Technical

How a Paintbrush is Made

Hey artists! Have you ever wonder how a paintbrush is made? Take a look at the video below to learn more about this meticulous process! via www.thisisinsider.com

Perspective on Video & Projection Design

BY: MICHAEL EDDY via www.stage-directions.com Projection and video designer, Darrel Maloney has taken an interesting, if not circuitous route to where he is at the moment. Which is currently working on designing his seventh Broadway show. Maloney graduated in 1992 from NYU with an MFA in scenic and lighting design back when there wasn’t a whole lot of projection work going on in the theater. After working in—and looking for work in—theater for a while, Maloney quit to teach himself video production. He moved west to California, started a company doing post production and animations for television, film, and commercials. After about a decade of this work, he got a call from an NYU classmate who was beginning work on a new show and that it would be right up his alley and drew him back to the...

How Lighting Affects Actors

BY: CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com For Off-Broadway’s “The Last Match,” Tony-winning lighting designer Bradley King was tasked with lighting a drama evocative of an actual tennis court while maintaining the usual elements of theatricality. Lighting is omnipresent. “A lighting designer is responsible for turning on and off every light that you see in the theater. The ultimate goal of that is to make the audience feel something. The great Jennifer Tipton, who’s basically one of the inventors of modern lighting design, has this quote that’s something like, ‘One percent of the audience is aware of lighting design, but 99 percent is affected by it.’ “ On lighting ‘The Last Match.’ “We use lighting to create a little depth of field and have the background recede and pull someone out in the for...

Upholstering a Chaise

BY: ERIC HART via www.props.eric-hart.com I just finished Buyer and Cellar at Triad Stage. We needed an all-white antique French chaise. I could not find any within our budget, especially since I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found. One of the great prop secrets is that you can order furniture frames from companies that sell to professional upholsters. I found a company that made a chaise in the style I needed. You can order a frame unfinished and knocked down, which means it arrives without any paint or stain, and it is completely unassembled. The cost is a fraction of a finished piece (and the shipping is far cheaper, too). Unboxing the chaise The frame came flatpacked just like a piece of IKEA furniture, only instead of allen keys, it fit together with glue and dowels. Ass...

2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions & Interview Registration NOW OPEN

Do you live in the Atlanta region or have thought about pursuing the arts in the area?  The 2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions and Interviews (design, tech, stage management, and musicians) will be held March 5 -6, 2018. Registration is NOW OPEN!  Applications are due January 5, 2018. Check out the events below for more information about the auditions, interviews, and registration: 2018 Atlanta Unified Audition Information 2018 Atlanta Unified Design/Tech Interview Information Break a Leg! Visit the  C4 Atlanta Unified Auditions website and FAQ to learn more.

MWTA Registration Opens November 1st

The 2018 MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA) Registration opens TOMORROW, November 1st! The registration link will open at 10:00 am CENTRAL TIME. Please note that registration fills up quickly, so have all your information and payment ready before you begin the application. There is an application fee of $50 for Actors and $45 for DTSM due with submission of application, payable online by Visa or MasterCard. MWTA does  NOT accept any other forms of payment. Checks and cash are NOT accepted. Acting Auditions All applicants should bring copies of their résumés and headshots to the auditions for callbacks. After you send in your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation by January 1st which will guide you through the process of sending in a small headshot that will be given to the the...

How to Age and Distress Wood

BY: GARETH BRANWYN (MAKEZINE.COM) I’ve recently been learning how to do weathering for scale models and gaming miniatures, so when I bumped into Eloy Escagedo’s video on Facebook, on how to distress wood, it immediately caught my attention. I’m now fascinated by all methods of weathering, aging, distressing, regardless of the scale of the thing being aged. In Eloy’s video, he shows you a number of the common techniques used in wood distressing and the tools needed to achieve them. The main tools he uses are: hammer (for denting), a drywall saw (for scrapping and scratching), an awl (for creating bug and worn holes), a chain (for adding randomized dents, bumps, and dings), a steel brush (for adding micro-scratching), an angle grinder (for deep gouging and shaping), and finally, a blow torch...

Get Up Close With the Props of Dear Evan Hansen

BY HANNAH VINE POSTED ON: PLAYBILL.COM A lot goes into putting on a Broadway show, from the performances and sound engineering to stage management and lighting. There’s so much happening onstage, that often, theatregoers miss the smaller details—like the props. We went backstage at the Music Box Theatre for an up-close look at the props used in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and spoke to props supervisor for the the show Buist Bickley. Bickley gave us a run-down on how the props were selected and what steps are taken to maintain them over a long run. Whether it’s collaborating with the scenic or set designers to create a cohesive look, or making sure the materials are all flame retardant, every last detail is specifically curated for aesthetic and practical purposes. “Dear Evan H...

The Top 10 BFA Theatre Design & Tech Programs in the Country for 2017-18

BY ONSTAGEBLOG.COM The end of August is usually a time where college seems to be on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s incoming freshmen getting ready to move into their residence halls or high school seniors preparing their applications, college is a constant discussion. For theatre students, where you attend can certainly have an impact on your career with the type of training you receive. It’s also important to note that while each school listed here is excellent, a college degree doesn’t guarantee success nor is one required to become successful in this industry. Here at OnStage, we take months to research the best BFA programs to come up with our own lists. We base it off tuition, curriculum, faculty, career support, basically, everything you yourself would consider...

Table Saw Safety: Is Progress Being Made?

National Public Radio examines the ongoing discussion of table saw safety regulations between Steve Gass, who is the inventor of the 2004 “SawStop” technology,  the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and those opposed to this technology. Table saw amputations occur every day, and it is Gass’ hope to have the proven injury-prevention technology incorporated into table saws. You can read the article HERE. View SawStop in action in the video below. What are your thoughts regarding SawStop and other injury-prevention technology being incorporated into power tools? Have you used this or any other similar technology? Comment & share your thoughts below.

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