Brain Kelley


On July 21, Brian Kelley, the Technical Designer for Metropolitan State University at the King Center was teaching Group number 7 about being a Technical Designer, and what they are supposed to do during a play. Kelley took group 7 into the black box. Kelley showed Group 7 about how to make the audience look where he wanted them to look. He did this by shining a big light to a place on the stage where something dramatic was happening. Kelley could also use cards called gobos to make a picture appear. This picture appeared after inserting it by its tab into its little slot. If the picture was a rocket ship on the gobo and you put it in its slot, then a rocket ship would appear on the place it was shining on.

Kelley also took us on places we might not should’ve gone on. He took us into the shop, the shop where all of the wood was being turned into props. Props from stools to basketball hoops. Kelly also showed us how something that looked heavy, but was really light was constructed. It was made by thin slabs of wood on the outside, and across the middle was another piece of wood. In the corners was a triangular piece of wood that stabilized the painting. In the normal theatre there was a school related play. I couldn’t make out what play was being practiced. After we got out of the main theatre, we got special access to the costume room where we looked at costumes and enjoyed the thrill of amazing designs. I felt some were strange and others were worthy of an Emmy award. The costumes were truly amazing. The costumes that I liked the most was the castle costume and there were fake jewels. This one looked amazing because of the pretend silk on it, and the detail that was added.

Kelley was an amazing professor and he taught me a bunch of things I didn’t know about. Kelley seemed like a good professor in what he had a major in. Technical Designing.