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Stage Design
      • Designers create the
        visual and aural
        elements of a
        production
      • Four m...
What do designers do?
•   Accept offers to design
•   Read the script for ideas
     –   Plot
     –   Characters
     –  ...
First draft of visual and aural
                  designs
• Scene and costume
  designers
   – Sketchs
      • Manually
  ...
Soft Scenery
• Flat scenery
  – Drapes
  – Hanging Fabric
  – Backdrops
     • May be painted to look
       three dimensi...
Soft Scenery
– Cyclorama or “cyc”
   • Huge white or light
     gray, tightly stretched
     curtain attached to
     pipe...
Hard Scenery
• Flat scenery
• Flats
• Flats can be put together
  to create
   –   Walls
   –   Doors
   –   Windows
   – ...
Dimensional Scenery
•   Non flat scenery
•   Staircases
•   Ramps
•   Platforms
•   Columns
•   Tree trunks
•   Any three
...
Further development
• Solidify the Production Concept
  – Second production conference
• Finalize Designs
• Communication
...
Technical Drawings
• Complete technical drawings, charts and plots
     • Manually to scale
         – Scale ruler
     • ...
Costumes
• Costume Drawings
• List
  – What the actor will
    wear
• Plot
  – What order the
    costumes are worn
Lighting
    • Light plot
       – May use the
           • designer’s plans
           • Theatre’s plans
           • Dra...
Sound Designers
       • S o und Plo t
          –W  here are the
           speakers to be places
          –W  hich chan...
Technical Director
• Supervisor of the
  scene shop
• Supervises
  –   Budgets
  –   Schedules
  –   Personnel
  –   Const...
Supervise realization of designs
• Scene designers consult
  with technical director
  and scene painter
• Costume designe...
Load in or Move in
•   Stage manager
•   Focus the lights
•   Technical Rehearsal
•   Dress Rehearsals
•   Preview
•   Ope...
Final Rehearsals
•   Technical Rehearsal
•   Dress Rehearsals
•   Preview
•   Opening
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  1. 1. Stage Design • Designers create the visual and aural elements of a production • Four major designers – Scenic Designers or Scenographers – Costume Designers – Lighting Designers – Sound Designers
  2. 2. What do designers do? • Accept offers to design • Read the script for ideas – Plot – Characters – Genre – Style – Theme – Meaning • Research the world of the play – The Fuddy Mears world is distorted – Victorian England • Develop initial design ideas – “unpacking” – “brain storming” – First production conference or first production meeting • Collaborate in developing the production concept – Director’s concept or interpretation – Developing the Production Concept • What the play will look and sound like
  3. 3. First draft of visual and aural designs • Scene and costume designers – Sketchs • Manually • CAD or Vectorworks – Scale Model – White model – Model Box • Lighting Designers – Storyboards • Sound Designers – Existing sources – Build
  4. 4. Soft Scenery • Flat scenery – Drapes – Hanging Fabric – Backdrops • May be painted to look three dimensional
  5. 5. Soft Scenery – Cyclorama or “cyc” • Huge white or light gray, tightly stretched curtain attached to pipes at its top and bottom place at the back of the stage
  6. 6. Hard Scenery • Flat scenery • Flats • Flats can be put together to create – Walls – Doors – Windows – Fire places – Arches – Anything that must sustain the illusion of a constructed surface
  7. 7. Dimensional Scenery • Non flat scenery • Staircases • Ramps • Platforms • Columns • Tree trunks • Any three dimensional scenery
  8. 8. Further development • Solidify the Production Concept – Second production conference • Finalize Designs • Communication • http://www.stanford.edu/group/rams-head/arch
  9. 9. Technical Drawings • Complete technical drawings, charts and plots • Manually to scale – Scale ruler • CAD or Vectorworks – Ground Plan • Looking down on the set – Elevation • Looking from the front – Cross Section • Looking from the side • http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~pacshop/graphics.html • http://www.goodmantheatre.org/About/Production.as
  10. 10. Costumes • Costume Drawings • List – What the actor will wear • Plot – What order the costumes are worn
  11. 11. Lighting • Light plot – May use the • designer’s plans • Theatre’s plans • Draw his or her own • Instrument Schedule – What light • Color media – How the lights will be gelled • Cue sheet – All the light changes and when they happen in the script
  12. 12. Sound Designers • S o und Plo t –W here are the speakers to be places –W hich channel are they connected –M icrophones • Cue S he e t –W hen is each track to be played –W m hat icrophones are used and w hen
  13. 13. Technical Director • Supervisor of the scene shop • Supervises – Budgets – Schedules – Personnel – Construction and installation of scenery
  14. 14. Supervise realization of designs • Scene designers consult with technical director and scene painter • Costume designer – Fittings • Lighting Designer – Master Electrician – Technical Director • Sound Designer – Sound board operator
  15. 15. Load in or Move in • Stage manager • Focus the lights • Technical Rehearsal • Dress Rehearsals • Preview • Opening
  16. 16. Final Rehearsals • Technical Rehearsal • Dress Rehearsals • Preview • Opening
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