Class Library Creating A Run of Show

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  • Title:Creating A Run of Show
  • Category:Technical Production
  • Level:Intermediate
  • Instructor:Lizz Torgovnick
  • Length:66 min
  • Posted:5/8/2012
  • CMP Domain:G: Meeting or Event Design
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Any event with some type of activity on a stage needs a Run of Show document to tell all the behind-the-scenes players what to do. Whether it's stage managers, lighting technicians, audio technicians, technical directors, or your voice of god (announcer), the Run of Show serves as the architectural blueprint and road map for a successfully executed program. In this class you'll learn how to create a professional run of show in an easy step by step process.

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Technical Production

Learning Outcomes

    1. Identify the purpose of a run of show, and who needs access to it.
    2. List all program components that go into a run of show document.
    3. Learn tips for ordering the program elements to keep things fresh and lively.
    4. See a sample run of show being created for an actual event, matched to an accompanying video showing it in action at the event.

Table of Contents

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Creating A Run of Show Full Class Video 01:06:52
The Basics
Overview 02:17
Definitions 06:08
Building A Run of Show
Elements 03:23
Estimate Timing 04:12
Order & Flow 03:41
Trying Something New 04:03
Adding Technical Cues to A Run of Show
Visualize the Program 06:50
Adding Technical Cues: Sample 1 11:43
Adding Techincal Cues: Sample 2 06:40
“How Far In Advance Should You Put Together Your ROS?” 04:38
“Rehearsals” 05:08
“Do You Input Your Own Lighting Cues?” 03:11
“Tips for Moving from Planner to Producer” 03:06
“Ideas for Low Cost Openings?” 04:02
PDF of Slides from 'Creating A Run of Show' 44 Pages

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