A backdrop is a painted curtain that hangs in the back of the stage to indicate scenery. Backdrops are an important part of decorating a stage for a professional setup. Perhaps the most common use of a backdrop is in photographic studios and movie theaters.
Photographers and movie directors use backdrops to convert their studios or sets into a desired image of a location or place. Theater Backdrops and Movie Backdrops are pieces of cloth that fully or partially cover a stage. They come in many different colors, types, and sizes.
The technology behind backdrops has advanced greatly. A wide range of materials can be used to make a backdrop. Backgrounds can be used for backgrounds as complex as running in front of crowds or flying in the air.
Three steps are required to create a backdrop. First, you need to decide what type of scene or image needs to be used as a background for a studio or stage. The next step is to create the design using computer-based graphic design software. Once the design has been finalized and created, the next step is to become a backdrop artist.
Before the artist can paint the backdrop image, he must first "size" the fabric. This seals the fibers. Translucency is achieved by starching, not sizing. There are many options for sizing an opaque drop. Many scene shops use flame retardant.