Set Builder

Once a set designer has created a diagram and sometimes a scale model for a set and this set that has met with the approval of the director of a production (a play film or television production) someone must actually build the set. This is the job of the set builder who is often an accomplished carpenter. Set builders usually work in scene shops where they are supervised by a foreman or master carpenter. Set builders specialize in a skill such as carpentry plastering welding stitching or painting. However some set builders are skilled at all of these tasks. The set builder or often a team of seat builders usually works from a scale model or blueprint to create the scene. This often involves the positioning of walls entrances exits and sometimes creating various areas of elevation in the floor. They may also work on building objects or specific pieces of furniture that will go on the set. Set builders should have experience in constructing theater sets because they must know what kinds of materials have the necessary strength and durability but will not be so cumbersome that they cannot be moved with some ease. The set builders continue to make adjustments as needed during the rehearsal of a production. The website www.simplyhired.com says that salaries for set buildings vary depending on experience location and type and size of the employer’s company. However the average annual salary is $49000.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $53000
Low Salary: $45000
Tasks: Builds theatrical sets.
Determines the specific materials to be used in set construction.
Assigns construction tasks to building assistants.
Completes duties such as welding, stitching, painting and plastering.
Also Called: Set Constructor
Set Carpenter
Scene Carpenter
Scene Painter
Additional Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_construction
http://thattheatresite.com/workshop.html
http://www.simplyhired.com/a/salary/search/q-movie+set+builder