Modeling A Vertical Curtain

By adjusting the size and rotation of the winch, we can easily make the model look like a curtain is flying in and out of stage.

This model is essentially the same as a lift or a hoist in respect to its rotation, but the dimensions of the unit are drastically different.

Parameters To Set

  • Axis Type: Hoist

  • Width: 1.5ft

  • Length: 5ft

  • Height: 1.5ft

  • Rotation X: 90 Degrees

  • Rotation Y: 90 Degrees

  • Distance from Center: 0ft

  • Distance from Plaster: 1.5ft


  1. Select the motor you wish to adjust.

  2. Select winch in the Scenery Type window.

  3. Select Hoist in the Axis Type dropdown menu.

  4. Adjust Width, Length, and Height.

    1. The Width and Height in this case are the plan dimensions of the unit.

    2. The LENGTH is the DEPTH of the unit.

  5. Adjust Rotation X and Rotation Y so that the unit travels vertically.

  6. Adjust Distance and Elevation to reflect actual location on the stage.

    1. In this example, we have the unit coming all the way to the ground. If you have a minimum height above the deck, use that height for Elevation from Stage.

  7. Set Max Forward Position Soft Limit for actual travel distance.

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