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Primetime for Amazon Prime Video at the Emmys

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 18, 2019

Any event at the historic Chateau Marmont is also a love affair with old Hollywood. Located on Sunset Boulevard and designed after a royal retreat in France, it was the perfect venue for the Amazon Prime Video following the Emmy telecast.

That night Amazon celebrated a major win by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a show set in the sixties, itself a golden era of entertainment.

Our lighting designer Raymond Thompson splashed the garden with golden light, both on the landscape and architecture. In the lobby area where guests enter the garden, he added rich tones of amber to showcase the beauty of Hollywood’s own royal past.

Lighting a Love Built to Last

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 9, 2019

Every Sunday The New York Times carries on a time-honored tradition of featuring a wedding of note; one the writers have found to be sweet or unique in some ways, but worthy of a lot ink no matter what.

So it was that we opened up our Sunday paper last month to a surprise. The editors had rightly chosen to cover the loving, wildly colorful and upbeat wedding of Anthony Hemingway and Steven Norfleet.

The article was the second time Images by Lighting was surprised by this wedding. The first was when Billy Butchkavitz, a longtime client and designer known mostly for his iconoclastic work with HBO, was going off script and producing a wedding. Curt Stahl, Images’ Senior Lighting Designer who has worked with Billy on many of his projects, designed the lighting which was then installed by our other Senior Lighting Designer Raymond Thompson.

And so it was that our team, along with more than 300 guests gathered for a very unique wedding at the Newhall Mansion overlooking the Santa Clara River Valley in Piru, California.

The ceremony took place on the Victorian estate’s front
steps, the railings ornamented with a garland of magenta orchids and purple
lavender, in keeping with the wedding’s regal theme.

“In our own way, we had a royal wedding,” Anthony told The New York Times.

On the warm late-summer evening, the reception brought its own heat with tables filled with brightly colored linens and tall arrangements of magenta and fuchsia floral designs. The lighting design was produced on two levels – on the ground with a gobo texture of foliage and then above the heads of guests to the flowers, ensuring they popped against the night sky. At one point, everyone began to dance to Pharrell William’s rendition of Happy – the right song for the moment!

Photos: Gabor Ekecs

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The HBO Emmy After Party: Hollywood Lighting

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 2, 2019
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More than 2,000 people helped HBO celebrated its 137 Emmy nominations.
Once again HBO didn’t disappoint in terms of wins, or event design. Again, Game
of Thrones experienced a big win. And again HBO’s Cindy Tenner and Ashley
Covarrubias worked with longtime designer and producer Billy Butchkavitz who
assembled his winning event team.

This year Billy’s goal was to create an HBO nightclub. To do
so he drew inspiration from the works of photographer Helmut Newton and artist
Bjorn Wiinblad to design the event which was built over the Pacific Design
Center’s fountain plaza then tented.

The gray, black, taupe and gold color scheme was different
from years’ past in which Billy liberally explored and used color. To
complement the more subdued tones, our lighting designer Curt Stahl added a layer
of lighting textures over the entire guest areas. Around the perimeter and main
architectural points he added low-key amber tones to correspond with the gold
25-foot statue in the style of Wiinblad, the Dutch artist known for his ceramic
faces and for the masses of candles that were used at the entrance and for a
photo opportunity within the environment.

Gold sequin floors, a glittering HBO logo and dancers
dressed in a mosaic of mirrors were design nods toward the nature of the awards
as well as the very trophy itself — a winning combination by Billy and team
once again.

Designer / Producer: Billy Butchkavitz | Lighting Design: Images by Lighting, Curt Stahl | Projections: Bart Kresa Designns | Large Scale Décor: Agile Eye Solutions | Custom tent: So Cal Tents | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Perimeter walls, elevated subfloors, bridges and walkways, custom staging and bars: Special Event Contractors | Photos: Gabor Ekecs

Lighting Dark Phoenix Premiere

In Lighting Design by images310 / July 9, 2019
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Dark Phoenix, this summer’s latest installment of the X-Men series was a much-anticipated event. Lighting Dark Phoenix premiere entailed two completely different looks, mirroring the mutant powers of the main character, Jean Gray.

Instead of a red carpet entrance, the event planner, Jennifer Wang, wanted a “cracking ground” texture. We used high resolution glass gobos and extended the look into the main entrance area and its fountain. We also created a “blowing fire” effect for the lobby walls using a mixture of rotating glass gobos and projected a “X”in circle gobo on top of the blowing fire.

In the ballroom, the event planner wanted to represent the electricity of the Dark Phoenix. Our team, led by lighting design Nicholas Blasi, did this with a foundation of vibrant LED blue uplighting with a blend of high resolution glass “electricity” gobos over the walls.

 The ground was and
guest seating was washed in a soft gobo texture that carried the electricity
feel throughout the ballroom.

Event Production & Design: JWang Consulting | Venue: @thehollywoodroosevelt | Lighting: #imagesbylighting @nick_imagesbylighting | Furniture: @blueprintstudiosevents  | Furniture: @taylorcreativeinc | Rentals: @tacer_losangeles | Sound: @davidmeek_cbc_clearwave | Florals: @theemptyvase  | Linens: @bbjlinen | Photos: Line 8

Premiere Lighting: Bad Times at The El Royale

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 10, 2018

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On the California-Nevada state border, in a seedy motel, seven strangers come looking for redemption before it’s too late. The new film, Bad Times at the El Royale, may sound dark, but thanks to our premiere lighting, its premiere event was decidedly not!

With two different environments on either side of the California-Nevada divide created by event producer Jennifer Wang of JWang Consulting, lighting would be a major design element that united the two looks into one cohesive event. Working closely with Wang, our lighting designer Nicholas Blasi had a lot of fun bringing the personalities of California and Nevada to light.

The line between the two was drawn – literally — in the pool of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Being such an integral part of the film and the design story, Blasi encouraged the use of a floating material for the line and lettering rather than projecting gobos so they would be clearly defined.  The static floating element worked perfectly and even had an unexpected side benefit. When they were hit with light, the letters were reflected on the bottom of the pool making the entire effect even more dramatic.

The line divided the pool area into California circa 1960s with a beach feel on one side of the pool. Here, the furnishings were retro, surfboards were set upright and uplit in warm amber tones, with vintage atomic style starbursts which created a finishing touch over the buffet.

Situated right along the California-Nevada line was a DJ on the roof with a prop from the film of the motel’s neon sign on one side and a jukebox that took requests from party guests.

On the other side of the pool, Nevada was portrayed by Las Vegas elements such as shimmering columns of beads, retro furniture, casino games with custom made purple felt, and casino themed neon signs all bathed in purple lighting with string lights over the bar area.

Gobo projections of palm fronds in both amber and purple on their respective sides of the border added another layer both in design and in helping to further tie the areas together.

Above it all, palm trees swayed and The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s own neon sign glowed red against the night sky, as the hotel easily slipping into character for its film noir role as a stand-in for one night as the El Royale.

Event Production/Design: JWang Consulting | Venue: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | Lighting: Images by Lighting, LD Nicholas Blasi | Sound: CBC Technical | Furniture Rental: Blueprint Studios | Linens: BBJ Linens | Neon Signage: Heaven or Las Vegas | Casino Games: South Bay Casino Rentals | Photos: Line 8 Photography

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Lighting Huntington Gardens

In Lighting Design by images310 / October 2, 2018

Everything is Coming up Roses

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What do you do when the belle of the ball is a rose, yet she doesn’t show? That was the question facing event planner Emma Petievich a few months before the 500-person sit-down dinner for the annual Huntington Library Ball this year, themed “99 Years and Counting.”

“The event is always in a different location of the Huntington,” she explains. “And this year the committee wanted to show off a new planting of the Centennial Rose in the Brown Garden. For one reason or another, the rose wasn’t planted, but the event planted the seed of the Huntington’s upcoming 100th birthday.”

To begin the buzz around that rosy birthday, Petievich created a design in which everything was coming up roses. The design began with a pink arrival carpet lined with larger-than-life paper roses by Paper Gardens and continued with a pink-themed cocktail area, hot pink napkins on the tables, and pink accents amid a sophisticated black-and-white color scheme. Ombre patterns of roses by Jacob Maarse were placed in the middle of the tables.

Petievich is no stranger to turning any theme into a perfectly realized event, and she’s no stranger to the Huntington. She was with the site for five years until going on her own three years ago to pursue her own business. She has several annual charity events on her books, but was asked back to the Huntington in 2017 when they wanted to celebrate the library, only not in the library but outside. So she built large library stacks al fresco with the help of Town and Country Event Rentals and placed plush lounges, perfect for sinking into with a book, around.

Images by Lighting provided the lighting that year, this year, and for the past 25 years. Ray Thompson, senior lighting designer, and founder of Images by Lighting, knows what this audience wants.

“Lighting brings it all together, especially at an outdoor venue,” she says. “It’s about safety for guests but it’s also about the magic of being in a garden at night.”

The lighting this year included a soft gobo projection of a pave of roses in the lounge and on the dance floor. “We also highlighted the Boone Gallery, an adjacent building that served as another point of interest, with hot pink architectural lighting,” Thompson recalled. “And we created a structure in the garden per Emma’s design using trusses to hide the fixtures and minimize lighting towers. It also provided built-in rigging points for the lighting.”

“The Huntington is a special venue for me,” Thompson continued. “After this many years doing it, my favorite part is the light check before the event.”

The light check has become a tradition with the Huntington committee who enjoys coming by for a look and getting together with the event team for a toast. This year, they toasted 99 years of garden beauty and no doubt one toast for the Centennial Rose which, like any great belle of the ball, is starting to get ready for her big year now.

Venue: The Huntington Library |Planning and Design: Emma Petievich | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Catering: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Floral: Jacob Maarse | Paper Flowers: Paper Gardens | Music: West Coast Music | Sound: Design Sound | Hedges: Boulevard Greenhouse | Lounge Furniture: Archive Rentals | Dance Floor: Barker Décor | Valet: Z Valet | Photos: Jamie Pham

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This is what the garden area looks like before the event!

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Lighting the HBO Emmy Party: Garden of Eden

In Lighting Design by images310 / September 27, 2018

HBO Emmy Party

Following the Emmy Award Telecast, the glitterati of Hollywood made their way to the after parties. The most coveted ticket, and most talked about party, was the HBO After Party. This fearless floral fantasy created in the fertile imagination of designer Billy Butchkavitz and brought to life by a longtime team of collaborators, was one party that vied with guests for “best dressed!” Our lighting punctuated Billy’s creation with an exclamation point!

Senior lighting designer Curt Stahl followed Butchkavitz’s lead of an event design heavy with textiles, dragonfly pillows, flowers, and snakes leaf breakup patterns projected on all of the customer carpet, warm ambient lighting, dramatic uplighting on the trees, and clean lighting in the gallery-like atmosphere in the tent.

And yet, on the centerpiece of the event — a snake chandelier created by Agile Eye — Stahl added something a little special. The chandelier was framed by a fiber optic star drape and hit from six sides with a rotating breakup texture gobo gave the snakes a writhing effect.

As guests themselves writhed happily on the dance floor, this HBO Emmy party entered the lexicon of fantastic Emmy parties designed by Butchkavitz over the past 20 consecutive years, and with the same collaborative team for a good part of it!

🌺The Team
Designer: Billy Butchkavitz | Venue:The Pacific Design Center | Photography/Art: Gabor Ekecs | Custom Tents: SoCal Tents and Events | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Large-scale Decor: Agile Eye Solutions | Lighting: Images by Lighting, Lighting Designer Curt Stahl | Large-scale Projections: Bart Kresa | Audio and Entertainment: Emerging Entertainment, 24 Seven Productions | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering

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Lighting a 50th Anniversary: When Vegas Meets Beverly Hills

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 7, 2018

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What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!

In lighting a 50th anniversary, we followed the designer’s lead and brought a little Las Vegas, a lot of Beverly Hills! Las Vegas’ glitz and glamour was brought to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of the golden anniversary celebration was a nostalgic one, as the couple were originally married in Vegas 50 years ago.

Our lighting team installed soft, romantic gold lighting throughout the venue to commemorate the special occasion. The evening was complete with romantic florals, ornate chandeliers, a towering ice sculpture, and live entertainment. Combined with the bright and flashy Vegas lights, it was an affair full of love, celebration, and lasting memories.

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills | Planner:  Linda Howard Events | Lighting: #ImagesbyLighting | Photographer: Laurie Bailey Photography | Team: Mark’s Garden, Revelry Event Designers, Town & Country Event Rentals, Pop! Ink Design Studio, Ice Bulb, Custom Made Productions, West Coast Music, and Design Sound.

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Lighting HBO’s Sharp Objects Premiere

In Lighting Design by images310 / August 1, 2018

 

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Southern charm was in sharp focus at the Sharp Objects premiere, HBO’s latest show. The series is a languid thriller set in Missouri, yet there was no mystery about what made the opening event so special!

Designer Billy Butchkavitz used all of the space at Boulevard3 to let the design story slowly unwind. Lighting and projections were clues leading the guests through the multi-room experience. Our lighting team used a mix of green gobo projections, candles, pinspots, architectural lighting, and jade and violet ambient lighting to set the moody tone of the evening.

Venue: Boulevard3 | Designer: Billy Butchkavitz | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Projections: Agile Eye | Lighting and gobo projections on the buildings: #ImagesbyLighting | Photos: Gabor Ekecs Photography


The Kat Von D Wedding: Inspi(RED)!

In Lighting Design by images310 / June 10, 2018

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It’s a nice day for a red wedding, a Kat Von D Wedding!

When reality star Kat Von D married Prayers singer Leafar Seyer at the Beverly Hills Hotel, it was inspi(red). The wedding, designed by Michele Fox Gott of Center of Attention will no doubt become the standard bearer for all goth weddings to come. An all-red color scheme is not easy, but our lighting designer Lonnie Thompson had a few tricks of the trade that made the ballroom, and the bride, look beautiful. “Even though the room was bathed in all red, we over projected people with what we like to call candlelight coloration,” Lonnie said. “It made for a pretty combination.”

A huge cake shaped like a castle complete with a moat also featured a projection of the couple greeting guests. The ceremony room featured 700 candles hanging throughout. An all-white cocktail and an all-white cocktail room and projection before the event were just a few of the incredible elements that will make this a wedding that will keep us all talking for years to come!

Wedding Planner: Michele Fox Gott, Center of Attention | Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | Draping: Mike Shauger | Cake: Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes | Lighting: #ImagesbyLighting | Dance Floor: RCD Dance Floors | Invitations and Save the Date: Lehr and Black | Photographer: Look Foto Grafia | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals, Milla Party Rentals, Casa de Perrin, All Access Staging, La Tavola Linen

 

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