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Special event production. The resources

Special event production. The resources

Matthews, Doug, author

This guide to special event production resources looks deep behind the scenes of an event and dissects what it is that creates success. It analyses the resources and is an extensive reference guide to the technical details of a big event. It provides a thorough grounding on the specifications and performance of lighting and audio systems, visual presentation technology, special effects and temporary outdoor venues

Paperback, Book. English.
Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Available at London Library and St Peter's Library.

  • London Library – One available - 394.2/MAT

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    11113110951 394.2/MAT LC four week loan Available
  • St Peter's Library – One available - 394.2/M08

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    11113231599 394.2/M08 28 Day Loan Available


Statement of responsibility: Doug Matthews
ISBN: 1138785679, 9781138785670
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxii, 344 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm
Subject: Special events Management.; Special events Planning.; Special events industry.; Customs and Folklore.
Alternative Title: Resources


  1. Preface Acknowledgements 1. Entertainment
  2. 2. Décor
  3. 3. Audio Systems 4. Visual Presentation Technology 5. Lighting Systems
  4. 6. Special Effects
  5. 7. Staging and Set Design
  6. 8. Tenting
  7. 9.
  8. Miscellaneous Technical Resources

Author note

Doug Matthews has over 30 years' experience in the events industry. For 19 years he owned an award-winning production company based in Vancouver, Canada, followed by lecturing at a local university. He continues to deliver guest lectures and to write on subjects concerning the industry.


"Great textbook for a student going into event and entertainment production.  The book gives the big picture to ensure that all aspects are part of planning.  I would recommend it for any student planning a career in event or venue management so they can understand all the components of the event, whether they produce the technical aspects or not"- Denise DiRienzo,Communication Studies Professor, State University of New York at Oswego

"An excellent resource for special event production, covering fields rarely touched by other event management books. The book is very structured, easy-to-follow, comprehensive, and full of professionals' experiences. Especially, the Voices of the Industry are insightful and Production War Stories are gripping. It is a must-to-have reference for special event management professionals and students." -Cathy Xin Jin, Lecturer, Department of Tourism, Sports and Hotel Management, Griffith Business School