I created a world that has been in my nightmares when I was younger. The only prop, is a coffin with nails. At first, I wanted plain red paint so that it looked like blood; but after I realized that we ran out of red paint I tried to mix together different colors of paint to get a color closest to red. It didn’t work out and I got a dark orangey color that reminds me of rotten flesh, so I used it. This scene is set in a cave like mansion, typical for vampire or zombie movies. Two coffins are bolted to the wall, however, one is opened, giving suspense and making the audience think that one of the dead has awaken and escaped. The mirrors on the wall can later be used in the play, because according to myths, vampires have no reflections. I had wanted curtains stained with blood cover the entrance and exits for the actors, but the curtains didn’t line up well. I had also wanted small pairs of glowing eyes staring at the audience, but there wasn’t a paint brush that was small enough, so I used my fingers. Thus, I was unsuccessful with those two elements of the set piece. I learned to be more creative with and using the tools that I am given with. If I was able to do this set piece again, I would make the backdrop taller, giving a sense that it will swallow the audience. I would also try to use nails to paint on the glowing eyes to make it even smaller and add more spider webs using hot glue.
This design features a dragon’s head from a house. In the yard near the house, are two gravestones of Dave and Martha Jones, who have risen from their graves and are climbing from and out of the earth, scaring a young girl who has fallen onto her back. Another zombie walks in front of them and in a near shed, is a bat entangled in spiderwebs. The backdrop is simple, yet fits flawlessly, showing the entangled and horrific scene. The creator, in my opinion, is successful, because from this scene, I could feel the suspense and the plot of the play can be clearly understood and scene, making it easier for the audience. The props are also well made, however, if she were to further develop this scene, she should add a tail or another body part of the dragon sticking out of the house, because it may seem a little unrealistic for such a small house to be able to withhold a giant dragon. One other thing she could improve on is creating for of a focus point, because although this piece is detailed, the audience may not know where the action is going on.