Random geeky post alert.
For some time I've been wondering what the most efficient way of programming an automated rig check is. I'd love to know how other people do it.
I used to keep the rig check at the end of the main cue list and have a bunch of cues that triggered effects which ran through each type of scroll / moving light etc. The eminent Mr Simmons suggested a way of doing it on separate cue lists, one per type of light etc. Which meant never running another cue list through the main cue list, but then this can involve lots of linking in and out of the main cue list etc. Also, the effects were great but it was hard to pause if something was wrong, and go back etc etc.
Would like to know if there are any rep houses out there who do any of it in an automated fashion, rather than just manually because once you've refocused everything for that particular show, you know everything works anyway, right?
How do you do yours please?
Head Electrician, Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
I also have been running rig checks on a different cue list. Usually Cue List 99.
A lot of the time I have it mostly triggered from one Go at the start, numerous Hangs throughout, but usually it will stop at designated times e.g when its a change in fixture or I need to walk to somewhere else on stage.
You can link the last cue of your rig check to your main show cue list then it will nicely flow into everything.
One thing I would suggest though if you're using separate cue lists is to use a Assert and All Fade at the top of your show. Usually on the first Cue. The Assert will take control of channels if there was any other playback live and the All Fade will Fade everything that isn't in that cue to zero.
Also just make sure you know whether a playback is live or not and how to navigate between the two and loading it onto your master playback, I would hate for you to find you go into the top of your show, houselights down, and u still have a rig check cue live on stage.
[Go To Cue] [/][Out] might come in handy.
[Go To Cue] [Out]
[Cue]  [/] [Enter] [Load]
The Royal Court, England
We do much of the same here at our venue. One cue list for our conventional check which runs through all of the conventional fixtures, then through scrollers, rotators, film FX, etc. Then we use another cue list for our automated fixtures. We run through the IFCB for each type of fixture at once in order to diagnose any issues.
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University - Assistant Technical Director
Sorry for not replying sooner, thanks for your replies. All this is stuff I'm already doing too, that's good to know!