Sketchup – http://www.sketchup.com/ (free of charge)
Powerful and easy to use, this software allows you to build a 3D world inside the computer very easily, to scale. You could build a 3D model of your school drama room or hall and enable students to build their dream set and look at it from different angles, even using basic lighting. Graphics can be ‘pasted’ onto 3D objects enabling the creation of very realistic environments simply.
Sketchup can also be used in conjunction with a 3D printer to print a physical model of the design.
COMING SOON – Sample files
Many set designers create mood boards using software such as Photoshop. This software can also be used to create media to be projected onto the set.
Using Drama Boxes
These can be built by various companies, or a local friendly carpenter and can easily provide levels and be used to build shapes.
A ‘flat’ is the basic unit of a stage set, and is sized according to the space you’re working in.
Non-standard Flat shapes