The Chevron STEM Zone made their sixth appearance at the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day held at AT&T Park, and this year’s tent featured more exhibits than ever! This annual event offers hands-on experiments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math like augmented reality stations, and wind energy engineering. Over 30,000 visitors were in attendance at this fabulous event, and JMP is proud to be a part of this educational community event.
Fastly, a leading edge cloud platform that powers over 10% of the internet by accelerating and securing user experiences, held their 4th annual Altitude SF Customer Summit at Terra Gallery and we were happy to partner with the events team at Fastly and Venture Further Events to bring the vision for their stage sets to life.
Inspired by Fastly’s Altitude motherboard motif and their desire to create a modern, clean, white-on-white stage set, producer Tony Irik designed the focal point of the primary stage to feature a 10’ x 10’ back-lit replication of the pattern with a halo-illuminated Altitude conference logo. The illuminated motherboard, a subtle under-the-hood nod to Fastly’s behind the scenes role helping the devops community, sat upstage of a large seamless flat wall used as a projection surface and corridor for restroom access. Raw pine accents brought a warm and natural element to clean bright look of the set. The secondary stage featured a dimensional conference logo in the same wood finish to tie both floors together. The challenge came in working in the beautiful yet unconventional space at Terra Gallery, where access is tight and the event space features various architectural obstacles. In the end, the JMP crew and the teams they worked with brought the space to life on time and on budget. Most importantly, the client was pleased and we look forward to working with them again.
Skift held their recurring Tech Forum at the United Club at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara, and John Murray Productions was brought on board by the event production company Legend Productions Inc. to provide the scenic environment for Skift's popular event.
Working from photographs of Skift Forums past, producer Tony Irik recreated the set for the more intimate space of the United Club, which required a shorter and narrower set that would provide the same impact as the original. The design elements included custom chevron sidewalls inspired by the shape found in the Skift logo and a faux concrete digital print backdrop with a 2" thick dimensional Skift letterset. The set was finished with a custom shaped stage deck that again incorporated the angle seen in the logo, and two large LED screens that flanked the stage. The challenge came in recreating a look from photographs in a tighter space than the original, but the thorough site inspection and quality build drawings ensured a seamless install. It was a pleasure working with Skift and Legend Productions Inc, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
Zuora held their 7th annual Subscribed Conference this June at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, and John Murray Productions teamed with the audio visual masters at Immersive to bring the corporate theater set to life. The conference, highlighting the global economic shift in focus from products to users, came 10 years after Zuora's inception and has grown ten-fold in attendance since their inaugural event. It needed a look that was as big as the conference's growth, so we went big!
Working from Immersive's designs, we began with a 110' wide x 18' tall flat wall set comprised of 5 sections: 4 projection surfaces and a large center wall. The walls were seamlessly wrapped in white muslin before the custom halo illuminated set pieces were applied. The focal point of the set was the companies dimensional SUBSCRIBED logo, which we fabricated using our CNC foam cutter. The giant letters and set accents were 4 - 8" thick, made from EPS foam and skinned with foamed PVC for a matte surface that the creatives at Immersive pixel mapped for a dynamic projection surface. We used over 450 linear feet of LED strip lighting from Prism Lighting Group to create the backlit effect, and the combination of illuminated surfaces gave the set an interesting dimensionality uncommon to an all white set. The challenge came in the form of a short install window which required a pre-rig of the giant wall in our shop, allowing the wiring to be tested and dimensional elements dry fit, ensuring a seamless install. The finished look was bright, bold and clean.
San Francisco pays tribute to iconic crooner and SF ambassador Tony Bennett with a public unveiling of Tony Bennett Way, the renamed 900 block of Mason Street in front of the historic Fairmont Hotel where Bennett first sang his famous homage to the city, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, in 1961.
John Murray Productions was honored to work with e2k to provide the scenic environment for this historic event, which included a main stage featuring a large printed backdrop, custom drapery treatment, and street sign prop, as well as a custom accessibility ramp so all visitors could make their way to the bronze Tony Bennett statue for a photo op. The look was elegant & classic, fitting of the 91 year old singer so beloved by the City. Additionally, the event highlighted world class entertainment, including a Tony Bennett impersonator that rappelled the hotel facade to kick off the ceremony. Click here for a fantastic video overview of the unveiling.
For the second year running, John Murray Productions provided scenic fabrication, printing and design services for Noldermedia, who produced the Silicon Valley Bank international broadcast at the Mexican Heritage center in San Jose.
Working in a proscenium theater allowed us to make the most of the theatrical rigging system and after studying a few different scenic approaches the final design included multiple layers of scenic, providing depth and creative lighting options. Scenic included an upstage Cyc, borderless screens/graphics, 2x2 tiles including staff portrait photos and 2 large custom frame logos.
Photos: By Erik Nolder
A few months ago we were contacted by Ideastorm, a corporate events company based in France, to assist with scenic construction services for Auto Industry experts Faurecia at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
The set design was clean and contemporary. The 100'x16' completely seamless flat wall/screen surround featured four screen openings designed to fit Worldstage Incs beautiful hi-resolution LED screens. Three dimensional set graphics, created with our new CNC foam cutter, served as a focal point for the main stage, and custom staging that included custom seating platforms for the audience, as well as structural platforms for supporting the 4000 pound LED screens provided the infrastructure for a dynamic scenic environment.
The biggest challenge was trying to shoehorn all the required production elements into a tightly packed ballroom with only a 1-day install, but we did it!
Our friends at the strategic marketing company, Invisible North, were tasked with recreating Gap's iconic zoetrope commercial Experiment. In. Color. inside their store on Market Street in San Francisco. JMP was brought into the project to build out the curved walls and print the vinyl flooring.
Our own Tony Irik stopped in the store and make his own zoetrope movie. Click on the picture of Tony to see it in action!
When the producers of this bacon and craft brew festival were looking to amplify their brand through social media, they turned to JMP for an oversized version of their logo that they could take on the road and set up quickly at their events around the country. Guests can't help but take a selfie in front of the giant Bacon and Beer logo. I mean come on, who doesn't like bacon & beer?
Our scenic shop fabricated these letters using a CNC foam cutter. We then glued them together in groups of letters that could be handled by two crew, making the display manageable to install and transport. The letters were then coated with a durable waterproof coating and painted to the clients specifications. The whole package was loaded into two custom crates and shipped off to Levi's Stadium for the inaugural festival.
Since 2012, JMP has helped Chevron encourage young students to engage in Science Technology Engineering and Math by designing, building and installing a traveling interactive experience called the STEM zone. This video displays some of the more than 30 exhibits we have created that break down the science of sports into hands-on exhibits geared to engage and captivate the next generation of brilliant minds. With six years of collaboration with Chevron, we are proud to think of all the young minds we have touched through a medium they enjoy and understand. Yay STEM zone!
JMP worked with Centrifuge Media to design and create a vibrant and compelling environment for their client's corporate event. The set took advantage of our highly customizable stage decks where any shape is possible, and featured a custom edge-lit circular thrust. The set featured eye catching multi panel curved LED displays providing a canvas for stunning video content.
When John was introduced to the ModTruss booth at a recent LDI Convention, he knew this award winning product could provide countless solutions to the structural challenges that we often face when Creating Entertaining Environments for our clients. We are believers in this innovative new product and recently invested in quite a bit of inventory to add to our rental stock of customizable sets. Additionally, we are authorized dealers of this product. How can we incorporate this flexible and structural product in your next entertaining environment? The possibilities are endless!
We used ModTruss extensively on the Levi's Lot activation at Super Bowl City and found it to be very popular with other vendors as well.
Since the Super Bowl, we have used ModTruss behind the scenes for many projects where a robust yet modular structure was required to support our scenery. We have even used it as an on stage scenic element as show in this Cloud Foundry event where the industrial quality added the perfect element to this set design.
Click here to visit the ModTruss website and learn more about the product.
We were recently approached by the good people at INVNT to provide scenic services for the SpringOne conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The designers took a minimalist approach where the primary feature was a giant halo illuminated sign with smaller individually lit letters that needed to have color changing ability from the lighting console.
Two 45' wide borderless projection screens floating in front of 65' wide cycs provided plenty of space for great eye candy, and the light changing capabilities of the entire set made for a dynamic look that used color to influence the look and feel of the environment.
Theses 1/8" wire rope eye splices were rejected by JMP.
Can you tell us why?
#1 No Thimble. Though not required in all situations, it is JMP's practice to always use a thimble with wire rope eye splices. We also only use copper sleeves with galvanized cable.
#2 Incorrect Crimping- In addition to not having a thimble, this eye has only two crimps on the sleeve. Our hand crimping tool for 1/8" wire rope requires 3 crimps on the oval sleeve.
#3 Two sleeves and both are improperly crimped.
#4 Crimping does not pass the gauge inspection. Always check your crimps with a "Go Gauge."
#5 No visible tail. Always leave a small tail exposed past the end of the crimped sleeve. If you cannot see the tail then you can't be confident that crimps are properly placed over both legs of the wire.
Tips for correctly crimping wire rope:
Only use the best quality crimping tool and follow the manufacturers instructions. For field use, we use a Nicropress 64-CGMP hand press.
Make certain you use the correct sleeves and stops with your wire rope. Use only the sleeves that are specified by your tool.
Follow the instructions for number or crimps with the specified notch on your tool. For our 64-CGMP tool, and 1/8" galvanized wire rope, Nicropress specifies:
Crimp order is important.- When using a thimble in an eye splice, Nicopress recommends placing the first crimp on the end of the sleeve closest to the thimble. In our 1/8" eye splice example, the second crimp is in the middle and the third crimp at the end away from the eye. Nicopress always advises: never crimp between two previous crimps.
When in doubt, ask. Consult with a certified rigger or call your tool's manufacturer.
When Mike Oku envisioned a giant 3D logo for his client AppDirect, he chose John Murray Productions to fabricate and install the multi layered centerpiece. This 40' x 16' stage set consisted of 5 layers all suspended by 1/16" wire rope on different vertical planes to give the set a floating appearance. Mike and his team of lighting designers subtly painted the set with light from below and video images were precisely pixel mapped to appear only on the logo, adding even more dimension to this stunning graphic. Thank you Mike for the great photos and the repeat business!
What good is a selfie without a great background? JMP was asked by our friends at Dominic Phillips Event Marketing to help design and fabricate twelve super colorful acrylic displays for the recent J-Pop Summit at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The J-POP SUMMIT, a Japanese cultural festival held every summer since 2009 in San Francisco, introduces the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures!
In addition to the acrylic displays, JMP assisted IDEO with the rigging of their interactive Beach Ball Synth – an engaging installation that brings people together through music-making. We were thrilled to work with a team of designers from global design firm IDEO, and excited to use a grid made from ModTruss that allowed the team from IDEO the flexibility to easily raise and lower the giant air filled balls for ideal positioning in the air.
When client Linux Foundation approached us with a desire to use industrial materials to emphasize the functional infrastructure of their service, we developed a design that would combine traditional industrial scaffolding with modern Modtruss, visually demonstrating a link between industries of the past with the emerging industries of the future. The width of the seating arrangement required a set that would have stage presence but not block visibility for the speaker or their presentation, resulting in scaffolding structures of descending heights that helped to focus attention toward center stage. Cladding these structures in frosted acrylic panels allowed for entrance tunnels that could respond to changing light effects without overpowering the overall aesthetic of the stage.
Chad Wallace of Experiential Marketing Partners had been referred to us by our good friends at MKTG when he needed some help with rebranding a Peet's Coffee trailer that was past its prime. The trailer had been on the road for a couple years, moving from event to event, and its last home was an extended stay next to AT&T Park in San Francisco where it got a daily bath of salty fog. Chad needed to refinish the trailer before moving to its new home on the UC Berkeley campus. See the story of University Partnership Program Welcoming Peet's.
Rolling stock is not necessarily our stock-in-trade so we were at first hesitant to take the job. However, our motto is "Creating Entertaining Environments" and we agreed that a hip little coffee trailer on our local college campus fit the bill.
From pallets to Peet's
As it turned out, the trailer needed more that just updated branding, it needed a full renovation inside and out. We stripped it down to the bones, and began her transformation. Click through the gallery below to see our process.
For the grand unveiling of Cisco's Spark Board, Invision Communication turned to John Murray Productions to create an automated staging effect that would be as clean and elegant as the game changing conferencing system that Cisco just delivered to the market. This all in one collaboration tool seamlessly integrates wireless presentation with digital white board and next generation video conferencing technology. Its sleek and clean design called for an equally elegant unveiling.
JMP designed a system to deliver the 70" Spark Board to the live audience using a scenery automation system that is normally reserved for complex theatrical productions. A low profile stage wagon carried the Spark Board down stage using a cable that was hidden in a track below the stage surface. A nearly silent zero-fleet stage winch from Creative Conners provided the muscle to drive the "dog" that pulled the wagon, and their Spike Mark software ensured that the scenery moved to the precise position for the presentation.
This holiday season, all of us here at John Murray Productions wanted to send out a specially crafted holiday card to some of our closest contacts. In the spirit of our stagecraft background, we meticulously designed a wooden, build-your-own Fresnel ornament. Each package contains a sheet of balsa plywood with 22 snap out pieces routed on our CNC machine, an emery board for sanding, and a holiday greeting card that includes a link to a corresponding assembly video. We hope to provide a fun holiday craft along with some insight into how each project is completed here at JMP.
If you would like to check out our fun ornament instruction and holiday greeting video, please go to: bit.ly/fresnel
Happy Holidays from everyone here at John Murray Productions. Thank you for a wonderful year, and cheers to 2017!