Entertainment Design: Scenery, Lighting, and Sound with Vectorworks Spotlight

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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 first project is the creation of a simple 3D form, and the second project details the creation of scenic, sound, and lighting designs for a theoretical Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet. Each step of the process, created for either a sole practitioner or a designer working in a team, is laid out as an exercise with step-by-step directions and options to suit individual designers' work preferences and tastes. 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 2013 software and is most applicable for Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks and Designer with Renderworks users.
  • This hard-copy workbook includes a companion CD with exercise files that demonstrate the steps described in the tutorial.
  • This book assumes basic working knowledge of computers and Vectorworks software. New users may find the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual helpful as an introduction to the program.
  • More than 40 additional pages of tips and techniques than Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight are included in this tutorial.

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