The Light Direction Ltd. also known as ATLD or Adrian Turpin Lighting Design is based in the North West of England covering Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Carlisle and The Lake District Cumbria. We provide services to the television, film and theatre business as a lighting designer
, director of photography, video designer, moving light programmer and as a broadcast vision engineer. Adrian has extensive experience in all these areas taken from many years working in television and theatre both for the BBC and for many independent companies.
Television and film making requires its own special and peculiar knowledge and understanding, not just of lighting but of the whole production process from collaberating with the production team through to the technical side of the production including in depth knowledge of how the cameras function and are set up and operated and how the pictures will be used and edited into the final programme or video. The resultant pictures made in either a TV studio or on a location shoot or outside broadcast depend as much on the cameras as on the lighting. Adrian has worked on studio productions and on outside broadcasts and location events all over the UK and worldwide across the globe too. A lighting director or director of photography can pull all of these elements together to ultimately deliver a high quality end product. These two roles are subtley different although both ultimately design and control the lighting of the production. A DoP generally has more say and control over the actual photography as well as the lighting and is a role more commonly associated with film production. A lighting cameraman will deal with both lighting and camerawork when the lighting is less complex.
Live concert lighting and lighting for live events sometimes require a different skill set and approach and can also be tied in with a production for television that requires understanding of both the live environment and audience as well as the television audience and cameras. A lot of the lighting design for live events as well as for tv now tends to have a large element of video design and content and the two, if well orchestrated and planned, merge together as one visual element.