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Overview By James Hull Miller. Fifth edition - revised. Free standing scenery creates its own theatre - compact, economical and flexible. It marches right onto any stage platform, into the classroom, the recreation hall and the garden theatre. This book tells how to construct it. Includes 128 pages and over 175 drawings. Covers tools, materials, designs and craft. An excellent reference book. Written by a leading designer in the field.
Publishers Description Free-standing scenery creates its own theatre--compact, economical and flexible. It marches right onto any stage platform, Into the classroom, the recreation hall and the garden theatre. This book tells how to construct it. Includes 128 pages and over 175 drawings. Covers tools, materials, designs and craft. An excellent reference book. Written by a leading designer in the field.
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Former professor James Hull Miller is an independent consulting designer for schools and communities needing stages and sets. He has written several stage and set design books and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about James Hull Miller's Self Supporting Scenery for Childrens Theatre and Grown Ups Too a Scenic Workbook for the Open Stage?
Not new. Not innovative. Poorly written and illustrated. May 21, 2005
Mr. Miller has two books, virtually identical, available on the subject of folding, freestanding scenery. Neither, unfortunately, is very well written. He intimates that he "discovered" or developed this system himself. His method consistes primarily in using fabric hinges to connect two flats. By finishing both sides fo each flat, they can then be used without jacks or weights by simply setting them up at an angle. To all non-theatre people, this is called a decorative screen, like the one your auntie Minerva had in the drawing room. This is hardly a new idea. I have been in theatre for over forty-five years, half of that as a technical director, and I learned this technique in college. At that time, we were taught that early European travelling shows used the same method. Mr. Miller is also an avid user of burlap to cover his frames. Burlap is only slightly more desireable than glass for a flat. It is coarse, loosely woven, therefore porous, fragile and deteriorates very quickly under bright stage lights or natural light. Finally, the author uses hand drawn stick figures and flat perspective to try to illustrate his "innovative" system. These are terrible. Not only are they crude and ugly, they fail to adequately illustrate his points. Would it have killed this man to buy a camera to record such an important "new" technology for posterity? If you intend to build sets of cardboard for children under 5, you may get a few ideas from Miller's books, but don't count on it.
Breaking out of the proscenium Aug 29, 2000
James Hull Miller's life-time work in the area of self-supporting scenery is neatly organized and laid out in this book. This reference is especially useful to those producing a play, musical, etc., in a setting that is not the typical theater. Mr. Miller demonstrates that utilizing free-standing set pieces allows greater versitililty than the conventional set. His ideas are innovative, invigorating and inspiring! "Self-Supporting Scenery for Children's Theater and Grown-up's Too" contains both the theory behind free-standing sets and the practical "how-to" for building pieces. I like this book because it offers practical solutions to the problem of staging in an area that has no proscenium arch. The sets are light in weight, store easily, transport well and look good. Mr. Miller's expertise is obvious and appreciated.