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Inside the World of Scenic Design: A Manager’s Perspective

In the realm of exhibit design and fabrication, the scenic department plays a crucial role in bringing creative visions to life. Led by a skilled Scenic Department Manager here at 1220 Exhibits, Melinda Oblinger, this team is responsible for crafting immersive environments, lifelike landscapes, and captivating structures that transport visitors into different worlds. Let’s delve into the day-to-day workings of the scenic team and gain insights from the perspective of a seasoned manager.

The Role of a Scenic Department Manager:

As the leader of the scenic department, the manager wears many hats. From overseeing material procurement to providing creative direction, this role is multifaceted. A typical day involves ensuring that the necessary materials are in stock for upcoming projects, assigning team members to appropriate tasks, and offering hands-on assistance when needed (i.e. hands-on painting and sculpting when necessary). Beyond logistical duties, the manager also contributes artistically by offering insights and guiding the overall direction of each project.

Collaboration Across Departments:

While the scenic department operates autonomously, collaboration with other departments is essential for seamless project execution. Close communication with the fabrication team ensures that structural components align with scenic elements and workloads between the two departments are appropriately allocated. For example, if the fabrication team is swamped, the scenic team can take on building what they need, as it’s frequent that the scenic team builds their own base structures through welding, wood, and other materials for certain projects and dioramas. This cross-functional approach allows for flexibility and adaptability, ensuring that each project is completed efficiently and to the highest standards.

Essential Skills for Success:

Effective management in the scenic department hinges on a diverse skill set. Strong communication skills are paramount. These skills enable the manager to keep abreast of project status and allocate resources effectively. Additionally, a keen eye for detail and the ability to see the big picture are vital. This is to ensure that every element contributes to the overall aesthetic and narrative of the exhibit. Understanding the unique strengths and work styles of team members fosters a collaborative and productive environment.

The Heart of the Scenic Team:

At the core of the scenic department are its talented craftsmen and women. Each member brings their own expertise and creativity to the table, contributing to the department’s collective success. As manager Melinda Oblinger rightly acknowledges, it is the dedication and skill of these individuals that truly define the scenic department. With their ingenuity and passion for their craft, they are capable of bringing any vision to fruition.

From intricate dioramas to larger-than-life installations, the scenic department plays a pivotal role in shaping the immersive experiences offered by exhibits. Guided by a skilled manager and fueled by the talent of its team members, this department continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. As we gain insight into the inner workings of the scenic team at 1220 Exhibits, we appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that lies at the heart of every exhibit even more.

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