Programme and operate lighting consoles

Business Sectors (Suites): Lighting for Film and TV
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


‚ÄčThis standard is about identifying and allocating, in consultation with the person responsible for the design of the lighting, and if applicable the dimmer operator, the channels intended for use, and setting those channels on the console.

This standard also covers changing the original console settings accurately and promptly. It involves adjusting the lighting balance to meet requirements, whether for TV, live events or a corporate/studio shoot, adjusting the changes in lighting consistently, controlling out of sight lighting operations, and maintaining communications with production staff.

This standard is for those working as Lighting console specialists.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. identify, in consultation with the relevant person such as lighting designer, which console settings will be used
  2. discuss and agree any special requirements, with the relevant person, and any limitations or problems in the system
  3. set channels on the console to produce the desired effect for the camera shot
  4. set up and use back up systems when required
  5. operate the console in line with health and safety regulations
  6. communicate as required with relevant people
  7. adjust the light balance to meet the requirements of the person responsible for the design of the lighting
  8. control out of sight lighting operations
  9. line up vision monitoring when required
  10. adjust the lighting consistently, and in harmony with the production
  11. inform the person responsible for the design of the lighting of any equipment failure or fault which might affect the action or shooting
  12. adjust individual channels to satisfy production requirements
  13. interpret ways in which the lighting balance may change in harmony with the camera and artiste movement
  14. identify and resolve problems and production constraints
  15. maintain communication with production staff, including producer and director
  16. operate and monitor video in use
  17. plan DMX control channel allocation and DMX data systems (cabling and hardware)
  18. carry out correct `patching' of DMX control channels to DMX equipment
  19. ensure use of DMX controls and data systems in accordance with manufacturers' instructions
  20. keep and maintain records of operating lighting systems to ensure re-shoot continuity when required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. how to programme the console to produce a range of effects how to follow different types of lighting plots
  2. how to set up, programme and operate different types of consoles and equipment safely and accurately
  3. what backup procedures to employ
  4. the operation of different types of console to produce different types of effect
  5. the effects and safe use of strobe lighting
  6. how to interpret the pictorial requirements of the production by dynamic choices of lighting balance
  7. the health and safety requirements, and how they affect the programming, operation, and working practices of different types of console
  8. how a musical performance may affect the operation of the console and any subsequent lighting changes
  9. how to identify any problems or production constraints, and how to resolve these
  10. the different types of communication systems available to production
  11. the procedures for video monitor operation
  12. in television productions, the relationship with vision control, and with the lighting director
  13. how DMX is used to control lighting and effects equipment
  14. the architecture, principles and limitations of DMX systems
  15. how to use DMX peripheral equipment
  16. the importance of record keeping for re-shoot continuity


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Skilled Trades NEC, Skilled Trades Occupations

SOC Code



lighting consoles; lighthing; production constraints; vision monitoring; vision control; continuity; DMX;