DESIGN TECHNOLOGY FINAL

An elective offered my sophomore year, the Design Tech class explored theatre technologies and programs that are frequently used or helpful in theatrical design. For our final project, we had to combine at least three of the technologies to create a presentation of our choosing. 

CONCEPT & PROCESS

Ever stare out the window on a rainy day and imagine yourself in a sad music video? It seems like the quintessential moment in time, where suddenly scenes are playing out in your head, with a song that sums up exactly what you're feeling. That's my concept. In my Design Technology project, I aimed to recreate that moment in the theatre space.

 

First, I created a mini-wall out of scrap wood with a window, where rain would fall outside the window. The wall provides a perfect space to project content made in Adobe Premiere. Finally, to round out the moment, I created a soundscape in Qlab to lead us in and out of the projections. 

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Using a pipe, bendable piping, a fountain pump, and burlap, I created a rain-out-the-window effect. I wanted the water to cycle, so I put the pump in a flower planter at the base of the window, and attached the bendy pipe to the pump and the stationary pipe, that had multiple holes in the bottom. In order to not just get streams of water, we added burlap to get more of a trickle of rain. I also attached the rain pump to a dimmer, where I was able to control the pump. I created a step-based effect that turned the pump on and off on a "random" cycle. This added to creating a more natural flow of rain.

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I used Adobe Premiere to splice together multiple dance videos to correlate with Cher's cover of One of Us. I edited the content in the application, exported it to a MP4, and added it to Qlab.

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Finally, I used Qlab to create a city storm soundscape, and control my projections. I used all pre-waits and auto-follows to eliminate cues.