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Stage Composition

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on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Stage Composition

Stage Composition
Stage Pictures
Directors, along with actors, are responsible for making scenes come ‘alive’ and getting characters to interact in interesting and dynamic ways.

What is a
Stage Picture?
How to Create Effective
Stage Pictures
Usually the most pleasing stage pictures are formed by
using varied distances among characters,
using different levels- sitting, kneeling, standing
Using depth (or planes)
using the triangular form of character placement
Other Techniques
Space and Mass
Use of Planes
Contrast
Avoid Lines
Use furniture and set pieces
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An effective way to begin making directorial choices is to visualize a scene as a series of carefully composed frozen images.
In the early stages of plotting the action of a play, a director often thinks in terms of “still pictures”. There are climatic moments in every scene of a play that represent a high point of intensity for the dramatic conflict that has been building in that scene. Stage pictures enhance meaning, mood, suspense and keep the action flowing.
A stage picture is an appealing arrangement or grouping formed onstage by the performers.

The director creates stage groupings to present a picture for the audience in much the same way a photographer arranges people for a magazine layout.
Many directors have an image or ‘stage picture’ in their minds of:
1. where characters will be standing at that moment,
2. how close they will be to one another,
3. who will be looking at whom, and
4. which characters will have the central focus.
Triangles
exploit triangular shapes between actors
Levels
Actors may sit, stand, kneel, or stand on set pieces to achieve varied heights
Depth/Use of Planes
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