When talking about special effects lighting, there are hundreds of different options available, based on the needs and tastes of the employees involved. Stage lighting for theatre productions, as an instance, can differ radically from those of a rock concert, which may also be quite different from those used in TV show productions. But while all of these unique special effects serve unique functions, the technology that controls them is, at its heart, very similar. Because of this, there are lots of unique options out there for successful stage lighting for TV.
When a producer or director has only a limited amount of money or time to get their movie shoot, they may not have the ability to hire the right grade of team members to run lights manually. The production might also be relatively small and thus the ability to turn lights off or on during scenes can be very bothersome. Technology has created an ability for just about any filmmaker to control lighting on place to create lots of special effects without needing to manage external factors. Computer-controlled lights can turn on or off as needed in the midst of a shoot, they may be moved into new places to get a continual shot, and they may also be triggered to match up with music or other audio effects. The Latter has been commonly utilized in music productions and productions for years and it’s that fundamental concept that appeals to several new and aspiring filmmakers.
The time programming which is used in audio and film can also be used to control lights automatically. By mapping out the scene, its time and pace, a Lighting Director can correctly activate lights to turn on, or away, to make the shadows or special effects he or she needs for a specific scene. In a continuous shoot, the lights (if they are equipped with the appropriate motors) can be transferred into new places. Collared lights may also be triggered on or off to make unique effects as the scenes or the director dictate. Although this level of lighting may require some degree of programming to the computer, they can also be controlled manually through the use of a controller board. This can all be accomplished by a single person whose job it is to handle the lights in sync with the filming on the set. These controllers may be simply turning on or off certain lights at particular times, or triggering a program to operate, which might turn off or on many of lights, move others into position, or carry out a range of functions.