Vectorworks for Entertainment Design


Using Vectorworks to Design and Document Scenery, Lighting, and Sound

By Kevin Lee Allen

© 2015 – Focal Press

Paperback. 342 pages

SKU: 9780415726139 Category:


The first book in the industry tailored specifically for the entertainment professional, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design covers the ins and outs of Vectorworks software for lighting, scenic, and sound design.

With adetailed look at the design process, from idea to development, to the documentation necessary for execution, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design will encourage you to create your own process and workflow through exercises that build on one another. The text stresses the process of developing an idea, visualizing it, and evolving it for presentation, documentation, or drafting. The author focuses on both the technical how-to and the art of design, giving you the tools you need to learn and then use the application professionally. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions, it contains inspirational work from Broadway, major regional companies, and non-theatrical, entertainment design.


Table of Contents

Introduction: About the Book

About the Author


1 Basic Drafting Principles and Standards1

2 The Vectorworks Screen

3 Document Organization and Stationery

4 Vectorworks Workspaces

5 Your Workstation

6 Help Files and Resources

7 Quick Start Overview

8 Renderworks Backgrounds and Textures

9 Drawing and Modeling

10 Symbols

11 Measuring and Modeling the Venue

12 Lysistrata

13 Modeling the Scenery

14 Create the Sound Design

15 Vectorworks Lighting

16 Crafting the Light Plot

17 Visualizations and Animation

18 Working with Lightwright

19 Documentation and Publication

20 Working in the Cloud



About the Author

Kevin Lee Allen is an Emmy Award winning scenic and lighting designer who works in theatre, film, television, as well as corporate environments, themed architecture, corporate and museum exhibits, special events, and specialty graphics. Projects include work for the United States Government, CNN, CNBC, CNN International, a virtual interview with Benjamin Franklin, productions of Romeo & Juliet, the Tempest, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey. Mr. Allen has been a Vectorworks beta tester and has taught and lectured on the use of Vectorworks at universities and at the Broadway Lighting Master Classes.

Additional information

Weight 0.88 kg