The Sound Plot

All designers utilize paperwork to help them organize, remember, develop, present, and produce their ideas. Scenic and costume designers think by way of drawing. Lighting designers develop a light plot, which is a scale drawing that shows where all of the lighting instruments are located in the theatre, how they are plugged in, and what color filter is used. Similarly, many sound designers use a sound plot to assist them throughout their design process.

The sound plot is a concise table of information detailing the sound and music cues of a production in order of occurrence—in essence, it’s a list of the sound cues. In its early stages, the sound plot identifies the cues and indicates their placement in the script. Later, the ...

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