Financial Aid Banquet

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For this university’s financial aid campaign, Creative Visions was hired to create a unique final banquet. Based on concepts from the producer of this event, I created this stage design and rendering in 3D in SketchUp. It incorporated backlit images from the fundraising campaign, providing unity to the overall event.

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The 3D model and renderings I was able to provide the client gave them a clear picture of how the event would look, and a quick comparison of the two shows how close my rendering was.

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This is a floor plan of the event, showing production gear and seating layouts.

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A closer shot of the lightbox grids on stage.

Elegant Gala

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The challenge for this event was transforming this university’s gymnasium into an appropriate atmosphere for an elegant gala.

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We hung over 300 feet of truss from 24 chain motors to get all of our production gear in the air.

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There were 4 main trusses arranged diagonally spanning each quarter of the room with the main moving light fixtures, two more trusses with four 10k projectors across the outside center to project onto an additional four sections of truss holding 10.5’x14′ screens. One more truss formed a box in the middle of the room to hide the scoreboard.

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This shows the intersection of two of the main lighting trusses with one of the projection trusses.

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The amount of the ceiling we covered with truss allowed for an extremely flexible lighting option, and independent projection trusses to isolate vibrations from the moving lights.

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In addition to the lighting, the entire room covered in black and silver drape. The combined effect of the lighting, projection, and scenic elements effectively transformed the room into an elegant space quite different from the university gym.

Grand Opening Celebration

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When the tallest building in the Raleigh skyline was built, the owners and developers hired Creative Visions to execute a Grand Opening Celebration on an empty floor. This view shows the event from the street that night.

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The 17th floor was completely empty at the time, and we had to arrange everything from the necessary electrical power requirements to the painting of the interior walls.

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To get lighting and scenic elements into the air was a challenge. There were no exposed beams to attach anything to. I had to pre-determine every overhead rigging point and its necessary weight rating weeks before the event and send the above plot to the building contractors to drill and set each eyebolt into the poured concrete ceiling.

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The lights and scenic elements were hung from pipes rigging for the rated eyebolts.

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This is one view of the final event, showing the northeast quarter of the room.

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This master floor plan details almost every aspect of our production gear for the event, including seating and back-of-house areas.

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This shows the southeast corner, with a rear-projection screen built into a custom textile wall, lit by color-changing LED fixtures.

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