Well, since my last posting, I’ve been through 3 major revisions and a few minor ones…. and the set is, I think, looking pretty cool. The first one worked, and I think could have been cool, but I think it might have been a bit avant guarde for the play Almost Maine. The second was cool, but too expensive, and too heavy…. and ultimately a bit too restrictive . The scene changes would have been awesome, but some of the sets would not have been.
Then I had my Mickey and Judy moment. We were sitting in a production meeting where I was presenting the “hot off the printer” new design. No one had scene it yet, not the director, not the TD, not my fellow designers. And the director liked it. The TD liked it, but had to burst my bubble — it was too heavy, too expencive etc. BUT a set had to be had…. like today.
Cue the epic underscore music. “What if…” I said. “What if…” the director said. “What if…” the TD said. I had done my research, I had analyzed the play. I knew the show. Ideas where flying around the room fast and furious. This idea from this version of the set… that idea from that version…. “What if…” I was sketching like mad.
And I came up with a set….. that we couldn’t build. It didn’t quite fit in the theatre. It was dreadful. (This is the part they never show in the old Mickey and Judy put on a show in the barn movies). BUT….
The idea was good. More than good, the idea was pretty great!
So all night I drafted. I considered building materials. I sketched on every scrap of paper that was near me. I narrowed all my research down to three images for inspiration. I googled a few things to refresh my memory on just what they looked like.
I had a set. It had one major thing bugging my, but I had a set. It was good. It worked.
I showed the set to the director. . . It was good, it worked.
Budget and weight, I didn’t need to show to the TD, because it was light, it was small it worked.
Just one thing….. A decision based on the size of the material I want to build it out of.
NO problem, I call my suppliers. I want a fabric, that is like scrim, but not so fragil… And comes in at least 6′ wide. I get a suggestions … at 8′ wide. It’s in the budget. One last redesign to take this fabric width into account.
We have a set! WE have color thumbnails. We have steel ordered and start building (well cleaning steel is the first step to building) today.
I have a set. It was fairly easy to get here. Something from the previous versions always survived. I have two revisions to draft today (Make one wall shorter, make one platform higher)….. And then we’re done.
Well, not done. We need to build, to paint, to decorate, to find props and to light….. but I know where I’m going. And that’s an achievement.