"The course exceeded my expectations. As someone who doesn’t have much experience within the theatre industry, I felt that the course was able to offer a lot of information that brought me up to speed quickly as well as teach me what I was intended to learn." Course Participant, 2014
Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Stage Technologies have come together to deliver the highest quality teaching experience in one of the newest, fully automated theatres in the UK. Our training is delivered by leading industry experts, and comprises a mixture of hands-on practice and theory.
Our introductory courses will provide you with a thorough introduction to automation and eChameleon software: from basic motion control theory, eChameleon functionality and complex moves to two and three dimensional flying, including the grid work and rigging. Courses are suitable for those pursuing a career in automation as well as technical theatre graduates and professionals in other backstage industries such as lighting, sound, etc. who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge.
Training takes place on site at the Guildhall School’s recently launched building, Milton Court, in state of the art seminar suites and Milton Court Theatre - a fully automated theatre containing 33 flybars, 6 point hoists, 9 CH:I integrated chain hoists, storage bars and an orchestra pit lift. Milton Court also has 3 Nomad desks and 1 Acrobat G6.
Course 1: An introduction to automation and Stage Technologies’ eChameleon | 7-8 December 2015
- Day 1
- Basic motion control theory – an overview of a closed loop control system based around the school’s Siemens components, Stage Technologies’ Big Tow winches, Nomad and Acrobat desks and eChameleon software.
- Introduction to eChameleon – Moving an axis using Joystick and Speed modes, targets, deads, speed, time, delays, and actions ; working with views, understanding playbacks, and general eChameleon functionality.
- Day 2
- Complex moves- multi-target moves, triggers, tracking.
- Recording states- working with multiple playbacks.
- Overview of eChameleon Manager.
Course 2: An introduction to 2D and 3D automated flying| 9-10 December 2015
This course is suitable for participants who have completed course 1 or already have a working knowledge of eChameleon software
- Day 1
Setting up a 2D and 3D bridle – working with pulleys and truss, rigging basics, and measurement.
An introduction to Stage Technologies Sculptor.
- Day 2
Recording 2D and 3D paths, working with Sculptor and Visual Creator to edit paths, and general functionality and application.
Course 1: £350
Course 2: £350
Course 1 & 2: £550
Course 1: 29 - 30 March 2016
Course 2: 14 - 15 April 2016