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iSquint.net & Stage Directions Present Student Lighting Design Competition


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Guest Lisa Lance

LAS VEGAS, NV (Nov. 21, 2011) ? The iSquint.net and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC), sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical and Field Template, will begin accepting entries on Nov. 28. The winner of this second annual competition will receive a prize package including a professional license of Vectorworks? 2012 with Renderworks? software, a personal license of Lightwright? 5 and a single license of Field Template? SoftSymbols V3. The winner will also be featured on iSquint.net and Nemetschek Vectorworks? news site, Planet Vectorworks.

?I am excited to be working with Vectorworks, City Theatrical and Field Templates and new sponsor Stage Directions Magazine to bring back the Student Lighting Design Competition,? said Justin Lang, editor of iSquint.net. ?The SLDC is a great chance for a college level student to get into the design software that the professionals use and possibly win a great prize package.?

Design entries must be created by a student using Lightwright and Vectorworks software with Renderworks. Full-time students with active and valid college or university IDs can download a free student version of Vectorworks 2012 with Renderworks at student.vectorworks.net. (Students living outside the U.S will be redirected to a local distributor in their country to obtain a student version.) Lightwright also offers a demo version that can be used for producing paperwork for the competition. The demo can be downloaded at: www.mckernon.com.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including: lighting designer, writer and editor Justin Lang from iSquint; software engineer and lighting design industry expert Kevin Linzey from Nemetschek Vectorworks; author and lighting designer Steve Shelley of Field Template, developer of Soft Symbols; lighting designer, author and Vectorworks expert Gregg Hillmar; and lighting designer and developer of Lightwright, John McKernon.

Entries are due March 16, 2012, and the winner will be announced at the USITT Conference on March 29.

For more information and to view the complete rules, please visit: http://isquint.net/student-design-competition.'>http://isquint.net/student-design-competition.

About iSquint.net

iSquint.net covers new technologies and services within the entertainment lighting industry. iSquint specifically covers new and interesting products that working professionals, students and enthusiast in the industry want to know about. iSquint also provides reviews and greater understanding of lighting products by talking with industry professionals and testing out and reviewing lighting gear. For more information, visit http://isquint.net

About Stage Directions Magazine

Stage Directions Magazine is dedicated to all aspects of theatre and reaches more than 9,500 venues?from the largest theatrical houses to high-schools with a theatre on campus, and everything in-between, including universities and colleges, per- forming arts centers, churches, community theatres, equity theatres and museums. For more information, visit www.stage-directions.com.

About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and BIM solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies. For more information, visit www.vectorworks.net.

About Lightwright

Lightwright is a unique cross between a spreadsheet and a database, designed specifically to manage professional lighting design paperwork. It has been the de facto industry standard since 1982, and it won the Lighting Dimensions International Software Product of the Year award in both 1998 and 2003. In 2004, it was honored with an Eddy Award. Lighting Dimensions magazine named it one of the Products That Changed Our World. Lightwright was written by John McKernon, a professional designer and an associate designer to Ken Billington. For more information, visit www.mckernon.com.

About Field Template

Field Template? has been creating award-winning lighting symbol products for the international theatrical community since 1989. Hardware products include plastic drafting stencils, such as the Stage Fixture, Striplight, and Field Template Rules (in a variety of imperial and metric scales). SoftSymbols are extensive symbol collections created in the Vectorworks environment. All products are designed by Steve Shelley, professional lighting designer and author of "A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, 2nd Edition." For more information, visit www.fieldtemplate.com.

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