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:
Floor process here:
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.
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.
Loved God of Carnage and I think this is a perfect set for the play! Good job
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. ^_^
While I am not familiar with the play, I love the set. I really like the way you've created the "cave".