Field Angle Math
Field angle math: A lighting designer’s vital tool. It’s how one decides what fixture is the right instrument for the job, and where to put it. Sometimes I sketch out a drawing for just a single fixture, perhaps to illustrate the idea for the actors and directors who won’t have the real light to work with until tech rehearsal:
..And sometimes I sketch out every system in the show on a single drawing:
I prefer this method to the old yellow-trace-paper-overlays. Yes, I know, I just dated myself bigtime. And yes, I do sometimes do it with VectorWorks… but I get a lot out of the mental process that goes with physically drawing the whole line, versus just clicking endpoint locations. It makes me really think about the beam edges and shuttercuts.