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Scenic Design

Scenic Design Skills Inventory
  • Analyzing a script for scenic possibilities (basic needs, thematic possibilities, practical considerations)
  • Researching the context or historical period of the play to get clues and ideas for scenic design
  • Collaborating with the director to understand and realize his/her vision for the production
  • Discovering what scenic design adds to a production and how it helps realize the vision
  • Using scenic design basics (flats, platforms, backdrops, levels, moving scenery)
  • How to create/draw a ground plan
  • How to create/draw an elevation 
  • How to create a scenic design model
  • Using scale to draw scenic designs and create models
  • Utilizing the director's input to ensure a practical design for actors' use
  • Building the set - basic set construction techniques
  • Readying the set for production week
  • Working through the technical rehearsal
  • Working with the director, stage manager, lighting designer, sound designer, stage crew and actors to create scene changes
  • Finalizing the design elements for opening night
  • Understanding safe working methods and ways of incorporating safety onto all aspects of the design


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