ShadowMagic

Make a Scene... Anywhere

Frequently Asked Questions

A treasure trove of questions and answers.

What's new?

A brand new way to visualize lighting, scenery, and color, and it works on your iPhone or iPad. ShadowMagic takes everything we learned about color rendition on an iOS device and adds it to advanced rendering and modeling to give you a beautiful, accurate way to experiment with ideas for lighting on stages and film sets.

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Lights, Color, Scenery... in your pocket


Have you ever wanted a Black Box Theatre or a light lab that was available anytime just to you? Now you can have one and carry it around with you. So whether you are in Lighting design class, or on a plane to your next gig, you can experiment, visualize, and play to your heart's content.

But ShadowMagic is more than just a playground. Using our project and scene method of cataloging your ideas, you can build a complete sketchbook of a show to collaborate with others involved in your production. It can be easily shared as a printed report or sent to a friend so they can view it on their iPad or iPhone.

  • Our stand in Actor moonlights as an Italian Chef.
  • 6 Lights, assign any position and type
  • Source Four¨ with 5 different lenses
  • Source Four¨ 7" Fresnel, zooms from Spot to Flood
  • Incandescent dimming follows the color temperature shift
  • Over 1,600 Colors
  • 40' x 30' Stage
  • Cyclorama 40' x 20'
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Look at your scene from any angle


Look at your scene from the back of the house or backstage. Get close enough to count the hairs on the actor's arm. All this is possible with ShadowMagic. Use the gestures you already know from swiping left to right, or up and down to change your viewing angle. Pinching zooms in or out and a 2 finger swipe allows panning in any direction.

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Be picky with your Lighting Levels


Intensity is important and can be set with each individual light or the entire scene can be adjusted with a grand master. All the dimmer adjustments are in 1% increments for subtle changes.

Our initial offering for lighting types are incandescent fixtures. As the light is dimmed, the color temperature is decreased from 3200ˇ K at full to 2300ˇ when the light is at 4% intensity. This color shift allows you to evaluate colors on the light in a very realistic way.

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Choose your Lights


The workhorse fixtures in all theaters are ellipsoidal reflector spots and fresnels. We have picked two of the best from ETC. The venerable Source Four¨ is available with 14ˇ, 19ˇ, 26ˇ, 36ˇ, and 50ˇ barrels to enable you to fill an acting area from anywhere in the theatre.

We also offer a Source Four¨ 7" Fresnel, which can zoom from a flood focus of 65ˇ down to the spot focus of 20ˇ. The shadow is much softer on this fixture just as it is in real life and varies with the zoom angle.

There are 6 fully adjustable positions that can have either type of light assigned to it. So if you only want Fresnels to work with, then all 6 positions can be fitted with Fresnels.

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Choose your Colors


After you have selected your favorite colors and made up a gelstring, you can use that string to assign the color to any or all of the lights.

We will soon have the ability to bring gel strings in from our award winning app Gel Swatch Library in the future.

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Choose your Lighting Position


Each light can be put anywhere inside 80' wide x 40' high x 80' long space. Lights assigned to the actor are focused automatically at the actor, making it easy for you to find the perfect angle.

Lights assigned to the backdrop can be focused anywhere by just touching the cyc where you want the light focused.

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Choose your Beam Spread


All the Source Four¨s can have individual lens barrels so each light can be set to cover as much or as little area as desired. Lens barrels included in the base package are 14ˇ, 19ˇ, 26ˇ, 36ˇ, and 50ˇ. The intensity of the light varies inversely with the beam angle and all the barrels show the proper light distribution.

Source Four¨ Fresnels zoom to vary the light distribution and ShadowMagic shows the correct brightness of all settings. The shadow of a fresnel is softer and also varies correctly with the beam angle.

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Select your Favorite Colors


There are over 1,600 gels in the library. Any of the colors can be dragged into the "Selected" column up to a maximum of 32. If you don't like a particular color any more just drag it from the selected column back into the "Unselected" field. Your selection of colors are made up into a gelstring up to 32 colors in length. Any one of those colors can be assigned to any light.

We will soon have the ability to bring gel strings in from our award winning app Gel Swatch Library in the future.

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Save and organize your Scenes


Every look can be saved as a scene. All the lights, all the dimmer and color settings, everything. The scenes can be organized by project and rearranged in any order you want. Any project can be dragged to the most convenient position. Any scene in a project can be dragged to a different order in the same project or copied to a new project, just drag and drop it where you want it.

Create a new scene by tapping on the page with plus sign symbol. That will allow you to enter a name for a project and then create it. When it is created, this becomes the current project. Any scenes you create are added to this current project. You also get a new default scene. You may want to discard that and drag in your most recently created scene.

Scenes or projects can be shared with colleagues in a .pdf report. And you get a preview button to make sure you are sending only your best ideas. Just drag your scenes or projects to the share button and you can text, email, or use many other channels that you may already be useing.

In-App Purchases

ShadowMagic can be extended in ways to expand your creativity. Different lights can be added by manufacturer or lighting packages. You can add actors and costumes. You can also add an ability to "print" scenery on the built in cyclorama.

All this will be coming in the near future.

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ETC Incandescent Light Package


Get all the fixtures with all three bulb wattages. (375, 575, and 750 Watts) All the Source Four¨ lenses. Source Four¨ Par, Parnell and and Source Four¨ 7" Fresnel.

Scenery Package


Take pictures of scenery and add them to the cyc using this handy add on package. Any picture in the photos library can be added to the cyc.

Also adds two more lights to your inventory, use them to light your backdrops or for more light on the actor.

Frequently Asked Questions for Version 1.2


A quick mini-manual.

  • How do you navigate around the scene?
  • A 1 finger swipe up or down will tilt the scene. A 1 finger swipe left or right will rotate the scene. A 2 finger swipe will pan the scene up, down, left or right. A pinch will zoom in or out of the scene. A double tap will bring the scene back to the default viewing position.

  • Where is the gel settings control?
  • From the main or scene view tap the Gear Symbol and you will be taken to the settings page.

  • How do I save a scene?
  • In the Files page, tap on the Page+ Symbol and a window will pop up to allow you to Name a project. This becomes the current project.

  • How do I create a project?
  • From the main or scene view press "Save" and a window to name the scene pops up. This is saved into the current project.

  • How do I assign a Fresnel to L1?
  • From the main or scene view long press on any individual light (L1 - L6) and a table will pop up. For L1 you will see a type box. Tap that and you will be given a choice of s4 or fresnel or any other lights in your inventory. Choose one and tap done.

  • How do I focus a light on the Cyc?
  • From the main or scene view long press on any individual light (L1 - L6). The popup table has a "Use" selector, pick Cyc. Hit done to go back to the main screen. With your recently changed cyc light selected, tap position. You will see a "Set Cyc Focus" button on top of the sliders. Tap that and then touch the cyc where you want the light to focus.

  • Can I edit the name of a Scene or Project?
  • Soon, but not at this time. You will have to create the name you want, drag all the scenes into it and drag the one you don't want to the Trash.

  • What is the easiest way to set up a gelstring?
  • Go to the Gel Settings page. Tap the search bar and type in the first letter of your favorite brand of gel. For instance: "R". That will give you all the colors of Rosco. If you then type a number e.g. R1, then you will see all the Rosco gels that start with 1.

  • How do I share a scene or project?
  • Drag the scene or project onto the box with the up arrow and you will be presented with a choice of how you want to share the .pdf report.

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Now you can have the next best thing to a light lab in your pocket.