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Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques

Book Description

Basic. This is the key word in Scenic Design and Lighting Tecniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre, written by two seasoned professionals with over twenty years of experience. This book is designed to show you how to turn a bare stage into a basic set design, without using heavy language that would bog you down. From materials and construction to basic props and lighting, this book explains all you will need to know to build your set and light it.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. About the Authors
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Section 1: Building the Set
    1. Chapter 1: The Basic Scenic Building Blocks
      1. Flats
      2. Platforms
      3. Drops and Backings
    2. Chapter 2: What Are They Made Of?—Scenic Construction Materials
      1. Wood
      2. Metal
      3. Plastic
      4. Cloth
    3. Chapter 3: What Tools Do I Use?—Scene Shop Tools and Techniques
      1. Hand Tools
      2. Power Tools
      3. Portable Power Tools
      4. Finishing Tools
    4. Chapter 4: How Does It Go Together?—Construction Tips and Techniques
      1. Designer Plates
      2. Building Flats and Platforms
      3. Moving Scenery
      4. Connecting Different Types of Scenery
      5. Shifting Scenery
  10. Section 2: Creating the Environment
    1. Chapter 5: What Do I Need?—Interpreting the Script for Its Basic Scenic Needs
      1. Words, Words, Words: Reading the Script
      2. Play Scene Investigations: Who, What, Where, and When
      3. Creating Breakdowns of Basic Scenic Needs
      4. What Is a Prop and When Is It a Set Dressing?
      5. Questions for the Director: The First Concept Meeting
    2. Chapter 6: How Do I Get Them to Build It?—Communicating Your Ideas
      1. Who, Where, and When Research, or Don't Reinvent the Wheel
      2. Sketches and Drawings
      3. Floor Plans and Scale Drawings
      4. Perspective Sketches
      5. Digital Images and CAD
    3. Chapter 7: How Do I Get Them to Believe It?—Adding Realistic Details
      1. Paint Treatments
      2. Wall Coverings
    4. Chapter 8: What Should It Look Like?—Choosing Props, Dressings, and Floor Treatments
      1. Set Dressings and Props
      2. Floors
  11. Section 3: Lighting the Set
    1. Chapter 9: The Basics of Lighting
      1. Three-Point Lighting
      2. Types of Lighting Instruments and Their Intended Purposes
      3. Diffusion, Gels, and Cookies
      4. Learning What to Light and What Not to Light
    2. Chapter 10: Special Effects Lighting
      1. How to Create the Intended Effects with Light
      2. Achieving the Most with Very Little
      3. The Latest Techniques and Equipment
      4. Concluding Remarks—Finally!
  12. Index