Sweeney Todd Lighting Concept
Statement for 2/15/12 Production Meeting Sweeney Todd can be broken up into parts-‐ the ”real” passages (i.e. Worst Pies in London, Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir, Not While I’m Around), and the “surreal” passages. (i.e. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, most killing sequences, Poor Thing, Epiphany). To support the “futuristic meets gothic” vision of the director, the “real” scenes will be distinguished by a cold, dated look with relatively subtle nuances. As a “real” scene transitions to a “surreal” scene, the audience will notice a vibrant change in shadows, color saturation, angles of light, and texture. Specifically, when Sweeney Todd slits his victims’ throats, the transition from the realistic setting to the surreal/mood-‐driven look is precise and sharp. The instant Todd murders somebody with his knife, the audience is drawn into Sweeney’s world as the “clamshell” of the auditorium fills with the color of blood. This distinctive look returns for every death.