People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation once again hosted the Screen Actors Awards Gala, the official after-party immediately following the SAG Awards. This year, the event took place on the Shrine Auditorium stage.
Lisa Simpson Briel — special projects director for People, In Style and Entertainment Weekly — oversaw the event, working alongside longtime SAG Awards designer Tony Schubert from Event Eleven.
His inspiration for the Parisian street scene came from a recent visit to Paris for a fashion show. “It was this wonderful contrast of gray, moody wet streets with great fashion,” Schubert told BizBash in its feature story on the event. “Shards of white light caught in the haze of the night looked amazing. “
The street theme began in the long entrance way between the Shrine Expo and Auditorium. Lined with faux stone to resemble the street of Paris, facades of stores and bistros were lighting as if by street light; light that also illuminated posters and artwork along the way.
Inside, guests enjoyed the evening in a setting that was a plush re-imagining of a Paris park complete with lounge furniture instead of benches and chandeliers instead of street lamps. A park fountain and a custom curving marble bar were among two of the design details we focused our lighting on. In addition to the chandeliers, our lighting design included textured leafy patterns, facade lighting and yes, those shards of white light that had first inspired Schubert as he walked along the streets of Paris.
Design and Producer: Tony Schubert, Event Eleven| Venue: Shrine Auditorium | Flowers: Jeff Leatham | Rentals: Designer 8, Form Decor and Town and Country Event Rentals | Photography: Line 8 Photography