Not sure who enjoys this one more - the crew or the kids. Well i guess some of the crew are kids, huh? Another successful year with MTV and KCA. Jane and Joe were lovely as always, and we really have this one down. Always a pleasure to work with the same team year after year. Matt Levesque outdid himself with the lighting design - how cool are those Versatubes on the vertical circle truss? Prettier than Katy Perry's blue hair.
This is why I love working in this business! We're working on the Grammy afterparty at the convention center (6000 guests, ACM and ACD and our beloved NARAS clients). Sir Paul is being honored as Person of the Year. I grab my boy Charlie to see a rehearsal with his hero since age 6, Paul McCartney. We get our minds blown with Paul jamming "The End" with Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh, etc. 3 hours later we're in a reception honoring Sir Paul when PM himself walks by my son and says "hey I saw you at the rehearsal - do you remember? Dad, take our picture!" Well I had to oblige Sir Paul. Here's the shot (confounded iphone flash). Bliss.
Another great one with Bounce - Carleen and Rachael brought us up to Las Vegas to help build an elaborate and gorgeous temporary Chanel museum at the Wynn. We built matrixed display walls, and did some very unique projection on to atypical surfaces. Here's a shot of a projection that appears inside an oversized bottle of Chanel perfume. Lots of keystone correcting and masking to make it look almost like a hologram. Fun times always with this group...
Indy producer David Shapiro asked us up to the high desert to reinforce audio for a stunt featuring mad-man Rob Dyrdek and a Chevy Sonic. Rob does whatever it is he does to get pumped up for this insanity, then he jumps in this stock Chevy Sonic, and hits a ramp that is far from level. Check out this test video of the event. Why, you ask? Why not?
David Rodgers and Swarovski brought us along to help with a sculpture installation on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This installation is a series of five Helix-shaped sculptures wrapped in flexible LED display. People all over the world can text or tweet Swarovski, and their messages are displayed on the LED sculptures. A live webcam allows people worldwide to see their messages appear on Rodeo. Here's a link to the webcam: http://www.facebook.com/SWAROVSKIELEMENTS
Hillary and the crew at Warner Bros. invited us to join them for the Environmental Media Awards on NY Street. The perfect location for an event, on a perfect night. We brought in 150 Versatubes and Chris G. did some sweet programming. The rig looked great live, and even better on camera. Debbie Levin is the president of EMA and she was just lovely to work with. The association believes that the entertainment industry has the power to influence environmental awareness on a large scale. They're right. Listen to 'em!
Charlie Sheen got roasted at Sony Studios last week. Does it get any better? Well maybe August's post is better, but barely. We freaked a bit when we heard that superstar MTV producer Matt Salerno was leaving the company. But we got to spend a really lovely weekend with new-to-MTVspecial events producer Patty DiMaria, doing the after-party for the Sheen Roast. Matt Levesque designed the rig and he had lots to light. The set was ultra hedonistic garden of eden. PERFECT for Mr. Tiger Blood himself.
Ubi in Koln Germany, ESPY Awards with Jason and Precision at the Palladium, Usher with new Favs Bounce at Paramount - ALL GOOD. But nothing is good with no down-time. I took my family to Paris for two weeks, then one more week exploring the French countryside. How do they fit all of that insanity in to one country? Seriously! Tres Jolie, indeed!
A city official red-tagged the main theater in Ashland Oregon 3 weeks before the opening of the country's biggest Shakespeare festival due to a failing roof beam. We got the call for help and we turned to Matt Leach as the fixer. Matt was on a plane the next morning, and he put together a temporary theater including a structure, flooring, seating, HVAC, power, all permitting and of course Shakespeare-quality sound lighting and video. We had trucks rolling a day later and the festival opened on time. This temporary theater is located in a gorgeous park in downtown Ashland. All the world is indeed a stage.
We had another fantastic experience working with the Ubisoft folks, for E3. Adam and I got to do our Paris meetings in April which seem to set the very positive tone for the rest of the year. This is a shot of the Press Conference we did the day before E3 opened. Ethos produced and provide scenic, David Flad was the LD and played back the content on the Winvision LED screens. Shawn Richardson kept the ship afloat, and Rick Boot had that room sounding sublime. So fun - getting ready to go to Cologne Germany with the Ubis, in August.
We were honored to be invited to participate in the series of events leading up to the opening of the new Children's Hospital wing in Hollywood. Back-to-back weekends saw gorgeous events - first on Sunset Blvd. to light up the new building, then the following weekend at LA Live with a superbly produced show in the huge tent. We worked with David Corwin at Megavision to install a massive mapped video blend - 200' x 170' projection. Can you imagine how hard the engineers worked to warp the projectors to fit that moving-breathing-being that is the LA Live tent? Insane. This one was special as Adam's son Clayton has received stellar care from CHLA with complications from birth. Touching to be a part of this one.