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Here is what I have been working on for the last couple of weeks. We are producing Bartered Bride at Pepperdine University in the Spring 2008 semester. This opera will be directed by Henry Price and conducted by Tony Cason. I am doing the scenic design.
For background information about Bartered Bride you can visit the wikipedia article here. The most interesting aspect of the opera for me is that it’s set in the time of a festival from morning to evening. The implication is that it should be set in a happy environment almost like a spring festival. I have conducted a very interesting visual research which I will take a photograph of and talk a bit more about it but until then, here are some of “white” model shot that I am/was working on. The white model is for the scenic designer to get a feel for scenery and to communicate his vision to other fellow artists. In my case, it’s not a white model but it is mostly white. The idea is that I can change it easily at any time. The next step is to add another layer on top of it with either paint or re-do some of the elements in a more “finish” state. Here is act one.
Act 1 is mostly played outside in fron of the tavern. I wanted the scene to be as happy as possible so that it is very lighthearted and happy. It is mostly characterized by a sea of sunflowers in the background working against the outside of the tavern which is represented here by The Wall. The floor is another representation of a sunflower, in this example, the color.
Act 2 is inside the tavern so expect lot’s of table, chairs and mugs. The Wall will be somewhat different then what is shown here but it’s possible to communicate the “feel” for this act. It should still be happy and uplifting in every way possible.
Act 3 is all about the circus passing in town. The scene is set for dance and acrobat which will be cool to have fun with. I wanted to clear the space as much as possible to have an open space for dancing, etc.. The platform are there to be able to have different layer of bodies on stage to be able to fill the space as much as possible.
Disclaimer: The model is not what some NYU kids could do in terms of model building skills, I am after all, from CalArts.
By trade I am a theatre designer who is currently teaching and my hobby is working on computer on various projects unofficially. I have been mixing those two for quite some time and I can actually see the two merging at some point in time. I am fond of lighting design and I think more and more we see progress towards new technology. The days of just having a vibrant filament are almost over, now is the time for the 0 and 1. I have been debating the use of the blog and I wanted to open up to the world. Can the two mix with some sort of success?
I always gather as much as if there is good content then there should be a crowd. I have read some of the theatre blogs out there. They are mostly geared towards reviews and bringing nothing but critic to the table. I am personally not a fan of those type of blogs. I also spent some time reading dance blogs which to me are more interesting because they bring out interesting questions. So to re-cap, theatre nay, dance yay.
I have been a slackware user for more then 10 years now. I haven’t done much for the community but feel the need to participate in some ways now. I wonder if people are interested in having a gemini tell his story.
Can you mix dance/theatre design and a personnal hobby in a blog? I haven’t seen much of them around. You could ask the same question for any type of other art mixed with technology? What would the answer be? I actually don’t know of any blog that post something regularly about design. I know all about the reviews so no need to remind me. If you do have a blog about theatre design, please let me know, I would love to read yours.
I would like to think that it is possible. Theatre design is evolving into something that is very interesting and well, we all know about technology. For example, Linux is, to me at least, starting to get some attention from various people and maybe the more we talk about it the better open source software can position itself to lead the way. It’s a dream but, eh, why not?
Core77 Hack 2 School gives us 2 whys and 2 hows to get your portfolio going. It comes as no surprise but some of you might skip it anyways, check out their blog post for the information.
Most design students start putting their portfolios together at the end of their education–indeed, most schools offer their “portfolio class” during the final semester. Bad idea. What you should do instead is start your portfolio the first semester of your design education. Here’re 2 whys and 2 hows:
Everything you will eventually want to put in your portfolio will be a)lost b)stolen c)broken d)all three. Bottom line: when you’re ready to “put together your portfolio,” you will invariably have nothing to put in it–it’ll all be gone. So it’s a good idea to capture your work as you do it, and put it into a format that can easily be tweaked later.
(By the way, we know that nothing we can possibly say here will actually make you follow this advice. But ask any recent grad what they’d do differently and listen to them respond, “I wish I documented my work while I was doing it.” Promise.)
Designing in a touring house is not as easy as you may think. Creating a lighting design without having a decent conversation with the people in charge is somewhat dubious. I don’t understand why there are so many producer that don’t understand lighting. Come on people its not hard to get it. You just have to open up a bit to what you see. Then again, there is a lot of bad lighting designer out there that have jobs.