The 2014 U.S. Open for golf took place at the famous Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina, where the traveling STEM ZONE made it's appearance for the 3rd year in a row. This year's exhibit was held in a 60' x 60' sponsorship tent placed near the Putterboy Plaza, and featured all of the STEM ZONE exhibits, including a few new ones like the USGA Handicap System, the GPS Tracking exhibit and the Thermal Imaging station. For the Chevron sponsored hospitality area, we outfitted the pro shop at the main clubhouse with mini-exhibits, including our automated golf ball cutter, and Name the Scientist exhibit. By creatively reusing the existing built-in merchandise displays, the retail space was transformed using colorful graphics, vintage golf spectator gear and 8' tall plexiglass towers filled with signed golf balls from STEM ZONES past. And thanks to the Women's U.S. Open being held at the same country club shortly thereafter, the STEM ZONE stayed up for another week, welcoming a whole new set of golf fans to learn about the science behind the sport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held their annual City Beat Breakfast in March at Moscone Center, where members of the chamber learn about the upcoming agenda for the year. This years theme was "City of Champions" in celebration of the Giants' win of the 2010 World Series and San Francisco's win of the America's Cup bid earlier this year. In conjunction with Projection AV, John Murray Productions, Inc. was brought in to provide the scenic needs which consisted of 7 graphic covered flats, custom gobos projected on spandex sails, two 9x12 screens, and a customized lectern with the Chamber's logo. The event featured some of San Francisco's most distinguished guests, including the city's new mayor Edwin Lee, Giants representative Mario Alioto, and the America's Cup Event Authority Craig Thompson. Photos courtesy of the SF Chamber of Commerce.
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.
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. John Murray Productions worked with McCune Audio Visual to create the environment for this annual event held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The challenge began several months ago in our scene shop when the initial design for a 15' x 70' borderless screen was created. After working through the design, a solution was reached and the welding began. The giant borderless screen is the first of its kind in our shop, and was designed to be size adjustable in 15' sections. Over 1,700 linear feet of steel was used for the project. Bleached muslin was stretched over a foundation layer of blackout material to ensure a consistent and opaque projection surface. The massive screen was flown on box truss, and with the absence of a screen surround the projection surface appeared to float in midair. We also provided a chandelier made from our 2x2 tile set as the focal point above the bar. Color changing lights were used to illuminate the structure internally. The over all result was clean and polished providing the ideal environment for the technology awards event.
With the holidays approaching, we all need a bit of stress relief. Our solution? The spud cannon! The JMP family blew off some pre-Thanksgiving steam by launching potatoes at our Golden Gate Bridge prop and Turkey bulls eye, and anything else that we felt like taking aim at (sorry jelly donut)! This trailer mounted potato cannon features a 6 chambered revolver, electronic ignition, crosshairs and a silencer, and as accurate as it gets for a potato gun! Take a look at Mattie's latest invention in action by clicking here.
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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.
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.
John Murray Productions, Inc. was hired as the design/fabrication team for the CNA House of Delegates at the San Francisco Marriott. The challenges were threefold. To design a stage set for the plenary room that was dynamic and allowed for a variety of uses (general sessions, awards dinner, delegates meeting); to design and install a multi-functional environment in the ballroom foyer; and to produce and creatively display all event graphics and signage. In the foyer, we designed, fabricated, and installed four unique environments to meet the many needs of the California Nurses Association. The first area consisted of four kiosks where attendees could send 'health issue specific' postcards directly to their elected representatives. The second area was designed to assist attendees in understand the technology associated with various hospitals. The third area provided access to counsellors on the many benefits CNA provides. The fourth area was a 400 sq ft retail area for the selling of CNA branded merchandise.
Union Store CAD Rendering
Actual Photo of the Union Store
The ballroom set design consisted of a 14' x 45' wide RP screen, two 16' x 16' flat walls (located stage left and right) for oversize event graphics, and four 16' x 16' projection surfaces. In the ceiling we designed and rigged two, 80' x 50' chandeliers, each consisting of over 250 plexiglass pieces, and lit with over 200 LED Color Blasts. As the focus of the meeting in the ballroom changed from general session plenary, to awards and gala dinner, to delegate session, the four projection surfaces were utilized for slogans, video, and still photographic content. Additionally, the lighting of the chandeliers and the room overall allowed for completely different environments without have to complete a room 'change over', saving time and money.
Main Ballroom Photo
In partnership with Presentation Services Audio Visual, John Murray Productions Inc. was hired to design the layout, rigging and installation of a an Apple inspired backdrop for an Apple sales meeting where executives were invited to learn about some of their latest products. Our solution included an oversized re-creation of the popular Cover Flow feature found on Apple products. A custom borderless screen was fabricated and used for the presentation. The screen was flanked by large, vibrant, Cover Flow images that appeared to float above the stage. Rich black velour drapery, accented with lighting, completed the backdrop creating a clean yet striking environment for the presentation.
Guests joined together to watch the Oscars at this years Academy of Friends with also reveling in the ambiance of the events theme of Superheros, Villains, and Divas. John Murray Productions was responsible for the main stage at Fort Mason where we donated five 12 ft x 4 ft painted flats of superheros and villains in a similar style to the invitations. We also hung 25,000 sq/ft of drapery, built and installed two 32' long glow bars, stretched a rented marley dance floor, and made a paper reveal where characters burst through and entertained guests. Producer: Winslow and Associates
Artist: Nicole Ziedses des Plantes
This year at the annual City Beat Luncheon, people came to talk about what kinds of economic innovation San Francisco has on its agenda. Our friends at the Chamber of Commerce asked John Murray Productions to come up with a stage set that would compliment the innovated conversations that speakers would inspire, and that gave a definite San Francisco feel. We projected a San Francisco silhouette behind a beautiful three dimensional Golden Gate bridge that stands 9 ft. tall and 16 ft. long that we carry in our inventory.
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For Alana's special day John Murray Productions was called upon to help design and transform the already elegant St. Regis hotel into an entertaining environment. The main ballroom was designed to provide an interactive feel where kids and adults could move in front of spotlights and create playful silhouettes, dance on the elegant white dance floor, bounce their JMP provided "Alana" squeezy basketballs, and participate in games that the DJ inspired. JMP also went through the beautiful family albums and printed some favorites in a larger format to present them in a layered, semi-random aesthetic in the foyer where guests would enter the event. Designer/Producer: Tony Irik
The annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conferences moved to Longbeach this year! Thousands of people now attend -- indeed, the event sells out a year in advance -- and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, the conference brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers (around 50 speakers), who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). John Murray Productions built the Energy Pavillion, sponsored by Shell, incorporating over three tons of real coal, recycled wood, metal cages, and acrylic. The exhibit designed by Thinc Design intended to demonstrate the amount of carbon used in our day to day lives, and to inspire a dialogue among attendees as to our future energy solutions. Designer: Thinc Design
Fabricators: John Murray Productions
This year for Alis TV John Murray Productions did a yacht theme for the stage set, with hand painted wood planks, a fiberglass marlin, pictures of fish and other props including a model ship, a bell, wooden ship wheels, etc. We also did the port-hole lighting, flats, and built the discussion table. For the main room at this event we set up three large projection screens where we had built specialized surrounds for as well. Designer: Tony Irik and John Murray Carpenter/Artist: Mattie Winther and Nicole Ziedses des Plantes