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Theatrical design and production : an introduction to scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup
Gillette, J. Michael.
Personal Author:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Mountain View, Calif. : Mayfield Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 587 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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This is a comprehensive survey of the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Health and safety precautions for the backstage crew appear throughout in boxes labeled Safety Tips, and Design I

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This essential handbook is a comprehensive guide to theatrical production. After first defining typical theater personnel (e.g., producer, director, stage manager, designers), the basic elements of the design process, and the prominent theatrical eras, Gillette presents a detailed, fully illustrated guide to theater craft. Stage equipment, tools and materials for building a set, techniques of scene painting, key considerations of lighting, multimedia projectors, theory and practice of costume design and makeup all of this and more is covered in a readable text that is supplemented by first-rate line drawings, black-and-white and color photos, and various charts and diagrams. Heartily recommended for large collections or small ones needing a first-time, all-purpose purchase. Glossary; references; index. MAB. 792.023 Stage management [OCLC] 86-61128

Table of Contents

1 Production Organization and Management
2 The Design Process
3 A Brief History of Theatre Architecture and Stage Technology
4 The Stage and Its Equipment
5 Style, Composition, and Design
6 Color
7 Scenic Design
8 Tools and Materials
9 Scenic Production Techniques
10 Scene Painting
11 Stage Properties
12 Lighting Design
13 Electrical Theory and Practice
14 Lighting Production
15 Projections
16 Costume Design
17 Costume Construction
18 Makeup
19 Sound Design and Technology
20 Mechanical Drafting
21 Perspective Drawing
22 Drawing and Rendering
Appendix A A Revised Standard Graphic Language for Lighting Design
Appendix B Tape Decks and Production Tape Layout
Selected References