Posts Tagged ‘sets’

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 […]

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A Great Way to Learn Vectorworks

March 28, 2013

A Great Way to Learn Vectorworks This is shameless self promotion, but I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t think it would help people. Last Week, Nemetschek Vectorworks announced the publication of the second edition of my book:Entertainment Design; Scenic, Lighting and Sound, with Vectorworks Spotlight 2013. Second Edition. This volume is about 40 pages longer than […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Set Design Happens….

September 25, 2012

In a BBQ joint during lunch, we designed a set for a musical. We were having our initial meeting with the director, and in between getting to know each other and looking over menus, we began to discuss the show. Luckily, the restaurant provided something to draw on, and Kevin quickly took advantage. When the […]

2012 | Events, From the Road, Humor, The Studio, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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KLAD’s Latest Pop up – It’s all Set Design

May 15, 2012

We’re really excited about one of our latest projects  - a pop-up in Times Square. Its happening very soon, so keep checking back, I’ll be posting photos of the process and progress. Here’s the shot of the raw space, taken during our first meeting and initial site survey. Tweet

2012 | Architecture, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Backstage with the Set Designers

April 25, 2012

Lights! Camera! Action! Commercial production is not for the faint of heart. We ride roller coasters on a sea of constant change, sometimes remixing, reinventing and re-imagining sets and scenes as we’re shooting. Since we can’t promote our work until well after it airs, we don’t always post about our day to day work. As I’m […]

2012 | Events, Film, Television, The Studio, The Work, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Pre-Visulization is Key. Vectorworks and Cinema 4D announce 2nd annual Rendering Competition

April 20, 2012

It has always been critical communication and story telling for set and lighting designers to communicate there ideas visually to directors, producers and other collaborators. When this communication was done fully or primarily in traditional media; sketches and physical models, that need was still critical. Now, we have new, and constantly evolving computer based tools […]

2012 | Teaching, Television, The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Kitchen Design is always Set Design, but this one, or these, especially…

April 17, 2012

Well, of course, every kitchen is a set, and every kitchen requires great lighting, ideally real and artificial. In this case, just artificial. Like most all of our projects, we can’t discuss the client or the use until long after the work has been built, filmed, edited, and aired. At least for film and television. […]

2012 | Television, The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Creating Textures for a Vectorworks Easter Egg

March 23, 2012

This is the third of three posts describing creating a scene and lighting design for an Easter Egg using Vectorworks. I guess it’s more a prop design, but it’s just an excuse to have some fun and maybe learn a few things along the way. This is also a great illustration of how easy it […]

2012 | The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Lighting Design for a Vectorworks Easter Egg

March 21, 2012

This is the second installment of a lesson in scenic design and lighting design around creating, modeling, and rendering an Easter Egg using Vectorworks. If you are playing along at home, you need the first post in order to do this lesson. First, I have deleted the guides and selected the Egg object. I then […]

2012 | The Studio, The Work, Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Simplified Geometry of a Vectorworks Easter Egg

March 19, 2012

Whats a set designer to do to celebrate the Spring Mating Ritual? What will the lighting design look like for the same? These are the questions that we ponder as the weather turns warm, even if warmer than usual and foggy as we write this. Well, Easter Eggs can be fun, and decorated to the […]

2012 | The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)
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Jane by Design – Hip Fashion House? Sadly, No.

March 14, 2012

You know how much I love to critique craptastic design. Today, I’m just going to give it up JUST FOR TODAY and turn you on to Raina Cox’s blog, If the Lampshade Fits. Her critique is full of snarky goodness. here’s a SFW snippet. The show’s creator April Blair gave set decorator Richard C. Walker […]

2012 | set design critique | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Super Sunday, Super Spots

January 29, 2012

Macintosh Super Bowl Ad 1984 With the “Big Game” coming up next Sunday, most of us get more excited about the spots than the sport. Super Bowl Sunday is like the Emmys for TV commercials. Marketers will fork over about $3.5 million for a single 30-second Super Bowl ad this year. With that kind of […]

2012 | The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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2nd Annual i Squint, Vectorworks, Field Template and Lightwright Student Lighting Design Competition

January 24, 2012

Time to start getting your project ducks in a row kids, the deadline looms. The iSquint.net & Stage Directions Magazine Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC) is well underway!  iSquint welcomes back sponsors, Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical and Field Template. Students may begin to download the student version of Vectorworks 2012 and a demo version of […]

2012 | Theatre, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Art Director’s Note Book: Modernist Furniture Pieces

December 30, 2011

Here are a few pieces I’ve archived as inspiration research for dressing some of the sets we design at KLAD. These pieces may not yet be available on the general market, they serve as jumping off points for creating a look, mood, feeling and may speak to a character or setting that is essential to […]

2011 | Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Interview with a Set Designer, not a Vampire

July 14, 2011

We have often been asked for interviews as part of a student project, Here is a compilation of questions asked over time.The project generally seems to ask students to select a career they are interested in, say set design, and to then find a practicing professional and ask specific assigned questions. We’ve posted these answers […]

2011 | The Studio | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Some bar porn

June 16, 2011

Just melt into those lush colors. No fear here when it comes to color and making choices and a statement. ChicTip turned us on to the Ruby Fu Bar in Beijing, China, but it seems we’re late to the party blogging about this space. Errr, spaces. Designed by Vin Varavarn Architects, this multi level bar/restaurant […]

2011 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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It’s a car! It’s a disco ball! It’s a KLAD Car!

March 17, 2011

I don’t recall the first time I saw a Disco Ball, but it had to have been love at first sight. I do remember when we saw our first Smart Car. It was in Rome and it was love at first sight. Not just because it was Rome, but due to the fun design and […]

2011 | Art for Art's Sake, Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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First The Set Designers Came For The Carps…

March 11, 2011

Now our intrepid set designers have their sights on the scenic painters. In our last edition of Designers Know Best, we took you on a little tour of the shop and highlighted some of the early work of the carpenters. Obviously, they were thrilled with us during our visit and greeted us enthusiastically today upon […]

2011 | From the Road, Humor, Television, The Studio, The Work, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)

Set Designers in the Shop – Take Cover!

March 10, 2011

KLAD made a field trip today to check on the progress of three sets we’re having built. It is always gratifying to see our set designs coming to life, and to spend a little time with the carpenters and scenic painters that make it happen.     The shop has just started, so there are […]

2011 | From the Road, Television, The Studio, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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We want this job, it is not set design, but…

August 24, 2010

Of course, we also want the future we were promised. That would now be the today we were promised. The future is now. Of course, my father-in-law also wants his trip to Mars. That’s probably not going to happen. Deep Glamour, a blog about the intersection of Imagination and Desire (gotta love that; a little […]

2010 | Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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Dream Design -Glitz, Glamour, Gangsters

August 18, 2010

The Golden Age of Hollywood gave us a fantasy world that was carefully created by the big studios.  Set Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and cinematography were  artfully used to create a living dream. People with talent and ability were made into stars, their names, look, speech and lifestyle were developed by the studios to […]

2010 | Film, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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Set Designers Need to Know Everything! (Almost)

July 28, 2010

I finally watched Mad Men on Sunday. I know, I know, as a tragically trendy urbanist, I should’ve been all over this show. The production values are excellent, from production design to props to wardrobe, hair, make-up, lighting and cinematography. But I wasn’t. Why? You ask? Well, it is, as I say to my relentlessly […]

2010 | Architecture, Design Basics, Inspiration, Television, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (9)
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The 5 minute load-in

July 26, 2010

We’ve never worked in a Festival before. I knew that NYMF has a 30 minute turnaround, but, I don’t think that includes seating the audience. The MITF has a 15 minute turnaround, including getting the audience in, seating the audience and starting the performance. There are financial penalties to the production if the ‘curtain’ is […]

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Civil War Set Design

July 22, 2010

KLAD is proving scenic design and props and collaborating with an extraordinary group of people, including Director Dennis Courtney on a new play, Civil War Voices, opening on Saturday July 24 as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF). I was so moved by this work, it is not about specific battles or the […]

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Manolo blogs about MY shoes!

February 26, 2010

Good shoes are important accessories. First they make a solid statement about the individual. Second, proper shoes provide proper support for the back. Never skimp on shoes. Manolo has a terrific blog about shoes done with reverence and humor. He has been on our blog roll for a long time. I have had his blog […]

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65 Designers, no waiting

February 23, 2010

Cliff Kuang has an interesting post up at Fast Company on personality traits of designers. The Myers-Briggs personality test was taken by 65 designers, and skipping over the charts and graphs – you can see them if you click on the above link – here are the findings, as described by Kuang: According to the […]

2010 | Teaching | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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20 Years of Photoshopping

February 19, 2010

I haven’t been using Photoshop for 20 years, but close. My first version was 2.0. My friend Chris Klug suggested that Photosop and (then) Fractal Design Painter (now Corel Painter) would change the way I make art. He was right, as usual. Undo with an airbrush is an unbelievable technical advance. Of course, that does […]

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36 Basic Vectorworks Classes

February 11, 2010

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about Vectorworks Layers. Now as then, I’ll put most of the nitty gritty after a break. If you’re interested in Vectorworks and speak the lingo, click through. If not, scroll down, there are (we like to think) lots of other interesting things to read and comment on, especially […]

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8 Basic Vectorworks Layers

February 10, 2010

This post is based on a currently ongoing discussion on the Vectorworks Theatre Discussion e-Mailing List. I’m going to put most everything ‘below the fold’ here as if you’re not a Vectorworks user, the rest of the post might as well be written in an Alien language. Tweet

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wireless electricity?

January 23, 2010

When Kathleen mentioned that she had read a piece about wireless transmission of electricity and high speed data at CES, I was simultaneously intrigued and transported onto the Seaview. Science Fiction fans will recognize the Seaview as the submarine from the film and television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. For me, it […]

2010 | Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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I think I am offended

January 19, 2010

I generally like the sensibility of Ouno Design, but I take exception to her comments in this post about the design of the Canadian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. She includes political, contextual and design criticisms with which I cannot disagree. However, she takes exception to a theatrical set designer rather than an architect […]

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3 Simple Ideas for Renovating a News Set

December 8, 2009

In these challenging economic times the cost of new sets or virtual sets can be intimidating. An alternate approach, like with one’s home, can be a simple face lift. We have done renovations for stations in good times as well as bad. Here are a few suggestions. 1. Repaint or refinish. Again, to use the […]

2009 | Television, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Engawa what?

December 1, 2009

As set designers, we constantly research many different things. We have a need and a passion for keeping up with trends and ideas. When working on a musuem exhibit, we need to the learn the story so that we can retell and explain. When designing news sets for television, we need to be familiar with […]

2009 | Architecture | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

My cell phone went for a swim……

September 27, 2009

On Friday afternoon, my cell phone went for a swim. I heard the plunk of the phone hitting bottom. Cursing as only a parochial school educated girl could, I lunged to pull it out of the water. Dead. its got to be dead. damn. Between managing KLAD and my consulting business, I am on my […]

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