Posts Tagged ‘Lighting Design’

Mad Men at the MOMI

May 18, 2015

Another terrific post from Manhattan Wardrobe Supply – one of my favorite places, it’s like an art supply store and a hardware store for fashion/beauty/wardrobe people and those of us who are not in the business but love it all! The Museum of the Moving Image is a place you must visit. Mad Men at […]

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Vectorworks Design Summit

April 7, 2015

Well, that about says it all, right? Meet, greet, learn and arty with the folks who love to love your favorite design software. As if there were any other, right? All the info is right here.   Tweet

2015 | Design Basics, The Work, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Vectorworks for Entertainment Design 2015 Edition

April 6, 2015

Collect them all! My book; Entertainment Design: Scenery, Lighting, and Sound with Vectorworks Spotlight, 4th Edition has been published! This lengthy volumes provides readers with tutorial-based design techniques applicable to film, television, concerts, exhibits and more! The guide outlines a process for design development and collaboration with other designers and technical staff. Specifically, Entertainment Design explores the creation […]

2015 | Book Review, Teaching, Television, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Light and Airy, Yet Cozy. Loft Set Design by KLAD

February 13, 2015

From the KLAD archives, a commercial shoot we did with Lorenzo Lamas. Here’s his loft –  the light, airy feeling is evocative of Spring – it’s just weeks away! Tweet

2015 | Television, The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

From the High Line to the Lowline…

February 9, 2015

Coming in, well I wish there was a date set to open the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal beneath Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as an underground park. It has been abandoned for over 50 years, and it’s not getting any younger. Planers are using fiber optics to create skylights and bring natural illumination down from […]

2015 | Architecture, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , Comments (0)

We likes the swoopy

February 3, 2015

Swoopy is a technical term. And, yes, sometimes it is still best to start with pen on paper. Fountain pen if possible. Ideally using South Sea Blue ink, but black can be nice as well. As one professor of mine said, often, Circles are expensive. He know that, he too likes to use circles, curves, […]

2015 | Architecture, Design Basics | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

The Joy of Vectorworks Plug In Objects

January 29, 2015

Joshua Benghiat is both a talented Lighting Designer and a talented Vectorworks programmer. His  Light Pipe Tools and the Instrument Summary Tool are included in the Spotlight module. That does not mean Josh is done. Amongst other PIOs, he offers the Savvy Sequencer PIO and the Beam Draw 4 PIO. Whatever the venue, there are always lots […]

2015 | Fashion, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014-1

December 1, 2014

Everyone needs a stylist folio for their MacBook, or MacBook Pro. And iPhone. Here’s a nice one. The Flow MacBook sleeve features a single opening and keeps its contents in place thanks to the ingenious use of magnets. The Flow is handmade in Belgium, using top quality South African Merino wool felt and premium Norwegian vegetable-tanned leather. […]

2014 | Fashion, Holiday Gift Guide, Real Computers | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

Camera Match Plug-In for Vectorworks

November 14, 2014

Yes, we’re unashamedly Vectorworks fans. Every reader probably knows that. The primary reason is, of course, because of the ways that Vectorworks helps us get our work done. That’s coupled with the fact that the Vectorworks community of users is a great crowd. One of those terrific and talented people is architect and programmer Matt […]

2014 | Architecture, Industrial Design, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks | Media: | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)

What can YOU do with Vectorworks?

November 4, 2014

Well, this. If you buy my new book and work your way through, of course. Be sure to click on the image so you see the stage right downlight. We do love our haze. Simply known as Fog in Vectorworks. One of the little things that make a rendering special. As set and lighting designers we […]

2014 | Book Review, Teaching, Television, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, Uncategorized | Media: | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Published! Vectorworks for Entertainment Design by Kevin Lee Allen

October 21, 2014

KLAD is excited to announce that Kevin’s latest book, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design is now available! The first book in the industry tailored specifically for the entertainment professional, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design covers the ins and outs of Vectorworks software for lighting, scenic, and sound design. With a detailed look at the design process, from […]

2014 | Architecture, Book Review, Teaching, The Studio, The Work, Uncategorized, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Decay or Design?

September 29, 2014

Thanks to Edward Dezuzio for pointing us in this direction… Photographer Patrycja Makowska, not to be confused with the singer of the same name, gives enigmatic names to the stunning images she creates in abandoned and crumbling places. She also keeps the locations a secret. An enigma within an enigma. Now, if we hadn’t told you […]

2014 | Architecture, Film, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Vectorworks 2015 has been announced!

September 9, 2014

Vectorworks is now a 64-bit application, the increase in speed, especially rendering speed is amazing and worthy of the price of admission alone! Vectorworks 2015 builds on the Vectorworks Graphics Module, which provides a revolutionary graphic experience. New Stage Decking Objects Create all the many variations of stairs, platforms, and ramps commonly used in temporary staging construction, complete with details […]

2014 | VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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MA Lighting releases grandMA Plug-in for Vectorworks Spotlight

June 11, 2014

MA Lighting, a leading manufacturer of computer lighting consoles, networking components, and digital dimming systems has released a Plug-In Object (PIO) that will provide a direct connection between Vectorworks, and the grandMA2 console. The grandMA2 has its own built in visualizer that allows the designer/programmer to program and pre visualize a production during the programming […]

2014 | Television, Theatre | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)

$10,000 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

May 7, 2014

Nemetschek Vectorworks announced the Vectorworks Design Scholarship – a chance for students across all disciplines to win up to $10,000 by answering a few short questions and submitting their best design, created in any software program. The entry deadline is July 30, 2014. “Students represent the next generation of creative potential, so we launched this program […]

2014 | Design Basics, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

New Entertainment Design Tutorial by Kevin Lee Allen

February 5, 2014

Announcing a New Entertainment Design Tutorial by Kevin Lee Allen 2014/02/04 We’re excited to announce a new training guide by award-winning scenic and lighting designer Kevin Lee Allen for users of Vectorworks Spotlight  with Renderworks software:Entertainment Design: Scenery, Lighting, and Sound with Vectorworks Spotlight, Third Edition. While the methods and techniques described are applicable to film, television, concerts, exhibits, and themed […]

2014 | Book Review, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Gorgeous Aquascapes – Fantasy Aquariums

January 28, 2014

A lovely detour on my research road for a ballet we’re working on brought me to these amazing aquariums. Relax and enjoy these aquascapes of enchanted forests and magic desserts, all done in painstaking, striking miniature. The crazed, detail obsessed model builder in me adores these tanks. The proper fish for each scene would almost […]

2014 | Art for Art's Sake, Inspiration, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Third Edition–Better than Ever!

January 19, 2014

Once again, Steven Louis Shelley has improved upon the definitive guide to getting a lighting design out of the brain, and onto the stage. To be clear, this volume isn’t only a great text for students and a handy desktop reference for professional lighting designers. A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, is a valuable tool for […]

2014 | Book Review, Theatre | Tags: , , , Comments (1)

Ming Wrap, the App

January 15, 2014

Scenic Designer and Professor Ming Cho Lee is renown for, amongst other things, carrying a roll of onion skin tracing paper with him during critiques. Rather than deface a student’s work, he would lay the tracing paper down, and draw on the paper. Thus the nickname. Of course, when working with pencil on paper, Ming […]

2014 | Design Basics, Teaching, The Studio | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)

At least it’s sunny today…

January 7, 2014

Sunny, but too cold to enjoy this view in real life. We love water towers, they’re great set design elements, and the shadows compliment any lighting design. This one is different. Watertower, is a  sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. For his Icon series, Fruin  created a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged […]

2014 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , Comments (1)

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

January 1, 2014

  We can celebrate and create new beginnings whenever we want to or need. New Year’s is nonetheless special. We wish all off our readers the best for 2014, the most successful new beginnings, and great design. Tweet

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StageWrite an app for everyone on Broadway and beyond

December 27, 2013

Broadway director and choreographer Jeff Whiting, created the StageWrite app for directors, choreographers, and stage managers to document the movement of actors, and scenery. This is a time honored tradition that used to require reams of paper. This app can also be useful to set and lighting designers, we need to know where the actors are […]

2013 | The Studio, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)

I wonder if this really works…

December 4, 2013

…or works well, anyway. We need lots of gear, so we always look for ways to condense up. Sure a laptop does the work of an older workstation, three drafting tables, an easel, paints, pencils, the list goes on, but that does not mean we can eliminate everything. Well here’s a device for iPhones that […]

2013 | Holiday Gift Guide, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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What I devoured for Thanksgiving…

December 3, 2013

Well, not completely, yet. There was eating and drinking to be done. This was delicious, and it’s the perfect gift for the theatrical, or theatrical fan on your list. Jennifer Ashley Tepper has interviewed many fascinating people of Broadway and complied those interviews for our reading pleasure. Not just the stars, not just the big […]

2013 | Book Review, Holiday Gift Guide, Theatre | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Shop The Drama Book Shop, Black Friday and every day

November 27, 2013

The Drama Book Shop is one of my first discoveries in New York City, and we’ve spent a lot of time, money, there since. Time and money well invested. Once accessible only via one of the slowest elevators in Manhattan, The Drama Book Shop is now located on street level at 250 West 40th Street […]

2013 | Holiday Gift Guide, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Work from the Road—Vectorworks Nomad v2.5

October 18, 2013

A billion files are uploaded to Dropbox every day, so if you’re in the cloud, it is a likely wager you’re one of the 100 million people who use Dropbox as your file-storage/sharing solution. The new release of Vectorworks Nomad 2.5 includes integration with Dropbox, so Vectorworks users can connect their Dropbox accounts to Vectorworks […]

2013 | Real Computers, Television | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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The View from the Stage

October 16, 2013

The view from the stage, go ahead, click on it, you know you want to. Tweet

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City Theatrical Show Babies! Sounds sexy, makes for sexy lighting, fast!

September 27, 2013

We love City Theatrical gear, first it just works. Second, they will work with designers to custom manufacture project or taste specific gear. Third, City Theatrical stuff is Made in the USA, specifically, made in Carlstadt, New Jersey, a short drive from our studio. The plant is terrific, the team is friendly, engaging, and all cross […]

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#Vectorworks 2014 for entertainment design. Whew! A slew of new gear! Videos galore!

September 19, 2013

And last, but certainly not least… Vectorworks 2014 packs many new features specifically for Entertainment Designers. What features you might ask, well… Lighting Device Improvements — The lighting device object has received a serious boost with features that are sure to make you more efficient. It’s no longer necessary to try to remember label names […]

2013 | Teaching, The Studio, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)

More #Vectorworks 2014 Magic

September 12, 2013

What’s new? What’s great? Displacement Maps! Displacement maps really, really, really, enhancement using Bump Maps to create the illusion of 3D with a simple 2D texture. Check out the image. I’ve used a grass image with displacement to make; A really great grass A classic shag carpet Additionally, images can not be added to the […]

2013 | Architecture, The Studio, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (3)
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It’s always a great day at KLAD when there is a new version of #Vectorworks

September 11, 2013

New tools, new toys, more efficient ways to work, new ways to make the work better. These are the things that Nemetschek Vectorworks brings to set and lighting design at KLAD when they announce a new version of Vectorworks. That day, this year, was today. New versions will be available to Vectorworks Service Select members, and for order […]

2013 | Architecture, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Urban Revitalization Basics-Fill the Storefronts.

August 30, 2013

One thing we really believe in is the theatre of life. That is that set design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, presentation aren’t limited to the stage or screen. Restaurants, stores, public spaces all need design. We would certainly prefer to eat in a well designed restaurant, than a poorly designed space. That said, […]

2013 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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That Damn Danish Design, no you can’t eat it.

August 19, 2013

In our experience, everything in Copenhagen is beautiful. The new aquarium known as The Blue Planet and designed by 3XN is no exception. Like theatrical designers, these architects use metaphor when they practise good design. Inspired by the shape of water in endless motion, their thought process is clear from the detailed description of the […]

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Here’s a beauty of a Beauty Salon

August 13, 2013

This is a great example of real life as theatre, or set design for real life. A great film or commercial location. The Táňa Kmenta Hair Salon in the Czech Republic by Studio Muon was originally a bank built 1929-30. We do love us soem repurposed Bankitecture. Prague-based Studio Muon brought new life into the Brno, Czech […]

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