Category: Stagecraft

Scenic Design Challenge – Technophobia

In the middle of the thrust stage, there is a clear rectangular box with shapes drawn that resemble futuristic screens. An actor would be captured inside the box on the actual performance. There is a large blue circuit board with silver wires and electrical components painted in black, silver, and orange on the floor. The back of the stage is covered with ripped wallpapers of programming codes. A long strip of wire is surrounding the entire set.

I wanted to represent technophobia, a fear of technology, using color and proportions. The stage mainly consists of dark shades of blue and black to evoke ominous emotions. Dark colors often connect with fear and despair, which corresponds to technophobia, as it entails the impression that people cannot control technology. Also, the bright silver and orange colors contrast with the dark colors to show that the circuit board is actively operating despite the fear in the audience. Furthermore, the proportions between the technology and people on the stage show how technology and technological improvements are becoming out of control. Typically, those in control of others are larger to show their authority. In my design, circuit boards, transparent screens, and programming computer screens are more prominent than people on the stage. This illustrates the comparative power in technology and the weakness in people. It represents that technology is in control of humans rather than humans are in control of technology. Since technology is not in people’s control, it naturally creates a fear in the audience that technology is dominating the world. In a rapidly changing society, people fear technology because it is becoming more complex to the extent where only a small group of people can understand and control it. Thus, the unmanageable complexity of technology evokes the emotions of technophobia in the audience. Moreover, the transparent box in the middle of the stage is connected to various parts of the floor. This shows that technology is forcefully gaining information on the person inside the box. Currently, issues regarding privacy in technology are prevalent around the world. Hence, the thought that people’s privacy is not protected and is revealed in the vast world of technology creates fear.

The creation of the circuit board was very successful. I was able to create a floor that resembles a circuit with wires and electrical components. I like the way that I designed the floor to show the connection between different parts. I am also proud that I was able to cut the foam board into circular shapes and create an electrical component. Additionally, I successfully cut the back wall in a shape that is not a plain rectangle to show how objects become distorted when they are feared.

I wish I had created more detail in the circuit board and added a robot hand on the stage. The circuit board is not an accurate representation of a circuit. Hence, I could have worked out a detailed circuit to lead the audience to immerse in the performance. Furthermore, a robot hand could also have enhanced my design. Because a robot hand is commonly thought of when thinking about technology, I could have utilized it to create a more profound sense of fear in the design.

The scenic design challenge helped me to learn the intricate process of setting a theatre performance. It involves a complex planning process and thinking about what the audience would feel and experience through the performance. The theatre process also consists of directing the audience to feel the plot’s emotion. By being actually involved in theatre production, I was able to visualize the theatre process as a whole.

Sound Design – Sound Designer

In class we worked on creating a sound design. My sound design was based on a character who was stabbed in a rainy day and was transported to the hospital. Efforts are taken to save his life, but he ends up dying in the busy hospital.

Costume Design

10 Factors of Costume Designer

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Social Status
  4. Occupation
  5. Geographic Location
  6. Occasion or Activity
  7. Time of Day
  8. Season – weather
  9. Historical Period
  10. Psychological Factors/ Personality/ Emotion

 

Flat

Front of Flat

 

Back of Flat

Theatre Tours

Dimmer

The dimmer is the place where all the light source is connected to. It controls the lights of the theater and makes sure that they are working well. Interestingly, there is a distinct difference between the lights in the original theatre and the elementary theatre. The dimmer produces an abundant amount of heat since it includes the process of burning. In contrast, the elementary theatre used LED lights, which did not create much heat. The change in light technology affected the energy efficiency of a theatre. I did not think that the theatre would also consider how efficient the lighting is.

Catwalk

The catwalk is a pathway on top of the audience seats where props can be installed. It was interesting to be walking on the audience seats, and it made me exciting to imagine walking on the catwalk when an actual play is going on in the theatre. I have been to many theatre productions, but I never imagined that there would be a pathway that people would walk on top. The new perspective of the theatre was interesting.

Spotlight

Being able to control the spotlight was a new experience. When watching a musical or a play, I have always wondered how the spotlights were functioning. By learning that moving the spotlight is a skill, I thought back to the productions I saw in the past. When I tried moving the spotlights, it was difficult to move it smoothly on the right spot since it was heavy. Through this experience, I realized that a large amount of effort is needed to move the spotlight at the right time and in the right place. 

I liked the tour around the theatre spaces. I enjoyed the fact that I was able to see the theatre from multiple perspectives. I want to learn more about the lighting booth and want to experiment with it. This tour was an opportunity for me to think about people backstage for the productions I have watched as an audience.  

 

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