Posts Tagged ‘TV’


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)

New Features in Vectorworks 2015 Deliver Faster Workflows

September 30, 2014

Post originally published on Planet Vectorworks By Kevin Lee Allen, Scenic & Lighting Designer, KLAD I’ve been beta testing Vectorworks 2015 since the spring, and it’s so feature-rich that I can’t decide on a favorite. Many enhancements have become integral to my workflow, and I can’t remember life without them. For example, I do a […]

2014 | Teaching, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

#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)
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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)

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)

Before there were color charts, or why we love Benjamin Moore

March 20, 2013

We first saw this scene watching the video of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Some time back, Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century posted this seminal clip. We bring it to you here. Before there were large paint companies, like Benjamin Moore, there were small, local paint manufacturers. Parr Paint was my local […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)

Holiday Gift Guide for Lighting Designers-1

November 20, 2012

Stage Lighting Super Saturday is just around the corner. There is an early bird registration price, perfect for the Lighting Designers in your life holiday gifts. I’ll be speaking about Vectorworks, Ken Billington is Keynoting and Richard Pilbrow will be sharing his secrets. There is a full day of speakers and hands on experience with […]

2012 | Architecture, The Studio, The Work, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | 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)
Easter Egg

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)
Easter Egg

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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A Beach House for a February day that feels like Spring.

February 22, 2012

At first glance, this looks like the perfect location to use as a beach house location for a film. Or certainly the perfect inspiration for a brach house set design. Maybe even the perfect beach house. The lighting design of the photo could be better, but we’ll let that pass for the moment. It gets […]

2012 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , Comments (0)

Of course subway stations are cool…

May 28, 2011

…and not just as set designs for James Bond movies. This one, at left could be the Gates of Hell. Or the entry to one of the Bond villain’s lairs. Or the Stockholm subway. More than makes braving the cold worth the trip, I would think. The New York City Subway is terrific, but it […]

2011 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

KLAD Quick Start Guide To Being On TV Part III

April 27, 2011

Now that’s you’re dressed and ready for the camera, here is some of the terminology you’ll hear and be expected to respond to when you’re on set. Television production has a language, as most professions and groups do. Being familiar with these terms will help you navigate through being on set and understanding what is […]

2011 | Teaching, Television | Tags: , , , , Comments (1)

Book Review: “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki

March 15, 2011

Guy Kawasaki is a fascinating figure in 21st Century contemporary popular culture. His new book Enchantment only adds to his mystique. The author first appeared on my radar when he was the chief evangelist for the original Apple Macintosh computers. Kawasaki opens his latest book describing how he first became enchanted with the original, pre-release […]

2011 | Book Review | 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)

Graphic Design and Set Design

September 23, 2010

Graphic Design, especially Logo Creation and Identity/Branding are the perfect expression of metaphor. When done well and properly, of course. Set Design often requires the creation of logos for fictional business. Sometimes, set design requires the creation of identities for real businesses. We work in many disciplines and often create branding for clients like Valley […]

2010 | Design Basics, The Work, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

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)

A few good Vectorworks Downloads

February 28, 2010

For a long time we have had a section on the main site for downloads. The intent has always been to post some of our standard Vectorworks files like Default Stationery and Default Textures. Never got around to that. Until today. Nothing is ever perfect, especially files that need to continually evolve. So we hope […]

2010 | Teaching, The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

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)

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 […]

2010 | Television, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)

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

2010 | Teaching, Television, Theatre, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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I don’t really know what this is, but it is cool…

October 7, 2009

and it’s not just the photography. OK, I actually know what this, I’ve read several posts about the structure. Can you guess? I have commented on several occasions about roadside architecture in America. In reading about the public restroom at left, I have learned about a history of the same in Australia. Who knew? Cool […]

2009 | From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)

I hate this, but there is something(s) to love

September 9, 2009

My immediate and concluding reaction to this house is that it looks like the kitchen sink after a big dinner. With friends, who drink. This is The Blairgowrie Court residence in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Designed (I would say over-designed) by Australian architect Frank Macchia, if you like this architectural eye candy, it can […]

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

Quote of the Day

August 3, 2009

Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight? – Al Boliska Tweet

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

Matt Helm, the movies

July 10, 2009

I was reminded this morning of Matt Helm, specifically, the Matt Helm film series starring Dean Martin. Cinematic masterpieces each and every one. We own all four. “The Silencers” also starred the always amazing Miss Stella Stevens. Her official site is here, if you need authenticated, signed memorabilia. If James Bond (now there’s a bunch […]

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

Live! from Philly or Phoenix, one of those places.

June 15, 2009

Some years back I designed a production of “The Petrified Forest” performed live on television, as it had been during the Golden Age of Television. Last night I related a funny story about the production, which I will now share with you. But first, some namedropping; The production starred Jack Klugman (playing the role originated […]

2009 | The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)

Today in History

June 1, 2009

Today on the StageCraft Mailing List, Lighting Designer Jeff Salzberg reported that on this date in 1495, Friar John Cor recorded the first known batch of Scotch whiskey. Forever altering the course of theatre history. Jeff has a great page on his site that updates daily with important (or not so important) factoids from the […]

2009 | Gastronauting, Happy Hour, Theatre, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)

Say it ain’t so…

April 28, 2009

Jezebel reports that The Real Housewives of New Jersey have mob ties. We originally wrote of this new train wreck, errr, reality television show here…. In Jersey, we love the mob, it’s the law. Although the McMansions are amazing. Amazingly bad. It’s tough to have taste. Tweet

2009 | Television | Tags: , , , , , Comments (1)

Daily Inspiration

April 23, 2009

We look for inspiration every day. For a long time this was simply through The New York Times daily delivery, we added other newspapers, but have gone completely online. Yes, The Times site is still one source, but now we have access to many news sources and really targeted information through a slew of other blogs. Many […]

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

The Whaaaat?

April 8, 2009

It has to be a train wreck. We had to see the preview. Not reality TV fans at all. Except maybe for Woz on Dancing with the Stars. Had to see this. And you thought that “The Sopranos” had every New Jersey cliché imaginable. Not so. The Sporanos have been out-Jersied. By far. The plastic […]

2009 | Television | Tags: , , , , Comments (2)
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