Lighting Design Contest
About the Program
Lighting design is one of the most important theatrical design disciplines. Once you know where a show will be performed you need to know how you’re going to light it; actors need to be seen or it is just a radio show. Lighting is also used to set the tone of a scene, convey meaning, and draw attention to specific action just to name a few. Recognizing the incredible skills this can entail, we have expanded our technical contests to include a lighting design category. We want to see how you take us from the woods of Maine to the streets of New York and anywhere in between using the power of light.
Eligibility & Application
The Lighting Design Contest is open to any student in grades 9-12. Entrants may work alone or in teams.
- Submit the online METG HS Contest Entry Form (https://metg.org/resources/online-application-form.html)
- Deadline for submissions is Thursday November 1st 2018
- Once you receive the confirmation email of your registration, print and send a copy with your registration fee to:
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild
P.O. Box 2538
Mashpee, MA 02649
- The registration fee is $15 per student for METG member schools and $20 for non-member schools. The registration fee is Non-Refundable.
- Entry is not complete and a time slot for presentation will not be assigned until the registration fee is received.
Using a published work of your choosing, choose 2-3 scenes around which to design an original concept and light plot for a hypothetical production of your chosen show. Scenes need not be consecutive, but it is highly recommended to allow you to show transitions.Shows may include traditional plays or musicals. Presentations should include the following elements:
- Provide whatever materials you think will demonstrate your concept such as pictures, models, renderings, gel/color swatches, templates (gobos), etc. The choice of how you present your design is up to you as there are many ways to do so. The important part is that it conveys your thoughts and ideas so we have a clear idea of what your design will look like.
- Be prepared to give a brief synopsis of your show to the judges.
- Produce and provide a light plot, using the provided stage plan, showing where you would place your lights.
- The plans should be no smaller than ¼” = 1’ scale using standard notation/symbols and need only cover the lights specific to your chosen scenes. (Tip: be sure to include a key for your plot.)
- For this hypothetical situation, there are no restrictions regarding budget, circuiting, or placement. Be creative!
- You are responsible for any required scenic design associated with your show (what are you lighting?), but will not be judged on scenic elements.
- In keeping with similar contests, the stage for your show should be based on the John Hancock Hall stage where the State Finals for the High School Drama Festival are held. Plans for use in making the plot will be sent to all entrants, and additional information on the space can be found at http://tillingers.com/pdf/jhrigging.pdf
Presentations will be made on Saturday December 1, 2018 at St, John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA (Snow Day Sunday December 2, 2018.) Each presentation will take between 20-30 minutes. Once we have the final list of entrants, we will send out a schedule for the day*.
- You will be given time to make a formal presentation. These presentations should be between 5-10 minutes at most.
- We primarily take a very conversational approach. Come prepared to discuss your design. This will focus on your chosen scenes, but how it fits with the rest of the show will be considered. Some helpful hints on your presentation:
- What things did you look at and consider to determine what you did?
- Why did you choose what you did?
- How does it serve the show?
*We know that some students may choose to enter multiple contests. We make every effort to coordinate this but on occasion miss an overlap. If you get your schedule and notice one we missed, please inform us as soon as possible.
Different students will naturally be at different points in their journeys and as such will have greatly varied experiences and skills. To try to make the contest as fair as possible while promoting openness to all students, and because artistic judgment is by default subjective, judging will focus almost as much on presentation as the actual design. It will be broken down as follows:
- Did the entrant complete all required elements? (10%)
- Are all requested elements present in some fashion?
- How organized and effective was the presentation? (40%)
- Was the entrant organized in their presentation and able to effectively convey their design concept?
- How well does the design serve the chosen scenes? (40%)
- How well does the concept serve the overall show? (10%)
- Do the design concepts help set the mood of the scene or show?
- Do they help define the setting of the scene or show?
- Do they, in general, serve a defined purpose within the scene or show?
Judging will be performed by a panel of 3 judges who are industry professionals. Decisions are made collaboratively. There will be at least one winner. Additional awards are at the discretion of the judges. All decisions are final.
If you have any further questions regarding the contest please contact Dan Biser at firstname.lastname@example.org with Lighting Design Contest 2018 in the subject.
Have fun, be creative, and we look forward to seeing your presentations.