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God of Carnage - Set Design by MelissaFindley God of Carnage - Set Design by MelissaFindley
Production: God of Carnage
Location: Theatre Tallahassee
Director: Anthony Mowad
Set Design: Melissa Findley
Lighting Design: Thomas Mahaffey

Probably one of my favorite set designs to date. Challenges with this particular set -- it's supposed to be minimalistic, and the director wanted to create a sense of balance between the two arguing couples in the play. He also wanted it to have the feeling of a cave. 

The room was meant to feel as though it was Veronica's show piece. It brings in a lot of the character's personality. While it has a very modern feel, I also used very primitive elements (lots of wood and stonework) that peek through the thin veneer of civilization. The fireplace (which the character has converted into a bookcase) almost evokes a pagan shrine. The four paintings above the fireplace are "cave style" drawings of the four main characters. 

Close ups here: 
God of Carnage Set Design - close ups by MelissaFindley

Floor process here: 
God of Carnage - Scenic Painting by MelissaFindley
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GwynConawayArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional
Gorgeous design!
LocationCreator Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
MelissaFindley, Do you know about our upcoming #TheatreArtists challenge? I hope you submit something to the contest!
I'm glad you got this into our scenic design category! Lovely work.
wadekorn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Wow! That is an amazing job. So do you just paint over it with a base coat for the next show for a new design? Makes want to take it home. I use to design prom themes for Anderson's and Prom Night. Corrugated cardboard, gossamer, glitter...lots of glitter...TOO much glitter! I just started telling people I was a stripper. Glitter doesn't come of easy.  Anyway, tangent. We'd build it in a 3-5 days and it would be tore down the next. A few of the good ones are a tad sad to see destroyed was my extremely long point.
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yep. Paint over it for the next show. That's one of the things that makes live theater so wonderful. It's transient. It exists for this brief moment in time, and then it's gone. And even if you see the same show every night of its run, it's a different show every night in some way, because the audience brings something with it to every performance. And since each audience's energy is different ... :)  Don't get me started. I'll go philosophical on you.

But in essence, yes. I take photos so that I can preserve my sets the best that I can. The next time I see it, it might have been hacked up to make another set. I was working on something the other day and realized that I was painting the pieces for one show, while my paint can rested on a stool I'd painted for a second show, and that was sitting on a makeshift rolling platform that had been built from scraps of a bar I'd painted for yet a third show, and the paint color I was using was left over from a fourth. :) 
wadekorn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Look forward to seeing more. The floor was awesome. I miss doing set design. Fun, challenging and rewarding. 
Re-Awaken Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved God of Carnage and I think this is a perfect set for the play! Good job :D
SpitfireFae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Very cool. I love the stone work with it.  Not familiar with the play though but seeing this set makes me want find out more about it though. ^_^
Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Wonderful work!!!
keight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
While I am not familiar with the play, I love the set. I really like the way you've created the "cave".
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