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Theatrical Design: The Process
Transcript of Theatrical Design: The Process
Pinning down the Design...
Send it to Production!
Time to build the set, make the costumes, pull the props, and hang the lights!
While the different areas of stagecraft (scenic, costumes, lighting, sound, etc.) have their own unique challenges, the design process for each area is basically the same.
Just read and enjoy
the play. Get a sense
of what the show is
about and how you react as an audience member.
Dialogue and Subtext
Actions and Conflict
Given Circumstances . . .
Designers Meet with the Director
Discuss the Play
Discuss the Director's Vision
Develop the Production's VISUAL METAPHOR
representative visual image used to invoke a mood and a theme, unifying the design aspects of the production
What does this research look like?
What do I research?
Other "Field Notes"
Robert Mark Morgan
"Theatre begins and is grounded in a story. The story, usually created by a playwright in the form of a script, is the foundation for the collaborative theatrical experience; it is the central work that all of the other artists interpret." -- Karen Brewster & Melissa Shafer
Identify the "Given Circumstances"
Total set of conditions in a character's world that influences their actions
(time, period, place, locale.)
Determine the Design Objectives:
Some Helpful Tools:
The Designers meet with the director
Go over what was found in the research, photos, sketches, renderings.
Select, develop, and finalize the designs
The Cherry Orchard
Pinterest - visual research, bookmarking research, collaboration
Evernote - cloud-based note-taking, bookmarking research, collaboration
The Cleveland Museum of art, Gallery One, ArtLens app
Cameras, phones, or sketchbooks--save the images you see on the go!
Select the Play
Develop Design Concept
Create & Rehearse
Produce & Perform