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The Art of Scenic Design Robert Mark Morgan

The Art of Scenic Design By Robert Mark Morgan

The Art of Scenic Design by Robert Mark Morgan

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The Art of Scenic Design: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process by Robert Mark Morgan

How do you navigate a career as an entertainment designer while maintaining a sense of self-worth and value in the various off-ramps and sidestreets you may choose to take on the journey? The Art of Scenic Design provides an in-depth look at the scenic design process for young designers as well as creative entrepreneurs seeking to nurture a collaborative environment that leads to rediscovery and innovation in their work. Based on his 30 years of experience in stage design, exhibit design, art direction for film, and theme park and industrial design, Robert Mark Morgan demonstrates that while a design process for creating these types of works can seem like niche professions, the lessons learned in collaboration, testing and re-testing ideas, prototyping concepts, overcoming fears, venturing guesses, divergent thinking, and the creative process in general are applicable - and valuable - in nearly all disciplines and professions both inside and outside of the entertainment industry. In The Art of Scenic Design: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process you will follow an accomplished designer on a narrative of the theatrical design process from early phases of a design with a creative team encompassing visual research, idea-making, and collaborative relationships, to sketching, prototyping, and testing ideas, through to the execution and manifestation of the design with a team of artists and collaborators. The design journey is contextualized with backstage stories of what if? moments, provocative discussions, and lessons that are indispensable to your professional development.

The Art of Scenic Design Reviews

Robert Mark Morgan has crafted an accessible and nuanced conversation about the why-how-what-ifs of stage design - in ways only an empathetic creative soul might. From afar, Rob's career as a designer, innovator, and educator has appeared to me like a lighthouse for the next generation of theater artists. His book is that invitation for young designers to dig in and find their own voice in the collaborative arts for the 21st century. * Mike Brown, Principal, Creative Director, Lot71, USA *
Rob Morgan's book is a love letter to the young designer, and a reminder that a designer is not just a person gifted with magical talent, but one who lives a lifelong journey of observing, curating, reimagining and reassembling the world around them. * Jill Davis, Case Western Reserve University, USA *

About Robert Mark Morgan

Robert Mark Morgan is Teaching Professor of Drama and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and a Teaching Artist for arts education and consultancy COCAbiz. For 30 years he has designed professionally in the areas of theatre, film, museum, and theme park venues, including for American Conservatory Theatre, the MUNY, Old Globe Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Cleveland Play House.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: And Just Like That Let's Recognize the Theatrical Identity Crisis Rely on Story - Always Adjacent Possible and the Liminal Space What Has Changed ... and What Has Not 1. The Designer as a Child Futurist Who I Am and Why You Should Bother to Care The Creative Adult is the Child Who Survived Creativity Scars Take the Risk of Not Knowing You Are a Designer Everyday Two Worlds That Collide at the Stage Edge 2. Empathy and Answering What Story Are We Telling With Collaborators The Beginning of the Design Journey - and the Possibility Represented in What If... Creating Creative Space The Design Jacket and How it Fits (or Does Not Fit) the Play If/then as a Catalyst for Design Ideas Renaissance Teams 3. The Importance of Research as 'Fuel' for ANY Process The Playlist of the Mind Designer as Translator into a Visual Language Visual Alchemy Designer as Visual Collector (Bordering on Visual Hoarder) Get Your Inspiration from ANYwhere! Responsibility to the Story as a Storyteller Identifying Patterns Identify What is Your Cup of Tea...and Ignore That Primary and Secondary Research 4. Clawing and Scratching out an Idea Design is Messy...and Lose the Boxes Get Lost in the Woods Across Space and Time The Design Digestive System Avoiding the Self-edit Your Inner Clown What is Working...and What Isn't? Answering What if... with Your Pencil Space, Time, and the Default Mode Network 5. Modeling and Shaping an Object and an Idea You are Your Own Instrument Don't Tell Me, Show Me The Saint Joan Saga The Model: It's Not Jewelry. Don't Fall in Love. Modeling as Prototyping 6. Creative Swings, Career Fields, and Collaboration Collaboration is Key The Myth of the Sole Genius The Path vs the Field Don't Fit In. Don't Try to Fit In. Q-Theory and the Creative Team Design as Collaborative Craft 7. The Tech and Preview Process - the Ultimate Proof-of-Concept Recognize Your Role A Musical Factory with Lessons to Spare The Leap of Faith The Playwright as Prophet The Promise of the Payoff 8. The Inevitability of Failure and the Sea of Criticism Courage: The Man (or Woman or Person) in the Arena Do No Harm, Take No Shit A Moon for the Misbegotten and the Very Public Failure Channel the Haters: Prove them Wrong 9. Where Do We Go From Here? The Certainty of Uncertainty Take Stock: What has not Changed Re-think the Theatre Volume: Where Are We...and Where is Where? Don't Pack Up! Notes Further Reading Index

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The Art of Scenic Design: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process by Robert Mark Morgan
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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