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THEA TECH Study Guide Exam 1 CH. 5

by: MaryAynne Miller

THEA TECH Study Guide Exam 1 CH. 5 THEA2310-001

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These notes cover what will be on our exam from Chapter 5. These notes come from both the textbook and lecture.
Theatre Tech Lecture
Matthew Gist
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Date Created: 09/18/16
Exam 1 Study Guide Chapter 5: Style, Composition, and Design All steps should support each other Steps: 1. Commitment  Without commitment, you won’t be doing your BEST work  Find something within the script that relates to you and interests you  “Challenges are opportunities for excellence.” 2. Analysis  2 goals: o gather information from script o know what you need to research based on things you don’t understand  expand your knowledge  Don’t read the script just once! It’s NOT enough!!  Figure out your reactions and how the audience may react  Know when the design is due  Know your budget  Tap into emotions and instincts  Three Reading Rule o 1 reading should be for your own enjoyment  similar to how the audience will perceive the nd script/play for the first time o 2 reading  look for strong visual and textual information in script  don’t weed out ideas yet  gather emotions o 3 reading  looking for specific things  things that effect the budget  speak with the director and design team on ideas o sometimes even producer and/or playwright o helps to have more perspectives and emotional responses 3. Research  On the play itself  Background of the play Pinterest &  Background of characters Google help o Community? Don’t put cars in shows from the o Socioeconomic background? 1800s  Historic background o Time period  How other theatres produced and directed the show o Borrow ideas  Fill in the gaps 4. Incubation  Weeding through ideas  Allowing answers & solutions to questions about research  Eureka/epiphany moments  Helps to expand vision & thoughts; break tunnel vision  Overcoming the expected vision 5. Selection  Deciding on specific design concepts  Weeding through ideas  Sketches and what not are made 6. Implementation  Renderings, queues – the tangible things to hand to shops to start building process 7. Evaluation  Make sure everything supports the other steps  Continuous parts of design process Style, Design, and Composition The vocabulary of designers and directors Communication  The number one job of the designer  If the designer cannot communicate their designs and thoughts then they shouldn’t be a designer. Style & Stylization  Style – a recognizable pattern of compositional elements that provides a distinctive reflection of the production style  Production style – central stylistic theme on which the world of the production is based. All production elements adhere to a common set of artistic characteristics  Stylization – the use of specific compositional elements characteristic of a particular style or period to create the essence of that style or period  You don’t want anything distracting Samples of Styles late gothic gown gothic arch Design Styles & Design Periods  Design Style – a recognizable pattern of compositional elements that provides a distinctive reflection of the social & political history of the time  Design Period – a rough time frame* within which major stylistic elements are common  *Styles & Periods don’t exist within a narrow prescribed time frame. They are not always concrete. They evolve from those that preceded it. Audience Interpretation When implementing any stylistic choices in a design, audience interpretation should be considered. A wide variety of demographic information as well as theatrical experiences of the audience shapes each audience members’ interpretation of the play. Elements of Design  Line  Shape  Mass  Measure  Position  Texture  Color Line Characteristics of a line:  Dimension – length and width (aka weight)  Quality – value, contrast, and shape  Character – emotionally evocative characteristics Shape Any line that encloses a space creates a shape:  Audience emotional responses  Put shapes together to get form  We associate shapes into what we see in everyday life Mass  The 3-dimensional manifestation of shape  Renderings Measure  The relationship between the size of objects and the relative distance between them  Depth perception 2D form Position  The relative location of adjacent shapes or masses o The basic location of objects Texture  The visual or tactile surface characteristics or appearances of an object o Costume, scenic, and light designers all use texture Color  One of the most important design elements  One of the most sophisticated design elements  Its complexity generates multiple interpretations varying from viewer to viewer  Some designers don’t use certain colors because of their common meaning or because they are too bold. Composition  Unity  Harmony  Contrast o Juxtaposition o Set one thing off from another  Balance  Proportion  Emphasis CHAPTER 5 VOCABULARY Production style, stylization, design styles, design periods, literary style, line, dimension, quality, value, character, shape, mass, measure, position, color, texture, gobos, unity, harmony, profile, silhouette, contrast, variation, balance, symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance, proportion, emphasis, acting areas


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