Synopsis This book, written by award-winning scenic and lighting designer Kevin Lee Allen, explores the use of the Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks program for use in the entertainment industries. While the methods and techniques described are applicable to film, television, concerts, exhibits, and themed architecture or interiors, this tutorial focuses on a project that creates a lighting, sound, and set designs for the stage, the root of entertainment design. From one step beyond traditional pencil thumbnails, this guide outlines a process of design development and collaboration with other designers and technical staff. The text is tutorial-based and directs the user to create two projects, each supported by a series of simple exercises. The tutorial is perfect as either a classroom text or a self-guided training option. Recommendations and Tips: This tutorial is intended for use with Vectorworks software and is most applicable for Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks and Designer with Renderworks users.
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Recently, Marius upgraded to the newly released Vectorworks Spotlight software for entertainment design from DWR Distribution, the local South African distributor. The Vectorworks Spotlight software package represents a sizable investment and is considered costly, even for some of the bigger players in the market.
Over the past few years, Marius has set himself apart as a serious lighting design professional and is optimistic that this investment will enable him to deliver at a world-class level for his clients as an independent LD.
It is truly admirable to see him make such an ambitious investment in his career by buying Vectorworks. His purchase will open more doors and will hopefully help him to land more work with new and existing clients in the future. What motivated you to purchase Vectorworks software? Vectorworks Spotlight, without doubt, falls into this category, especially for those working on large-scale productions both locally and abroad.
Using Vectorworks also makes it easy to collaborate with other companies already using the software. When you are using different CAD software, it is sometimes difficult to convert files to make them cross-compatible, and information is often lost in the process. This is much easier when both parties are on Vectorworks, as the software has been designed to be as flexible as possible, and you are able to import and export a wide range of files that have been created using a number of software packages.
How are you planning to use Vectorworks Spotlight? The software also helps enormously with the administration side of the business, as I am basically able to automate most of my paperwork. What are the benefits of being able to do 3D renders in Vectorworks?
One of the biggest advantages of being able to produce 3D renders of a show design ahead of an event is that you are able to show your client exactly what you will be delivering, and make changes based on their feedback before you have placed a single fixture on the a rig. There are a number of effects and camera angles that you can apply to 3D renders in Vectorworks, which produces a fairly accurate virtual representation of your show design, and the client is able to get a good idea of the look and feel of their event.
There are a number of software packages and applications that make 3D renders possible, and I use a range of them. Have you had any challenges with the product?
I have been working with CAD software packages for some time, and while Vectorworks has been a learning curve, I have not found it difficult to navigate the programme.
There are a number of features that I have not yet touched on, and I am still in the process of discovering all of its capabilities and adjusting my workflow accordingly.
Anytime that I have come up against something that I have not been able to solve myself, I am able to contact Dylan Jones at DWR, and he has always been able to assist. What would you like to see improved in the future? Nothing is perfect; however, the version of Vectorworks has already introduced some of the changes that I would like to see with the software. One of the things that has remained a challenge with CAD software is exporting your files between platforms, and this development is going to make the process seamless.
I have tried the export process on the new MA3, and it already presents a huge improvement on the MA plugin for Vectorworks. As the technology matures in the years to come, I think that it is going to make a world of difference. What are the best features in your experience? There are a number of features that have really made a huge difference to my workflow. Thus far, the most impactful is the fact that I no longer have to manually input data or physically count quantities on a plot, because Vectorworks does it all for me.
The Vectorworks Spotlight package has all the symbols, instruments and product information libraries that one needs, and if I want it to look different it is easy enough to tweak an existing symbol, which saves a lot of time as I no longer need to go and find these items and import them or create them all from scratch.
One of the best features from a workflow perspective is the automated reports, which streamlines the whole work process beautifully. The software is also very accurate — and you can go down to the smallest millimetre in your planning — which is very important and saves a lot of time when you get to the site. How has Vectorworks affected your workflow? The Vectorworks Spotlight package facilitates the pre-production planning process and allows for seamless collaboration between all the technical and production teams.
I am able to use the software to plan my lighting rig to the very last millimetre ahead of a show, and I am then able to pull automated reports that I can supply to the relevant technical services company without having to sit and count every piece of truss and lighting fixture used. In my experience, Vectorworks serves as a very comprehensive planning solution for lighting designers and has the potential to save time, improve accuracy, and reduce the margin of error during the design and planning phase of a project which, in turn, increases the odds of delivering a seamless end-product for the client — which is always the ultimate goal.
Has purchasing Vectorworks had an effect on your freelance career? My primary motivation for buying Vectorworks was to make my life easier as a lighting designer. I do, however, think that it will have a positive effect on my career growth because my clients appreciate being able to collaborate with me using an industry-standard platform.
I also feel that being proficient in Vectorworks will enable me to broaden my service offering to include lighting plots, lighting design, quality renders, 3D renders, pre-production collaboration, planning and consultation services, in addition to actually running the lighting rig for events.
What are your hopes for your professional future? I really enjoy the flexibility of working as a freelance lighting designer, and I am very invested in developing my craft to the highest standards that I can achieve. I have a lot of experience in the corporate events market and am confident that, as I gain more experience and broaden my skills-base, I have a lot to offer the industry. That being said, I started my career as a musician, and I still really enjoy being able to light shows for the entertainment industry and am hoping to have the opportunity to work on more performance and entertainment productions, in addition to the corporate work that I do, in the future.
Marius Coetzee is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you would like to see some of his work, view his profile on Facebook or email him at mariusctzdesign9 gmail.
Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight – 4th Edition
January 28, Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight Acknowledgements My latest book about Vectorworks was announced yesterday. This is my fifth book about Vectorworks, a subject about which I am obviously passionate. Vectorworks has helped me earn my living for some time now. The Broadway community has been incredibly embracing and has offered a considerable amount of encouragement on this project. Of course, everyone at Nemetschek Vectorworks deserves mention and thanks.
The Industry Standard for Entertainment
While the methods and techniques described are applicable to film, television, concerts, exhibits, and themed architecture or interiors, this tutorial focuses on a project that creates a lighting, sound, and set designs for the stage, the root of entertainment design. From one step beyond traditional pencil thumbnails, this guide outlines a process of design development and collaboration with other designers and technical staff. The text is tutorial-based and directs the user to create two projects, each supported by a series of simple exercises. The tutorial is perfect as either a classroom text or a self-guided training option. In addition to reflecting the features in Vectorworks software, the fourth edition of the guidebook will help readers use the new Deform tool, create temporary platforms with Stage Deck tools and model supports with Stage Lift tools, directly edit Light Position objects, and work with new rendering styles.
ISBN 13: 9781940194035
Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between a perpetual and subscription license? Vectorworks offers two distinct purchasing options. A perpetual license means you will own the software forever and can always use it, so long as your operating system remains compatible. You will be able to upgrade your license for up to 3 years at a discounted price. Current version perpetual licenses are eligible for enrollment into our Vectorworks Service Select maintenance plan, where you will receive free upgrades to the current version, the latest industry content, and exclusive training opportunities. While subscription licenses are the exact same Vectorworks product as perpetual, they are rented on either a monthly or an annual basis. Once your rental period has expired, your access to Vectorworks will expire unless you renew for another term.
Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight Acknowledgements
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