A Look Back at Enchanted Forests + Fine Feathers
Lighting designers are always looking for ways to innovate and move their ideas forward. Yet just as often, they revisit projects that worked, using them as launching pads for new inspiration. At our weekly meeting we did just that with these Emmy after-parties and found plenty to re-inspire us from the work we did with these two seasoned teams of event professionals.
Just as energy in motion remains in motion, the ideas, technology and creativity that were put into motion with past events, continues on as we build upon it anew.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Governors Ball
The concept for the 65th Primetime Emmy Governors Ball began simply enough with the idea to have dinner in the garden. But there is nothing simple about the largest annual formal sit-down dinner in the country. The 4,000-person event (that’s 400 tables), was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and was produced and designed by Sequoia Productions, led by Cheryl Cecchetto.
The garden had grown in design and size into an enchanted forest comprised of three 40-foot-tall stylized trees surrounding a main stage. An expansive canopy of futuristic “foliage” hung overhead. Irma Hardjakusumah designed the trees for Sequoia Productions which were then fabricated by Bill Ferrell Company and Sosa Sisters. Other elements of the event included pieces by Classic Party Rentals, Lux Lounge Event Furniture Rentals, and linens from Resource One.
Lighting by our team began with those canopies which were stretched across the entire 20,000-square-foot ceiling. We illuminated the faux-liage – the leaves Hardjakusumah designed from different lengths of Plexiglass – with LED lighting to create a weeping willow effect.
This modern take on a classic tree became even more futuristic as throughout the evening the trees and the room softly shifted color palette, giving the forest its enchanted mood and turning this environment into something that went far beyond the garden walls and into the realm of fantasy.
Photos by Nadine Froger
The HBO After-Party
Down the street (or rather, freeway), from the Governors Ball, our lighting team had also been working all week setting up lighting at the HBO tent. This bash, overseen by HBO’s vice president of special events Cindy Tenner with designer-collaborator Billy Butchkavitz, took place in the Pacific Design Center’s fountain plaza.
Much like the designers of the Governors Ball, Butchkavitz drew his inspiration from nature. The message was clear — HBO was proud of its year and awards, with a design inspired by peacock feathers with a color palette of blue and green accented with silver.
Green and blue lighted lanterns were another thematic element used by Butchkavitz. The central focus of the tent was a multi-story structure that dazzled with lanterns.
More lanterns – pieces that Butchkavitz had found in his many travels — were stacked on the two main walls of the event, and installed and powered by our team. We were also responsible for the installation and operation of the large-format video projectors for the content provided by Bart Kresa Design.
Our team also worked with Butchkavitz to select an overall break-up pattern of lighting with a texture that complemented the event linens, custom carpet and video imagery. (see top photo)
As lighting designers, Images finds inspiration and innovation in new technology and equipment. And yet, as these two events demonstrate, our best inspiration will always come from the talented event designers with whom we are honored to work.
Photos: Gabor Ekecs