Design Storm! Rules

Reviewed October 5, 2014

Team Assignments

  • The DTM Chair and/or Design Storm Coordinator will organize the registrants into teams comprised of as many of the following as the registration allows: director, dramaturg, designers (lighting, sound, scenic, costume, make-up) and comprised of members from as many different schools, as possible.
  • By mid December each individual will be informed, by email, about the production team position and play she/he will be working with for this event.
  • Participants will not be informed of who their teammates are until the introductory meeting at the Festival.

Prior to the Festival

  • Read the script chosen.
  • Do general research and script analysis related to the play and your production responsibility.

What to Bring to Festival

  • A copy of the script (one per team may be available at the festival).
  • Research "morgue" that includes images, historical information, criticism, script analysis.
  • Paper (including sketch pads, scratch paper, computer paper) as needed for the production responsibility.
  • Writing utensils (colored pencils, markers, pens, pencils) as needed for the production responsibility.
  • Sound designers need to provide their own resources for collecting, creating, and playing their design. A sound system will be provided with a line input and CD sound playback for presentation.
  • Laptop computer with wi-fi capabilities (optional).
  • Any other specific supplies needed for the production responsibility.

Design Storm Schedule at the Festival

Detailed schedules with times will be sent to participants with the assignment email in mid December.

Wednesday of the Festival

Introductory meeting (mandatory) in the Design Storm room.

  • Team members will meet for 1 hour & move the project forward.
  • Expectations will be delineated

Thursday of the Festival, late afternoon

Each director is required to turn in to the Design Storm stage manager a concept statement (one typed page).

Saturday of the Festival

Teams gather to complete and set up production displays.

  • Each team will be provided with a 4' wide x 8' high panel to post their conceptual write-ups, drawings, swatches, images, and whatever the team deems appropriate to communicate the concept of the play.
  • Final Presentations to directing/dramaturgy/design respondents
  • There will be approximately 7 mintues for the team to present their idea and approximately 15 minutes for discussion with the respondents.
  • The team can choose who, and how, their team will present the material.

Between the Introductory Meeting & Final Presentations

  • After the Introductory Meeting, each team is allowed 6 hours to meet prior to the designated Display Set-Up.
  • A meeting consists of any time 2 or more team members are together discussing ideas about the project.
  • Individuals may continue to work on their own outside the allotted meeting hours for conceiving of your own ideas, gathering research, or preparing your portion of the entry.

Descriptions of Individual Assignments for Collaborative Teams

Director

You have total freedom as auteur director to develop the production intention/concept however you would like. Since you know the text and have a good idea what it is about, choose a new or different way of presenting it on stage than that of anything previous. Think of what message you would like to communicate to an audience and how you will use your production to accomplish this.

What is the "spine" of the written text?

Given this, describe your directorial intention for the production. With these two pieces of information, and working with your dramaturg, prepare remarks for your designers

Dramaturg

You will be working on a classic or contemporary text. Given the mission of theatre to produce classical plays in innovative ways, focus your pre-directorial research on approaches that would make this production unlike any others previous. Having collected pertinent production history and socio-cultural context information, generate a "Letter to the Director"/ "Talking Points" that will push the director and designers towards innovation.

Lighting Designer

As the lighting designer you will work with the production team on this play. Prepare your own thoughts on mood, tone, and style before the first production meeting. Given the outcomes of this first meeting:

Consult with the other designers, dramaturg, and director to come up with a "key scene" in the play and prepare an initial series of images or a collage that articulates how you see the color and effect for that scene. Light sketches of the key scenes, hand-drawn or CAD generated (ie: Virtual Light Lab) for final looks should be part of the final presentation Be prepared to further discuss how your scene illustrates not only your ideas but also the production intention/concept.

Costume Designer

As the costume designer you will work with the production team on this play. Prepare your own thoughts on mood, tone, and style before the first production meeting. Given the outcomes of this first meeting:

Consult with the other designers, dramaturg, and director to come up with a "key scene" in the play and prepare renderings for two main characters in that scene. Be sure to incorporate your ideas regarding color, fabrics, and movement into your presentation. Be prepared to further discuss how the design illustrates not only your ideas but also the production intention/concept.

Sound Designer

As the sound designer you will work with the production team on this play. Prepare your own thoughts on mood, tone, and style before the first production meeting. Given the outcomes of this first meeting:

Consult with the other designers, dramaturg, and director to come up with a "key scene" in the play and prepare sound samples for that scene. Be sure to incorporate your ideas regarding environmental sounds, mood enhancement, speaker placement, amplification, and any ideas that you would need to work out with the director and designers. Be prepared to further discuss how the design illustrates not only your ideas for the sound, but also the production intention/concept.

Scene Designer

As the scene designer you will work with the production team on this play. Prepare your own thoughts on mood, tone, and style before the first production meeting. Given the outcomes of this first meeting:

Consult with the other designers, dramaturg, and director to come up with a "key scene" in the play and prepare initial sketches then a basic ground plan and rendering or "found object" model of the set. Be prepared to further discuss how the design illustrates not only your ideas but also the production intention/concept

Make-Up Designer

As the make-up designer you will work with the production team on this play. Prepare your own thoughts on mood, tone, and style before the first production meeting. Given the outcomes of this first meeting:

Consult with the other designers, dramaturg, and director to come up with a "key scene" in the play and prepare renderings for two main characters in that scene. Be sure to incorporate your ideas regarding color, form, and emphasis into your presentation. Be prepared to further discuss how the design illustrates not only your ideas but also the production intention/concept.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this event or eligibility, do not hesitate to contact the Design, Technology & Management Chair.

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