Because it’s quite understandable to have a lot of questions about set design and how to go about it especially if you’ve just started, here are a few of those questions already put together in one place (so you don’t have to go very far just to look for answers):
- In learning about stage design, what is the first thing a beginner ought to do?
Well, the key is really to do research, research, and more research. You can’t engage in a new industry or profession such as set design without investing your brains in it, after all. You need to know what you’re up against as well as whether you’re up for it. So read a lot of literature, and don’t pass up the chance to be more knowledgeable about set design.
- When you’re about to design a stage for a play, do you really need to read the play?
Of course you do. And this is not just reading once. You need to read it multiple times, if only to arrive at a clearer understanding of what the play is all about, as well as what is expected of you, as the one in charge of setting up the context within which the play is set.
- How important are drawing skills in set design?
Drawing skills are actually a must-have for any set designer. And while you’re not at all expected to be some sort of Da Vinci, you are expected to at least be able to translate into physical drawings your imagined set, in order to set some goals and expectations with the rest of your team.
- What construction skill do you need to have in order to ‘build’ your set?
One of the top skills you need to learn is to get into computer-assisted drafting and design. You can check out free courses such as UDEMY and other drawing classes. At the same time, you can ask you fellow website visitors as to what online classes they attend.
- What is one way to build your network and get to know more accomplished set designers?
One great way to expand your world of set design is to, of course, talk to the right people. Attend conferences, trainings, and workshops. When you do get the opportunity to attend, be sure that you give yourself the opportunity to engage, not just your fellow attendees and participants, but your trainers and workshop facilitators, more importantly.
- What is one quality that all set designers should have?
All set designers must be unwilling to compromise with safety measures. There are two things that a successful set must have: it must allow the actors to stay safe while performing, and it must allow the audience to believe.