David McCall
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  • Wakefield, MA
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David McCall commented on Dan Mellitz's blog post Miking the elementary school age play
" The problem may be mostly with the kids refusing to speak up and speak clearly they can do it they just don't.  You have to get them to speak loud enough that they can be heard in the audience. If you can't hear them at all, the…"
Dec 20, 2012
David McCall replied to Annie Roth's discussion Little Mermaid Score
"We used the CD for accompaniment when we did Mermaid a few weeks ago. The show sounded fantastic. "
Dec 17, 2012
David McCall replied to Bill Myatt's discussion Sweet Charity elevator in the group Scenery and Props
"This has little to do with your issue, but it might give you an idea. In television and motion picture work we use camera cranes and jibs that can carry a camera operator along with a director or AC. The crane gets balanced to hold the weight of the…"
Oct 22, 2012
David McCall commented on Rich Dionne's blog post Reincarnation
"I'm the technical Director and designer for a PAC with middle and high school productions. Our budgets are decent for a school system however we recycle and combine resources as much as possible. Elements that can be stored efficiently are…"
May 15, 2012
David McCall replied to Kevin M Mitchell's discussion Unusual Space Retrofitted for Theaters
"It has more to do with what your local fire marshal will allow than anything else. Seating is more important than you might think. If they aren't comfortable, they might come back. You will need restrooms for your guest and most likely for…"
Mar 5, 2012
David McCall commented on Richelle Thompson's blog post When a Period Piece is a Recent Period
"This reminds me of an experience I had about 50 years ago. We had just upgraded a sound system in a community theater that I did work in. I had stereo speakers on either side of the proscenium which was a new concept back then, plus I had…"
Feb 17, 2012
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I've been noticing that a lot of images that members put up make them a little overweight. Then it occurred to me that they are probably putting up pictures that are a 4 x 6 aspect ratio, but the the software insist that the pictures be square, so it stretches them horizontally adding pounds in the process. Some members may want to consider cropping their picture to a square format and posting the new one :-)See More
Feb 7, 2012
David McCall replied to Lynn Allen's discussion ETC Express
"I googeled ETC Express 12/24 and didn't find much. Based on information on the other Express consoles it would probably have 512 DMX channels if there is only 1 DMX out or 1024 if there are 2 DMX outputs. It would probably have 48 or 96…"
Feb 7, 2012
David McCall commented on Alex Senchak's group Theatre Design and Construction
"Larry, this is exactly what I was talking about. If you aren't going to be the lighting designer in the new venue and you happen to know what all of the productions are going to be, and what the set will be, then you have no idea what will…"
Jan 31, 2012
David McCall commented on Alex Senchak's group Theatre Design and Construction
"Larry is right you need a consultant before the shell goes up. One of the most misunderstood things in any theater design is that sooner or later you will wind up needing to run temporary wires from anywhere to everywhere. Every kind of wire…"
Jan 30, 2012
David McCall replied to Candyce Iseminger's discussion Assisting with Lighting Plots: Short Fixtures
"We don't have enough information to offer much useful advice, Your suggestion of a plot that will get the stage lit with the instruments they have sounds like the right approach. Developing a supplemental plot that can be filled using…"
Jan 23, 2012
David McCall commented on Justin Lang's blog post Five Color Theory for Every Show
"I'd like to hear from someone that knows something more than "There is an institution out there teaching young designers that all you will ever need is five colors of gel in order to light any show." I can't help but feel…"
Jan 16, 2012
David McCall replied to Lonnie Royal's discussion Trap door solutions in the group Scenery and Props
"We had to make the witch melt for "The Wizard of Oz". The tricky part is getting the actors out safely. I bolted a 4' ladder to the under side of a platform that was built to the exact height for the…"
Jan 15, 2012
David McCall commented on Justin Lang's blog post Five Color Theory for Every Show
"Excellent post Paul. One of the good things about having a standard pallet is that it is easy to keep a small number of colors in stock to replace faded gels as needed. I have a "private stock" of gels left over from my now…"
Jan 15, 2012
David McCall commented on Justin Lang's blog post Five Color Theory for Every Show
"I would be interested to learn the numbers of the 5 gels that are in this instructors pallet. It would also be interesting to hear what his motivation is. I work in a PAC in a school where there isn't the time or available…"
Jan 12, 2012
David McCall replied to Candyce Iseminger's discussion Creating Projections
"One possible option is Adobe Aftereffects. It is primarily a compositing program with however many layers as you might need. It does nesting as well. That means that you can create one "composition" and animate the…"
Dec 21, 2011
David McCall commented on Rich Dionne's blog post Platform Structure Design
"I've always used wood for all of my construction. That is just the way it was done when I learned this stuff. However, your mention of the stud wall approach got me thinking. Has anybody ever considered using metal stud construction for…"
Dec 3, 2011
David McCall commented on Richelle Thompson's blog post The Great Battery Debate
"I've mostly heard that ~1.5 volt rechargeables are useful, but that 9 volt units are not to be trusted at all. Does anybody have experience with these?"
Nov 16, 2011
David McCall replied to Keith Hunter's discussion Proud of what you do? Want your patrons to know who you are? Opinions wanted.
"I was initially thinking; why would anyone want a name tag in the theater. When I grew up the people in the background tended to stay in the background. We liked it that way. I never missed not having a badge to proclaim my prowess as the technical…"
Nov 14, 2011
David McCall commented on Gwydion Suilebhan's blog post Why I Won't See Anonymous
"Every movie that I have ever seen, that was about something I knew something about, felt like it was written by someone that knew absolutely nothing about the subject matter. As an example, the original Tron was about being caught inside a…"
Nov 9, 2011

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Fools, Annie, She Loves Me, And Then There Were None, The Sound of Music
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At 10:05am on April 25, 2011, Jacob Coakley said…

David -

Thx for calling out that spam post. I deleted it. Sorry about that...



At 1:48pm on September 24, 2010, Colleen M. Algeo said…
Sorry David - I just read your message? Thank you for the compliment - if you remember what you said at this point....
At 10:07am on September 28, 2009, Kelly Queen said…
Thank you very much for responding to my panic. I think you are absolutely right. I have finally heard from the venue host and feel a bit better. Now do you know of any high school student who wouldn't mind transferring to BHS to run this light and sound for me. My kids have never done it before:{
At 2:07pm on August 7, 2009, Marty Petlock said…
Picture taken early 2006. It's a long story. The old (Prehistoric?) Asolo was shut down and neglected after the company moved across the street, very sad to see. They used it for occasional events but there was a medical emergency on the third tier during an event and evacuating the patient was so difficult it was declared unfit for public occupancy. After FSU took over the museum I'm told there was a discussion to tear down the building and sell the pieces back to the town of Asolo Italy or the highest bidder but the then head of the University saw it, loved it and wanted it saved. There were three entities involved: FSU/Ringling Museums, Asolo Theatre Company and FSU Acting Conservatory. Over alcoholic beverages I will tell you what they each told me about the others but basically they didn't communicate well and I was hired as the on site theatrical expert. For whatever reasons the Museum built the venue it felt suited its' needs best with no interest in accommodating the theatre company using it as a presentation space. So - very little wing space, no fly system - just catwalks overhead. No pit, not much room for FOH lighting, no easy access to the Orchestra seating but: Great Acoustics and a masterful job of restoration by the Museum Conservators. The place looks great. I was the LD from 1972 `til we moved out in the late 80's. The lighting portholes were long gone when I arrived. Some pretty good coves for FOH (tho you had to crawl to change gel & focus) and I managed to sneak some small units in the 3rd Tier Box Booms for Apron sidelite.

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