Chapter 1

The background of design




1.1 The illusion of reality

When we sit enjoying a TV program or a film we have an impression of total reality. We seem to be there where the action is, seeing everything as it is happening. We don’t give a single thought to the mechanics of the production but accept what we see and hear as natural and real.

That is as it should be, for a production team has combined their various skills to build up a carefully contrived illusion. Through a cunning blend of controlled camerawork, lighting, scenic design, audio treatment, script, performance, editing, costume, and make-up they have created convincing make-believe. The scenic designer is an important member of that team.

1.2 The designer’s craft

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