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
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!