toronto 1990 ISBN: 0-385-25264-1 More or less this book is kind of an overview and dictionary to the basic terms and of architecture thru the major periods of design. This book does not go into enough depth to be useful for design, rather it is a humanities type survey of architecture and nothing more. Borders
* Creating the Federal City, 1774-1800 Potomac Fever, Kenneth R. Bowling; The American Institute of Architects Press – 1988 ISBN: 1-55835-011-X This book seems to be more than it is. In all, it is a history book on the times and politics surrounding the choice of where to put the capital. The amount of information on design and Federal Architecture is almost nominal in comparison and thus this book is not of much of any use for those interested in the design possibilities in the title. Resale Shop
**** Creative Home Decorating by Hazel Dory Rockow, PhD.; H.S.Stuttman Company, Publishers – N.Y. 1954
This is a post war interior design how-to book for the home-maker. It has all the basics of good interior design in it from tunnel vision rooms to how to choose formal ruffled curtains, not the crossed informal ones. Once the old ideas and language in this period book is gotten thru, it is really a very useful and competent design book which will help a lot with interior scenic design – a very useful field of study for scenic designers. Resale Shop
*** A Critical History of Modern Irish Drama 1911-1980, D.E.S. Maxwell
**** Custom Decorative Moulding, CDM Catalog; – Greenwood, DL. (800)543-0553
This catalog with a 2D CADD disc, is the basis on or supplier for most of the foam molding companies, currently selling this type of material. With the design specs in this or any of their competitors catalogs, the designer can choose from a inexpensive molding or decoration solution which looks nice and will take a lot less effort to put on stage. The moldings in this catalog come primed and because they are foam, are very light weight and stand up to only minor abuse. Custom Decorative Moulding
+++ Dada and Surrealist Film, Edited by Rudolf E. Kuenzli; The Mit Press -Cambridge, MA. 1996 ISBN: 0262-61121-X
"This collection of 13 original essays analyzes connections between film and two highly influential 20th century movements. The essays which comment on specific films and deal with theoretical and topical questions, are framed by a documentary section that includes a photographic reproduction of the manuscript scenario for Robert Desnos' and Man Ray's L'Etoile de mer, and an introduction by the editor that provides a cogent working model for the difference between Dada and Surrealist perspectives." (254pp)