Atlantic Illumination Entertainment Lighting

AIEL Instructional Series

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Lighting Personnel

Tips, Advice, and Suggestions
for Tech Crews on the Road,
or even Just Working an
Around-Town Gig

In this section of the AIEL website, ideas are presented that can
elevate the level of your professionalism. Topics encompass the
betterment of your abilities through the competent planning,
technique and organisation of the packing, loading and the
setting up of equipment. Discussion of such improvements
extends to the later running of your show, and to the
security of its components while working on the
road. In addition, ways are given to be thrifty
about your purchases and maintenance of
equipment. These techniques extend
beyond this website because
they are desirable for
any livelihood or
line of business.

The Kits
Prepare for Most Any
Situation on the Road

  • Preliminary
  • Initial Considerations
  • Creating Your Kits
  • Suggested Kits

Additional Accessories
Other Items to
Consider Taking Along

  • Gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Tape Holder
  • Wrench Holder
  • Tool Belt
  • Stage Pass

Packing Tips
Case Packing and
Loading the Truck

  • A Right Case for the Purpose
  • Labelling and Colour Coding
  • Internal Organisation
  • Truck Loading

Unpacking and Setup
Techniques for
Unpacking and Setup

  • Case Orientation
  • Logical Order
  • Blockage Considerations
  • Stacking Considerations
  • Tech Pit
  • Work Stations
  • Kits Area
  • Walkway Establishment
  • Security
  • Replacements Lists

Cue Tips
Devising and Setting Up
Cue Sheets for Your Gigs

  • The Tips
  • Theatre Cue Sheet Example
  • Music Cue Sheet Example
  • Cue Directives

The Frugal Tech
Suggestions for
Saving Money

  • The Nickle and Dime Approach
  • Reuse, Repair, Refurbish
  • Obtain "Obsolete" Equipment
  • Buy Supplies Wisely
  • Sale Items
  • Replacement Lamp Savings
  • Buy One Sprayer per Product
  • Purchase Metric Tools
  • Need a Larger Shop Space?
  • Brief Suggestions for the Shop

The Secure Tech
Ways to Combat
Damage, Loss, and Theft

  • Damage Prevention
  • Theft Prevention
  • Safety Considerations

Decluttering your Shop Space
Organising to Get More
Shop and Storage Room

  • Preliminary
  • Beginning the Task
  • Storage Suggestions
  • Filing the Clutter
  • Left-Overs

Tips Grabbag
Miscellaneous Tips

  • Lighting-Related Tips
  • Shop-Related Tips
  • Storage-Related Tips
  • Quick Tips

All nine articles listed on
this page are available in plain
text format for your archives:

Tech Tips Text Archive

A Link for a Given Article's Text Version
Is also Provided at the end of each Discussion

Some of you may be interested in Technician Corner in
the Purchase Guide section of our website.

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