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Transcript of set design
All the scenery, furniture and props the audience sees in the production of a play makes up the set design.
the set must:
suggest the style and tone of the whole production
create mood and atmosphere
give clues as to the specific time and place of the action
offer creative possibilities for the movement and grouping of the actors
After the creation of the elevations
the designer is concerned with the composition of areas:
the size and nature of the decorations
Things a set designer must consider
The set designer creates elevations which include walls, windows, doors, as well as window draperies, wall hangings, set dressings, and furniture or objects placed on or against the walls.
The Ground Plan is usually thought of as a bird's eye view of the stage.
The rear elevation shows the backside of the Ground Plan and "elevates" it into a straight on, flattened out, full face, no perspective view of that part of the set.
It should contain all the structural information needed to build that piece of scenery, including rails, stiles and toggles
Front elevation shows the front side of a particular portion of the Set and "elevates" it into a straight on, flattened out, full face, no perspective view of that part of the set. It should contain all of the design details that will be applied or painted on the flats including moldings, trims, windows, etc.
You get to design a set for a play
You will do the elevation and ground plan on 1/4" graph paper
#3 Students understand and apply the creative process to skills of design and technical production
Choose a play from the list.
Create the ground plan to scale on graph paper.
(The scale should be one 1/4 inch square = 1 foot)
The size of the stage you are designing for is 40’ by 20’ (That is 40 squares by 20 squares)
The height of your flats should be 12’
Door openings should be 7’ tall and 3’wide (unless otherwise specified)
French door openings should be 7’ tall and 6’ wide (unless otherwise specified)
Window openings should be 4’tall and 4’ wide (unless otherwise specified)
Each flat should be labeled with width of flat and type of flat
Your elevations should be colored and dressed according to the given circumstances in the script
What not to do
on a front Elevation
Each flat should be drawn.
DO NOT just say 3x.
Be sure your rails are outside your stiles
Feel free to look up furniture on websites to get the right size. As An example your set may say it has a sofa, you get to pick what sofe you are using.
Unless you've worked with them before, reading ground plans can be a bit confusing. A good designer will often label various pieces of furniture and props. However, there are certain universal symbols you will be expected to know.
The title of the show should be on every drawing in the lower left corner. The lower right corner displays the designer and the scale.