MTEL Theater Test - Lighting

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Content to study for people preparing to take the Massachusetts teaching licensure test in theater. This flashcard set is limited to just the lighting and sound content.

Birdie

low voltage uplight often used to conceal set pieces

Dip

hidden trapdoor concealing outlets on stage or a lacquer used to tint bulbs or lighting set up at stage level

Douser

metal flag used to block a beam of light

Donut

metal plate inserted into lanterns to sharpen focus

CSI

Iodine light used in followspots.

Backlight

comes from upstage or from behind actors.

Ballyhoo

lighting effect when swinging a spot beam in a figure 8

Baffle

material used to prevent light from spilling into another area or to reduce sound reflection

Barndoors

flaps on the front of a Fresnel that are adjusted to control the beam.

Throw

The distance between a lighting source and what is being lit.

Digital Light Curtain "DLC"

remote-controlled batten with color changers

Array

loudspeakers flown in for a performance

Artic / Articulated Lorry

Used to transport required items (props, costumes, technical equipment) in traveling productions

Attribute

aspect of moving light that can be controlled

A-D Converter

analog to digital converter used in computer soundcards

A1

code used by the Lighting Industry Forum to indicate recommended usage of lanterns

Advance Bar

lighting bar set downstage of the proscenium

Ampere / Amps

measurement of electrical current in a circuit

Aero

light with tight beam that produces intense light

Cans

headsets used to communicate backstage

Chase

sequence of cues to change lighting

CL

imaginary line down middle of stage

Luminaire

all-encompassing term for lighting equipment

Lux

level of illumination on a surface

Maroon

device that creates the sound of an explosion

Natural Density Filter

Used to decrease light's intensity without changing color

Clipping

when sound is distorted because an amp is too weak

Clearance

FOH communication that house is ready

Compact Iodide Daylight "CID"

high intensity lamp that simulates daylight

Fills

speakers used in addition to main sound system

Fill Light

compensates for holes in key lighting

Flagging

waving hands in front of beam to find where focus is on stage

Breakup

abstract gobo - provides non-specific texture

Bump

flash in light - often a cue

Burnout

Gel that's melted or lost its color

Boss Plate

used to bolt down scenery

Color Call

list of colors needed for a lighting plan

CMY

refers to colors mixed in moving lights

Color Filter

blocks all but one color from coming through

Additive Color

when two colored beams are focused on one area

Beam Light

lamp that uses a parabolic reflector for high-intensity

Bifocal Spot

has two sets of shutters

Blinders

face the audience to prevent them from seeing backstage

Silk

filter that stretches light in different directions

Scoop

mounted in ellipsoidal reflector - produces soft-edged, circular beam. Used as floodlight.

Key Light

main source of lighting

Kicker Light

Flank actors. Enhance 3-D look

Lamp Tray

part of lamp where lamp holder sits

Parcan

intense light - used for special effects

Pearl

lamp with frosted finish that diffuses light

Pin Spot

focuses a small beam on a specific spot

Focus Chart

record indicating exact focus of all lanterns

Arc Lamp

Powered by battery, so not practical until invention of generator.

Baby Lens

incandescent spotlight

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