Set Design Portfolio

Examples of environment and set designs I have done for business and theatre.
The Revenants Stage set
The Revenants Stage set

Set design for the WildClaw Theatre production of The Revenants at Angel Island in Chicago.

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Carmilla set piece
Carmilla set piece

Set piece design of a specialized vampire crypt for the WildClaw Theatre production of Carmilla at the DCASE Storefront Theatre in Chicago.

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Nightclub Scale Model
Nightclub Scale Model

Scale model for a nightclub venue with a stage.

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The Dreams In The Witch House set
The Dreams In The Witch House set

Set design for WildClaw Theatre's production of The Dreams In The Witch House at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.

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The Revenants Set Design

 
Foamcore Revenants Set Model
Foamcore Revenants Set Model

The set model to scale for The Revenants. We used this to determine how the distressed wall which collapses at the beginning of the show will affect the lighting and movement for the remainder of the play.

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Revenants Set Model Close-up
Revenants Set Model Close-up

We used the set model to work out the many lighting changes required to show the passing of time during The Revenants.

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Revenants model and actual scene
Revenants model and actual scene

The lit foamcore set model juxtaposed with the actual scene from the play, The Revenants.

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The Revenants set
The Revenants set

The full set for The Revenants. The distressed wall on the right gets that way at the opening of the play because of a car crashing into the building. It is reset again for the next performance.

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Carmilla Vampire Crypt Design

Carmilla Vampire Crypt 1
Carmilla Vampire Crypt 1

This set piece had to serve as a table, bench, bed, and crypt during the play. It's 7' x 3' top had nowhere to go when the lid was removed. To solve that I created a split lid.

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Carmilla Vampire Crypt 2
Carmilla Vampire Crypt 2

The actor entered the scene hidden from below, pushing the two lids up and out. I still had to find a place for the lids that did not interrupt scene by having to place them somewhere nor have them in the way on top of the platform.

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Carmilla Vampire Crypt 3
Carmilla Vampire Crypt 3

The two parts of the lid were designed to slide down channels along the side of the crypt to securely get them out of the way for the rest of the play. This required two people below moving control systems to bring them down smoothly. Worked every night!

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Carmilla Vampire Crypt 4
Carmilla Vampire Crypt 4

The crypt was built offsite and put in place after the main set was in place.

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Nightclub Stage Design

Nightclub Foamcore Model
Nightclub Foamcore Model

Foamcore scale model of the space and the stage used to determine audience size, sight lines, band accessibility, and crowd movement patterns to the bar.

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Stage Framework
Stage Framework

Actual framework of the stage as it is built to specifications.

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Finished Nightclub
Finished Nightclub

The stage is set to the left in the finished nightclub.

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Custom Bar Top
Custom Bar Top

The bar along the back wall of the nightclub had a custom design that incorporated three classic guitars shapes inlaid onto the surface.

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Finished Custom Bar Top
Finished Custom Bar Top

The final complete bar top design with a Les Paul, Flying V, and Stratocaster guitar design.

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The Dreams In The Witch House Set Design

Witch House Foamcore Model
Witch House Foamcore Model

In the foam care scale model I had a raised floor that was later produced by an optical illusion in paint to save time and money.

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Witch House Set In Process
Witch House Set In Process

The Witch House set required several entrances and working special effects built into the walls of the set.

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Finished Witch House Set
Finished Witch House Set

The final set was meant to instill unease through angles and colors as it was described in H.P. Lovecraft's novel.

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