Backstage Roles

Lighting Designer:

  • Manipulate stage lighting to define the way the audience services the stage/actors
  • Responsible for the design, operation, and installation
  • Decide what gets lit/not lit on stage
  • Usually work with directors, stage designers, and costume designers (freelance)
  • Salary ranges from $42,00-85,000, depends on how good you are and how much work you take on

Scenic Designer:

  • Scenic designers focus on line, colors, textures, form, movement, and shape
  • Ensure visual concept for production and stage environment/atmosphere
  • Sketch their ideas scene by scene, produce scale models for builders
  • Read scripts and discuss ideas with the director- to make sure they get the intended outcome
  • They research the background of the play/production to make their designs accurate and relevant
  • Salary ranges around $51,000

Sound Designer:

  • Create soundtracks for a variety of needs
  • Responsible for creating and obtaining soundtracks for the play/production
  • Make decisions for what the audience will hear, when it is played, and where the sound comes from
  • Establishes the sense of place or time to help create a mood or atmosphere for the play/production
  • Critics come to review your show, harshly judged- work becomes their resume
  • Salary ranges around $5,219 in a month

Prop Designer:

  • Make, store, and transports all the props on stage
  • Includes three types of props- set props, hand props, and decorative props
  • They sketch, buy, and make the props for productions, usually following a budget restraint
  • Allow the props to work well with the play/production and actors, and make changes if needed
  • Salary on average is $63,988

 

Completed marble stage flat

  • Measuring and building the flat
  • Priming the flat base with grey paint
  • Painting the flat with background colors (scumbling)
  • Spattering the paint onto the flat to give it more texture/dimension (spattering)
  • The veining on top of the colors, and creating a general direction/sense of flow (veining with feathers)
  • Spattering more paint over the veining

I think that Tracy and I did well on the scumbling aspect of this, as I really liked how the background colors mixed together and the “feeling” and texture it provides to our marble flat. Also, I really like how we only used feathers to do the veining as it gave the marble an “expensive” feel to it because the veins were thinner and more detailed. However, this is also an aspect I would maybe improve more on in the future, because even though it was quite detailed and gave off an “expensive” look; when we were standing back and looking at all our flats, I noticed that our veining wasn’t as noticeable and kind of started to blend in with the background colors. Therefore, in the future, I would most likely make my veining a bit thicker or denser so that it is more visible from afar point of view, and is clear to the audience.

Theatre Tour

This is a picture from when we walked up to the “catwalk”, I found this part of the theatre to be very interesting and it was one of my favorite places we visited because there were a lot of different aisles you could go down. From here, it also felt as if you were safe and protected cause of the mesh wiring that surrounds you. Additionally, I loved getting to tour this area of the theatre as I never knew there were lights that came down from here. The lights are stationed and angled so far away from the stage, yet they are still so bright.

The second picture is the “spotlight” room that is accessible from the sides of the catwalk. This is was my favorite spot to visit as we got to try and control/move the spotlight around. I found it fascinating that the spotlight was hand-controlled because I had always thought it was programmed and automatic. Controlling it by hand makes it so much harder because the spotlight is so heavy, and you have to move it around smoothly while still predicting/remembering where the actors on stage will go.

Lastly, I chose this picture from when we visited the dimmer room because it is definitely something I’ll remember. I never knew this type of thing existed to help conserve energy and control how strong/bright the lights are and I think it’s really cool how this exists. Also, when we visited the ES theatre, I found it interesting that since technology has advanced, the LED type of lights don’t need these dimmers.

Five Feet Apart

The relationship between Stella and Will progresses as Stella climbs all the way to the roof, risking her life to help Will in his endangered situation. (In this part, Stella also realizes she forgets to wear a mask) Will also meets Poe for the first time, sharing how he has B-cepacia and CF. They both bond over both their relationships with Stella, but also how nothing major has gone down between them as CFers always have to keep six feet apart. (Poe thinks Stella likes Will and that the feeling is mutual) Continuing, Stella shares about her app development. Her app helps to remind CFers/patients when they need to take their medications, and since her recent hospitalization she has been testing it out. Stella encourages Will to take his treatments seriously, skyping Will every time (helps Stella relax, to ensure Will is doing his treatment daily) they need to put their vests on or take medications.

I think that a potential idea for my literary analysis essay is to write about how this book Five Feet Apart is not based on a real story but instead inspired by a documentary series Baldoni (Baldoni is the director of the original Five Feet Apart movie) was working on. It features people who have faced a terminal illness (such as CF), who during their medical journey have strived to make a positive impact. Also, how Baldoni learned about CF from a woman he was working alongside during this time. The book Five Feet Apart is actually based on the movie that was produced, as the director tries to raise awareness of the dangers CF patients face with cross-contamination, as during the production they took notes from real-life patients and got medical advice and tips from professionals.

https://www.bustle.com/p/is-five-feet-apart-based-on-a-true-story-justin-baldoni-teamed-up-with-a-beloved-youtuber-to-make-this-romance-authentic-16305263#:~:text=It’s%20actually%20not.,positive%20impact%20before%20their%20passing.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/justin-baldoni-personal-story-behind-five-feet-apart-1194780

Art Piece Inspo – Process Journal


I chose this piece of painting to inspire a physical theatre piece as I feel it can be embodied well with large, symetric movements and tell a deep story. However, I felt connected to this art piece as it conveys the feeling when we look into the mirror daily, we judge, pick and probe at our apperance because there are “standards” in society and we feel the need to be accepted. The reflection of the girl in the mirror has this neutral emotion plastered on her face, with her hand touching her hair, and head tilted to the side. I feel like besides the facial emotions, in our piece we could depict her body language but also using the technique of mirroring. The message we could spread would be something like how we present ourselves to others, compared to what we really feel like on the inside (almost contrasting the reflections).

 

 

English Diagnostic Essay Reflection

What did you find hard about understanding and analyzing the speech?

I feel like when I first read the speech it seemed simple and straightforward, but I had a hard time trying to identify all the different techniques Greta Thunberg had used.

What did you do well and what did you struggle with, in terms of writing the essay?

I think that I did well with time management, but I found it difficult to explain more in detail and articulate my thoughts into words. I realized that I would start writing something, but get stuck trying to write it and not be able to finish my sentence properly.

What do you wish you had done differently OR what would you do differently for the next timed, in-class essay?

Next time, I would try to go more in detail about all the different techniques in the speech, and hopefully outline and organize the structure of my essay better.

What topics or skills would you like more instruction on and practice with, for this type of task? (For example: how to identify and remember the names of techniques, how to annotate, how to outline, how to manage your time, how to proofread…)

I would like to have more experience and practice with identifying the different techniques and how to outline the structure of the essay.

Five Feet Apart

This book is about a girl named Stella, who has had to battle with Cystic Fibrosis all her life. Recently, she was meant to go on a senior trip to Cabo with her friends, but since her CF flared up, and has made her oxygen level fluctuate and given her a fever. Stella is unable to attend the trip to Cabo and streams an online stream to update her fans on her situation. Live streaming and interacting with her audience helps Stella cope with her life situation and deal with her emotions. After ending the live stream, she starts roaming around the hospital during her visit. As she walks around, Stella’s attention is caught by a cute boy and wants to approach him but realizes that he already has a boyfriend. This upsets Stella until she meets her old nurses from her previous visits and is informed about the boy (who also has CF, they have to stay five feet apart) that she regularly talks to, who is coincidentally in the hospital too.

From the series of events that have happened in this book already, I predict that Stella will get close to this boy who also has CF but that they will want to get closer than five feet. Two people with Cystic Fibrosis cannot get closer than five feet to each other (similar to social distancing), as the risk of spreading infection patient to patient is too risky. Additionally, I also think that Stella will get jealous of her friends traveling to Cabo, even though she is trying to cover up her disappointment. She’ll want to find a way to make up for it, or even stop socializing with them completely.

Robin Hood- Off Balance PJ

  • List 5 things that stood out to you from the videos: It could be something cool that they did, a unique way to deal with one of the challenges, or something interesting and creative
  • Tell me WHY that stood out to you

What I found was unique that they did was throughout the video, they layered different sounds and noises they made to set the scene and feeling, which really brought out their actions. I also thought the lighting choice was pretty creative, as when they were inside of the “box”, there was only a spotlight rim around them which brought the feeling of being ‘enclosed’ and ‘trapped’. Next, I found it interesting how they used different levels of physicality and different poses to play characters because it made it visually interesting for the audience. Additionally, using their poses even though they did not have props, I found it super cool how they managed to bring ‘nonexistent’ things to life for the audience using their voice and bodies. The last thing that really stood out to me how all the people in the ensemble worked so well together. They always moved so synchronized and seemed to understand what others were doing really well that you could tell the amount of time and effort they put into it.

  • Limited Space
  • Limited Technical aspects (lighting, sound, costumes and props)
  • Limited time

How did you feel about how they overcame these challenges? How might You use this technique to create something? What types of stories would work or not work?

I feel as if they overcame their limited space by using more levels, different types of poses and used each other to form an object, scene, or even character. By this, they also used their voices as sound to give their performance more feeling and emotion, so that the audience is able to understand and hear what is going on (giving sound clues).  The clothes that all of them were wearing were also all plain and neutral-colored, which worked out in this scenario and they switched from different sceneries and characters. Although they had limited time, you could tell that their performance was well planned out as everyone knew what they were doing at any point. They had practiced a lot so that they knew when to say or do what, and always got straight to the point with no dwelling around. We could use these techniques in the future especially when we are online as we will also face some challenges which are similar to these, and we will be able to use their levels and sounds when we are in our enclosed little space. On the other hand, even if we were in the studio, we could use these techniques in all of our performances, as using different levels, specific lighting, sound, and costumes would intrigue the audience more, and make it more visually and auditorially attractive. I think that as long as we put effort into what we are creating and performing, we can make any story work with this type of structure. (some more than others) But it would challenge us and push our creativity.

One of Us is Next

I started reading the book One of Us is Next written by Karen M. McManus, which is a sequel to One of is Lying. So far, there have been anonymous truth or dare messages directed at certain people going around the school. I think that this is because whoever is sending these messages are trying to gain attention from Simon’s death as Simon used to send out similar messages to the school previously. I feel as if throughout the rest of the book Maeve and Brownyn will discover and find out the secrets of the messages and the truth of Simon’s “double life” because Maeve and Brownyn was the one who initiated the idea of Simon’s suicide.

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