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Scenery : Draughting and Construction for Theatres, Museums, Exhibitions and Trade Shows - John Blurton

Scenery

Draughting and Construction for Theatres, Museums, Exhibitions and Trade Shows

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Published: 30th November 2001
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This book is for all those involved in designing, building, and installing scenery in theaters and exhibitions. It is for draftsmen, designers, production managers, producers, contract managers, stage managers, carpenters, technical backstage staff as well as students. This practical book looks at the types of drawing used, equipment, materials commonly specified, surveying, and also covers building floors, flats, cloths, windows, doors, trucks, staircases, roofs, revolves, multi-story structures, and bridges. By addressing both theater and the commercial world this book will be of real help to a broad range of people in the theater industry.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Drawingsp. 1
Introductionp. 2
The Function of Drawingsp. 3
Save money for the production
Ensure that the set fits into the venue
Ensure that the designer's needs are met
Prove sight-lines and maskings
Establish a flying plot
Establish a setting-line
Allow for accurate cost estimates to be made
Provide information for Stage Management
Form a basis for further drawings
Indicate Health and Safety issues
Position off-stage technical areas
Position the audience
Act as a discussion point
Show that someone has considered the problems
The First Principles of Drawingp. 8
Clarity and precision
Mathematical precision
Have a clear title block
Ensure that drawings are current
Keep a drawing record
Know the type of drawing that you are producing
Be consistent with dimensions
Drawing paper and copying
Use correct and consistent terminology
Maintain neatness when writing or dimensioning
The scale of the drawing
Try to spell accurately
Be consistent with line thickness and line type
Be aware of the budget
Maintain consistency within a set of drawings
Place the set's break points with care
Obtain correct logo references
Be aware of Health and Safety issues
Accept responsibility
Admit to your mistakes!
The Types of Drawings Usedp. 21
Rough lay-out/proposal drawings
Design drawings
Survey drawings
Maths/geometry drawings
Construction drawings
As-built drawings
Drawing Equipmentp. 33
Drawing manually and drawing with CAD
Equipment for CAD drawing
Equipment for manual drawing
Materials Commonly Specifiedp. 38
Timber
Plywood and MDF
Steel
Aluminium and stainless steel
Airex type foam
Polystyrene foam
Aerolam
Vac-form/ABS
Plastic extrusions
Superseal Brush Systems
Cloth
Surveyingp. 45
Notes on surveying
Surveying equipment
Surveying: an example
Scenic Constructionp. 57
Introductionp. 58
Stage Flooringp. 59
Notes on flooring/rostra
The finished, visible surface
Strength
Noise reduction
Stability and the use of 'feet'
Fit plastic caps to steel legs
Connections
Bracing
Fascias
Tracks
Some types of flooring
Traditional 3" x 1" folding gate rostra
Plywood-gate rostra
Bridging pieces and rostra
3" x 1" laid flooring
Steel rostra
Steel 'drop-in bar' flooring
Proprietary flooring systems
Profiled flooring
'Curved-in-plan-view' flooring
Fascia
Raked flooring and development
Flattage and Wallsp. 79
Introduction
Notes on flattage and walls
The finished, visible surface
Bracing
Support
Some types of flattage/walling
Conventional 3" x 1", mortise and tenon, theatre flattage
Ply-plated flattage ("Dog and Biscuit" flats)
'On-edge' flattage
Flown flattage
Finished view, decor and mouldings
Curved-in-plan flats
Steel flattage
Exhibition walls
Stud partitioning
Trusses and beams in timber and steel
Windowsp. 102
Notes on windows
Genuine windows
Theatrical, stage windows
Some types of windows
Sliding sash windows
A bay window and opening sash
A steel-cored window
Doorsp. 107
Notes on doors
Doors (non-theatrical)
Theatrical doors and door frames
Some types of doors
A panelled door, theatre-style
A removable door frame unit
French doors
A louvered door
Trucksp. 112
Notes on trucks
Construction
Castors
Guides
The motive power
Health and Safety
Some types of trucks
Timber trucks
Steel trucks
Staircasesp. 117
Notes on staircases
Regulations and Health and Safety
Drawing staircases
Some types of staircases
Plywood stairs
Finished view, naming parts and showing decor
A timber, open flight of stairs
A steel-cored, open flight
Mitres to handrails
A simple steel spiral stair
Two steel, public stairs
Roofs and Ceilingsp. 127
Notes on roofs and ceilings
Health and Safety
Roofs
Ceilings
Some types of roofs and ceilings
Roof geometry
An example of a show's roof
A flown ceiling
Revolvesp. 133
Notes on revolves
Health and Safety
Construction
Some types of revolves
A cable-driven pair of revolves
A 'doughnut' revolve
An Example of a Design-Drawing Packagep. 137
Introductionp. 137
Design Drawings for a Trade-Show Setp. 138
Useful Datap. 147
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780878301492
ISBN-10: 0878301496
Series: Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 30th November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.72 x 20.96  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1