Special Event Production: The Resources

1st Edition

Authors: Doug Matthews
Paperback ISBN: 9780750685238
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th November 2007
Page Count: 416


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This must-have guide to special event production resources looks deep behind-the-scenes of an event and dissects what it is that creates success. It analyses the resources and is an extensive reference guide to the technical details of the technical aspects of a big event. It provides a thorough grounding on the specifications and performance of lighting and audio systems, visual presentation technology, special effects and temporary outdoor venues.

Incorporating pedagogical features, this easy-to-read book is packed with photographs, diagrams, flow charts, checklists, sample forms, and real-life examples. The vast varieties of audio-visual technologies, outdoor venues, décor and staging are presented.

This text is Part two of a two book set - also available is Special Events Production: the process (ISBN 9780750682435).

Key Features

  • Provides a clear and thorough guide to the technical, behind-the-scenes aspects of special events
  • Offers an overview of the decorative, audio-visual and special events options available to producers
  • Full-color throughout packed with illustrations of the machinery and effects produced by different technologies


2- and 4-year undergraduate and students in events planning and hospitality programs; Special event and conference planners

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Entertainment 1.1 Origins of Entertainment 1.2 Influences on the Development of Entertainment Genres 1.3 Defining Entertainment 1.4 Staging Entertainment 1.5 Working with Performers Chapter 2: Décor 2.1 Design Theory 2.2 Categories of Décor 2.3 Setup Considerations for Décor Chapter 3: Lighting Systems 3.1 Objectives of Event Lighting 3.2 Qualities of Light 3.3 Lighting Instruments 3.4 Event Lighting Design 3.5 Between Concept and Execution 3.6 Lighting Control, Setup, and Operation
Chapter 4: Audio Systems 4.1 Acoustic Theory and its Application to the Event Space 4.2 Uses of an Audio System 4.3 Main Audio System Groups and Their Components 4.4 Signal Flow and Equipment Locations in the Event Space 4.5 Pre-Event Sound Check and System Operation During the Event
Chapter 5: Visual Presentation Technology
5.1 Purpose of Visual Presentations 5.2 Visual Sources
5.3 Signal Processing 5.4 Projection Equipment 5.5 Display Equipment 5.6 Multimedia Presentations 5.7 Equipment Setup and Operation Chapter 6: Special Effects 6.1 What are Special Effects? 6.2 Types of Special Effects Chapter 7: Staging 7.1 History and Language of the Stage 7.2 Types and Construction of Stages 7.3 Placement and Sizing of Stages 7.4 Stage Draping 7.5 Stage Sets Chapter 8: Tenting 8.1 Special Event Tents in History 8.2 Why Use a Tent for a Special Event? 8.3 Types and Styles of Tents 8.4 Tent Accessories and Options<BR


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About the Author

Doug Matthews

After 22 years in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as an aeronautical engineer, Doug Matthews began his second career in the entertainment industry when he joined Pacific Show Productions in 1985. This company produced special events and entertainment in Canada and overseas for many diverse clients. For example, these included: original musical theatre productions in Barkerville, BC; the millennium First Night celebrations in Vancouver, BC; the annual Leo Awards for BC film and television; and four entertainment show tours for the Canadian Armed Forces to the Arctic, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel. Pacific Show Productions was regularly nominated for special event awards both in Canada and the United States and won several awards under Matthews's leadership. The company was sold in 2004. Matthews is an accomplished speaker, delivering seminars at special event conventions and courses at community colleges in the areas of entertainment, creativity, and event production management. He is currently on the faculty of Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC, where he teaches Special Events as Tourism Generators and Advanced Special Event Planning and Production to Asian and North American students. Matthews remains involved in the industry as a member of the Canadian Special Event Society and serves on the advisory board of an international consortium of special event production companies called TEAM Net, based in Atlanta, Georgia, of which he was president in 2002-04. His published articles range from technical engineering papers for military audiences to pieces for special event publications, as well as original music and mini-plays. His most recent publishing success is a self-published book on special events, How to Create Fantasies and Win Accolades: A Practical Guide to Planning Special Events, which has received critical acclaim in the USA and Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Special Events at Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC and member of the Canadian Special Events Society