"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

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Mood Boards: Translating the Mood Boards Into Space Final Design

Bird’s eye view

Front View:

This design incorporates elements of each design into one to create this final design. The location is in a thrust theatre and in the beginning, the actor has trapped in the cage again which is surrounded by sound waves. The lighting will be focused on the cage so the rest of the stage is unseen by the audience. The actor finds the key and is able to leave the cage and come into “the real world” where the cyclorama opens and they are inside the actor’s mind and they come out of the cage and they matured and see the four boxes that hold loud objects and they may start to open and random times to trigger the phobia. The actor will become more and more anxious about the noises and the speaker will also repeat the words that the actors so that the actor will be affected by their own voice like in their head.

Mood Boards: Translating the Mood Board Into Space Rough Design

Design #1:

This set is located in the black box with the audience sitting in the front area of the room. The design revolves around surrounding the actor being trapped in an area that is shaped like sound waves like in a jail cell. There is a key leading out of this cage that the actor can use to open to “the real world” to more loud sounds that the actor has to hear. The speaker will be repeating what the actor is saying and this could be pre-recorded but it makes the audience think that it is repeating after the actor. This is because people who suffer from acousticophobia are scared of their own voice when they speak and in their heads as well. This could be that this is the mental state in the actor’s mind is stressed out and the actor is panicking under such loud noises. The items that are within the glass containers will randomly start playing loud sounds so that the actor finds a way to stop it through the buttons. But the sounds can progressively get worse and start playing at the same time which activates the phobia.

Design #2:

This set is located on a thrust stage with the audience sitting on the two sides and front area of the theatre. The design includes various dangling items like the music note swing and the ladder on the thrust. Each block holds an item that creates a sound like the alarm clock, radio, speaker, and microphone, and the speaker in the corner also plays sudden loud noises that will trigger the actors’ acousticophobia. The cyclorama in the back is of a TV white noise image that could be colorful because they could be trapped inside a TV and the actor cannot find his way out. The only way leading out is the dangling ladders that are shaped like sound waves that will produce sound when you climb on them. The actor has to overcome their fear to escape this place up the ladders out of the TV.

Acousticophobia Mood Board: Analysis

The main colors I see are all rainbow colors because I think the sound has a deep connection with colors and in my mood board you can see that it is made up of a lot of fun colors. The sound waves also use the rainbow to emphasize so I think sound can be connected with color. The main symbols I see are the waves of sound, when sound is recorded down, it is in the format of sound waves and that may look like many lines connected with each other creating the sound. The louder the sound is the longer the lines are. The images in this mood board are images of loud noises or other sounds that may bother someone with acousticophobia. The texture that I see on the mood board is a smooth texture because I feel the sounds flowing in my body like a smooth wave. There are some people on this mood board because a section of this phobia is hearing. yourself talking and other people may influence that through yelling or screaming. The location of these areas is widespread since sounds come from all around the world so this may make it difficult for people with acousticophobia. The emotions that people could feel when they see these images are enjoyable or unenjoyable since some people enjoy the presence of sound while other people may not. The movement of these images is mainly the movement of soundwaves and the sound traveling through the atmosphere around us.

Scenic Design Practice: Sketching Space

Ground plan/Birdseye view and Front Elevation Bedroom Sketches

Choose a room in your house: Bedroom, living room, kitchen. Use the same room for both drawings. We want to see the room from two different views

I will be drawing from the point of view of my bed in my room, this area is where I spend most of my time for online classes, entertainment, and resting.

Ground plan/birdseye view

Front Elevation


Scenic Design Vocabulary

Scenic Design – The aspect of production that gives a sense of space or location. Can be realistic or symbolic. Aids in creating atmosphere

Mood Board (Concept) – A poster that contains imagery that will help focus’s the design or conceptual weight of a piece of theatre

Thumbnail Sketch – A quick sketch or drawing that becomes the starting point for a design

Stage Configuration – The layout of the stage in the theatre you are producing in the play

Ground plan/ Birds Eye View – The top down look of the design. Gives you an idea of WHERE things are on the stage

Elevation – the front look of the design. Gives you an idea of what you will see when you are looking at the stage

Flat – A scenic piece that is used to build doorways or walls. Light, flexible, and can be built to order

Sight Lines – The view of an audience onto the stage. Sight Lines are taken from many different seats to see what they see

Masking/Masking Flats – Flats or curtains designed to hide the elements of the stage we don’t want the audience to see

Abstract Devlin Questions


At the start of the episode, Es commented that her practice over the years has been to follow the path of inquiry and then find collaborators who are willing to share their paths with her. What does this mean to you?

I think this means that you have the recognization of others so you can develop more ideas with them. This means that she is constantly improving herself with others and working with more and more people. By doing this, you set more goals along the way. For me, it means to get creative ideas from anything and applying it on the stage


During the episode, Es stated 5 ingredients of stage design. (and perhaps photography). What are the ingredients?

Ingredient 1: Space

Ingredient 2: Light

Ingredient 3: Darkness

Ingredient 4: Scale

Ingredient 5: Time

Pick ONE ingredient and describe or explain what it means according to Es.

For light, she used the example of the colored windows that an artist, designed for over ten years. The light peered through the colors into the building and that made it look very cool. But, from looking from the outside, the windows were just black which I thought was really cool.


For the “Watch The Throne” tour featuring Kanye West and Jay-Z, Es questioned what the word Throne meant to the artists. For them, Throne was being on top and then having to fight to stay on top — in other words, the Throne meant the tension between power and vulnerability. Can you describe how she created a design that communicated the ‘tension between power and vulnerability”?

In Kanye and Jay-Z’s tour, their throne on stage was tall in height which meant that they were very powerful. But at the same time, because they were very high above others, they were vulnerable to falling off. This design created a tension between power and vulnerability which means if you have power, you can lose it easily as well. Kanye and Jay-Z were examples of people who had a lot of power but were vulnerable to entertainment and could fall at any moment which caused the tension between power and vulnerability.

Broadway theatre flat- Techniques

Scumbling: This is the base coat of the flat where we blended sections of brick colors like red, yellow, and brown together. This base coat shouldn’t be mixed as well because that gives the bricks a more realistic look. The randomness of the color makes he bricks look more natural when put together instead of coloring each brick the same color.

Lining: This is the light grey lining of the bricks to draw the outline of the bricks. This line can be sort of thick because it can later be layered with shadow and highlights. These lines are drawn over all of the lines that we drew in the beginning so that we can layer more layers over it to make it look realistic.

Shadow/Highlights: The shadows and highlights show where the light is hit on the bricks to make the bricks look 3d. In this case, the light is hit in the top right corner so the highlights are drawn in the top and right inside of the lining. Therefore the shadow of the bricks are at the bottom left corner to show the sunlight is from the rightside.

Texture: The texture is added after the highlights and shadows are drawn to have another layer of the bricks to make it look 3d and realistic. In a real life situation, the bricks all have a rough texture to it, when we are making flats we have to make it as realistic as we can so we add texture. We used dark green as the texture and my partner and I painted the texture with a wet paint brush and mixed it out with a dry one.

Spattering: Spattering are the colorful dots that you can see splattered around the flat used to make the bricks have more variety. The dots look like what we see on old brick walls and it is created by using a big paintbrush and dipping it in the colors purple, green, and blue. Then you lightly tap the paintbrush on your finger to drop the paint balls on the flat.

Theatre Tour Experience

We went to the ES and HS theatres and compared the two together to see the differences. Here are some of the places that I found really cool or interesting.

This was the Orchestra pit in the basement under the ES theatre. It was a slow lift that would go from downstairs to the stage. I thought this was really cool because if there is a band under, but we don’t want the audience to see the orchestra, then they can play under here so the sound can transfer to the audience. We also went on the ride in the pit, the process was slow but I thought it was quite interesting and I would like to see a performance that uses this sometime in the future. I am also interested in live bands because I think that the sound quality is much better than the background music and makes the performance more lively.

This is the board room in the HS theatre to control the sound and lighting on stage. I think this is really cool because I think that sound and lighting is the most important part of the performance that makes the stage look more lively and interesting. I think that the board room is the core part of a performance because it has so much control over the stage. We saw how the different buttons on the devices work to make what we see onstage.

This was my favorite part of the tour because I love high places. This is the highest place in the entire school above all the flys and cyclorama where there are a lot of metal cables around. They control the curtains and different props can be connected to the wires to create movement on the stage. I think this area is very cool because you can look down between the cracks on the floor where you can see the stage and the audience.

This is the spotlight in the HS theatre. There are two big spotlights that can be pointed towards the stage. We went into the spotlight room and played with he spotlight with different colors. I think that this is very interesting because spotlight creates so much focus on something onstage. It is a very important part of many performances because it grabs the audiences attention on one thing specifically. We learned how to change the colors on the spotlight and took turns to try it.

Stagecraft: Miniflat

Free write on I&U

After reading this script I feel like the lines are very powerful because I can envision the character in my head saying these lines. I think it is a very meaningful play because at the last second it turns out that it was actually a dream that she dreamed about during her surgery. I think that is so meaningful to her and some of these things that she feels and thought about in the dreams are what she actually feels. She might have a mental illness because she will suddenly break down or jump between being emotional and rational. This boy in her dream might actually be someone important in her life or soon to be because they symbolize hope as in he tries to help her and actually cares about her. I really enjoyed reading this script and hopefully, I can see a play like this someday.

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