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!
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.
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.