Swiss Air held a publicity event at the San Francisco Embarcadero's Justin Herman Plaza, and John Murray Productions worked in partnership with Winslow Events to provide the scenic needs, utilizing our new large format printer. The event consisted of a Swiss Heidi Look-a-Like contest, and surely only San Francisco's best were on hand. The stage consisted of three 4'x10' flats that were covered with a seamless print featuring Swiss Air's own airliner flying high above the Matterhorn. This focal point was flanked by stretched spandex, with a panel for the judges in front. For the runway, we custom built red fascia sides for another 4'x10' flat that fit seamlessly onto the stairs at the plaza. Perhaps the highlight of the production was an 8'x8' panel covered with a gorgeous image of cows in the Swiss alps which was printed and seamed in our print shop. The event was a hit with a good time to be had by all, especially the winners of the contest who won free Swiss Air flights. Photos courtesy of Swiss Air & Winslow Events.
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.
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.
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.
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 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held their yearly City Beat Breakfast at the Marriott Marqui, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was asked, once again, to create the environment for the Chamber's annual event. Based on the Chamber's theme of the city rising in the twenty-first century, silhouettes of some of San Francisco's most notable landmarks against a foggy sunrise created a vibrant background for the Chamber's keynote speakers, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, Chris Weber. John Murray Productions provided the scenic fabrication using five custom designed 4' x 10' flats, as well as overseeing technical direction and stage management for the filmed event.