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Flying Set Pieces

Safe flying of set pieces requires careful application of both set design and rigging techniques. Appropriate hardware needs to be applied at structurally sound points on the scenery and attached to battens in the proper fashion. Special attention needs to be paid to adjacent line sets so that flown scenery will not interfere with lighting or audio equipment that may be occupying nearby fly space.

Rigging hard scenery is reasonably straightforward. Often, threaded eye bolts are used to provide a means of connecting wire rope to the set piece. These eye bolts are mounted in pre-drilled holes using washers. In many cases, this point is reinforced using additional wood to make it more structurally sound.

When rigging walls, it is vastly preferable to tie in to the bottom of the wall rather than the top. In practice this may be impossible, as the set piece may contain many door and window cutouts. Good judgement must be exercised on the parts of both the set construction crew and the rigging crew in order to safely rig and fly set pieces.


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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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