Five things required to draft a light plot:
1. Accurate ground plan of venue including hanging positions and circuit locations
2. Accurate vertical section of venue
3. Accurate ground plan and section of scenic design
4. Lighting inventory
5. Size and number of dimmers available
Divide acting space into lighting areas 6'-0"- 8'-0"
Decide on lighting systems needed for design (front light, back light, side light, etc.)
Count the number of lighting areas required
Number of light fixtures per area times the number of lighting areas
Add fixtures used for washes: scenic or acting area
Add fixtures used for specials
Create color key by assigning color to each lighting system.
Color Key Example
Lighting Specials Involving Scenic Pieces
Commit Lighting Inventory
MPAC Lighting Inventory
Using the MF Factor
Draft the light plot including relevant information for hanging crew.
Front: color and/or focus information
Inside: instrument number Behind: circuit or channel number
Performance space Title of production Plate title Scale Date Designer/Draftsperson Plate number
Silhouette of each instrument type
Final Draft of a Light Plot