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Pajama Game- Clock

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Feb 15, 2013 Properties Comments are off

The design team approached the staff with an idea of a clock that could roll around on stage, hands that change speed for the song "Racing With The Clock", and could light up and change colors. Alec Thorn, Assistant Master Electrician, and I teamed up to see if this was possible within out means of budget and time. More info coming soon. (There are a lot of parts to this project. So for now check out the photos and videos.)
<h1 style="text-align: center;">Pajama Game</h1> <p style="text-align: center;">Northwestern University Evanston, IL Scenic Designer: Kristina Herne Lighting Designer: Rebecca Barrett</p>
<p class="credit">Work photos by: Chris Wych Videos by: Alec Thorn Production photo by: Justin Barbin</p>
<h2 class="sub-title"><span class="inverse">Pajama Game Clock Videos</span></h2>
<a class="clock" title="Clock hand test" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqURB0i90mk&amp;autoplay=1" rel="videos">A first test of clock speed being controlled by DMX. <img alt="Clock hand test" src="http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/KqURB0i90mk/mqdefault.jpg" /> </a>
<a class="clock" title="Clock during preshow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpW3_VmXHgo&amp;autoplay=1" rel="videos">Clock during preshow <img alt="Clock during preshow" src="http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/HpW3_VmXHgo/mqdefault.jpg" /> </a>
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Pajama Game- flipping sewing machine tables

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Feb 15, 2013 Properties Comments are off

Scenic Designer, Kristina Herne, wanted crates that had sewing machines but could disappear for when they weren't being used and the crates could be used as set dressing.  I came up with a version where an insert could be lifted out, flipped around, and then placed back into its hole.  After many rehearsals it was discovered that the actresses that did the changes could not flip the sewing machines quickly and gracefully.  A new idea to have a rotating pivot point and lock was developed.  I quick retrofitted the old units with the new idea and quickly got the tables back into rehearsal.  In addition to the tables having sewing machines, they also had to store stools, rolled around on stage, and sat on.
<h1 style="text-align: center;">Pajama Game</h1> <p style="text-align: center;">Northwestern University Evanston, IL Scenic Designer: Kristina Herne</p>
<p class="credit">Work photo and video by: Chris Wych Production photos by: Justin Barbin</p>
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Rent- Fire Hydrant

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Nov 4, 2011 Properties Comments are off

For this production of <em>Rent</em> the scenic designer and director wanted a fire hydrant as set dressing that could be strong enough to be stood/danced on. The designer gave me a drawing of a hydrant with a research image of a real NY fire hydrant. The two items didn't match so I asked the designer what she was really wanting and we decided that I would design/build something closer to her research. The fire hydrant has a steal center that has two steel arms for the two outlets. It's made from mostly plywood disks that were cut on the CNC router and then had edges routed on some pieces. The vertical fluting was made from individual pieces that were also routed. When assembled, the unit is fairly heavy but is super strong and withstood the abuse of the show, and other productions since.
<h1 style="text-align: center;">Rent</h1> <p style="text-align: center;">Northwestern University Evanston, IL Scenic Designer: Yu Shibagaki</p>
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Piano Conversion

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Mar 2, 2005 Properties Comments are off

A taller upright piano was needed for the production of <i>Morning Star</i>. The only available piano did not fit the look. I was given permission to modify a piano that no longer stayed in tune. I took apart the top of the piano, added the needed height and added some decoration. I then repainted the piano so it all matched. In addition to the height, the piano needed to look like it was being played while a speaker inside produced the sound. All the hammers of the piano where already missing so I rigged up rubber-bands to all the keys to hold them up and still allow the actor to push them to look like it was being played.
<h1 style="text-align: center;">Morning Star</h1> <p style="text-align: center;">Illinois State University Normal, IL <strong>Scenic Designer: Chris Wych</strong></p>
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