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Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques by Chuck Gloman, Rob Napoli

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Chapter 8

What Should It Look Like?Choosing Props, Dressings, and Floor Treatments

You've painted the set, but you are not done yet. You need to dress it and prop it. What is dressing a set? This is the part where you add draperies, rugs, chairs, knickknacks, and other items that will flesh out the world of the characters.

Set Dressings and Props

How do you choose these items? You need to go back to the script. Remember the lists we filled out in Chapter 5? These are the guides you can use to step into the characters' minds. What would they like? Where would they put it?

Illuminating Practical Prop Questions

There are a couple of questions you have to answer with any prop: What does it look like? What does it do? Let's go back to the first scene ...

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