"The Handbook of Set Design" is a comprehensive guide to designing scenery of all kinds for a wide variety of stages, large and small. From concept to final dress rehearsal and performance, it takes you through the practical process of turning initial ideas and sketches into final sets that enhance the audience's understanding of the play as well as providing a memorable experience in their own right. Many photographs of stage sets designed by the author are included, together with explanatory illustrations, stage plans, technical drawings, models and colour renderings for a wide range of productions. Topics covered include: various types of stage, stage directions and naturalism; style, colour, texture and form, realism and naturalism; both traditional and state-of-the-art digital techniques involved in stage design; tools and methods for hand drafting, painting and model making; moving and changing scenery; and scenic tricks and special effects.
Colin Winslow is a stage designer with many years' professional experience of designing both scenery and costumes. He has been head of design for several theatre companies, including The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and The Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He now teaches stage design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.