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June 2011

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Sapsis Rigging, Inc.: Holds 200th Rigging Safety Seminar

Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging, Inc. and a leader in promoting rigging safety in the entertainment industry, recently conducted his 200th training seminar. The two-day seminar was held for IATSE Local 19 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Sapsis has held seminars at some of the country's most notable performance venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden. He has led week-long sessions in Helsinki, Finland; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; and numerous locations throughout North America.

For additional information about Sapsis Rigging, Inc.'s seminars and safety programs and products, call 800-727-7471 or e-mail sales@sapsis-rigging.com

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.: Present Competition, Offer Aid to Japan

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH have teamed up to present the Inspired Visions Global Rendering and Animation Competition.

The competition is open to all professional and student designers around the world, and entries will be accepted in three categories: rendering with CINEMA 4D, animation with CINEMA 4D and rendering with Renderworks 2011. The CINEMA 4D entries must be built on a Vectorworks model. All renderings and animations will be posted on the competition website, and a prize will be awarded to the "Fan Favorite," as determined by votes from the public.

To enter, vote or learn more about the competition, visit the Inspired Visions website.

A&A Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, the Japanese distributor of Vectorworks software, is offering emergency support and services for reconstruction efforts related to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

As a part of this initiative, A&A announced an offer to contribute 150 free licenses of Vectorworks 2011 and FastTrack Schedule software programs to organizations involved in reconstruction planning and projects. A&A will also provide software training, which includes dispatching training staff where needed. The software is developed by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Serapid, Inc.: Finland City Awash in Light

Serapid, Inc. recently replaced an existing hydraulic stage lift system at the Townsend Center at the University of West Georgia.

A four-column LinkLift system was installed in place of the hydraulic system at the Townsend Center, which houses the theatre and music departments for the university. The new Serapid lift allows the theatre to be configured for a proscenium stage or orchestra pit.

For more information, contact SERAPID at 800-663-4514 (toll-free), 586-274-0774 (direct) or visit the website.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas: Offer Help with Great Presentations, Portfolios

The competition for jobs in all areas and industries is fierce. A good portfolio and presentation is not good enough anymore; you need a great portfolio and an even greater presentation. Get the help needed; learn the techniques that will make the difference. Join Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas and Rafael Jaen, author of Developing and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio, for an intensive weekend of portfolio and presentation techniques June 18 and 19in Las Vegas.

Bring materials or use those available to develop a portfolio and a presentation that will move your name to the top of the pile in the job search arena or to the top of the judge's list at the exhibition. 

Hurry up ! Further details: www.stagecraftinstitute.com.  

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander: Helps Complete BYU-Idaho Center

Four years after the groundbreaking in October 2006, the Brigham Young University-Idaho Center was unveiled during dedication services in December, making it home to one of the largest production theatres in North America built for the primary purpose of supporting weekly student devotional services. Brigham Young University-Idaho is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' education system.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, was part of the design team for the center providing consulting and design services for the new 15,000-seat auditorium and broadcast center which includes live event support spaces, pre/post production HDTV facilities, and a shooting studio for public service programming.