Posts Tagged ‘Lighting Design’

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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)
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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$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)
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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)
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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)
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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LED vs Incandescent and City Theatrical Dimming…

July 30, 2013

The debate over the death of incandescent will go on. So will the fight to save incandescent. No one, certainly not I will argue against the delicious character of incandescent light. I do think trying to save incandescent light is a bit of fool’s errand. It ail not be long before there is no economic […]

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‘nother op’ning, ‘nother #NYMF

July 8, 2013

We do love NYMF, the New York Music Theatre Festival, we have had the opportunity for the past few years to design awards for many prominent people in the theatre community who also support NYMF. This year, we’re designing sets for a couple of shows, but more on that later. This year is the 10th […]

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What we are celebrating

July 4, 2013

We reread this every year. Everyone should. Keep your fingers. IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers […]

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Is it a cart or is it a trolley? It’s a Design Tool.

July 1, 2013

Saw this pretty cool cart today and was reminded how important wheels can be to furniture. Or scenery, perhaps thats part of the recognition, we spent part of the day looking at wheel and glides to make pieces of scenery danceable for Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life, a new musical at NYMF. We have […]

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If it’s the Ocean Room, shouldn’t it be Blue?

June 27, 2013

Sure you could argue which blue, but really where’s the blue? Yeah, I see the little bit on the floor, but really? Chictip brings us the Ocean Room, near the Sydney Opera House. Thee’s some cool stuff, but overall, this restaurant space is underwhelming. There’s a celebrity chef, so I suppose the food could go […]

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Hollywood Regency, we thought it was Beverly Hills Regency

June 20, 2013

Named after the Beverly Hillbillies, of course. Even though we’re modernists and minimalists, we do likes us some decor. Christmas is an opportunity to do Best Little Modernist Whorehouse, but that’s another story. Recently Houzz had a post about Hollywood Regency Style, which they describe as; Born of larger-than-life movie set design during the golden […]

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Referencing Vectorworks files for collaboration.

June 5, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Referencing Vectorworks files for collaboration. Referencing is a great way for a team […]

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Classes, You Can Never Have Too Many Vectorworks Classes

June 3, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Classes, You Can Never Have Too Many Vectorworks Classes Some of my friends […]

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Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers

May 30, 2013

Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.   Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers Layers are like sheets of […]

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