Chapter 1

The Basic Scenic Building Blocks

Let's face it. There are really only two basic scenic forms that all sets are made from: vertical and horizontal. Of the two most basic and familiar forms, we call the vertical ones flats and the horizontal ones platforms. Any variation of shape, structure, or design does not alter the fact that we have to have something vaguely horizontal for people to stand on and something sort of vertical behind them to create a believable environment to tell our stories. Even if you were to find the perfect location with the right size and shape of interior and you put your talent in front of one of those perfect walls, for our purposes it's just an overbuilt flat.

In this chapter we discuss flats, platforms, and ...

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