The National Nurses United held their 2013 Staff Nurse Assembly at San Francisco's Marriott Marquis, and John Murray Productions, Inc. provided the scenic environment for their annual event. This was our 5th year collaborating with MetroMedia Productions on the Nurses Union's biggest event, and this year we wanted to design and produce a clean and modern look befitting of the Nurse's message and the recently updated hotel. Curvilinear lines and bright accents of nurses red and white were used to accent interconnected circular images of the nurses in action and create the look of the booths where attendees could learn more about helping the Union's cause. The hotel's largest ballroom was utilized for the event's general session and evening entertainment, and the simple and sophisticated set included brand elements such as the nurses logo which acted as a projection surface, and custom made curvilinear screen surrounds. We also transformed the hotel's Mission Tunnel into a gallery featuring black and white photographs of the nurses in action. Six 8' x 12' walls, highlighting six of the nurses' causes, flanked the hallway while an interactive chalk wall allowed an outlet for the attending nurses to comment on their importance in today's society. Overall, the event was a great success and we look forward to working with the Nurses on their next big event.
The Xactly Comp Cloud Conference was held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco this Spring, and for the second year running John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with Seamless Productions to provide the scenic for this event. The look, based on the company's logo and web art, featured a 24' x 14' center graphic with a graphic SF skyline. For the two side screens we created surrounds using our GLO wall panels, which held backlit graphics which also incorporated the skyline art. The grand look was professional yet playful, creating an entertaining environment for the conference's attendees.
Google held their 2013 Global Partner Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View this Spring, and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with MAS Events to design and fabricate the main stage set and 3 breakout rooms for the technology giant's annual event. The set for the general session included a seamless 70' wide flat wall and screen surround with custom light boxes and 3D logo as visual elements. The edge-lit boxes added dimension to the stage, with a modern look reminiscent of the De Stijl design movement. Three separate breakout rooms included flatwall screen surrounds branded with the partner summit logo, while custom fabricated directional sign posts and graphic walls tied in the look throughout the museum's second floor. The effect was contemporary, clean and modern, befitting of one of the world's most prestigious brands.
THQ is launching their newest game, Company of Heroes 2, and John Murray Productions worked with Cake Group in NYC to put together a gameplay promotional event at the Bentley Reserve is San Francisco. In the second installment of the world war II game, focus shifts to the eastern front and the battles of the soviet army. The concept was to design a stately environment reminiscent of a soviet officers club, and the regal old Federal Reserve provided the perfect backdrop on which to create a communist headquarters. The facade of the building was dressed with Company of Heroes 2 banners. Guests arrived via red carpet to the long and narrow banking hall dressed with 3' x 12' fringed propaganda banners featuring the Red army war cry, 'For the Motherland'. Game stations were set up left and right of the carpet, and a 6' x 12' stage set was placed at the end of the hall, where a 7' x 12' screen dressed with regal red drapery was placed for the presentation of the game. On the back wall of the hall floated a giant 8' tall x 10" deep gold mirrored hammer & sickle, flanked by soviet reminiscent flags. The neighboring Farralon room acted as the press area, where an 8' x 17' print of the game's key art acted as a vibrant backdrop for press interviews of the game's designers. Accent lighting provided by AV Images provided the finishing touch for this creative event, which was a great success.
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.
When Be. wines contacted PS Communications with needs for a last minute sponsorship opportunity at NYC Fashion week, we were enlisted to partner with the east coast's Legacy Scenic & Productions to design, fabricate and install a booth that would highlight their new wines. Designed to look like a young, fabulous New Yorker millennial's closet, the booth utilized the brand's bright color palette as the key element in the design. Large format graphics were used to create the illusion of a closet wall, while actual shelves were built out on the back wall to feature the wines alongside fashionable accessories. The brand's four wines, entitled Flirty, Fresh, Radiant and Bright were accented on the wall by their own colors, with the brand's logo featured in the upper left wall. A dazzling faux ceiling was created by draping chiffon above an elaborate crystal chandelier. The look was made complete with a perfect pink carpet. The challenge came in designing and building the booth within a very narrow time period, but in the end, the Be. brand was beautifully represented and the client extremely satisfied with the result.
Chateau St. Jean winery in Kenwood has their own cult wine called Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux blend of 5 different varietals. For this year's release party of the famed cuvée a twenty year celebration was in order, and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with PS Communications to create the look and feel for the event. Held in the winery's beautiful gardens, 5 zones featuring wine made from the individual Bordeaux varietals were created. Here, guests were able to taste and smell the components that go into the final blend. We helped designate the areas by designing, printing and building large 4' x 8' graphic panels which highlighted the key notes of each varietal. Custom made directional arrows and signposts were installed on the grounds to direct guests to the various areas, and finally to the main tasting room where guests could taste the actual Cinq Cépages blend. A die cut print of the bottle, cut on our CNC router, was there for guests to autograph. The tasting room was branded with Cinq Cépages graphics and kept up for the month of October in celebration of the wine. The look was polished and professional, in perfect homage to the famously delicious wine.
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.
For the second year running, we worked with Technomarine to design and build their exclusive hospitality suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Part of the larger JCK jewelry trade show, these hospitality suites offer a more intimate environment where representatives of the luxury brand can educate their clientele on the latest and upcoming products with private offices created within the suite. The challenge came in designing and building the set in our Oakland shop and then transforming the suite at Mandalay Bay into a showroom. The clean and polished look highlighted the brand successfully in a compelling and classic style, utilizing imagery from their latest advertising campaign.
As part of a continually traveling sponsorship opportunity, Chevron is partnering with the USGA at the 2012 U.S. Open, and we helped them get there by building the scenic environments for their STEM Zone, Hospitality Tent, and Pro Shop. With this being our 6th installation of the STEM zone, they sure are keeping us busy! The STEM zone has reached over 1,500 children by use of interactive educational stations that highlight how the principles of science, technology, engineering and math shape the game of golf. While the locations have varied from New Orleans to Pebble Beach, the station designs have essentially stayed the same with slight changes in the floor plan in each new space. Take a look at some of our work featured this monumental golf event.
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 Charles Schwab Cup Championship was held at Harding Park in San Francisco, and event sponsor Chevron brought on John Murray Productions, Inc. to design a studio set for their Human Energy Station. The Human Energy Station was a created to give young visitors exposure to the world of professional sportscasting with a hands on demo in TV production. The challenge came in transforming the clubhouse at Harding Park into a TV studio, complete with industrial themed film set, cameras, green screen and editing station. We created the look through the replication of warehouse like elements including weathered concrete walls and corrugated siding. The set, which was designed to look like a laboratory within a warehouse, included a custom built lab desk for reporters with a traditional classroom chalkboard for the background. Custom iPad kiosks were also installed and used as learning stations for the student visitors. The event was a huge success, and JMP looks forward to helping them with similar events on the continuing PGA Tour.
The biennial Nurses Convention took place this September at San Francisco's Marriott Marquis, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was brought on once again to provide the scenic environment for this year's Main Street theme. In collaboration with MetroMedia Productions, Inc. and BP Productions, we created an outdoor feel within the Yerba Buena level of the hotel by creating a Main Street America, complete with a local newspaper, internet cafe, technology library, medical center, and general store where guests could mingle and be educated on the Union cause. The main stage in the ballroom served as the Town Hall for the attendees throughout the event, transitioning to party zone in the evening where the nurses came to do karaoke and dance the evenings away. The Golden Gate level was also transformed for the Nurses' continuing education courses, with the Mission Tunnel acting as the Nurses Art Gallery where images of union members in action were displayed on two 8'x20' flatwalls. The 4 day event was designed to unite the nurses in their cause, with special guests Michael Moore and Governer Jerry Brown in attendance. Overall, the event was a huge success and the client extremely pleased with the outcome.
When Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena wanted an exclusive tasting room dedicated to their Knights Valley line of wines, John Murray Productions Inc., in collaboration with PS Communications, put on their interior designer hats and redefined the 16' x 14' space that previously existed as a meeting room within the winery's tasting and retail space. Designer Jeremy Harris wanted to create a space that educated the guests and celebrated the unique ecology of Knights Valley, while reinforcing Beringer's brand image.The challenge came in meeting these requirements within such a busy space with a limited time frame. We reached the solution by using a neutral and organic color palette that complimented the existing warm toned wood finishing, and dedicating each wall to one element of the design concept. After removing a door, patching the wall, and painting the space new light fixtures were brought in to provide both spot and ambient lighting. We dedicated one wall to the wines, with factoids describing each varietal and a 1/4" dimensional logo and plasma with looping video. The center wall was dedicated to a 4'x8' image of Knights Valley, while the left wall focused on the ecology of the vineyard. An enlarged illustrated vine acts as the focal point, with factoids describing the vineyard and its unique soils. Sepia toned images of the vineyard, and a map of the region finished the look of the space on the wall that featured an Enomatic, an automatic wine dispenser for tasters to use while perusing the room. The room was finished with the addition of a custom made bench and cabinet, featuring concrete work by The Ranch Group, LLC. and woodwork by JMP's very own John Harrison. Photos courtesy of Darren Endo.
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.
Beringer Vineyards recently hosted a private Michael Bublé concert on the grounds of their historic Rhine House in St. Helena, and John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with PS Communications to provide the stage and environment for the distinguished performer and his fans. The exclusive event featured a temporary 300' long fence addition, which added five feet to the existing stone barrier and was designed to keep drivers from being distracted by the giant 40' x 40' stage featuring four custom graphic panels on a 25' high truss arch. Guests arrived to a Bublé blue carpet, and greeted with a step and repeat where they snapped photos next to Bublé cut-outs created on our large format printer. The whole production was a huge success, with several of the lucky guests getting on stage to dance and sing with the jazz singer during his performance.
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.
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.
The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of Visit USA travel. It was held this May in San Francisco, and consisted of several networking opportunities including the SFO sponsored party held at the Cal Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. For a dramatic entryway focal point John Murray Productions, Inc. was called in to create a 7 foot tall replica of the airport's logo covered in textures related to the museum's exhibits, including a python covered S, a cosmic coated F and a grass covered O. We utilized our large format printer to print the textures on adhesive vinyl which we then applied to the face of the letters. We also created a second set to dress the stage for the party. The client was extremely pleased, and the letters can now be seen at the San Francisco International Airport.