Building Custom Curtains for Stonover Barn

Building Custom Curtains for Stonover Barn

I’ve got an upcoming wedding this season for which my client requested ivory-colored curtains to frame and decorate the rustic sliding barn door entrance into the big barn at Stonover Farm, similar to the curtains pictured here, but in a different fabric. Though I specialize in lighting design, my technical theatre skills do include soft goods construction and rigging know-how, so I gladly took it on. Here’s a wide shot of this...

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Field Angle Math

Field angle math: A lighting designer’s vital tool.  It’s how one decides what fixture is the right instrument for the job, and where to put it.   Sometimes I sketch out a drawing for just a single fixture, perhaps to illustrate the idea for the actors and directors who won’t have the real light to work with until tech rehearsal:       ..And sometimes I sketch out every system in the show on a single drawing:...

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Creating Renderings with SketchUp

Creating Renderings with SketchUp

During the early stages of the design process I often create a virtual 3D model to help my clients visualize what the space for their celebration will look and feel like.  Here’s a model for a wedding reception I recently designed, which took place in a small tent filled with white paper lanterns:   This process is especially helpful for celebrations that will take place in a tent.  For an existing structure, such as a rustic barn or...

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How do I get up there?

How do I get up there?

I like to show off the height of the spaces I light by installing elements quite high up in tents and barns.  Guests at the weddings I light often ask me how I manage to get up that high.  Usually, the answer is: I rent a self-propelled scissorlift. Here I am using a scissorlift to install aircraft cable rigging up high at Stonover Barn.  The aircraft cable provides infrastructure between the barn’s columns and beams so that I can suspend...

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Remember hand drafting?

Remember hand drafting?

Ahhh… the old days.  We drafted by hand.  We coveted style and individuality as much as we worshipped clarity and accuracy. We tried not to drip sweat on the vellum while cranking out plates during NYC heat waves.  We lettered, erased, and re-lettered until the spacing was just right.  Our giant drafting tables, spiroliner parallel rules, and koh-i-noor mechanical drafting pencils (.3, .5, .7, and .9) were our trustworthy and loyal tools. Our...

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