Set design can be explained as the creation of theatrical, film, or television scenery. Scenic designers design sets and scenery that aim to support the overall artistic goals of the production. The work of a set designer includes coordinating and communicating with directors, producers, and every other crew member to make the project physically present. Imagination, creativity, visual awareness, and spatial design skills are some of the important skills required for a set designer.
A good working knowledge of the visual arts and production processes is also necessary.
Elements of the set design are:
- Harmony (The visible things we see in a design.)
- Space (The sense of order or agreement among the parts of a whole)
- Aesthetic sense ( pleasing relationships among the different parts)
From historic times, architecture and set design have worked closely, architects of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo were all obsessed with the architecture of stage set. Today architecture has become an art of spectacle and with the rise of performing architecture, the set design is becoming more real.
From the basic planning of a set to physical components involved, built-units, texture, plain, lights and everything associated with it has an underlying architectural influence in it. Famous architects have also built sets and stages for theatre plays and more.
Architecture, interior designing, and arts emulsify together to result in a good set design. The major difference between architecture and set design is that architects design structures and interior spaces that last for years. Whereas set designing industry the designer must keep in mind that the set is only kept for a short timespan, maybe even less than a day.
" All architecture is design but not all designs are architecture"