Tyler E. Littman is no ordinary lighting designer. He has set the stage for performances by David Bowie, Barry Manilow, Robert Randolf, The Barenaked Ladies, O.A.R., and the Jonas Brothers. His firm, Sholight, LLC, was founded in 2005 and specializes in entertainment lighting design for concert tours and events.
In the summer of 2010, Littman got the opportunity to work with the Jonas Brothers. The band performed in a variety of different venues, so he occasionally had to "shoehorn" his equipment into a much smaller venue. Littman used a 3D model of the rig to cut sections of the lighting trusses, shift rigging points, or scale back scenic elements, like the three runways that extended into the audience.
The 3D views also helped him visualize how the changes would affect the path of the concert's focal point, a large LED display with six separate panels that moved along rotating trolleys on an oval truss track.
After the summer tour, the Jonas Brothers asked Littman to continue with them to South America. Littman upgraded to the newer GrandMA2, and took the month between shows to preprogram the show using a visualizer at his studio. "I used the Vectorworks Designer software to export models directly into MA Lighting's GrandMA 3D, saving the time it would have taken to rebuild all the truss and scenic elements in MA 3D, allowing more time to focus on the design," explains Littman.
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