February is another month that needs more than one post - so much going on. And lest we ever forget, February means Grammys. This year Person of the Year was Bruce Springsteen, with tribute perfomances by Sting, Elton, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mumford, and on and on... I think we dig that show more than the Grammys themselves. Here's a nice shot of the stage from the after party that we've done now for 13 years. Larry O-designed stage with Sharpies and Versatubes and projection. SO 2013!
Our buddy John McGuire brought us out to the Empire (Coachella) Polo Grounds to support him on a BB King show. John and Victoria co-produced this event and it was a big hit. Nice chance to hang at Coachella a month before the madness drops in. 3000 people came out to see the King of the Blues and to sample local beers and wines. Nearly full moon on nice cool night - I even got to bring my boy Charlie out to see a legend. Fun gig.
Mary and KC take us to Infinity via the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for the worldwide release of their new IP. Strong Disney vibe throughout - D23 fan club members fully represented as well as John Lassiter and other animator/Pixar types. Big time stuff here - I think it was webcast to 1m people wearing Mickey ears (seriously). We did full HD cameras for IMAG and record, lighting design with our hero Henry Sume, and audio reinforcement and record integrating house systems and our gear. We even did a cool projection mapping of Snow White's Castle as you can see in this picture. I'm sold man - the Disney spirit is infectious.
Bounce gets the cool gigs! Jon Bon doing a 90 minute show in the driving rain at Paramount. We shot it for the Recording Academy to be included in the broadcast of the Grammy Nomination concert in Nashville. We provided a 9 camera high def broadcast package. JB's brother Tony directed. Seriously good spirit from all on board, dealing with a lot of rain, especially JB and his band - what good sports, man. Guess it's all relative being from Jersey and knowing the wrath of Sandy.
We're so darn lucky to continue to work with Leah and Connie and Nancy and Adam and the rest at Deckers Corp., parent company of UGG Shoes. This was the Fall 2013 sales meeting. We brought in Courtney and Michael from Brodey Francis to build this BAD ASS set - Models worked the runway, the sidewalk in front of the set, and even the balcony from above. It looked so so sweet - I love this gig!
Rock 'n Rain invited us up to the City by the Bay for some Target fun. We built a rollerskating park in a big, beautiful park in the city. This was a big promotion for a new City Target that is opening in SF. We're still stinging from the Giants beating our Dodgers in the division race, but we'll be OK once the Patriots start winning again.
Cheryl and the team brought us in to do some projection on a crazy screen made out strips of plastic tubing. Wild - looked really cool, and it sort of softened and "organisized" the projection a bit. Gorgeous room. TONS of fun taking pics with my kids and celebs... This is the Governor's Ball which is the 6000 person official after-party to the Emmy Awards.
All gigs eclipsed by the passing of my beloved father in law, Fred J. Laux.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall softly upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Jessica and Stacey from Jordanah brought us down to help out with a couple of booths at the nothing-else-in-the-world-like-it Comic-Con convention. What a town full of NUTS! So fun - everyone is crazy and everyone is so nice and kind. So cool to see some serious geeks geekin' out together. The girls had top talent from Fox animation and TV (Glee people! My daughter was so impressed with me!) signing stuff and giving away empty cardboard tubes to put your posters in. It was a feeding frenzy every time they did a give away. Freeman killed our buzz when they chose us as the last booth to load out. Seriously who do we have to mind-warp to get some Freeman love?
June is just massive - one posting won't cut it. We had the tres cool opportunity to work with our fave David Rodgers as he helped Dom Perignon introduce their new Brut and Rose bottles for 2013. David Lynch designed the bottle and was on hand to reveal the new design. It was the typical non-typical event design with the Davids. Mad 80 foot long tunnel in all black with only smoke and Versatubes to guide the way. Sweet projection on the exterior of Milk Studios where the gig happened. We also had a cool band of imagery that was 60 feet long, on the hard cyc wall in one of the studios. Sean Cagney came along for the ride, designing us a Fill-Me-Up gag where guests walked by an RP video screen, and saw their silhouettes filled with sparks. Then we reconnected with Dietrich Jeungling who has done projection design for Pink Floyd's The Wall among many other things. Dieter gave us some really cool 3D mapped projection looks, inside the hangar wall at Milk (see how the corrugated panels appear to 'pop out' from the wall behind the stage?). The Kills rocked hard and other than massive exhaustian, everyone went home happy. The funky ones never get old...
Yes, the busiest week of the year, but the most satisfying, too. Well, the satisfying part will kick in soon, I'm sure. Maybe when the checks come?? We love this week - Ubisoft, Disney, Tera, and a few others too. Big giant trade show booths that have become art galleries and big fat press events that are viewed by millions. Here's the Ubisoft press briefing. Got to work with a new agency called Touch Worldwide. Great folks - seriously - not that often that you find a bunch of people doing large corporate events that aren't screamers. Not the case with the Touch peeps - lovely experience. But seriously with the hard core violence in these games - Seriously?