Design Challenge

General Guidelines

Each design team will have two (2) weeks to collaborate, design, and construct four specific items for a play specified by GeorgiaThespians.

  • December 11, 2020 – Super Deadline to register for this event
  • January 10, 2021 – Prompt will be announced (The prompt will include a synopsis of a specific play and a list of specific characters, locations, and props to choose from.)   
  • January 10 – January 24, 2021– Teams work on their projects. 
  • January 24, 2021 by 11:59 pm – Deadline to submit projects. 
  • January 25-February 13, 2021– Projects will be adjudicated. 
  • February 25, 2021 at Virtual ThesCon – 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will be announced, and presentations posted for public viewing.

Design teams will consist of four (4) students working together to create an original cohesive design within the following areas:  

  1. Scenic Design – One student in charge of the design, construction, and presentation of a set model.   
  2. Costume Design – One student in charge of the design, construction,  and presentation of one miniature costume (male or female) to fit a  12” tall person. 
  3. Hair/Make-Up Design – One student in charge of the design,  application, and presentation of one hair/makeup designs realized  on cosmetology head or live model. 
  4. Properties Design – One student in charge of the design, construction  and presentation of a stage property.

There is no limit to how many teams of four a school can enter.  

Schools who have only one team entered and do not have the numbers to create a complete team of four are allowed to have a team of 2-3 but are still required to submit a complete package of all four designs.

The entire team will be responsible for collaborating together to create a complete cohesive design concept statement that unifies all four design elements.  Please follow safety guidelines for all materials and tools. 

Each team will submit a slide show (19 slides) presenting a pictorial reference of their work.  You may use either Powerpoint or Google Slides.

The team will be adjudicated as a whole, with each design and presentation receiving a certain score and their overall collaboration towards a unified design concept will receive a score. 

 

Rendering Guidelines 

The design teams may choose to do their renderings digitally or use other forms of media (i.e. watercolor on watercolor paper, pastel or chalk on artist paper, etc.), but they must follow the following guidelines:    

  • The Scene Design Rendering must be from the front perspective and at least be 6”x8” in actual size. 
  • The Costume Design Rendering must provide a front and back rendering of the costume design and the bodies must at least be 5”x2” in size.  
  • The Hair/Make-Up Design Rendering must provide a full front and profile view of the design and the heads must be at least 4”x3” in size.  
  • The Property Design Rendering should be from a view that best presents the prop and should be at least 6”x8”.

The renderings can be digitally resized after taking a picture to fit on slides. 

 

Construction Guidelines

Scenic Model 

The model must fit on a base no larger than 11”x17”. 

The model should be in ¼” = 1’-0”  scale.  The stage dimensions are as follows: Proscenium stage with a 40’-0” opening, 12’-0” from curtain line to downstage apron, 30’-0” from curtain line to cyc, 12’-0” wing space on each side of stage; overall dimensions are width of 64’-0” and depth of 42’-0”; the proscenium height is 28’-0”. (link to drafting of stage layout)

No limit to types of materials used. Get creative!


Costume Design

Needs to fit a 12” tall person. Can use a 12” mannequin/doll or get inventive and create one.  

Should be to scale for the “model.”  

No limit to types of items used. Think outside of the box! 


Hair/Make-Up Design

Actual application can be on a cosmetology head or a live model. 

Live model should be someone you have access to at home (a sibling, parent, relative) that you feel safe working with. 

Please remember to wear a mask if needed. 


Properties Design

Prop should be actual size; if prop chosen is a large set prop a scale of ¼ or ½ =1’-0” should be used. . 

Try to be as detail oriented as possible. 

No limit to types of items used. Make magic! 


Presentation Guidelines

Slide 1 –  Titled “Team Design Challenge”   
Include the play title and author (given in prompt)   Team Member Names/Area of Design    Troupe Number/School Name (should also be placed in lower right corner of every slide)     

Slide 2 –  Titled “Concept Statement” w/play title   Be sure to communicate the team’s vision and consider the design’s  overall meaning, purpose, direction, and depth.  This is NOT a synopsis of the play. 

Slide 3 –  Titled “Scenic Design” w/play title   
Include Designer’s Name, chosen scene, and at least 4 images used for design inspiration. 

Slide 4 –  Titled “Scenic Rendering” w/play title   
Photo of final Scenic Design Rendering. Include any images of preliminary renderings.  

Slide 5 –  Titled “Construction Process” w/play title    
At least 4 images throughout different stages of the creation process. 

Slide 6 –  Titled “Completed Model” w/play title   
At least 2 photos of completed model from different angles (must  include a clear full front image) 

Slide 7 –  Titled “Costume Design” w/play title   
Include Designer’s Name, chosen character, and at least 4 images used for design inspiration. 

Slide 8 –  Titled ‘Costume Rendering” w/play title   
Photo of final Costume Design Rendering (front and back). Include any images of preliminary renderings. 

Slide 9 – Titled “Construction Process” w/play title     
At least 4 images throughout different stages of the creation process. 

Slide 10 –  Titled “Completed Model” w/play title   
At least 2 photos of the miniature costume from different  angles (must include a clear full front and a back image). 

Slide 11 –  Titled “Hair/Make-Up Design” w/play title   
Include Designer’s Name, chosen character, and at least 4 images used for design inspiration. 

Slide 12 –  Titled “Hair/Make Up Rendering” w/play title   
Photo of final Hair/Make-Up Design Rendering. Include any images of preliminary renderings. 

Slide 13 –  Titled “Construction Process” w/play title   
At least 4 images throughout different stages of the creation process. 

Slide 14 –  “Completed Model” w/play title    
At least 2 photos from different angles of the Hair/Makeup design application (must include a clear full front and a profile image). 

Slide 15 –  Titled “Property Design” w/play title   Include Designer’s Name, chosen prop, and at least 4 images  used for design inspiration. 

Slide 16 –  Titled “Property Design Rendering” w/play title   
Photo of the final Property Design Rendering. Include any images of preliminary renderings. 

Slide 17 –  Titled “Construction Process” w/play title    
At least 4 images throughout different stages of the creation process. 

Slide 18 –  “Completed Model” w/play title    
At least 2 photos from different angles of the Prop (must include a clear front and back image). 

Slide 19 –  Titled “FINAL DESIGNS” w/play title   
4 photos of the final product of each of the designs:  Photo 1  – Completed Set Model Photo 2  – Completed Miniature Costume  Photo 3 – Completed Hair/Make-Up Design Application Photo 4 – Completed Prop