When DFRobot, a robotics and open source hardware provider, needed some last minute custom fabrication for their exhibition booth at this year's Bay Area Maker Fair, John Murray Productions was happy to hop on board to build their display. The exhibit featured a 10' high x 17' wide internally lit booth where various mechanisms were put on display for attendees. Our CNC router cut the dimensional logo on the top and sides of the booth, as well as the text for their freestanding robot man. The challenge came in getting everything built and finished to museum quality in 7 short days. Click here to learn more about this fantastic international event.
Target partnered with John Murray productions for their official launch of Made To Matter: a collection of more than 120 store products from 16 brands recognized for their commitment to manufacturing their products responsibly. In efforts to achieve Target's mission for a zero-waste event, attendees explored the products among custom-built recyclable scenery which included wooden furniture and saw-horse tables, CNC routed tree displays, and a structural faux wall made from cardboard boxes. At the end of the event attendees packed up over 350 boxes full of products from the featured brands which were then donated to needy families throughout the San Francisco area via Glide, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty.
AXA is one of the world's leading insurance and asset management groups, and they held their 2014 Conference in San Francisco this May. JMP worked with Immersive Audio Visual to bring the event to life by transforming the gallery floor at the Terra Gallery into a 360 degree projection space created with muslin covered flat walls. We put our large format latex printer to work to create several printed fabric panels that accented the clean and polished look and complimented the dynamic motion graphics provided by the AV team. The challenge came in building over 100 linear feet of flat wall in the confined working space, within a limited time frame, but the result was modern and sophisticated, creating a brand centric environment ideal for conveying the company's message.
Christie’s Private Sales sponsored Viral: Andy Warhol and the Image before the Internet Age, a pop-up exhibition held this June at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View as part of Andy Warhol at Christie’s, a multi-year, multi-platform partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with Christie's to design, fabricate and install the exhibition walls and several display graphics within the museum's Hahn Auditorium. Forty reinforced 4' x 8' flats were fabricated in the shop to create the four 20' x 8' x 2' flat walls were built within the space and laid out like an X on the floor. The walls were then wrapped with bleached muslin to create the exhibition spaces for the Warhol art. Display lighting was installed to highlight the works, while information panels were placed in the corners of the room to give visitors a better understanding of the concept behind the exhibition.
For the release of Monsters University, Pixar held their wrap party at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and as with wrap parties past they wanted a stunning visual element to set the tone for the event. So event producers e2k called on John Murray Productions, Inc. to design, create and install a replica rotunda inspired by the Monsters University Campus featured in the film. The process began with multiple meetings with Pixar creatives, who provided rough sketches from the film to serve as inspiration. The 30' wide by 34' tall rotunda was then created using a truss frame covered with painted canvas, faux stalagmites and other creepy elements. Each pillar was capped with foam architectural elements reminiscent of ancient Greece, but accented with monstrous elements like eyeballs and teeth. The challenge came in building the massive rotunda in pieces in our Oakland shop, and then shipping them safely across the bay for the install. The effect was grand and inspiring, perfect for a celebrating the animation giant's latest film.
Brocade's World Wide Sales Conference is not your average sales conference. Each year, Brocade employees from around the world come to the Bay Area to face off in a competition designed to fire up their competitive spirit, and this year the challenge cup consisted of a boot camp style obstacle course. Working with PS Communications for the third year running, John Murray Productions designed and built a course that included a balance beam, fire pole climb, tunnel crawl and a run across stepping stones. The challenge came in designing a demanding course that was safe for the participants, while testing their agility in a fun and interactive manner, all within a the Westin St. Francis ballroom. The balance beam consisted of a 3' high plank that zig-zagged for 17' linear feet. Foam barriers and landing pad protected participants from any falls off the beam. The fire pole climb required the teams to climb a pole, grab a flag, and slide back down, a challenge that proved to be more difficult than expected! The tunnel crawl featured a 12' x 3' in diameter tunnel through which the participants had to crawl, and the 1' high stepping stones were positioned in a zig-zag formation requiring the challengers to leap from step to step. JMP also designed the stage set for the event, which featured a large printed backdrop, and back-lit GLO walls that acted as dynamic screen surrounds for the two screens flanking the stage. The red, black and white look was brand appropriate for the computer technology company, and the event a huge success. Photos courtesy of PS Communications.
NAVIS is the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, and their biennial conference was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with PS Communications to create the set for their conference, whose theme was 'Connect, Collaborate, Innovate', and whose goal was to bring together customers, partners, and employees of the shipping operations company. The set featured six custom built panels, designed to look like the back doors of cargo containers, complete with authentic hardware and labeling. The swinging center panel was used as a creative entrance to the stage for keynote speakers. The event's logo, cut from 1/2" foamboard and painted in our shop, finished the look by accenting the space above the cargo doors. The overall effect was professional, with a touch of industrial grit, creating the perfect backdrop for the transportation logistics company to thank their guests for their continuing support of NAVIS.
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 Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) held their annual Awards Gala this April at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was on hand for the fourth year running to provide the Glitz & Glam themed environment. The Grand Ballroom, Italian Room, and Colonial Room at the historic hotel were transformed into a magpie's dream, as the decor consisted of all things shiny. Guests were greeted by a Glitz & Glam welcome treatment, highlighted by AV Images' lighting effects. The Italian room was decked out with a black drape wall layered with a curtain of crystals, with the entrance to the Grand Ballroom flanked by art deco inspired towers. The stage featured our glitzy stainless steel tile set, accented with sparkling three dimensional NCMSDC letters and mirror balls, all complimented by a rouge velour backdrop. The podium and guest tables were accented with crystals, giving the whole room a consistent touch of sparkle. The after party was held in the Colonial room, which featured a ceiling treatment of gold and silver silk panels draped from side to side, as well as a Glitz & Glam photo op wall, where guests were invited to take professional photos. The custom stenciled wall featured pearl curtains and three dimensional 'Glitz & Glam' letters, providing an elegant backdrop for guests to pose for their close-up.
Video game creators THQ held a game play event at San Francisco's Bentley Reserve where invited guests from the media and video game blogosphere came to test drive their latest game, Darksiders II. John Murray Productions, Inc. was brought on to provide the scenic environment for this interactive event, which included a 7' tall scale model of the main character, Death, rigged in the center of the room. The Death mask was carved out of eps foam, and coated with a cement mixture which gave it an old stone-like texture. A final coat of paint and charcoal detailing gave the mask an aged feel, while keeping it relatively light. The mask weighed about 60 lbs when completed. The challenge came in rigging it within the historic building, with limited access and a tight installation window. Custom built crypts, re-purposed from the last event we did for Darksiders II, added to the eerily majestic feel of the space while large format graphics, assorted props and lighting effects provided by Holzmueller Productions completed the look. Click on this link for a quick video of the Making of Death
John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with event producers Cake Group to transform the space at San Francisco's Regency Center into a sanctuary of death for the press release of THQ's latest game, Darksiders II. The game features Death, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, seeking to avenge his brother War who brought destruction to earth in Darksiders I. The goal was to create an even creepier feel to the Regency Center, an old Mason's building in Nob Hill, where press and video game gurus were invited to preview the game and celebrate afterwards with a party. We achieved this by building four life size crypt replicas to sit in the window alcoves found in the Lodge room. Additional custom details included skull and bone catacomb images cut into the wood detailed walls, and replications of the skull medallions found throughout the game, which were hand carved and painted to match the beautiful wood finishing. Large format images of underground crypts added to the creepy feel, and the use of gothic candelabras throughout the space completed the look. Game graphics were used to accent the Regency room, a branded space where guests were introduced to the look of the game with large format prints including an 8' x 14' graphic wall, three 4' x 8' graphic flats, and a dimensional logo adhered above the fireplace. The Candidate room was also utilized as the press interview room, with an 8' x 18' step and repeat for use as a backdrop. The client was extremely happy, and the event a great success!
The 2011 Tech Awards, an annual event honoring individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to improve human conditions around the world, were held this October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. John Murray Productions, Inc. in conjunction with McCune AV was on hand once again to fabricate and install the massive 154' curved borderless screen. While re-purposing the giant screen we created for this event last year, we added a center curved section which allowed a gentle arc in the screen creating a seamless projection surface that practically spanned the entire length of the convention center's largest hall. The look was striking, and dramatic. Photos courtesy of Charlotte Fiorito.
Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV brings together a gathering of notable Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The triennial event was held at the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was called upon by Pierce Smart Fusion to create a custom scenic environment in which to display the iconic cars. The challenge came in fabricating such a complicated design under a tight timeline. The look was a clean and polished with white finishing throughout, providing the perfect space for drivers and spectators to interact with the brand. To learn more about the event and to see photos of our work, click here.
The National Nurses United held their annual Staff Nurse Assembly at the Marriott Wardham Park in Washington DC, and JMP collaborated with MetroMedia Productions, Inc, BP Productions and lighting director Tim Miller to ensure a successful event for the third year in a row. The event environments included a plenary set held in the grand ballroom of the hotel, as well as an entire exhibition hall featuring five separate booths designed to educate and promote the union's purpose. The conference's theme, Nurses Values for Our Nation, was made prevalent throughout the hotel in the form of banners, wall mounted graphics, and custom built plasma kiosk surrounds, creating the ideal environment for rallying the nurses around their cause. Our challenge came in designing, building and printing a diverse environment for a space located across country, but once again JMP proved themselves up for the challenge, exceeding expectations all around. The Nurses were extremely happy with the event, and we even received praise from the hotel for our dynamic transformation of the space.
When Taiwan's biggest pop star, Jay Chou, was in need of a giant arch for his North American tour, John Murray Productions fulfilled the duty. Working with a design by our client LD Alliance, the massive arch's frame was constructed with just under one ton of steel, covered with plywood and lit internally. It serves as a custom screen surround for the King of Mandopop's massive onstage half-elliptical shaped screen. We also created a futuristic quick change booth where Jay Chou can escape to change into his next showstopping outfit. Both stage props were designed to be taken apart easily for travel, as Jay's shows on the west coast began in Vancouver and will end in Los Angeles on January 8th. The challenge came in making such a massive prop in a short amount of time, but the overall result was a success and the client very happy. Jay Chou is not only a pop star, but a fledgling actor as well. Look for him in the upcoming film 'The Green Hornet' where he plays the Green Hornet's capable sidekick Kato.
When the rotating tree in San Francisco's Macy's holiday window went awry, PRG group contacted JMP to see about a fix. The annual SPCA window, one of the season's greatest attractions in Union Square, features a 8 foot tall five tiered motorized tree. Upon install, they found that the tree was not properly rotating and needed an adjustment to the center axle in order to work. The JMP elves were quickly dispatched, armed with their tool boxes and cheer, and now the kittens have their own Christmas tree to admire while awaiting adoption. Head on down to Union Square to see the results yourself, and do a good thing by donating to the SPCA this holiday season.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
For Giorgio Armani's exclusive VIP event, John Murray Productions, Inc. was hired to create an elegant runway and dining room inside the Nieman Marcus in Bellevue, WA which was used to showcase the label's latest collection. We transformed the space by creating a 44' by 35' enclosure in the center of the high end retailer's showroom. VIPs were invited to dine after the show in a separate space created using custom built soji screens. The label's branding was presented on black plexiglass and featured on the runway and in the dining area, further emphasizing the sophistication and classic appeal of the Giorgio Armani label.
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.