We had fun shooting a video interview at our office last night with Donald Holder, winner of two Tony Awards® for his work on The Lion King and South Pacific. Holder shared stories about his journey toward becoming one of Broadway’s best lighting designers, some of his favorite projects and collaborators, as well as his thoughts about the future. Stay tuned for the release of the video!
In the meantime, we’ve published a new Vectorworks User Success Story about Holder’s recent work on The Bridges of Madison County, which earned him a 2014 Tony nomination for Best Lighting Design in a Musical.
“The scenic design was sparse and elemental, conceived to allow light to do a large part of the storytelling,” Holder says. “The lighting was responsible for creating shifts in time, weather, season, location, and interior versus exterior, and there were often multiple locations revealed simultaneously. So the biggest challenge for me was to find the large ‘brushstrokes’ of light via variations in angle and color that could reveal this single space in a multitude of ways.”
Our story describes how Holder and his team addressed these challenges with Vectorworks Spotlight software. For Bridges, Holder collaborated with Associate Lighting Designer Michael P. Jones, who says, “Vectorworks has become such a reliable standard in the theatrical design industry in expressing our theatrical visions into build-ready reality.” Jones notes that that Bridges benefitted from having three disciplines all using the program to execute their designs. Scenic Designer Michael Yeargan’s associate Mikiko Suzuki McAdams and Sound Designer Jon Weston’s associate Jason Strangfeld both drafted their designs using Vectorworks, which Jones says “made the scenic, lighting, and audio integration into the master build schematic easy, as well as updates and revisions simple without having to convert from DWG/ DXF. I am continually pleased with the powerful productivity features that Vectorworks Spotlight provides in helping me draft an aesthetically pleasing light plot out of which became a beautifully realized design element of a wonderful production.”
Read the full story to learn more about how Holder collaborated with the entire design team to create something special, transporting audience members to a magical place each night.