Colin Chauche wins the 2011 iSquint Student Design Competition


A rendering from Colin Chauche's winning entry.

A rendering from Colin Chauche’s winning entry.

We are happy to announce that Colin Chauche, a senior at SUNY (State University of New York) Fredonia, is the winner of the 2011 iSquint Student Design Competition. Chauche will graduate this spring with a BFA in theatrical production and design with a concentration in lighting design. As winner of the competition, he will receive a professional license of the 2011 version of Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks software, as well as a personal license of Lightwright 5 and a single license of Field Template SoftSymbols V3.

Chauche’s winning design was from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein production at SUNY Fredonia. “Students going out into the world need this software to succeed,” said Chauche. “So when I heard about the contest there was no doubt in my mind that I had to enter. In reality I can’t quite believe that I did win.”

“The lighting design concept provide by Colin gave me a clear understanding of his choice of colors and fixtures that were used in the design,” said Kevin Linzey, a lighting-industry expert from Nemetschek Vectorworks and a judge in the competition. “The renderings were fantastic. They distinctly represented his desired look for each scene. The plot was well laid out on the printed page and well organized.”

The designs were evaluated by a panel of judges that included Linzey, as well as industry experts Justin Lang from competition sponsor, John McKernon from Lightwright Lighting Design, Steve Shelley from Field Template and Gregg Hillmar, author of Light Plot Deconstructed.

Colin Chauche, winner of the 2011 iSquint Student Design Competition

Colin Chauche, winner of the 2011 iSquint Student Design Competition

“The other reason I wanted to enter was that I love virtual modeling with Vectorworks,” said Chauche. “It wasn’t so much a chore for me as it was just having fun with Vectorworks.” After graduation, he will be the lighting design intern at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn. “I’m very thankful to all the supporters and iSquint for putting together this contest to give students like myself the opportunity to not only showcase a bit of their skills, but also have that work rewarded with tools they need to go out in to the real world,” he said.

Congrats again, Colin! We wish you the best of luck in the future!

To read the press release, click here.

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