You Need A Steve Shelley In Your Library

Obviously, if you work in lighting, you have read this book.

Steve Shelley wrote a great text a while ago that has had three excellent revisions, called A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting.  If you’ve studied Theatrical Lighting in a collegiate (and hopefully high school) program, you’ve either taken a class from that book, or read that book as an assignment for another class, or maybe you just wanted to be best at what we do, so you went ahead and read as many things as you could get in between flying, gigging, classes, USITT, that show you have a plot due for, you know — all that.


AND I KNOWWWWW you’ve met Steve Shelley.  He is not the Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, but I know for a fact that he rocks as hard as the other said Shelley.  Funny guy, big bright green freaking jacket that reflects the light from the planet formerly known as Pluto, like my skull.  Come on, does everyone in the world not have a Field Template?!  What do you do when your macbook decides that it has to update something when you need to be drafting or you previz your video card right out of your laptop?!


The point — have you read Steve’s A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting?  It’s the Third Edition; you need the book.  Get the book.  It’s really not even a difficult choice, it’s as important a book to read in our industry as Richard Cadena’s Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician and Technician.  Which, also you need to read.  Like, you know how you needed to read the rules on drivers’ ed when you took that?  Steve and Richard write content of that importance.

aaaaaaaand, consequently, because you need to read this:

PS:  Nobody paid me to write this, I believe this sh*t down to my very bones.  Be better, be safer, learn the most that you can.

FREE STUFF! Templates and Templates and Drafting Supplies, OH MY!

Well, today is going to be a light posting day, because I’m driving a truck with our belongings from Denver to Dallas.  Dallas, here we come!  However, as I’m doing my 14 hour drive in a bobtail truck governed at 65 MPH, I’m giving away some stuff that I don’t use anymore to someone who needs it!

When I arrive in Dallas today, I’ll pick two people at random from the people who contact me through the contact form to get this stuff.  It could be 8pm CST, it could be 11pm CST.  Send me an email via the contact form – I’ll pick someone for each of the two.  If you have a preference of which you’d like, please let me know in the email.

The first of the two of these is this pile of lighting templates, and lighting templates!  All you have to do is email me through the contact form.  That’s it!

I’ll send you, in a brown envelope:


One (1) Field Template @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting plan templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Phil Monat lighting plan template @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Steve Shelley special Stagelight template @ 1/4″ scale

and eight random steel gobos!

I’m also giving away the stuff you see below to one person.  I’ve had it sitting in boxes – it’s doing me no good anymore, and I’d rather just give it away to a reader who needs it!

If you’re reading via RSS feed, please go hit the website and contact me via the contact link if you’re interested!

I’m sending someone the following, stuffed into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box:

drafting supplies

1 – full set of Cray-Pas “Expressionist” oil pastels
1 – balsa sander
1 – X-Acto 45 degree triangle
1 – pencil sharpening paddle
2 – X-Acto mitre boxes (aluminum)
2 – Staedtler lead sharpeners, one mechanical, one battery operated
1 – Ames lettering guide
1 – erasing shield
4 – random fountain pen tips
1 – flexible curve
1 – large 45 degree triangle
1 – large 45 degree triangle with circle template
1 – drafting brush
1 – pounce bag
2 – bottles of SOBO craft glue
1 – Alvin geared compass
1 – electric eraser and refills
a bunch of leads for lead holders, including Repro Blue leads
a whole bunch of different weights and sizes of mechanical pencil leads
a ton of colored pencils, drafting pencils, and watercolor pencils

and other stuff that I probably forgot to mention. It’s worth quite a penny if you were to buy all of this new, so if you’re interested, just email me using the contact form on the site.  I’ll draw someone at random when I arrive in Dallas.

GOOD LUCK!  Please take this stuff off my hands, the shipping is on me!  See you in Dallas!