What you'll need...
Sketchbook or paper
Thin card – you can use recycled card from packaging (Set Design option)
Blu Tack or plasticine (Set Design option)
Pins (Costume Design option)
Newspaper (Costume Design option)
This week we’re going to delve into your own interpretation of the director’s vision using all the research you have gathered. Make sure you keep listening to the music and reminding yourself of the director’s vision and story as you go.
10 minutes to sketch the director’s vision
Use this activity to quickly generate rough ideas.
Set Design option: time yourself, allowing nine minutes to sketch once scene from each act (three minutes per scene).
Costume Design option: choose one act and time yourself nine minutes to sketch three characters’ costumes. Look at your sketches and annotate them. How have you represented the director’s vision? Can you identify the stronger and weaker parts of your designs?
You can repeat this exercise several times if you have time.
Set design option - working in 3D
Watch the video below on ‘How to create a 3D model’ video. From the previous activity, now choose one scene to create in 3D in a model box. Consider the director’s vision and the reflections you made on your own work.
For this stage you can only use card and paper with masking tape or blue tack to secure your designs. You might want to omit the use of scissors as the models don’t need to be neat. You need to work quickly and problem solve as you go. For example, how will you make your set stand up? Can the set be seen by the audience? How can you change the levels? Is there too much on stage, or too little? Take no more than 15 minutes to create your scene, and make sure you take a photograph to stick in your portfolio. Repeat this activity several times, documenting your designs with photographs and annotating them, you will need to revisit this work in your next session.
Costume Design option
Ideally you need a wooden artists’ mannequin or a dress makers mannequin for this exercise. If you have neither, you can improvise with a curved plastic drinks bottle as a body.
From the previous activity, you are now going to choose one costume to roughly create on a mannequin. You need to consider the director’s vision and your reflections on your own work, and you can only use newspaper, scissors, pins, sellotape or masking tape. You will need to work quickly and problem solve as you go. How can you best communicate the character you are designing for in your designs? What does the style say about the period and the character’s story? Think about the director’s vision and what it means for the character and their costume. Take no more than 15 minutes to create your paper costume and make sure you take a photograph to stick in your portfolio once you’ve finished. Repeat this activity several times, documenting your designs with photographs and annotating them in your portfolio,. You will need to revisit this work in the next session.
Don’t lose sight of the way you worked or the results of these early ideas. You may need to come back to them later. You may have generated an idea which, in time, will really work well. On the other hand, don’t become too attached to one idea at this stage – remain open minded.