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Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques by Chuck Gloman, Rob Napoli

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Chapter 4

How Does It Go Together?Construction Tips and Techniques

In this chapter, we talk about how to read designer plates and working drawings as well as how to cut-list the parts, lay them out, assemble them, move them around, and connect them to each other.

Designer Plates

Everybody likes nice things. And while you could eat off of designer plates, these are not the types of plates that you use to impress somebody when you invite them to dinner or put on a shelf to show you have excellent taste. The designer plates we are speaking of are actually the scenic designer's plans for how the set goes together, drawn on large sheets of paper, or plates. You may be more familiar with the term blueprints.

Actually, not all blueprints are blue these ...

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