USC brought us down again to help out with a huge announcement press conference. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre gifted SEVENTY MILLION DOLLARS to USC. Insane. They are building an academy for arts and technology business. Looking for this new breed of youngsters who have arts chops and are entrepreneurial and are are adroit with new technology. We got the call at 4pm to install a high def LED wall for an 11am press conference the next day. Easy-E! Seriously, from F the Police to magna cum laude? What a country!
Gary and the gang at Sequoia invited us to engage in a historic cultural event in Los Angeles this month. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening an Oscar Museum. The Museum will be in the iconic deco giant May Company building (right where Biggie got shot RIP). This event was a temporary exhibit of memorabilia (look how small Bogie's piano was from Casablanca in photo) and other elements that will ultimately be on display in the permanent collection. Ryan and his team blended dozens of projectors together using dozens of Watchout computers to create a stunning multi-media display. Chris' lighting was wicked beautiful. Only bummer was we had to tear it down after a three hour event. I wish we could have left it up for months.
The "other" Adam Rosen and Meghan from USC included us in a great event on campus at USC. Here we built a sculpture of multiple-sized LCD displays, Versatubes and toned truss. Some displays were landscape and some portrait. All playback was matrixed so the client could see any image on any display, with the push of a button. Great stuff. Can anyone guess who the mystery guy is at the lectern?
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.