The exercises below can be executed in any order. Different institutions, designers, and students can use these to serve their own learning agendas.
#1 Transition Cues with Music
There is a complete worksheet of cues to write here:
These are all short scene transitions with accompanying music.
#2 Understanding the Plot
- Explain the breakdown of numbers in this plot for channels.
- Is it easy to use and understand? Could there be a better way to number the lights?
- If we had more areas on stage, how could we number them differently?
- Is it better to number them from stage-left to stage-right, or the opposite? What about downstage to upstage? Some designers prefer one system over another. Why might that be?
- Write a sequence of 25 cues that lights up the areas in sequence, while following a very specific color order. Do not use the same channel twice
#3 Controlling Spaces
- Choose either “open stage with more actors” or “abstract shapes” as your stage environment.
- Write a series of cues that switch back and forth between areas on opposite sides of the stage.
- Make cues for these two areas that look the same in regard to color, texture, time of day, season, etc.
- Then do this again, but make one space an interior, and the other an exterior.
#4 Personal Music
- Choose a piece of music that speaks to you personally. Edit it down a little if you wish, depending on how much length you want to work with.
- Choose a stage environment that is appropriate for your music choice.
- Create a sequence of cues that reinforce the meaning of the music.
#5 Original Narrative
- Write a short play that makes use of one of the environments. It might involve the people on stage, or it might involve the objects. It could be narrated.
- Create a sequence of cues that reinforce the narrative you have created.
- This could be an exercise for two-person teams.
This ten-minute video is an excellent lead-in to the Cue Builder lab.