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Star Light at AMFAR

In Lighting Design by images310 / November 1, 2017

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The star light at amFAR this year was shining strong thanks to honoree Julia Roberts. More than $2 million for HIV cure research was raised at the eighth annual amfAR Gala in Los Angeles this month. amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. 

The star-studded event, held in a tent on the upper lawn of Green Acres Estate (also known as the Harold Lloyd Estate), was hosted by James Corden. Tom Hanks and many other past amfAR honorees were in attendance to help honor Roberts for her contributions to the fight against AIDS and countless other humanitarian causes. Our team, led by lighting designer Nicolas Blasi, provided a soft texture of light over the dining tables as well as lighting for the stage which included performances by Corden, Fergie and Chris Martin of Coldplay.  The stage backdrop was a hedge wall which we accented with uplighting. We also provided all of the portable power and distribution for all vendors.

It’s such an honor for us to be part of events as this and organizations such as amFAR doing good in the world! We thank producer DreamVisible for including us in this team with No Static AV and tent and rentals from Town and Country Event Rentals.

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star light at amfar

star light at amfar

Photos
Top three images courtesy of DreamVisible
Last three: Getty Images from AMFAR Facebook page

Lighting EMA: The Environmental Media Awards

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 29, 2017

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This year the star-studded Environmental Media Association Awards were held at The Barker Hangar and produced by RG Live Events. The massive space was divided in two (really three if you count the “green carpet” arrivals). In the first half, guests interacted with sponsors such as Lexus and Clover in a farmer’s market style showcase. Our lighting designer Lonnie Thompson Thompson oversaw the installation of 400 feet of truss and used LEDs as much as possible for the eco-friendly event.

The second half of the evening was a transformation using lighting. It was a look that not many of the guests had experienced in the space. The Barker Hangar is a popular, and large, venue. (See the before and after photos below.) By redesigning the space with lighting, many challenges were resolved of the space and we were able to focus attention on what mattered.

The immersive design worked at many levels. At eye level, specialty lighted tables from Town and Country Event Rentals created total color and light drama. Above the guests, our team painted the hangar’s ceiling in vibrant colors of light. On stage, SenovvA AV produced the lighting and the multi-media presentation and lighting for celebrities such as host Jaden Smith (who dyed his hair green in solidarity with EMA whose hashtag is #green4ema).

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The Team
Producer: RG Live Events | Design and rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals, Lux Lounge EFR | AV: SenovvA | Catering: Akasha Restaurant, Bar & Cafe | Photos: Scott Clark Photo

Lighting the Spielberg Premiere

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 3, 2017

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In Hollywood, life often imitates art. And so it was that HBO’s documentary on the legendary film director, Steven Spielberg, found Spielberg himself on the other side of the camera as the subject of Susan Lacy’s film. At the opening premiere held at Paramount Studios, the director was the star of the night at an event designed by Billy Butchkavitz.

The studio lot was a study in blue for the evening. Swirling projections of light added drama to the blue entrance carpet, and the studio facades. A blue carpeted step and repeat was lighted for the media, and we added table pinspots and highlights on the main decor elements, one of them a larger-than-life vintage film camera and others still shots from his many films.

Photos: Gabor Ekecs

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Spielberg premiere

Lighting Behind the Scenes: LA Phil Gala

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 29, 2017

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A gorgeous night in Los Angeles with an event designed to get people to look up, look down, look all around! The annual LA Philharmonic Gala is held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with cocktails inside and dinner in a tented space off the world-class venue. This year, neon lighting sculptures from Nights of Neon were used in conjunction with traditional lighting from our lighting team. Led by our lighting designer  Lonnie Thompson, the look featured lighting textures layered over the space —  on the floors, tables and perimeter.

The entire look was about  seeing what is there, and what isn’t there. A tent that wasn’t there so the skyline of Los Angeles came into view, chairs that one could see through and neon sculpture inspired by the sound of music. Speaking of vision, it’s 20-20 in hindsight so let’s go back and show you how we got here!

lighting behind the scenesLoad in begins.

lighting behind the scenesSub flooring is in, tent structure is up. Blue tarp over the entire tent top kept the space from getting too hot.

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lighting behind the scenesCentral truss, covered for design appeal, goes in.

lighting behind the scenesNights of Neon installing the main light art sculpture.

All elements inside and ready be placed. Once they are, our crew is up again on ladders to focus the pinspots.

Finishing touches outside the tent space.

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The final product!

Lighting HBO Emmy After-Party 2017

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 26, 2017

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This year’s star-studded HBO Emmy Awards after party and its inspired design proves that event designers and their work improve over time. Clearly, there is no slowing down for designer Billy Butchkavitz who along with his HBO collaborator Cindy Tenner, HBO’s vice president of special events, and a loyal team of creative partners, have designed the event for the past 19 consecutive years. While the first event were held at various venues, for the past 15 of those years the event has been held in a custom tent installed over the fountains at the Pacific Design Center.

Once again, Butchkavitz challenged himself and his team with another unique and exciting theme; this time inspired by the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. The palace, a seaside “resort” built for King George IV, was started in 1787 and was added onto through 1822, is an exotic addition to the English seaside town. Its interior is an homage to chinoiserie – a blend of Asian and Europe decorative arts – while its exterior is a beautiful collage of domes and minarets. It’s effect on Butchkavitz has been great.

“I’ve been going to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton for almost 30 years,” Butchkavitz said. “I’ve been waiting for the right time to do an event based on the interior design of this magnificent palace.” This was his moment to do so.

In true Butchkavitz style, a multitude of custom textiles, furniture, tabletop decor, and carpeting were artfully combined to match the pavilion’s chinoiserie interiors. A series of 12-foot Chinese guardian lions stood in the main dining pavilion, and a 30-foot tiered pagoda surrounded by giant jade trees served as the entertainment hub. In front of the pagoda, guests could cross a garden pond over a 16-foot-long chinoiserie bridges.

But it was when guests looked up that they glimpsed the true magnificence of the palace and its design style. Butchkavitz had created a 20-foot-long replica of a show-stopping dragon chandelier that hangs in the Royal Pavilion’s banquet room.

Just as the Royal Pavilion was produced by a longtime team, Butchkavitz called upon his team of creative partners, many of whom have been working with him on all 19 years of HBO Emmy parties. Agile Eye Solutions constructed the large-scale decor pieces, pagoda, custom tent skin embellishments, and the step-and-repeat. Our lighting designer Curt Stahl provided dramatic lighting while Bart Kresa Design projected artistic designs. Special Event Contractors installed the elevated subfloors, perimeter walls, elevated walkways, and decorative railings. And Town & County Event Rentals provided the custom tent, carpeting and rentals.

The history of the actual Royal Pavilion over the years includes parties, hospitals and flower shows, contains influences from China, India and France, and includes characters as diverse as fishermen, monarchs and soldiers. Given this, and its intricate design, Butchkavitz could not have chosen a more perfect theme for an HBO event — a media outlet that brings us stories from many exotic locales, and celebrates characters from humble to holy!

We’re honored to be part of this team, lighting HBO Emmy events for the past 19 years alongside Billy and his longtime team of creative partners:
Town and Country Event RentalsBart Kresa Design | Agile Eye SolutionsSpecial Event Contractors | Wolfgang Puck Catering | Brian and Peggy Butchkavitz

Photos: Gabor Ekecs

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Awards Lighting: Golden Grandeur at the Emmys

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 20, 2017

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The theme of this year’s Governor Ball following the 69th Annual Emmy Awards was Golden Grandeur yet not all that glittered was gold. That’s because the event, which at 4,000 guest is one of the largest formal seated dinners in North America, and its producer for the past 20 years, Sequoia Productions, was committed to making as many of the evening’s elements sustainable and reusable. For instance, all food and debris was composted afterward, carpet was donated to Habitat for Humanity, rentals were reused, and all lights and fixtures were energy-efficient. It was awards lighting for the next generation.

Inspired by the Emmy gold, the most dramatic element of the monochromatic design was sustainable as well. Five thousand tubes designed by Irma Hardjakusumah ranged from two to 20 feet in length. They were painstakingly installed vertically by Bill Ferrell Co. to create a sweeping wave effect in the ceiling of the Los Angeles Convention Center. But instead of made from metal or plastic, they were cylinders of paper painted in a biodegradable gold coloring.

Our senior lighting designer Ray Thompson created a play of lighting that would add movement across the tubes, at times totally change their color to go with the mood and the music, and create emotional crescendos when the evening called for them. See video at the end of this post.

We were proud to be part of this golden moment in awards lighting once again!

Photos: Nadine Froger

Wedding Lighting in Malibu

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 22, 2017

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A picture perfect wedding this month in Malibu. Wedding lighting entailed stringer lights for that California vibe, and landscape and architectural highlights. Loved the images by our friends at Next Exit Photography!

The team that made it all happen: Gianna and Company | Town and Country Event Rentals | Ixora Floral Studio | VOX DJs, Inc. | Peaches Kitchen Restaurant & Catering | Liquid Catering | Let’s Be Frank Dogs

Wedding Lighting: Sweet Sophistication

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 22, 2017

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This sweet sophisticated summer wedding produced and designed by Alexandra Kolendrianos took advantage of a perfect summer setting — the lush garden area of the Hotel Bel-Air. Before a backdrop of a floral chuppah designed by White Lilac Inc., these two lovebirds were wed while two other lovebirds — the hotel’s resident swans — floated by in the garden’s stream.

From the ceremony area, guests made their way into a tent set on the main grounds for dinner. The interior was draped in blush chiffon. Our lighting design Lonnie Thompson and his team softly illuminated the perimeter and tent ceiling and finished the look with a white-on-white break up pattern on the dance floor. After dinner, the 200 guests moved into the ballroom for an after party. Once again, soft lighting — this time in amber and pink — gave the room a glow while incredible floral “chandeliers” provided their own design illumination!

The three distinct looks were perfect for breaking up the evening into three memorable moments for all, but most importantly, for the wedding couple.

Photos: Samuel Lippke Studios

As seen in Inside Weddings, Summer issue 2017

 

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Gaga Over This Wedding Lighting!

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 22, 2017

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No more waiting. We can confidently declare that this was the wedding of the year, 2017. Produced by Mindy Weiss, designed by Edgar Zamora from Revelry Event Designers with thousands of flowers from Mark’s Garden, and lighting by Images by Lighting, the event took place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland; the same venue for the Oscars, on the same stage even. This should be your first clue as to the magnitude and scale of the event and the wedding lighting involved!

Guests arrived at the ceremony area via a red carpet lined with opulent floral decor. After everyone found their seats on the stage, the ceremony began with a stunning reveal of the couple. At the farthest end of the long aisle, heavy red velvet curtains opened. At this point, the wedding lighting in the room dimmed, the strings began to play, and the lighting illuminated the bride as she walks down a golden runway.  It stayed with her as she walked toward a ceremonial altar designed with a huge arch festooned with white flowers and gold accents. During the ceremony the wedding lighting remained focused brighter on the altar area. As they exited, the lighting once again followed them, dimming as they left the room.

The reception in the ballroom of the theater was just as jaw dropping as the ceremony. It was marked with huge centerpiece of red roses, a ceiling of crystals and crystal chandeliers, a stunning custom stage on which Lady Gaga and Jason Derulo would perform and ballet dancers on smaller stages performing among the guest seating.

For a lighting designer, working at the Dolby Theatre is a dream. Its extensive truss structure and preset fixtures for the Oscars enable us to do sophisticated lighting effects. Even so, it still requires huge hours of precise planning and a large, experienced, professional team. In this case, those hours were put in by our senior lighting designer Ray Thompson. After the initial design was done, he assembled and oversaw a team of union members, technical directors and master electricians, most of whom were on site for the full five days of setup.

The results were sparkling! In addition to room and stage lighting, we also projected a leaf pattern on the huge rose centerpieces to add depth and shadow. And to make the crystals sparkle even more, we set up targeted lighting set in a slow wave motion. The entire room crackled with energy of light, love and high style at the wedding of the year!

Photos: Simone van Kempen

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Lighting Game of Thrones Premiere

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 18, 2017

On a hot night in Los Angeles, winter was finally here. The city was lit up for the Game of Thrones premiere of Season Seven, what was in essence the beginning of the end of this popular HBO series. The tribe assembled was not only those who had walked frozen tundra to the Wall, flown dragons  and battled for the throne, but those event professionals who have produced all the premiere events for the series.

Over the years, this tribe, ie team, led by designer Billy Butchkavitz, has included video mapping by Bart Kresa Design, lighting by Images by Lighting, rentals by Town and Country Event Rentals, and design works such as frozen thrones to vinyl wrapping by Agile Eye Solutions. And this year, projection and engineering by WorldStage in partnership with Panasonic was involved. In years’ past, the event has been held at the San Francisco City Hall and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This year it was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

After viewing “Dragonstone,” the first episode in Season Seven, the attendees, a star-studded guest list, made their way across the street to the rooftop of a parking garage that had been transformed into another world, or rather, the many worlds of Game of Thrones. It was populated with some White Walker-esque creatures, Night Kings, and ghost-like characters from the episodes in the form of art installations. Working from sketches from Game of Thrones costume designer, Michele Clapton, Agile Eye created replicas in paper! Our lighting highlighted these installations and other elements such as the larger-than-life bust of the Night King, lounge settings and 3D photo opportunities. Overlooking all of this was a video projection by Bart Kresa that captured the imagination of the event goers, and the attention of the worldwide press.

Featured in Special Events magazine.

Photos by Gabor Ekecs

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