Interview with Ken BillingtonAdditional title: Interview with Ken Billington at KB Associates, Inc. (Ken Billington's studio)
NamesUnited Scenic Artists (Funder)Character Generators/Video (Producer)New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Division., Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. (Producer)Billington, Ken, 1946- (Interviewee)Bobbie, Walter, 1945- (Interviewer)
Theatre on Film and Tape Archive Public Program Videos
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1998Place: New York
Library locationsTheatre on Film and Tape ArchiveShelf locator: NCOW 218
TopicsBillington, Ken, 1946-Bobbie, Walter, 1945-Sondheim, Stephen. Sweeney ToddSnow, Tom. FootlooseKander, John. ChicagoClark, PeggyMusser, TharonStage lighting -- Technological innovationsStage lighting designers -- United StatesStage lighting designersTheater -- Economic aspects
NotesStatement of responsibility: [video prod. company] Character Generators Inc. ; [video producer] Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, Betty L. Corwin, director.Content: 25 minutes into the second cassette an 8-second blackout is followed by a resumption of the interview with no loss of material.Venue: Videotaped by The New York Public Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at KB Associates, Inc. (Ken Billington's studio), New York, N.Y., Dec. 22, 1998.Funding: Recorded with the financial assistance of United Scenic Artists.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 2 videocassettes (98 min.) :sd., col. NTSC ;3/4 in. (U-matic)
DescriptionLighting designer Ken Billington discusses his career with a frequent collaborator, the director Walter Bobbie, from grade school plays to more recent projects, including the Broadway musicals Sweeney Todd, Footloose, and the revival of Chicago. Using Footloose as an example, Mr. Billington demonstrates how he begins with a floor plan given to him by the scenic designer and then creates the entire light plan on his drawing table, before any work is done in the theater itself. Mr. Billington cites lighting designers Peggy Clark and Tharon Musser as his mentors. Other topics covered include the changes wrought by theater technology, the nature of collaboration in theater, and the business side of the profession.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPG00-F4NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14539453NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b22786060Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3562cfc0-6a4b-0139-f382-0242ac110003
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