Terms and Tips: Control Yourself
Before we can discuss instrument placement, it is necessary to define eight primary instrument functions. Depending on where instruments are placed, their relative brightness, and the areas they light, they perform different functions. In one instance, a Leko may be positioned far upstage and aimed at the back of a rock star, serving as a backlight. In another application, that same instrument may be located downstage, projecting a cloud on the cyc and functioning as an effects light. The functional uses suggested here are only general guidelines. In reality, your backlight may function as a key with just a bit of front fill.The specific setup will be dictated by needs, conditions, and location limitations, plus the aesthetic requirements of the script.