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A Treasure Trove of Lighting in Hollywood

In Lighting Design by images310 / December 30, 2016

lighting in Hollywood
Inspired by both the classic and modern versions of Peter Pan, event designers Sonia Sharma Events and Revelry Event Design incorporated several key themes starting with a sexy cocktail hour on Skull Island. For our lighting design team, this was the beginning of a treasure trove of lighting in Hollywood beginning with a 12-foot rock skull bar. The lush environment was created using LED drapes and a custom projection on the ceiling, which also was home to 12 giant crystal chandeliers. After cocktails, guests enjoyed a treasure hunt in a decadent room designed around a display of finery for guests to wear and keep. The newly bejeweled guests then made their way into a jaw-dropping dining room. Here was where all that jewelry must have come from! A custom-created ship encrusted with gold was “moored” front and center and also became the band’s performance stage.

In keeping with the pirate theme, several days before the event, Mother Nature had swept in and done some piracy of her own — an intense wind and rain storm had literally stolen the tent where we had been installing this event. With just three days to go, Sonia Sharma Events found a nearby soundstage. Once the new venue was settled, it was all hands on deck. We moved with swashbuckling speed to recreate our lighting design to align with the new parameters of the space. But happy endings are what lighting in Hollywood is all about, and the new venue, being a soundstage, was lighting-ready with truss galore. We were able to creative ceiling projections that added so much to this sparking affair. In addition, we lit the tables — each one a sumptuous creation all its own color palette, and bring top-of-the-line lighting to the entertainment.

As the story goes, Peter Pan wanted to remain in Neverland forever. If it was anything like what this talented team created, it’s no wonder why!

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lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

lighting in hollywood

Photography: Andrena Photo

The team
Design and Coordination: Sonia Sharma Events | Design, Decor and Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Catering: Wolfgang Puck | Entertainment: Zen Arts | Print Work: Lehr and Black | Kid’s Activities: Milestone Productions | Videographer: Pacific Pictures

Nicholas Blasi Joins Images by Lighting

In Lighting Design by images310 / December 22, 2016

Nicholas Blasi

Nicholas Blasi has joined Images by Lighting as Account Manager/Lighting Designer. Nicholas joins our team with more than a decade of experience in lighting design. Prior to joining us, he was owner, creative manager and project manager of his own firm. As such, he worked on many successful social and corporate events.

His lighting sensibility, work ethic and creativity align well with that of our team as does his experience designing and overseeing light installations for live theatrical shows, corporate events, trade shows, fashion shows, outdoor festivals and more.

To get in touch with Nicholas, call him on his mobile phone at 323.356.8607 or at the office, 310.641.2500. You can also email him at nick@imagesbylighting.com.

Birthday Lighting: Bringing the Circus to Light

In Lighting Design by images310 / December 2, 2016

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It’s not every day a circus comes to town, certainly not one like this! Sonia Sharma Events was inspired by the film Madagascar 3 and its colorful parade of characters for this birthday party. To bring this colorful three-ring affair to light, she enlisted her own coterie of top event professionals such as co-designers Revelry Event Designers and Empty Vase. And we were there to bring their vision to light.

Although this was a daytime event, the tent in which it took place was enclosed, and designed to resemble an old-fashioned Big Top. Yet that’s where the comparison to a traditional circus ends. With all the details and bells and whistles, this was definitely and “over-the-big-top” look!

We designed our lighting with as much movement as possible to convey the excitement of the circus as well as light the myriad design, floral and entertainment details. We began by creating overall ambient lighting to which we overlaid ballyhoo lighting to resemble circus spotlights. Projections of stars and polka dots in certain areas added a layer of texture while the red and blue tent draping was up lighted to make it even more sumptuous.  Overhead, we installed stringer lights on individual circuits which were programmed to create movement above the guests.

After playing games, watching performers, and eating their fill of a child-friendly menu, guests departed happy and sated at dusk. As they did, design elements outside the tent were softly coming to light against the night sky. And just like any circus, this one was here and gone within a day … magic indeed!

birthday lighting

birthday lighting

birthday lighting

birthday lighting

birthday lighting

Coordination & Design: Sonia Sharma Events | Photography: Andrena Photo | Design, Decor and Rentals: Revelry Event Design | Floral Artistry: The Empty Vase | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Additional Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Lighting the Petersen Automotive Museum Fundraiser

In Lighting Design by images310 / November 22, 2016

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With Bugatti, a high-performance European automobile brand noted for its attention to design details as the inspiration for the Petersen Automotive Museum’s annual fund-raising event this year, it was a given that great design would be an important factor. That was nothing new to this team of event professionals, each one in their own way the Bugattis of the Los Angeles event world.

With Diana Razman, owner and found of RG Live, leading the team for the second year in a row, the design concept of an opulent supper club was elevated through attention to detail on every level. And that applies to the top level of the museum itself where the event took place.

The seven-day installation began with the massive clear top tent on top of the museum’s parking lot. Once the subflooring was in, Images by Lighting, headed by Lighting Designer Lonnie Thompson, began our installation of all the fixtures that would be needed for the large-scale environmental lighting and the intricate programmed lighting to accompany three performances.

While the shell of the tent remained the same as last year’s big event, the entire lighting plot was re-imagined with the stage not in the center of the space but to the side with a dance floor in front of it. The performances took place here, each themed after different regions important to the Bugatti history – Italy, France and Germany.  Our team would also be lighting the celebrity emcee, James Corden, during his performance, and during the auction.

Of course autos – their images and their reality — would be a star attraction at this opulent supper club. While projections of various Bugattis and European styling were projected on the back panel of the tent, a real Bugatti was driven in during an exciting moment during the auction. We supplied the fog effects to make this a truly high-powered moment.

The overall theme of La Vie en Rose was turned up from rose to “Petersen red” thanks to a sea of mirrored tables adorned with lush red roses in both low and high centerpieces. The light from myriad chandeliers was reflected in the tabletops and in the mirrors that accented the perimeter areas.

With our lighting, designed to support the shared design vision of RG Live, the Petersen and Bugatti, we were part of the team that turned up the power and take this event into the red, just where a race car should be.img_7947a  petersengala16_00405

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Production: RG Live Events | Tenting & Floors: Town and Country Event Rentals | Furnishings: Revelry Event Designers | Floral Design: Floral Art | Audio/Visual: No Static Pro AV | Lighting: Images by Lighting | 3D Projections: Quixotic | Entertainment: Élan Artists | Art Installations: #StereoBot | Graphics & Printing: Pop Ink Design Studio | Auctioneer: Sotheby’s | Photography: Scott Clark Photo

Gala Lighting: The LA Philharmonic

In Lighting Design by images310 / November 20, 2016

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The designers of the LA Philharmonic Annual Fundraiser at the Walt Disney Concert Hall always place an emphasis on color and style for their gala lighting. Working once again this year with Shiraz Events and a Casablanca theme, we used the clear top tent to our advantage, planning our lighting so that it bounces off the reflective surface creating and almost immersive lighting experience for the guests.

Lighting set the tone at the entrance of the event with tropical projections providing the “red carpet.” These were also woven into the interior decor with projections on the white dance floor. An overall pink wash over the tables with pinspots on the centerpieces gave the room a dreamy feeling. The stage and bar area by Revelry Event Designers were designed as tent tops. Our lighting in these areas was warm and glowing. In all, it was a night in which one could almost hear Sam singing the words, “you must remember this.” And surely the guests did.

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gala lighting

gala lighting

gala lighting

gala lighting

Photos: New Visual Collective

 

 

Premiere Lighting: Westworld

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 6, 2016

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Artificial intelligence is getting less artificial, more intelligent, and even deadly as HBO’s new hit, Westworld, reveals. In the show, Westworld is a faux western town populated by cyborgs who mingle with human guests who have come looking for a bit of fantasy that sometimes turns all too real.

For the show’s star-studded premiere at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, we worked with designer Billy Butchkavitz to create the look and feel of the two worlds that exist in the show – the cold laboratory devoid of any color and at all and a dusty Western town where it always seems to be sunset.

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premiere lighting

To recreate this fantasy world, the lobby and foyer of the hotel had been transformed into the laboratory where the cyborgs are created, tweaked or decommissioned. The main focal point of Billy’s design here was a rotating recreation of a cyborg in its “creation circle ala Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man created by Agile Eye. To hang this 300-pound piece, we sourced and installed a motorized rig normally used for 6-foot mirrored balls.

The event lighting design in this area was a stark white-on-white palette. Three tones of white light were used – incandescent, LED and halogen fixtures gelled in steel blue to mimic the LED white. The bar off the lobby featured a tattoo station and the restaurant was turned into a casino.

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premiere lighting

Inside the main ballroom, Agile Eye had created a western scene using life-size vinyl graphics of the buildings applied to build outs around the room. On the main wall, video mapping by Bart Kresa Design featured a train pulling into the station. We created a textured projection over the entire ballroom to add another layer of visual interest. Lighting for this room, and the Spare Room upstairs which was decorated as if it were the outskirts of town, was Mayan Sun and Deep Amber to simulate a sunset.

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A new element this year was a stop-action photo opportunity. Each pose the guests made in this special boxed area filled with light tubes and branded with the Westworld logo, was caught in a different frame. This was achieved through the photography, and the lighting. Kino Flo tubes were installed on the walls and wired to sequence a different light pattern in each of the animated frames. The final result was like a gif, or old-fashioned flip book.

After a night of fun, guests left this cyborg fantasy world and returned to their real lives accompanied by their friends and family … or, as Westworld watchers might now ask … were they really?

Designer: Billy Butchkavitz | Photographer: Gabor Ekecs | Venue: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | Video mapping: Bart Kresa Design | Vitruvian man, vinyl wraps: Agile Eye | Photo stations: Brian Kramer Photography

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premiere lighting

HBO Emmy After Party 2016

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 28, 2016

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For this year’s HBO Emmy’s After Party, designer Billy Butchkavitz did a 180 from last year’s fiery design. Instead, waves of cool cerulean blue washed over guests. From floor to ceiling, the huge tented area that took over the Pacific Design Center’s outer patio was awash in blue, from the five oversized water fountains and “painted” with light projections of moving water to our lighting fixtures painted blue to match the décor in the custom tent.

Uplighting highlighted the blue perimeter draping while an overall lighting projection provided the feeling of water. And, on the MOCA façade we projected the HBO logo and moving graphics.

Following the evening, for the first time ever, the foundation of the event – the tenting, lighting equipment, and carpet – remained in place for a week. We returned the next weekend to reset the space, removing fountains and replacing them with dining tables, and refocusing the lighting, for the Vanguard Awards, benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Now that’s cool!

Designer: Billy Butchkavitz | Photographer: Gabor Ekecs | Tent, rentals and custom carpet: Town & Country Event Rentals | Video Mapping: Bart Kresa Designs

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Lighting the Diamond Ball

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 21, 2016
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Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation in Pret-A-Porter

 

This year’s Diamond Ball is just around the corner, making this the perfect time to take another look at last year’s event. Held at the massive Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball sparkled with beauty thanks to its producer, SO Events and team.

The singer, Rihanna, also lent her beauty, her name and her charity. She had launched the Clara Lionel Foundation four years ago and the first Diamond Ball in 2014 (also produced by SO Events), raised $2 million. The second gala raised $3 million. Named in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Brathwaite — the mission of Rihanna’s foundation is to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture. The 2016 gala is poised to do the same or more.

At the 2015 event, Kevin Hart was the emcee, introducing a performance by Lionel Ritchie on one of the three diamond-shaped stages. Each stage was marked by a fabric backdrop to focus attention on the performer and also used as reflective surfaces for lighting.

It was a high-wattage event, both in terms of attendees and lighting. Forty chandeliers made the room sparkle as did our lighting design which ranged from intelligent lights to washes and pinspots. Moving lights introduced into the design created energy from the very beginning when guests walked in the dining area. They panned throughout to create a gala premiere feeling. In the cocktail area, textured light patterns on the floor blended with color washes that led the eye up to the suspended globes making them the focal point of the reception. And in the main room, we brought the room’s two-dimensional décor flats to life with LED lighting fixtures that changed color, adding dimension to the overall design.

As we look forward to 2016’s Diamond Ball, we keep in mind that the main purpose of everyone involved is to not only create an event that shines brightly for one night, but for many years to come through all the lives it helps enlighten. Shine on, Rihanna!

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diamond ball

diamond ball

diamond ball

diamond ball

Producer: SO Events
Design and furnishings: Revelry Event Designers
Photos: Aside from where noted, courtesy of SO Events

Indian Wedding Lighting: The Sangeet

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 29, 2016

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For Indian weddings, the sangeet is akin to the rehearsal dinner. By holding their sangeet in a beautifully appointed tent on the property of Terranea Resort, Renu and Ajay kept everyone close to the wedding site. Produced by Details Details, we worked with the best of the best to enhance the design with lighting and add a few Indian wedding lighting flourishes of our own!

The color palette of the evening was brought to life with lighting — we created projections on the dance floor while washing the draped walls in a deep Tiffany blue. Spots of pink on the ceiling broke up the blue while pin spot of white light brought the focus on design elements and the flowers. For the reception … well, see for yourself what this awesome team did for that by clicking here!

Indian wedding lighting

Indian wedding lighting

Indian wedding lighting

Wedding Photography Location or Venue: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA | Wedding Coordinator: Alicia Townsend of Details Details | Art Direction: Ed Libby | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa | Hair & Makeup Artist: 901 Salon | Florist: Square Root | Draping/Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Cocktail Hour Linens: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Reception DJ: DJ Bosco| Reception Linens – Round: La Tavola Linen | Reception Linens – Long: Wildflower Linens | Reception Band: West Coast Music | Caterer: Delhi Palace | Late Night Tacos: Soho Taco | Late Night Pizza: Vella Pizza | Rental Glassware: MTB Event Rentals

11 Great Ideas for Lighting Projections

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 29, 2016

projection lightingWhen it comes to beautiful lighting, it’s only natural to look up. But great lighting design takes the entire environment into consideration. For instance, lighting projections on the floors not only create a dramatic entrance, but once guests fill the space, they add another layer of lighting texture to the space.

So next time you are either at an event, or planning one, take a minute to look down. Here are 11 ways we bring new meaning to the phrase “Watch where you’re going!!”

lighting projectionsMake an entrance with lighting projections! This event was produced by Sonia Sharma Events with an awesome team. Read more about the entire event here.
Photo: Andrena Photography

lighting projectionsThe entrance to the HBO premiere for All the Way was lined with star lighting projections. Designer: Bill Butchkavitz at Paramount. More on the event here. Photo: Gabor Ekecs

lighting projectionsExteriors and architecture make the perfect canvas for lighting projections. Here, City Hall in San Francisco, was embellished for the premiere party for Game of Thrones, Season 5. Designer: Billy Butchkavitz Photo: Gabor Ekecs. Read more here.

lighting projectionsCustom dance floors are another way to get people to look down! We added projections of water bubbles to our full lighting design of this incredible space produced by Sonia Sharma Events, Revelry Event Design and an entire team of awesome creative partners! Read and see more here. Photo: Andrena Photography

lighting projectionsPool lighting projections are year-round in Southern California climate. We love the simplicity of this look. The pool became the main design element once the guests arrived.

lighting projectionsAnd in winter, we can create snow fall with lighting projections!

lighting projectionOn the runway, lighting projections create atmosphere that complements the designs. At the FIDM Debut, the backdrops and lighting projection designs changed with each collections. See more  here.

lighting projectionTalk about dramatic lighting projections! Working with designer Billy Butchkavitz always means added a lot of texture with lighting. Photo: Gabor Ekecs

lighting projectionIn this case, guests could look anywhere, up or down, to see lighting designs. The bistro lights were perfect for overhead on the clear top tent, while they added definition to the perimeter when used in the wall of hedges. And lighting projections on the ground added more visual interest to an event that took fun seriously! See more of this event here. Photo: Andrena Photography