Local USA 829 News

USITT Lighting Commission – Submission Announcement, October 15, 2014.

This is a call for projects to be selected for the newly updated Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium by the Lighting Design Commission of USITT.

We are looking for projects useful in teaching both the practical and artistic aspects of Lighting Design.  These projects can range from concept papers, research, practical design projects, paperwork techniques, consoles, electricity, cueing, color, and equipment -- including undergraduate through graduate level projects.

Visit to download the submission form.  Return the form and all applicable photos to:  A panel of editors will review and select the final projects. 

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014.

USITT plans to offer the newly updated Compendium as a hard copy in a three-ring binder at the USITT Bookstore during Annual Convention & Stage Expos and as a print-on-demand/downloadable option throughout the year. 




LYNDA.COM Discounted Subscriptions, September 15, 2014.

Members: We are now offering Premium Training Licenses for, the computer training website featuring online training videos plus exercise files, available to you 24/7, for hundreds of programs including Maya, Rhino, AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, Photoshop and Illustrator, which you can learn at your own pace. The Local has now arranged for the discounted price of $166.00 for 8 months of Premium Training (a $250.00 value) beginning October 1, 2014. Applications must be received by September 30, 2014, in order to receive access to the full 8 months of training that begins Oct. 1. Applications received after Sept. 30 will be eligible for the training period remaining, depending upon the number of licenses available. Please note that there is no refund available if you decide to stop using the service at any time during your subscription period. For more detailed info, visit

If you are interested, please fill out the form available by Clicking This Link..

Return the it by Sept. 30, 2014 along with a $166.00 fee check—made payable to:

Apprenticeship Fund, United Scenic Artists Local USA 829

by US mail to:

Cathy Keator
United Scenic Artists Local USA 829
29 West 38th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Please mark on the envelope ATTN: LYNDA.COM. We cannot process an application without the fee check.

New Health Plan C-4 Announced, September 15, 2014.

Please read about the just-announced IATSE National Benefit Health Plan C-4 by clicking below:

IA Plan C-4 Announcement

For more information, read the 2014 IA Health Plan C Benefits at a Glance by clicking below:

2014 IA Health Plan C Benefits At A Glance 2014

NEW! Designer Organizing Drive 2014-15, August 26, 2014.
Please visit this page on the USA 829 website:

For all information and forms necessary regarding the Designer Organizing Drive, running from October 2014 through January 2015.

USA 829 VFX Website Online!, June 10, 2014.

Please click below to visit the VXF website:

Hose & Fan Set-up to Exhaust Diesel Fumes, April 17, 2014.

Hose & Fan Set-up to Exhaust Diesel Fumes from the Marcy Armory


Seen below are photos of what a proper diesel ventilation system looks like, but it also must be engineered correctly.  For example, the system depends on how much air the fan can move (cfm – cubic feet per minute) and the fan's ability to overcome the air-flow resistance of that long yellow duct (static pressure).


Remember: members should always call the NY Business Office212-581-0300 – when they think a situation might be unsafe, or have questions about procedures or materials that they are uncertain about!



Hoses are attached to the exhaust pipe of a diesel-powered crane or lift (at Marcy Armory)
















The hose runs
from the equipment towards a fan, located near an exterior door.




The hose, coming from the equipment, reaches the appropriately-rated fan, near the exterior door.  













The exhaust hose runs from the fan, through the door, and to the outside, ending as far away from the door as possible to prevent blow-back of diesel fumes, and out of the way of pedestrian traffic.


Vectorworks - 20% Discount, October 31, 2013.

Members: Save 20%...

Vectorworks 2014 at a Discount

We’re excited to tell you about our new partnership with Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., which now provides you with a 20% discount on the latest version of their professional design software. Vectorworks 2014 is a cross-platform (Windows/Macintosh), computer-aided design (CAD) program developed by Nemetschek Vectorworks. The software is currently used by thousands of Lighting, and Scenic Designers worldwide—including many of our members—and is viewed as the industry leader in entertainment design.

This partnership will enable you to realize the efficiencies already enjoyed by existing Vectorworks users for a fraction of the original price. You can also choose to purchase your software with Renderworks, the rendering application used with Vectorworks and powered by CINEMA 4D for high-quality presentations.
Specifics of the Offer

The packages being offered under this program and the discounted prices for USA 829 members are:

Product                                                                    MSRP            Union Cost

Vectorworks Architect 2014                                   $ 2,595          $ 2,076
Vectorworks Architect w/ Renderworks 2014          $ 3,145          $ 2,516
Vectorworks Spotlight 2014                                   $ 2,595          $ 2,076
Vectorworks Spotlight w/ Renderworks 2014          $ 3,145          $ 2,516
Vectorworks Designer 2014                                  $ 3,395          $ 2,716
Vectorworks Designer w/ Renderworks 2014         $ 3,945          $ 3,156

All prices quoted are exclusive of sales tax.

Members who already own a licensed copy of Vectorworks products will be able to upgrade to Vectorworks 2014 at a discounted rate of 20% per license. Due to the many possible combinations of products being upgraded and upgraded to, the members will need to contact Vectorworks to determine upgrade pricing.

Note, if you already own a 2013 or older Vectorworks license, you can still benefit by upgrading to 2014 at a 20% discounted rate. And, if you already upgraded to 2014, you can purchase a higher package at the same discount. Contact Vectorworks for pricing details.

The pricing listed in this proposal is valid until Nemetschek Vectorworks releases the next paid upgrade version of Vectorworks. While future events can not be predicted, Vectorworks has historically been upgraded on a 12-month cycle between paid upgrades. Between these upgrades (Vectorworks 2013, Vectorworks 2012, Vectorworks 2011, Vectorworks 2010, Vectorworks 2009, etc.) This indicates that the next paid upgrade may be released in the late fall of 2014

Your purchase also gives you:


  • Discounted prices for Vectorworks (The actual dollar savings will depend on the package purchased.)

  • Enhanced software capabilities with future releases

  • Access to Nemetschek Vectorworks technical support and training solutions

  • Support from Nemetschek Vectorworks’ local affiliate, if one is present

How to Place an Order

To place an order or learn more, USA 829members should contact Nemetschek Vectorworks’ U.S. Sales division at 888-646-4223 or e-mail

Your representative will verify your membership with the union and then ship your software. It’s that easy!

We hope you take advantage of this great offer!

3DS Max NYC User Group, April 16, 2013.
Visit for info about the NYC 3DS Max User Group.   

The direct link for the April 16th event is:

New Website Login for Members, October 4, 2010.

Welcome to the new USA 829 website!

Members: Your log-in data has changed. To log in as a member, you must use the following data:

Username = Your valid e-mail address, as found in the USA 829 member database.
     Contact any USA 829 office immediately to register your e-mail address if they don't already have it. Without that, you cannot log in to this website! Please don't assume that the union has the correct address for you: call them and verify it now.

Password = Your CAPITALIZED First Name InitialCAPITALIZED Last Name Initial +
     last 4 digits of Social Security #.
     Example: the Password for John Doe with SS# of 123-45-6789 would be JD6789.
     The Password is always case-sensitive, so JD6789 will work, while jd6789 or Jd6789 or jD6789 will not.

NOTE: Foreign members have been assigned a Password that uses their initials with their member number instead of the last four numbers of the SS#.