Spellbound: Our Favorite Lighting Designs for Halloween

Posted by Cozette Conrad on 10/31/19 3:31 PM  |  2 min read time

Trick or treat! Unmask the processes used to design these spooky entertainment projects.

Dracula at the Royal Swedish Opera

Isak Gabre, former systems and project manager at the Royal Swedish Opera, designed a chilling video projection to promote the opening of Dracula at the opera house. Using projection and sound technology, Gabre and his team gave the stately exterior a gothic revamp. Vines crawled up the sides of the stone façade, blood cascaded down, and men clung to the pillars in this creepy projection to celebrate the world premiere of the opera.

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Haunted Attractions by Radiance Lightworks

When it comes to ghastly entertainment design, look no further than Karyn Lawrence, senior lighting designer at Radiance Lightworks. With several years of experience designing large-scale haunted attractions, Lawrence’s creations make guests’ hair stand on end. Check out her tips for thrilling lighting effects.

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Haunted-House-ResizeImage courtesy of Joey Gannon.

Macbeth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Double, double, toil, and trouble. Alex Jainchill, a freelance lighting designer based in Brooklyn, NY, was tasked to light the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ contemporary production of Macbeth. He relied on Vision to previsualize the eerie design, fitting for something wicked.

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If you’re wondering how to make blood-curdling designs like these, start with this rendering webinar on infusing realism into your designs. 

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Topics: Project Highlight, Production & Lighting Design

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