Posts Tagged ‘writing’

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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 […]

2014 | Book Review, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Your World, Reimagined, a Design Competition Using Vectorworks

May 28, 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.   Your World, Reimagined, a design competition using Vectorworks   One of the things […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Events, Teaching, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

What’s inside a Spotlight Lighting Device-Part 1

May 24, 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. What’s inside a Spotlight Lighting Device-Part 1 Well, a lot really, but here’s one […]

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

Vectorworks Template or Stationery Files

May 20, 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.   Vectorworks Template or Stationery Files Not to be confused with Stationary files. They don’t exist, […]

2013 | Design Basics, Teaching, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)

Putting the pieces together

April 12, 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. Putting the pieces together Over the past few weeks, I’ve mentioned, in the […]

2013 | Architecture, Design Basics, Teaching, Theatre, 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)
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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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A Vectorworks Valentine—Designing Scenery in 3D

February 14, 2012

What follows is an excerpt from my new book; Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight. Any production of Romeo and Juliet actually requires very little in the way of scenery and staging. It does require some pretty good acting, but that’s not our focus here. Basically for the action of the play.. a Balcony […]

2012 | VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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30 ways to say I love you no matter where you roam…

February 6, 2012

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day   Ana behibek (to woman) (änä hĕ bēk) / Ana behibak (to man) (änä hĕ bĕk) – Arabic Obicham te (ō bē′ cham tā) – Bulgarian Soro lahn nhee ah (sir län nē rock) – Cambodian (Khmer) Wo ai ni (wō ī nē) – Chinese (Mandarin) Volim te (vau […]

2012 | Art for Art's Sake, From the Road | Tags: , , , Comments (0)

A good read…

July 4, 2011

The New York Times used to publish this every July Fourth. They may still. We no longer read the hard copy of The Times, but we do think this is a worthwhile read. At lest once a year.   IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When […]

2011 | Inspiration | Tags: , Comments (0)
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Broadway Vampire–Black Friday Shopping Suggestion

November 23, 2010

I met Uke Jackson last year at about this time at producer Ken Davenport’s annual holiday party. A great event, with great people. Uke, Kathleen and I struck up a longish distance friendship via our blogs and Facebook. I have been interested in his writing since we met and his novel Broadway Vampire seemed to […]

2010 | Book Review | Tags: , Comments (1)
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Remarkable Renderworks; Remarkable! #Vectorworks

May 17, 2010

Daniel Jansenson’s new book Remarkable Renderworks from what should clearly now be dubbed Nemetschek Press is a terrific resource. Like any publication, there is a bit of the bad to go along with the good. Let’s start with the bad. The leading between the first and second items in the table of contents seems off. […]

2010 | VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Conceptualization–The Foundation of Design

April 26, 2010

Although I saw a great many terrific things at the ETC; portfolios, Shadyside, the space and projects, I was there to lecture. If I have the schedule correctly, the ETC invites a prominent speaker to visit each week and address the students on Wednesday afternoons. The sessions are scheduled for two hours including Q&A. In […]

2010 | Teaching, Television, The Work, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , Comments (1)
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A Linda Blair Moment – The Yume Project

April 21, 2010

Last week I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. I spoke to the graduate students about my design philosophy and process, I reviewed portfolios and saw project demonstrations. I met some amazing students and faculty. So, I thought I would share, this will be the first […]

2010 | Teaching | Tags: , Comments (0)
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5D@USITT

March 29, 2010

At the root of what we do is storytelling. Whether we are working on a dramatic film or theatrical piece or a trade show booth, museum exhibit, themed interior, news set or architainment, our set design must be part of advancing a story. Based on a script, story, program or creative brief, we conceive and […]

2010 | Inspiration, Teaching, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)

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)
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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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Faber-Castell; who knew?

November 30, 2009

At the Holiday Fountain Pen Hospital event we discovered Faber Castell.  I always thought of them as wood pencil manufacturers, but we learned of their quality and acquired several. We now plan for more! I have been using the simple fountain pen with only  a steel nib since we made the purchase. The mechanical pencil […]

2009 | Art for Art's Sake | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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South Sea Blue

November 5, 2009

My fountain pen ink of choice, although I have been using Pelikan turquoise as the universal cartridges fit in my Faber-Castell fountain pen. The Waterman cartridges are nice, they hold twice the ink, but not all barrels can accommodate the size. For some time, when I first started to usea fountain pen, I would travel […]

2009 | Art for Art's Sake | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Collecting Pens

October 29, 2009

I (we actually) don’t collect pens per sé, we love fine writing instruments. We love to use them, we love to have them at meetings. They make a strong personal statement. But we don’t collect. We admire the many ‘collectibles’ but they tend to be too big, too fat and poorly balanced in the hand. […]

2009 | Art for Art's Sake | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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My First Fountain Pen

October 25, 2009

I’ve used a fountain pen for most of my adult life. I recall shopping for the first. I wanted a Mont Blanc, they were popular and expensive. I wanted one. I went shopping and I test drove the Mont Blanc and just didn’t like it. At all. Now, at the time you couldn’t grab a […]

2009 | Art for Art's Sake | Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Vectorworks Spotlight 2010 Getting Started Guides

September 15, 2009

So what did you do during your Summer vacation? Summer vacation, what Summer vacation? Much as I find Fall rejuvenating, I also find Summer vacation a misnomer. Summer is spent preparing for the Fall work. This Summer, especially. Since the end of June, we have been writing and editing two Getting Started Guides for Vectorworks […]

2009 | Teaching, The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)
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Happy Hour Friday: Coladarama

July 10, 2009

The sun’s out, its almost quitting time, so let’s go back to Cuba for a visit with one of my favorite summertime indulgences, a Pina Colada. Ok, ok, you’re all laughing now, I know it. There’s just so much to make fun of here. Yet another sickly sweet piece of crap rum drink that real […]

2009 | Gastronauting, Happy Hour | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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and we do love Hotels as well

June 12, 2009

Typically Kimpton Hotels, but not this post. Those posts will follow, I’m sure.  I want to retire and move into the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle, Washington DC. I will be dining at Firefly (in the Kimpton Madera) around the corner. Dog friendly! These are definitely designer’s hotels. Today I am writing about the […]

2009 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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When Road Trips were Fun.

May 12, 2009

or Roadside Architecture. We recently (last week) spent a week in the DC area moving a set and installing a new set for our client PPI and their client The Teaching Company. More on that to follow. Our time in DC has inspired a number of things that we plan to blog about, but we […]

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

April 15, 2009

We both love fine writing instruments. Fountain pens, pencils, ball point pens, roller balls, the works. And we love the Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City. Especially during their semi-annual Pen Expo. Great values and representatives of all the major manufacturers. While the expert staff has a huge knowledge base, the manufacturer reps bring another level of expertise.

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