Orthogonal Plans

Orthogonal Plans are straight-forward engineering drawings of locations.

After taking certan measurements for length, width and height, you can put these measurements into meaningful plans.

These drawings will be the basis of where and how you intend to stage the action.

Also lighting and camera setups become clear for you and later very effective for your crew.

Orthogonal Plans are categorized as: Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Isometric Projections.

Isometric Projection

Fig. 1: Isometric Projection of a House


Plan 1st Floor

Fig. 2: A Plan of 1st Floor

Plan 2nd Floor

Fig. 3: A Plan of 2nd Floor

Front Elevation

Fig. 4: A Front Elevation

Side Elevation

Fig. 5: A Side Elevation

Plans are top views of a location or individual floors.

In Fig. 2, we see a plan for the first floor with dimensions.

Fig. 3 shows another plan for the second floor for the same location.


Elevations are front, back, or side views for a location. As if we are standing next to it.

Fig. 4 shows a Front Elevation, while Fig. 5 shows a Side Elevation.


Sections are a cut through sides, showing where walls meet the ceiling and ground (Fig. 6).

They are typically useful to visualize lighting setups and their height levels, in addition to grip and furniture placement.

Also, you can combine a section with its respective elevation to see windows. In this case you can foresee typical window problems.

Isometric Projections:

Isometric Projections are orthogonal perspectives showing a location in 3-D (Fig. 1).

They require more drawing work and are not effective for defining setups.

However, they give a clearer overview of a location.


Fig. 6: A Section of the house, showing walls and dimensions.


Plans by Isaac Belot

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