Little Help With A Tough Job -
for your Followspot Cue Sheets
Calling spots is one of the hardest jobs in lighting.
Your challenge is to make the show look great by
figuring out the best way of deploying the
show’s followspots to make the performers look
stunning, telling the spot ops what to do, at the
same time writing it all down so there’s a
permanent record, then when the show goes to a new
venue or on tour teaching the new crew what to do.
Often, in tours, over the first performance...
Strangely, for such a tough job, there’s never
really been a tool made to help with tracking the
cues. Writing it all down. Printing it for the
operators, so they just have their cues and no
extraneous information, clearly set out and easy to
follow. Editing it as the show changes. Printing
Everyone’s made their own, in Word, in Excel,
in a host of other programs really designed for
writing essays or doing accounts.
Now there is a tool: SpotTrack
SpotTrack is a spot cue management system for shows
with one to four followspots.
It gives you everything you need to notate, update
and distribute the followspot cues for even the most
demanding shows with ease. Set up your spots with
operator names and colour loads. Create shortcuts for
frequently-typed characters, spot sizes and levels to
reduce the amount of typing. Add cast details and
even character pictures. Print beautiful cue sheets
for each spot, master calling sheets for you - and
even contact sheets so the spot ops meeting the show
for the first time on the first night get a heads up
on what the characters look like!
As you’d expect from the people behind
FocusTrack, it’s designed to let you work
quickly, efficiently with as little extra handling of
data or typing as possible - and to let you keep all
of the information you need together in one place. It
can even import the show cuesheet from FocusTrack, so
you’re all working from the same information.
Plus it’s all in a good cause: by choosing
SpotTrack you’re not only making your life
easier, but supporting the two leading lighting
Calling spots is hard. SpotTrack can make it a little
easier. Find out more
download the information sheet
, or why not
try it for yourself