Event Planning

Watch Out for Hidden Venue Costs

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Corporate event planners should negotiate with venues on AV services before signing the contractCosts for "Venue Exclusive" Production Services Can Add Up Quickly

Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that can sink your ship. Planning and executing successful meetings for your organization can be an undertaking of a Titanic proportion. For every decision you make that shapes the meeting, there will be other issues that lurk beneath the surface and which are not readily apparent. These hidden hazards can easily put a big hole in your budget.

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Corporate Theater

CEOs Wanna be Rock Stars, Too

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Nintendo's Wii (c) Go! Experience DesignTo quote Nickleback, “We all just wanna be big rock stars, live in hilltop houses, drivin’ 15 cars….” Or, more to the point, our clients do. Over the past 25 years, we’ve seen corporate shows change in dramatic and unexpected ways, the most profound being the energy level and aesthetic of the productions.

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TechOps

Big Apple Wireless: Four Shows Linked by RC4 Wireless

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On the 20th Century photo by Joan MarcusEvery Broadway production is unique, with its own engaging story to tell. But, whether it’s a comedy or a tragedy, a musical or a drama, there is one thing that four separate productions opening this month on Broadway have in common: Every one of them is using RC4 Wireless products to untether their props, costumes, and set pieces, creating the magic of theatre.

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Feeding the Machines

The Trauma Team

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If you have ever watched any of the reality TV shows about emergency rooms, you have probably noticed how well the staff works together to help the patient. I find it a striking resemblance to the way that an automated lighting programmer must relate to others on his/her team. A programmer must work well with each team member to ensure a healthy lighting contribution to the production. By studying this relation in comparison to an emergency trauma team, one can easily see the responsibilities that a programmer has with the production team.

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Designer Watch

Sufjan Stevens, Lady A, Zac Brown, Hozier, The Who, Fitz & FitzGerald and More

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Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell tour (c) Mark JanowitzProduction designer Marc Janowitz devised a design in early April for singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell tour in support of the March 31, 2015 album release named for the singer’s mother, Carrie — who died in 2012 after suffering from mental illness — and his stepfather. Stevens channeled his grief into his most personal, intimate songs. To present them on the road, he eschewed the props and gimmicks for which he’s known, and Janowitz sets the stage for a more melancholy mood.

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LD at Large

The Art of Lighting Chrome and Brushed Metal

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LD at LargeI am blessed to work with some of the greatest scenic designers on the planet. They seem to have endless veins of creativity and come from all sorts of backgrounds and educations. However, it never ceases to amaze me how often they design with the most impractical scenic elements. Well, at least from this lighting designer’s point of view.

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