Using SketchUp for Theatrical Set Design

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#1

I realize this is likely a fairly common use for SketchUp, but I am pretty much a novice (I’ve used it several times, but never been very proficient). I’ve started with a template that supposedly accomodates such an endeavor.

What I’d like to find is a sort of “empty stage” model, already populated with proscenium, height, depth and width, offstage areas left and right. That I could then modify parametrically to fit my particular stages.

Any suggestions?


#2

I mainly design for two venues at our local amateur theatre, so not for a wide range of settings. But I think that theatres differ so much not only in plan, but in vertical and horizontal sight lines that it’s unlikely you will be able to use a parametric approach.

It shouldn’t take you long to draw a few custom ‘boxes’ for the spaces you mention. But unless you are designing with one or a few particular stages in mind, I think each will need some adaptation of the set to make it work well.


#3

Where did you find this template, might I ask? Sounds interesting, and I’m wondering what is in it. Could you upload a copy to this forum, if it isn’t proprietary?


#4

Interior and Production Design (inches) “This template is for Kitchen, Bath
and Entertainment Industry professionals” An interesting Venn diagram😬
A standard template.
Doesn’t contain anything. You just see the blank canvas
Not sure what special characteristics is has for this purpose


#5

thanks for the clarification. It just sets the measurement units, then, and a few styles I guess. Thought it might be something not part of standard SU.


#6

You are referring to the standard templates in Sketchup which come in blank, except for the SketchUp team member or the box of the 3D-printer. You can set up your own template, though, which could contain stage-elements, lamps etc. Setting up different templates for different theaters is the way to go. You can design your decor in one theatre , copy the decor and paste it in another theatre-template to see what alterations you would have to make.
Might be that your theater already has a SketchUp model and you could ask them if you could use it to make specific templates for each theatre.


#7

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