21 terms

Scenic Design

STUDY
PLAY
style
refers to a specific compositional characteristic that distinguishes appearance.
form
the space enclosed by a line.
mood
the feeling of a play.
spirit
the manner and style in which a play is presented to the audience.
historical research
historically accurate visual clues that will help the audience recognize the time period of the production.
locale
by using visual keys, the scenic designer can help the audience identify the plays location and the geography of the design set.
blocking
the actors movement on stage.
thumbnail sketches
rough drawings, usually made in pencil, that show the general composition of the set but with very little detail.
renderings
finished color sketches of the set.
mechanical perspecitve
a drafting technique that provides an illusion of depth.
functional models
3D equivalent of a thumbnail sketch.
production models
provides a complete visual of the scene designers concept.
backing
flats, drops, or draperies on the off stage side of doors and similar openings to prevent the audience from seeing backstage.
ground row
low, horizontal flats used to mask the base of cycs or drops; frequently painted to resemble visual elements.
hanging positions
the locations around the stage and auditorium where lighting instruments will be placed.
sectional
a drawing, usually in scale, of an object that shows what it would look like if it cuts straight through a given plane.
center line sectional
a sectional drawing whose cutting plane is the center line of the stage and auditorium, showing the height of the various elements of the theater; usually drawn in the same scale as the ground plan.
sightline
a sighting extending from any seat in the house to any position on stage that is not blocked.
painter's elevation
elevations of the set, but drawn on watercolor board and painted to show color and painting techniques.
representational design
a style where the portrayed elements represent a recognizable object. (Ex. room/forest)
non-representational design
a style in which the portrayed elements do not represent a physically identifiable object.
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