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Useful LC Subject Headings
Working in the Theatre: Scenic Design
Scene/Set Design Videos in Maag Library
Scene/Set Design Books in Maag Library
Remember when you are searching the library catalog that there are two ways to spell it: theater and theater. If you search for theat* it will look for both (and theatrical, theaters, etc.)
Most books in this category will have call numbers in the areas of PN2080-PN2099 and ND2885 for scene painting.
Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World by
Call Number: OVERSIZE T357 .W56 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Drawing on designs from real Hollywood and Broadway blockbusters, this book provides you with the basic tools and principles of scenic drafting and rendering, beginning with pencil drafting and culminating with the latest information on CAD drafting, digital 3D modelling, digital and hand/digital rendering, and digital graphics for sets. Full of examples from all areas of entertainment, this book not only builds on basic principles of designer drafting to give you the most comprehensive knowledge on the subject, but also illuminates scenic career paths with insights from professional set design artists who discuss their education and varied career progressions.
The Prop Building Guidebook by
Call Number: PN2091.S8 H255 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Theatre and film frequently require replicas of three-dimensional objects built for actors to use. This book lays the groundwork for an artisan to determine what materials and techniques to use to build these props. Walking the reader through the various tools and techniques used in historical and contemporary prop-making, the author presents a process for deciding the materials and methods to build any prop. With an explanation of how the craft and its products have developed over time, the budding artisan will understand not just how and when to use certain techniques or materials, but also why to use them and what advantages they give.
Scenic Art for the Theatre by
Call Number: ND2885 .C73 2012
Publication Date: 2011
Now in its Third Edition, Scenic Art for the Theatre: History, Tools and Techniques continues to be the most trusted source for both student and professional scenic artists. With new information on scenic design using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and other digital imaging softwares this test expands to offer the developing artist more step-by-step instuction and more practical techniques for work in the field. It goes beyond detailing job functions and discussing techniques to serve as a trouble-shooting guide for the scenic artist, providing practical advice for everyday solutions.
Drawing and Rendering for Theatre by
Call Number: PN2091.S8 R62 2007
Publication Date: 2007
As a theatrical designer, it is vital for you to be able to develop your drawing skills to create renderings that can effectively communicate your visual idea. Drawing and Rendering for Theatre starts with the fundamentals of drawing, moves to the types of media, and finishes with specific exercises in each section that will make you more proficient.
Call Number: OVERSIZE PN2091.S8 B585 2001bx
Publication Date: 2001
This practical book looks at the types of drawing used, equipment, materials commonly specified, surveying, and also covers building floors, flats, cloths, windows, doors, trucks, staircases, roofs, revolves, multi-story structures, and bridges. By addressing both theater and the commercial world this book will be of real help to a broad range of people in the theater industry.
Structural Design for the Stage by
Call Number: TA658.2 .H645 1999
Publication Date: 1999
This book provides the theater technician with a foundation in structural design allowing an intuitive understanding of why sets "stand up." It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, with a minimum of theory and many examples. The material is presented such that only a basic knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry is required.
Stage Design by
Call Number: PN2091.S8 B325
Publication Date: 1974
Theatrical Design and Production by
Call Number: OVERSIZE PN2085 .G5 2013
Publication Date: 2012
Theatrical Design and Production is a comprehensive and practical survey that examines the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Design is presented as both an art closely integrated with the director's, actor's, and playwright's visions, and a craft that provides practical solutions for the physical manipulation of stage space.