Life as a Stage Carpenter

Video from the Halloween party. Was a fun night. 

skip forward a bit if you want to see the pyramid in its full glory

The set during the party with the projection mapping on. It looked so good and there wasn’t a bad word to be said about any of it. 

The set during the party with the projection mapping on. It looked so good and there wasn’t a bad word to be said about any of it. 

Construction and install of the Halloween Set.

It was all put on and organised by the students. I didnt build it all but i did parts and helped a lot with the install and strike. it was good fun being on something different from my own show.  

Advanced Stagecraft.

One of my classes and we have to build an 8ft tall rocket that will stand on its own and be safe to touch. We also plan to make a rig for it so it can be put on display and flown in the air. 

For the project we are mostly using the cnc router. Well to cut the peices. Everything else will be hand built including the metal fixings and tip for the rocket.

Its a fun project

Half Done.

The Tempest set half way through the build. Most of the big pieces are in place and the decking is beginning to go down. Had a bit of bother with the sizing of the deck we used but quickly found a solution to it. Basically next time we have to know what not to cheap out on and have to suck up the cost. 

After building the pieces for the main deck. We had them all lined out just to check that there was a continuous curve over the whole set.
Should have mentioned that the set has a rake towards upstage and a compound curve over the whole thing. It is supposed to have an industrial look and kind of look like the inside of a ship. 

After building the pieces for the main deck. We had them all lined out just to check that there was a continuous curve over the whole set.

Should have mentioned that the set has a rake towards upstage and a compound curve over the whole thing. It is supposed to have an industrial look and kind of look like the inside of a ship. 

The beginning of the Tempest. Delivery and then the start of construction.

We made a make shift workshop in the theatre. Its handy when you have a ton of pieces to make and the space allows you to.

The space is dived up into 4x4 sections that can be individually raised by up to 10ft. so you can create really interesting shapes and with our set make it much easier to build

One big difference in our courses is the inclusion of masters students as well as bachelors. Basically meaning that all productions are designed, planned and produced by the students. With minimal input from the faculty members.

Another difference is the work study system. where students can get a job within the school to help pay fot tuition. One of the jobs they can have is in the workshop and so be taken to work on a production. It works pretty well and there is a big mix of abilities so there are jobs everyone can do.

I like having the option to take loads of classes as well as being on production. 

California

So I am lucky enough to be doing a semester abroad at The California Institute of the arts. A pretty good trade from Scotland. 

Feels really odd being here. I feel I fit right in and have had no problems adjusting to the different culture. 

So far I have had an amazing time met tons of new people and got stuck straight into production.

I have been put on the production of the Tempest and am assistant master carpenter for the build. (Pictures of the set to follow).

A bench I made for the Fringe show. Some more metal work and welding. Its good fun  and I’m starting to get the hang of it. Quite like how you can make wee mistakes and cover your tracks. A bit more forgiving than working with wood. Fairly messy though. I am happy with the way the legs turned out and glad I got to do some more welding before we break up just a shame that the bench is kinda ugly.