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Offbeat Directing 7c: Your Design Team

[caption id="attachment_1118" align="aligncenter" width="800"]the set, costumes and a dash of lighting for 'After Juliet' by Sharman Macdonald. Rich colours and fabrics, different levels to act on, moody lights. Loved it! The set, costumes and a dash of lighting for 'After Juliet' by Sharman Macdonald. Rich colours and fabrics, 'punk- Elizabethan' style costumes, a plaza, scaffolding towwers to create different levels, moody lights. Loved it![/caption] Also in this series: Offbeat Directing 1: The Vision Quest Offbeat Directing 2: Understanding the Script Offbeat Directing 3: Dreaming and Planning Offbeat Directing 4: What Does the Director Do? Offbeat Directing 5: Trial by Audition Offbeat Directing 6: The First Awkward Read Through Offbeat Directing 7a: Who Does What? Offbeat Directing 7b: Early Rehearsals and Cunning Plans 'What team?' I hear you say. Quite so. Chances are it's just you and your best friend. But let's suppose for the sake of this post that you do have access to people who will design for you - or at least be instrumental in getting your designs on stage in some form. Part of my 'visioning' period (that's the never-ending period) involves visualising the design of the show in every way conceivable - the set, props, lighting, sfx, sound, costumes, hair & make-up. So, as soon as you can get together with each member of your team and talk through what you want. Show them your diagrams, sketches, design boards, fabric samples - anything at all you have collected whilst dreaming away! Try and find a way to make your design ideas a reality. I tend to be of the opinion that if my designer says 'it can't be done' then I'm probably talking to the wrong person (although I do compromise when I really, really have to). (more…)

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