Previz is a fast-growing part of the lighting design process and is becoming a necessity for shows, events and installations alike. Throughout the Introduction to Pre-Visualization course, students will gain foundational knowledge of the previz process as it relates to the creation of a show in the live entertainment industry. Students will be presented an overview of the various softwares available to programmers and designers and will have an opportunity to learn about the necessary tools in the previz process, including many case studies from the shows that earlybird visual has been a part of creating. The Earlybird team of programmers and previz specialists will give students a first hand look at benefits of previz in a live environment across various disciplines, and will take students through their previz workflow to show them the benefits of previz as a tool in overall creation of a live or broadcast show.

This is a two-day online seminar presented by earlybird visual in collaboration with Studio School of Design.

Price: $400 for this important ONLINE course.
Program Facilitator(s):

earlybird visual

Some scholarship/program fee reduction opportunities are available for students with demonstrated need. Please apply via the registration form.


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How do we combine research images, color, movement and the design idea into content for projection design. This course is an introduction to the elements of craft that go into creating a projection design for live performance, and how projection design interacts with the other design disciplines in a production. Although some aspects of the course may be structured with lighting designers in mind, lighting design experience is not a prerequisite for this course.

Seven Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm EST (UTC-4 for first class, then UTC-5 for subsequent class sessions) from November 3 – December 15, 2021. All classes will be held over ZOOM. All class sessions will be recorded for limited time review by paid participants in the course.

Software used in the course:
Vectorworks a basic understanding of Vectorworks is necessary for the course. Student licenses are available from Nemetschek Vectorworks.
After Effects (a student version can be purchased for a month at a time, if you don’t already have a license to this software, please hold off until needed within the course to stay within the 1 month window).
QLab This software is rentable by the day, but only runs on a Mac Computer. Having access to this platform will be needed for course content to be relevant.

Price: $600 ONLINE
Program Facilitator(s):

David Bengali and Calvin Anderson

Some scholarship/program fee reduction opportunities are available. Please apply via the registration form.

Photo: , Projection Designer faculty member David Bengali, Photographer:

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