This must-have guide to special event production resources looks deep behind the scenes of an event and examines the actual “building blocks” that create success. It is an extensive reference guide to the technical details of a big event. It provides a thorough grounding in the design of entertainment shows, creative décor, lighting and audio systems, visual presentation technology, special effects, staging, and temporary outdoor venues.


This new edition includes:


  • New content on: entertainment trends and mobile technology used in entertainment; décor trends; digital technology in audio, lighting, and video systems; hybrid tents and trends in tent design; trussing and rigging; staging design; and industry safety standards in all areas of production.

  • Updated and new case studies.

  • New Industry Voice feature in each chapter, including interviews with industry experts from around the world.

  • Comprehensive coverage of venues, staging, rigging, lighting, video, audio, scenic design and décor, CADD, entertainment, special effects, tenting, electrical power, fencing and sanitary facilities in a variety of indoor and outdoor event settings.

  • Enhanced online resources including: PowerPoint lecture slides, glossaries, additional questions and challenges, web links, and video links.


Incorporating pedagogical features, this easy-to-read book is packed with extensive explanations of all technical areas of event production, photographs, diagrams, flow charts, and real-life examples. This is a must-have resource for event producers, planners, managers, caterers, and students.


This text is part two of a two-book set - also available is Special Events Production: The Process (ISBN 978-1-138-78565-6). This book analyses the process - the planning and business aspects - to provide a unique guide to producing a variety of events from weddings to festivals.

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