Columbia, Maryland (February 11, 2008)-Nemetschek North America announced today that Los Angeles-based Angel City Designs and Along Came Mary Productions, Inc., used VectorWorks Designer to help design and stage the 2008 GRAMMY Celebration for The Recording Academy®.
The largest awards show celebration in the entertainment industry took place February 10 in 98,000 square feet of space in Hall A of the Los Angeles Convention Center for 6,000 guests. It took four months to plan, but producers only had four hours to transform the event space from the pre-telecast show into the post-telecast party. VectorWorks Designer was used every step of the way, from the initial conceptual design to the placement of every last chair.
"There's a lot of teamwork, organized around VectorWorks as the rallying point, for the GRAMMY Celebration," says Erick Weiss, who orchestrates the event as senior producer for Along Came Mary. "There are many people using VectorWorks and sharing files across a broad range of situations. Each player adds another layer to the master drawing we all work from, and VectorWorks keeps it all together."
From conceptual designs by Angel City Designs, to lighting from ShowPro, to truss and infrastructure engineering provided by Branam Enterprises, to layouts of tent structures, seating, bars, buffets, and kitchen equipment from Classic Party Rentals, every detail is contained in the same master file.
So that everyone can share the design, all information is entered into the master drawing on many different layers, and the master file is available from an FTP site.
The theme for the 2008 GRAMMY Celebration-its golden anniversary-was "A Night at the Opera." With direction from The Recording Academy and Along Came Mary, Angel City Designs created an opulent turn-of-the-century environment that depicted a rich history of tradition for the GRAMMYs®.
"Our clients wanted an elaborate backdrop to envelop the guests in, while still allowing them to mingle freely, so we had a lot of elements to contend with," says Damon Drescher, partner and creative art director of Angel City Designs. "So we started with a general layout in VectorWorks, and we fit everything we needed to have happen into that space-stages, seating, buffets, bars, décor pieces, trusses, lighting, audio equipment and HVAC systems. Our master VectorWorks file became the heart and soul of the event."
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