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Perhaps the most visible part of any production is the setting. The purpose of the set is to provide visual context for the action taking place on stage. If a production is to take place in an apartment, the set may be a very realistic representation of an apartment room.

To create a realistic scene, many different finishing techniques can be applied. These techniques require the use of special paints and painting tools. From the design perspective, an understanding of basic color principles and illusory techniques are necessary.

Often, the set is not only a visual element, but a structural one. Multi-level sets must be designed and built such that they can support the weight of actors on their upper levels. Walls must be structurally sound so that when set doors and windows are slammed, the set doesn't move and shatter the illusion of a real room.

The Set Designer is the person most responsible for the final look of the set. The responsibilities of the position include preparing measured drawings for the Master Carpenter, who is responsible for getting the set built as designed.

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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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