The Technical Brief is a collection of single-focus articles on technical production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigious Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electrics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, device, or technique that has been tested on stage or in a shop by students and professionals.
Some articles included are:
Building Authentic Elizabethan Ruffs; Simple and Inexpensive Stained Glass; A Quick-Load Floor Pulley Design; A Simple Approach to Stretching Drops; Flexi-Pitch Escape Stairs; Spot-Welding Scrim with Sobo; Handrail Armatures for a Grand Staircase; The Triscuit-Studwall Deck System; A Frameless Turntable; Stand on Stage: Minimum Weight, Maximum Effect; A Self-Paging Cable Tray; Roller Chain Turntable Drives; A Bench-Built XLR Cable Tester
About the Author
Ben Sammler is currently the Chairman of the Department of Technical Design and Production for Yale School of Drama. He is the Production Supervisor for Yale Repertory Theatre and has over seen over 150 productions. Ben Sammler is also an experienced lighting designer and technical director with over 15 years of teaching experience, as well as the co-author of Structural Design for the Stage, 1999 (Focal Press), winner of the Golden Pen Award presented by USITT in 2000.
Don Harvey has been a professor at Yale School of Drama since 1985. He is currenlty an adjunct Professor.
Table of Contents
Costumes; Lighting; Lighting Effects; Painting; Props; Rigging Hardware; Safety; Scenery; Scenery Decks; Scenery Electronics; Scenery Hardware; Scenery Mechanics; Scenery Tools; Sound
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Misters Sammler and Harvey have compiled an excellent compendium of stage tricks and problem solvers, all well laid out, easy to understand, generously providing pictures and drawings. This manual seems inspired by the Non-Einsteins for the Non-Einsteins, and linear thinkers as well as non-linear artistic types will benefit. Included are no less than three index methods, table of contents, even a topical index. Except for calling you and finding out your personal needs and tabbing those pages, they have done everything possible to make TDST a "work" book, not a "shelf" book. Design tips range from the casual- building a lighter stronger flat, to very detailed and specific, such as How to make turntable stage floors and sound amplification and electronics layouts. Want a hanging moon in the sky that changes with the phases? Want to build a chandelier for under 200 dollars? ghost effects, scenery flying in a low height space, rain effects, this manual's uses never end. I used several tips in a recent high school production, when finances from the school became tight. These and other enhancements changed our "high school" theater, into "community" theater, wowing our audiences. This year our budget has been increased, we ended last year in the black, due to a large degree, to the money saving, audience impressing tips in this manual. I look forward to further volumes, hopefully with even more tricks and tips for enhancing small theater productions. They, like this one, will end up dog-eared with sawdust and coaster stains, the highest badge of honor for a working manual of this type.