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?
Our new staff hero Ryan Kayson brought us up to his old home town for a nice six-projector mapping project. The palette was the new Storke Tower at UCSB. We got some gorgeous imagery from some very funky angles. Mr. Awesome himself, Sean Cagney was on board to make all funky angles feel just right.... Client thrilled, the HD-20s were working hard, and we have another successful mapping job under our belts. Each gig is more fun than the one before it.
Our supreme systems sales overlord/hero Mitch Payton scores a nice award for his work with FCC Church in LA. ShowPro did this installation with Matt Levesque's design. Mitch is just the most conscientious and dedicated sales guy you will ever meet. He won't leave your job until you tell him you love him and you insist on buying him dinner. We are lucky to have Mitch on our team. And the First Congregational Church is not only the oldest church in LA, but it also houses the world's largest pipe organ. We won this award for the LED lighting upgrade we did, with honors coming from nothing less than the LA Conservancy themselves. High praise from a higher power!
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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