Parlando: The COC Blog

11/26/2010

From Sketch to Mock-up

After collecting inspirational images and drawing sketches of the design elements for a new production, the next step is frequently to create some kind of mock-up, or prototype, of what the finished piece will look like. The mock-ups could be constructed from paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, or other easily-available materials. The prop and scene builders are at work constructing the pieces of The Magic Flute, our new production opening in winter 2011. Here's a look at what they're building.

This photo shows a drawing of an ornate candelabrum, with the necessary measurements specified. Attached to it are pieces of paper that will be used to construct the prop:

candelabrum  

candelabrum 


The paper pieces are then used to build the parts for the standing structure as seen below. 

 


The design sketches include designs for a pair of elephants (see the full set of animal sketches here).




The prop builders have a toy elephant for reference: 

 


They've built both large and small paper models for the elephant heads.


 


The next step involves building the head from foam.

 


The parts for the Griffin are being fitted to a Styrofoam head. 

 

Coming soon: photos of the construction of the larger set pieces.


Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (2) / permalink

Keiko (11/27/2010 10:07:00 AM)
So interesting!! Thanks for sharing these with us; the prop designers are incredibly talented. It's great to get this inside scoop!
Cecily (11/29/2010 10:22:00 AM)
Thanks for commenting! So glad you enjoyed it. It's always interesting to see how things are put together.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001