Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Before and after shots are the event designer's best friend; the perfect tool to truly illustrate what we all do every day. This is a picture of the hallway of the soon-to-be-renovated Las Vegas Planet Hollywood convention/ballroom area. Since we were in the middle of producing the opening of Planet Hollywood, the client's directive to AOO Events was to cover up every inch of anything that looked like the Aladdin for the event.
And voila! The only way you can tell this is the same space are the chandeliers down the center of the room and the glass divider at the very end.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunflower fields just like this one line both sides of pretty much every rural road around the northern coastal town of Begur. I made my good Spanish friends stop the car on the side of the road to get this picture! This is one of the prettiest images in memory that I take with me from this region.
This is a gorgeous old Monastery Castle that we toured on our way to the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres, Catalonia. Need I say more? It was as spectacular on the inside too!
And now, here we are inside the museum. Dali is one of my favorite artists and this museum, located in his hometown, Figueres, has the largest collection of his work. This is the Mae West Room, called that for a reason. To view it, you walk up a flight of stairs to a high platform. At the top is a giant lens that you look through. I shot this with my camera through this lens with no flash, so forgive the poor photography. But look beyond Mae’s face. Dali created a room in actual size that when seen from this lens looks like Mae West. The lips are a couch, the nostrils are a fireplace, and the eyes are painting in black and white. Stand back from your computer or squint your eyes for the full effect. Amazing!
Talk about inspiration for event design. Now if I can only find a client who wants to do something as “out-there” as this!
This particular version of the event was done like a museum with hand props and costumes from either popular film genres or the films themselves.
Instead of real paparazzi, our twist is the imagery of paparazzi and the red carpet. This is done by creating photoboard cutouts of paparazzi and then putting the cutouts behind a scrim. Back lighting the cutouts creates the silhouettes. To add that element of reality and a clever detail, tiny “egg strobes” are put in the cutout flash bulb of the image to give the illusion that photos are being taken.
The old-time luxe of Hollywood was evoked through dramatic pinspotting and large overhead lampshades, reminiscent of the restaurants of its heyday such as Chasens and The Derby.
One of the centerpieces featured Western props from the Clint Eastwood film, “Unforgiven.”
This table was set with old football paraphernalia from the movie “Leatherheads” with George Clooney.
Just as in a museum, we created vignettes to show off some of the film props and costumes. The base of the vignettes followed the same idea as the entrance and we created “silhouette” imagery of the Hollywood Sign. This vignette showcases the dress actress Kirsten Dunst wore in “Marie Antoinette.”
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Berry Gordy on stage.
Note: These photos and the photos on July 2 were shot by Curtis Dahl.