The curtain has drawn closed on this year’s awards season. It’s at this point where we are able to look back at the build-up, the excitement and the work we did during that weekend.
The night before the Oscars, Images By Lighting was at the Beverly Hills Hotel at…what else but The Night Before Party? A benefit for the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), the entertainment industry’s charity, which raises money in order to provide healthcare, financial services and retirement living for members in the industry.
Working again this year with the talented Silver Birches, we provided the lighting for an event that, for our part, was more about what you didn’t see than what you did!
The look was low key yet high end with a slant toward interior design. Silver Birches transformed the hotel’s ballroom into a living space with built-in banquettes, window surrounds and furniture to create a cool vibe. Working with them, the team of Images then came through to light those elements using lighting techniques culled from interior design.
A break up pattern on the floor created a dreamy vibe to the room.
Silver Birches designed and installed in this center banquette, the chairs, tables and ottomans. Our lighting, all from overhead, included the center arrangement as well as finely focused pin spotting on such details as the orchids on each table.
Celebrity chefs created small plates throughout the evening. And even here, the soft use of pinspots lent an interior design feel.
A closer look. You can see that this lighting would be perfect for a high-end kitchen, pinspotting a gorgeous floral piece.
Here is a great example of what we did to fulfill our client’s desire to redesign the room. These lighting fixtures are normally not part of the hotel. Working with Silver Birches, we brought in a more contemporary chandelier in the foyer and wall sconces that fit the new design.
BACKSTAGE AT THE OSCARS
The next day, we were on the loading dock of Hollywood and Highland at the Green Room outside the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars would take place. Only, it certainly did not look like a loading dock!
The Green Room has been sponsored by the magazine, Architectural Digest since 2003. Each year it chooses a high-profile designer to produce the look of the room, or rooms as was the case this year. Images By Lighting has been honored to have worked with them this entire time to work with that designer in bringing his or her vision to light.
This year the designer was David Rockwell who conceived of a modern urban loft that would be a place of calm in the eye of the stressful storm of the Oscars.
Our role as the lighting designer was to produce lighting to complement his design, and yet, since this was a temporary structure, to employ event techniques which are temporary yet look permanent.
Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest
The look of recessed lighting was created by first placing the lighting on an overhead grid, and then carefully cutting the material around it to expose only the light, none of its hardware. The look was (pardon the pun) seamless.
Photos Courtesy of Architectural Digest
Creating a second room, a California garden room that adjoined the green room, was a first for the Academy Awards.
This room was enclosed by woven willow wall panels and cement tiles gave the floor a Mediterranean look.
We uplighted the tropical plants and added a canopy of string lights.
Rockwell’s intent, as he told the Los Angeles Times, was to create a look that “like dusk has ended and cocktail hour has begun,” with the lighting.
And so it did. As the day truly ended, the Images team celebrated yet another year of lighting Oscar-related events the same way many others ended that weekend — settling in with friends and family to watch the show!