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.
Mitch Kirsch and VICE brought us out to the desert for their Spiritualized installation. We supported Mitch with sound, lighting, video, projection, rigging and staging. Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Aquabats - and that's just the As! Great gig for a great client.
Our favorite week of the year. Got to catch Arcade Fire rehearsing for their performance on the show. Excellent. Here is a nice shot from Biz Bash of the Party which we lit and provided video projection. Larry Oberman was the LD again and nailed it as usual. Along Came Mary had us along for the ride again. The Theme was DISCO! Fun for all.
Larry and company brought us along to dial in the uber-fancy BOA steakhouse in Beverly Hills for a star-studded Golden Globe event. Besides lighting the spaces, we provided a photo op booth which immediately posted images to a Cover Girl ad, mixing guest images with past Cover Girls. Really fun.
Obo comes to LA. NY based Obo productions called on ShowPro to support them for the launch of Justin Timberlake's new Target clothing line. It was massive exterior projection, arty interior tiled projection, gorgeous understated lighting, sound scaping and audio reinforcement for celebrity DJs, and the nation's coolest custom chandelier. It was a fun December night...
Sir Richard and Sequoia at the Music Center. Sounds fancy, yes? Well it was - Gorgeous looking event with lots o' celebs and lots o' money raised for Virgin Unite. This is Eve Branson's charity to help less privileged in Africa. Awesome. This is Colbie Callait and Common workin' Bubbly together.
Mitch P and Matt Levesque brought this epic church out of the "dark ages" by installing hundreds of LED instruments for a permenant installation. The First Congregational Church in Los Angeles brought ShowPro in to illuminate their main sanctuary (which houses the world's largest pipe organ!), as well as their exterior tower and a few other smaller areas. To sit in this room and see the beauty of the architecture and hear that pipe organ is nothing short of inspiring.