CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Production Notes: Temporary Structures

Nevada Film Office: Tents, canopies and other temporary structures are popular film production rentals. They can replace trailers used for hair, makeup, and wardrobe or they can become the set needed for filming. They can also be used as equipment storage areas, break areas for lunch and snacks, or simply just shade and shelter from the outdoor elements.


Delaney Johnson said...

Though this article was tiny, it packed quite a good amount of information in. One might find an article about the safety and uses of tents and canopies boring, but I found it quite interesting. For one, I don't think I have ever considered the myriad of uses for these temporary structures. In addition to simple shade and protection, these tents can be used for recording and lighting. I also enjoyed the photographs that accompanied this article. They included a wide variety of types and uses of tents that accompanied the information in the text well. I personally saw variety between the simple desert filming tent and the elaborate and expensive event tent, that could be used for something as elaborate as a wedding or reunion. The tip given in the article to rent from trustworthy companies that comply with fire standards was a useful reminder, one that can never be said too many times especially in the world of theatre.

Angel Zhou said...

This article generally seems pretty sparse, though I enjoy the images of the various tents that they included. The first image is pretty poorly annotated, as “post0037” does not give any information as to what the context of the image is; this is particularly disappointing since this image is easily the most interesting and likely relevant one to the topic of “tents used for film production come in a variety of styles and sizes”.

I think my main takeaway from this article is that there really isn’t much to say about tents in terms of production; simply find a tent(s) from a trusted retailer and rent it as necessary. Upon clicking on some of the links included in the article, I found myself redirected to similarly poorly designed pages in the sense that I don’t quite know what their purposes are. For example, if you click to “drop by [their] office”, it takes you to a “contact us” form that you need to fill out. What is the purpose of the additional online communication if you are planning on coming by in person? This would be much more effective if it led to a map/directions guide (though it does include a small map at the top).

Lauren Miller said...

This article is so timely! Guess where I am right now? It is currently 2:36 AM and I am writing this comment from the Student Carnival Committee Trailer on Midway acting as a coordinator for booth builds (also as a side note on sleep deprivation at CMU – it’s the extracurricular)! As carnival demonstrates, temporary structures come in many shapes and sizes and types. On midway alone there are two construction trailers, a shipping container, a pop-up tent, fences, and, of course, booths. Just wait till the rides roll in. Spring is an excellent opportunity to survey the sheer multitude of temporary structures available. If you want the full experience – that is, ordering the structures, organizing delivery and set-up, and literally sleeping in them at night – volunteer for carnival’s operations committee next year (It really is an excellent experience and you get a ton of experience in structures like those in this article. The variety of these entertainment structures and shelters really is astounding. I’m not sure what else to say about this other than these exist and if you become involved in spring carnival you too could have too much experience with them (or not – the level of involvement is up to you).