Monday, June 11, 2007


Apologies for the rare posts.

Thank you for all of the inspiration buddy! i really enjoy looking at the work of Gerhard Richter and "the perfect medium" and his blurred photo paintings. as the LD i do beleive that i can begin to capture some of this effect with some sort of diffused haze and tight "cool/bright" specials encased in a warm "bubble". a key element in getting this effect comes with the actual tone of the actor or costume. if you notice in the above painting by richter the character is very pale and in so illuminating more so. is there a way to make an actor reflective is this regard, yet still dull and dead?

my hope is to have the haze exhaust from under the prososed planking allowing the aura to build around the actor out, rather than from the instrument out. does this make sense? the sepia-tone should be no problem to acheive with gel. maybe a tea-stained-like style could be applied to other mediums.

in order to capture the feel of theatre in this era i hope to have gas-colored footlighting. this color with possible mixing could really add interesting angles.

a thought i had is to project through the planking of the set or with the footlights the shadows of the actors onto the back wall. i think this effect with give the actor a greater pressence in the space. a pressence not possible by a mortal but maybe by a spirit or ghost.

please excuse the lack of clarity i thought i should purge ideas onto the blog after a long day. response more than welcomed.


parabasis said...


i think purging your brain onto the blog is perfect, and what it's for. this is meant to be a clearinghouse of ideas that can keep us in touch, not the actual design process (i'll be in touch with you all soon regarding that!)

claymcleod said...

So a funny quasi-historical thingy Isaac and I found out is that hammy-actors would slam their foot down onto the front of the stage whenever they'd make their grand entrance, as a way in which to send a little flare-up in the foot-lights. Make their own spotlight from the ground up. The actor makes his way to the stage, stamps the floor, and the floor lights burst for a split second. Could be a fun idea, even if just for the dramaturgy-nerds...