The National Nurses United held their Staff Nurse Assembly in Chicago this Spring and for the fourth year in a row, John Murray Productions, Inc. partnered with MetroMedia Productions, Inc. and BP Productions, to design and create the environment for the Union's annual event. The event launched their 'Nurses Campaign to Heal the World' which promotes a proposed Robin Hood tax created to raise revenue from Wall Street for the needs of Main Street. The event took place at the Sheraton Chicago Towers the same weekend as the NATO summit, also held in Chicago. The politically charged energy of the city created the perfect environment for the nurses to spread the message of their campaign, and their successful rally at Daley Plaza provided publicity for their cause. We helped bring the concepts of the campaign to life by using an international theme in our set design, which spanned the 230' length of the hotel's largest ballroom, as well as it's accompanying foyer. The set featured three large screens, mirrored on each side by our custom curved flats. An array of international flags decorated the left and right sides of the ballroom, while a current slideshow highlighting nurses in action constantly populated the eye candy screens which flanked the 12' x 36' center screen. The foyer utilized large format graphics to brand the space, and designate zones such as social networking and advocacy, where nurses could educate themselves on the union's purpose. One of the more popular features was the interactive 'If I could Heal the World...' chalkboard wall, where nurses had freedom to make a personal note on how they would better the world. The event was a huge success and we are, once again, grateful to be a part of the nurse's valiant mission.
The 2011 Professional BusinessWomen of California’s 22nd Annual Conference was held this Spring at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with E2K Event Management to design and install the successful event. The attendees included over 3,400 business women across all levels and industries who brought to life our the theme of the event: Connect, Explore, Inspire. The message was reinforced with three large format prints suspended in front of a 24' x 70' drapewall and flanked by our customized, back-lit GLO walls inspired by the event. The backlit GLO Curves compliment our line of GLO scenery and are now available to rent. Two 15' x 20' screens combined with creative lighting effects provided by Impact Lighting completed the look of the annual event.
For our third year running, John Murray Productions, Inc. was proud to be a part of the JCK Las Vegas watch and jewelry conference. The conference recently moved from the Venetian hotel to the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which created new opportunities and challenges! This year we serviced 4 brands with their build-out of individual top-floor penthouse suites from regular hotel suites into custom showroom/office environments. The main use of each space was for invited conference attendees to get a closer look at new products in more detail than on the trade show floor at the hotel. The challenge came in turning the suites into workable spaces considering we had to completely start from scratch, removing all existing hotel beds and furniture and redesigning each suite from the ground up, including: custom flooring, drapery and office partitioning, custom watch displays, visual branding, furniture, AV and lighting.
TED's annual conference was held at the Long Beach Convention center and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with TED conferences LLC to ensure a successful production. The wildly popular event brings together the greatest thinkers in technology, education and design from around the world and JMP helped provide the environment for attendees including a custom built Gucci booth, Gateway columns which were used to brand specific areas of the conference and tons of drape used in several of the breakout spaces. As always, the event was truly inspiring and JMP takes great pride in partnering with such a progressive organization.
The Palm Springs Film Festival got underway January 5th, with a lineup of events designed to entertain the festival guests throughout the week. Penfolds Winery, one of Australia's premier wine makers, partnered with Bono's fundraising organization (Product) RED to host a party at The Riviera in Palm Springs. JMP worked with PS Communications to create an upscale environment where attendees could taste world class wines while supporting a good cause. Our large format printer worked overtime to create the step and repeat photo op wall, where celebrities and the like had their photos taken all night. Plush red carpet laid out at the entrance with rope and stanchion provided guests with a sense of celebrity as they entered the Riviera hotel while our GLO bars branded with event signage greeted the guests upon their entry. The event was a huge success. Not only did Penfolds maximize their sponsorship to increase brand awareness, but fifteen percent of the sales of their Koonunga Hill and Thomas Hyland tier wines will be donated to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.
Soft goods are a significant element in nearly all special event design. We want to be your source for reliable quality soft goods.This post is dedicated to informing our customers of the materials, equipment and services we offer in the area of theatrical soft goods. Whether you need to black out a ballroom, or project video on a 70' seamless screen, we can customize a solution for you.
TRADITIONAL THEATRICAL DRAPERY
This drawing shows the typical theatrical soft goods and their relative position on a stage. Our Drapeline division maintains a large rental inventory of these standard draperies. We also can fabricate custom draperies for your particular theater. There are many beautiful and innovative new fabrics available today including materials that are inherently flame retardant and can be laundered repeatedly without loosing retardancy. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to prepare a custom sewing estimate.
SOFT GOODS IN A CORPORATE PRESENTATION
Most ballrooms and exhibit halls require soft goods to shape the environment for the presentation. Our soft goods are used for everything from giant projection screens to spectacular unveilings.
Drape support, traveler tracks, Kabuki mechanism, hampers, and countless other bits of our kit allow for professional and dynamic soft goods installations. If you have a tricky installation, give us a call and we will get you through it.
CUSTOM PAINTED SCENERY AND DIGITALLY OUTPUT BACKDROPS
Old School Painting meets State-of-the-art Printing. Sometimes there is simply no substitute to a custom painted backdrop. Possibly the most unique feature of our scenic studio is our paint loft. We have two enormous paint frames that allow scenic painters to "paint up" while the 25 feet x 85 feet paint frames move through a slot in the floor of the paint loft.
Additionally we offer the greenest grand format digital printing available today. Our state of the art printer uses water based inks, and prints on a wide variety of substrates including a fabric made from 100% recycled bottles. When we are done with the prints they can be recycled once again. Digital art ensures that brand identity is adhered to, and can create striking backdrops quickly and cost efficiently.
Soft goods used in the event environment must have a flame certificate, which ensures that the material is either inherently flame retardant, or has had a flame retardant applied to the fabric. John Murray Productions, Inc. is certified with the California State Fire Marshal to apply flame retardants and issue certificates.
So as you imagine your next event design, please contact us early in the process and we will provide you expert advice, and high quality products at a very competitive price.
DMA:2010, the annual conference hosted by the Direct Marketing Association, was held this October at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The global event focuses on all marketing channels, from traditional to digital, and is an excellent resource for all marketing professionals. John Murray Productions partnered with Presentation Services on what proved to be one of our most challenging productions to date. The set for the general session consisted of a custom made 126'x25' triple screen surround covered in seamless white muslin which doubled as a projection surface for lighting effects throughout the conference. The real challenge came in installing this behemoth stage set in the Moscone center which essentially consisted of a puzzle of 72 flatwalls in various sizes. The wall was installed in 2 segments, the first of which was flown on rigging points in the ceiling, and the second segment which was attached to the first once overhead. 130 linear feet of white muslin was stretched across the wall, and then cut creating windows for the screens. Three 15'x26' screens were then mounted within the seamless surround. JMP also provided custom circular staging and stage decor including an internally lit, color changing lectern with DMA branding, stage furniture, and carpet. Thanks to a hard working and prepared crew, we had a very smooth install and the overall effect was striking and dynamic, providing an entertaining environment for one of the largest marketing conferences in the world.
Oracle Open World is the world's largest information technology event dedicated to helping enterprises understand how to harness the power of information. Working with InVision Communications, John Murray Productions was a part of this annual event held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, providing scenic production for several of the partner sessions including one held at the Novellus Theatre at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and another at the Westin St. Francis. For the Novellus event, we began with a large 30'x50' cyclorama in front of which we installed varying heights of our saw tooth Glo Wall set. The staggered Glo Walls flanked a 12'x16' screen which served as the focal point for the event.
The stage at the Westin St. Francis also incorporated our Glo Wall set, which worked great with the fiery red Oracle branding. A 16'x40' backlit cyclorama provided a clean backdrop on which to hang the Oracle logo, which was made of dimensional foam painted Oracle red. Two large screens flanked the stage. This set was optimal for lighting effects, creating a dramatic yet simple environment for one of the main sessions at Open World.
Intuit, the leader in small business services, held their annual Leadership Summit in San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel this August. In partnership with Ideas With Impact, John Murray Productions was there to provide the scenic design for the conference which was a huge success. The design incorporated two 10.5' x 14' screens and featured our 2x2 tile set as the backdrop for the corporate logo. The client requested a large dynamic screen and the challenge was to create this compelling focal point in a very tight space. The solution came in the shape of a custom back lit screen surround with built in frosted plexiglass light boxes to hide the LED color kinetics light changers which allowed for striking color changes throughout the conference. The result was polished and dynamic, and reinforced the company's brand image.
JCK Las Vegas, the jewelry industry's premier trade event, took place this June at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. JMP came back for the second year in a row to transform several suites at the Venetian hotel into mini showrooms for Movado, Ebel and Concord. The transformation began with drapery covering the interior walls. Flat walls provided the structure for the posh sets which included the clients' branding, and up-lit shadow boxes to highlight their latest products. High quality printing of the company's ad campaign on canvas flats really reinforced the brand imaging in the customized suites.
Earlier this year, Cupertino High School was named the winner of Dell's nationwide Super Prom contest, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was proud to partner with Cupertino's socially conscious Class of 2010 whose $100k cash prize was used to create the prom of their dreams. The school beat out 77 others across the nation with the class project "Kenya Dream?" that senior's showcased with a a 60-second online video. All prom ticket proceeds were then donated to upgrade the facilities at a middle school in Kenya. JMP partnered with lighting designers at Got Light? and sound designers at SpiderRanch productions to create the environment for the SuperProm, which was indeed super including a full concert stage production, 30' tunnel reveal, and lighting effects.
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre held their annual fundraising gala this April at the Roda Theatre, and JMP was proud to be a part of the event. Working in conjunction with event planner Marjorie Randell-Silver of Copper Leaf Productions, we learned that budget constraints can result in boundless creativity. Inspired by the concept of bringing the audience onstage, the theatre was transformed by using stage decks to elevate guests to stage level. Balloons in various sizes dotted the ceiling, with excerpts from the theatre's most recent plays projected on their surfaces. Bold use of color also added to the effect, with the entire lobby and patio windows covered in a translucent green vinyl covered with text. The event was a huge success, raising over $137k for the theatre.
One of the greatest benefits of working in our industry is the ability to partner with clients whose mission we stand behind. JMP is honored to work with National Nurses United for their annual conference, which took place in Washington DC this May. In conjunction with Metromedia Productions and lighting designer Tim Miller, JMP participated by transforming the International Terrace at the Washington Hilton into a nurses zone for networking, shopping, and education. We were also responsible for the scenic production of the various stages used for the general session and continuing education sessions. Click here to learn more about this fantastic event.
Cisco's annual Partner Summit was held this April at San Francisco's Moscone center. For 20 years, Cisco customers and global partners have met to discuss ideas and visions for the future and John Murray Productions, Inc. was there to create the environment for the event. Utilizing our 2'x2' tile set, a custom arrangement of our tiles in the shape of the Cisco logo created the ideal backdrop for the noted speakers. We also incorporated our custom 6' circular screen on which a power icon and Cisco logo was projected. Black milano drape and a 40'x16' cyclorama completed the set.
The 2010 California Democratic Convention was held at the Los Angeles Convention center this year, and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with MetroMedia Productions to create the look for the event. The scenic production included custom fabricated table and screen surrounds, branded dimensional signage, and drapery. The convention was a huge success, and the client very happy. We look forward to working with them again next year on the annual convention.
The Annual Academy of Friends Oscar night gala was held this year at Ft. Mason, with the theme "Behind the Seams." John Murray Productions, Inc. provides production support and donates soft goods for the Bay Areas largest aids fund raiser. We also created an oversized zipper for the VIP lounge. The event is the largest Oscar party outside of Los Angeles with proceeds going to AIDS research, and John Murray Productions, Inc. is proud to be a part of this annual event since 1996.
John Murray Productions, Inc. was pleased to be a part of TED's Mission Blue Voyage that took place this April. A collaboration between Sylvia Earle and TED, the five day cruise of the Galapagos Islands featured 100 esteemed guests and twenty-five inspiring speakers whose participation helped draw public attention to the urgent need for ocean protection. John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with Thinc Design and McCune Audio Visual to create the video studio onboard the National Geographic Endeavor. Our mission was to record and podcast approximately 30 episodes for the TED podcasts. The set was shoehorned into the ships lobby, the 7' ceiling caused considerable lighting challenges. The scenic elements consisted of up lit layers of translucent fabric printed with underwater images and hung floor to ceiling utilizing magnets to rig the fabric to the ships low ceiling. There were a few hurtles to producing these podcasts, not the least of which was getting all the studio gear onto the ship via Zodiak boats. For more on Mission Blue click here.
COLAS, the world's largest international road construction company called upon John Murray Productions, Inc. (JMP) to coordinate staging and scenic elements for their semi-annual summit held at the San Francisco Marriott this past February. The purpose of the convention was to discuss new technology and safety in the road building industry world wide, and JMP was contracted to create the environment for this huge conference. The job involved creating numerous environments within the hotel, including a theater for 300 guests with raked seating, a giant rolling performance stage, and a custom made "floating" Golden Gate Bridge model that greeted guests on their way into the ballroom. The Marriott's enormous ballroom was transformed with 10,000 square feet of drapery, printed graphics and projected imagery. John Murray Production's talented fabricators also created a realistic ore cart that held raw asphalt for the elaborate display of materials used in modern road construction.
The annual Ace Awards were held this January at San Francisco's Palace hotel. John Murray Productions, Inc. worked in conjunction with the designers at InVision Communications and Legrand Designs to create the environment for the two day event, which featured 24' x 12' backdrop of interwoven stainless steel mesh panels and 10' tall brushed aluminum columns flanked by custom steel framed projection screens. The result was a multi-faceted surface which allowed for dramatic light changes, thanks to lighting designer Chris Legrand. For the second day of the event, John Murray Productions, Inc. fabricated a custom built retro television frame for the surrounding screens.
photos courtesy of Chris Legrand
For the product launch of Paco Rabonne's new fragrance, 1 Million, John Murray Productions, Inc. worked in conjunction with Hunter Events to transform the penthouse suites at San Francisco's Clift Hotel. A custom built 10' x 7' x 4' vault featured mounted faux bouillon engraved with the 1 Million logo, as well as a life size safe used to showcase the new product. Surrounding gray drapery and accent lighting completed the polished look of the suite. The result was a simple yet sophisticated environment which succeeded in promoting the latest extension of the Paco Rabonne brand. Photos courtesy of Bay Area Event Photography.