For a fan-boy like me, Grammy Week is always the most enjoyable of the year. We barely pulled it off last year before the world stopped, and although we didn't get to do our usual 5,000 person after-party, we did get to work here in our studio. NARAS included us in their Music Cares Grammy event. This put Haim and Chikka and Estelle in our studio, shooting a couple of tunes each, over a couple of days. So Great. My FOMO was mitigated a bit. I think Grammy week alone is reason to never retire.
We built a spectacular studio in our building, and we're staying busy doing awards shows and activations and finance meetings and training videos, on our stage. Massive Covid Compliance options, sweet Atwater location, loads of parking, amazing stage and dressing rooms, and spaceship-like Master Control Room to bring stuff in and stream stuff out. So far so good. The venue has changed, but we're still basically just doing shows with LED walls and lighting and audio and high tech – just for 1/10th the dough, that's all.
It's cool. Come check it out!
When the Telluride Film Festival had to cancel, one of the big heartbreaks was not being able to screen Frances McDormand's new film NomadLand. But as we've all been pushed to get creative, so too did the Telluride peeps, and they brought the festival for one night to the Rose Bowl. Lucky us! We did a wicked-cool drive-in as guests of Steve Allison of TIL and Fox Searchlight for this premier. Note the color of the skies - horrible smoke from the fires that are still burning gave our masks dual purpose. So sad, but so nice to have a couple of hours of semi-normalcy enjoying this amazing film outdoors with 600 of our closest, distantly masked friends.
We are proud to participate in the #RedAlertRESTART campaign where over 1500 live music, production and event venues light themselves red in support of the live events industry and the RESTART Act. Here's ShowPro HQ and a few other venues I photo-bombed around town.
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February is, of course, awards show season, and we adore our recurring Grammys, Oscars, Designers Guild, and so many more gigs. But, The Kobe Memorial was yesterday, and I can't seem to shake the sadness. Such beautiful families that are stricken with tragedy, not to mention the global impact...
We were asked to do some projection work for the City of Vernon for the entire NBA season to honor Kobe. These new monster Elation Proteus fixtures did the trick from 400 feet away... Please, disregard the awful stringer lights on the legs of the Water Tower – those are an old mock-up by others. I dropped some award show shots In at the end to show my respect. Thanks to Sequoia and Jerry Hayes, and our dear NARAS clients, and all of the crew and staff that pulled off a sick month. Now, we just need these virus numbers to drop and the DOW to climb.
All in a month's work…
Remember when people laughed at the concept of doing big entertainment and events at a Mall? I do.
Mall gets last laugh...
Well, Westfield Century City is more like a Fantasyland than a mall, but their groundbreaking concept of building a massive stage and Audio/Video/Lighting rig with multiple event and activation spaces is a smash success. We were invited to manage the technical side of these shows and events almost 3 years ago, and we installed the much-beloved David Olson to be our guy on site. Things have gone so well we just added another full-timer, Alex Mackyol to the staff. I love this partnership – it's a very big corporation, but it's managed by people like you and me, so it's just another extension of the family. More cities coming!
Next Stop: (REDACTED). Stay tuned!
We're still buzzin’ a bit, a week after this one. What a wonderful process - Jeff dreams up a 360 degree LED surround concept with presentation stages on all four walls, for an upcoming UGG sales meeting. We pitch the CEO and a few of his SVPs, and they're intrigued. We then take notes from the client, re-work the design a couple of times, re-present a couple of times, and BAM, we're on. Jeff and Matt Warren then spend the next four months working on content and showflow and the overall message, alongside these hard-hitting execs. As we get closer to show time, we feel the weight of the importance of this show to a big corporation. They trusted us to deliver, so we best not blow it. We didn't. It was amazing. Then Haim comes on at the end of the 1 hour presentation and rocks everyone. It's everything any of us want in a gig - Creativity, Wicked tech, Mavericks surf just outside the venue, and Visionary clients who trust us...
Thank you, Gaia.
So I'm digging through all of our October gigs, trying to catch a vibe on what this month meant to me, and all I could see was bright color! It was great – made my day happier. Not sure why, but everyone from Anastasia to Empire Events to Adobe to Givenchy to Nicki Minaj went heavy-color at their October events. Cardi's all dyed-out, dang, even Thom Yorke embraced the full rainbow (mandatory fan-boy shot). We had a strong month – lots of opportunity to rock people's worlds, and one humbling indiscretion on live comm that we all learned and grew from.
Out of darkness comes light!