My thumbnail sketch for Hamlet
I had a great production meeting with the producer and director today at Fun House Theatre & Film. Meeting time was about two hours and came with lots of ideas!
A designers first meeting at the theatre needs to be informal. I have learned this over the years. If you come with one really convincing artist rendering the director may think that this is what the set will look like on opening night and may turn it down because they did not get their say or feel threatened that this is your show. If you come to the meeting with three or four ideas it could make you look unsure of yourself. Both have happened to me before.
So at my first meeting I come with pictures, lots of research, that I think will get the juices flowing. Then you can pull out a piece of paper and make a quick sketch, like the one above. After this 'idea' is approved you may work on your first artist rendering to present for final approval. From the rendering you can move into a model, I like 3/4 scale, and from the model on to the working plans to build the show. This process takes me three to four weeks to complete.
The picture below is what struck a cord with me when I first saw it. Everyone really liked this image, simple and powerful. My entire design was inspired from this picture by artist Henery Fuseli. The design will convey the same idea simple and powerful.
Enjoy reading my encounters in and around theatre set design.