Scenery Design for the Amateur Stage

By Willard J. Friederich; John H. Fraser | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XIII
The Model
A MODEL OF A SETTING, AS ITS NAME SUGGESTS, IS A miniature replica made in accurate scale, preferably the same scale used in the floor plan and working drawings. Its function in the process of designing a setting is a debatable one, perhaps, for some designers accomplish much of their designing through the use of a model and others will not bother with one at all. As always, its value depends upon many related factors: the type of setting involved, the time and ability of the designer, and, most of all, the inclination of the individual toward model building.
THE USES OF A MODEL
Models have a variety of uses, depending upon how they are made and other factors.
1. To many designers the chief use of a model is as a substitute for one or more of the other steps in designing already mentioned. For example, if the designer simply cannot sketch well enough to suit him or if he merely dislikes sketching, he may quite effectively prepare a model in lieu of the customary sketch. By carefully painting the entire thing, just as he would have painted the sketch, he has just as adequate an interpretation of the play to present the director and crews as he would have had with the sketch. Indeed, he probably has a more adequate interpretation, because the three-dimensional model is more closely akin to the real setting than the two. dimensional perspective sketch.

Similarly, a designer may choose to combine his elevation draw-

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