Sometimes I'm not the DJ. This was the case for Unistress Corp. Winter Wonderland Event held at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield, Mass. in January of 2017. This left me able to fully devote myself to one of the more involved themed events I'd had a hand in to date--I hauled a TON of lighting and decor into that place!
FAKE SNOW--NO MESS
There was no single service I offered that really stole the show, but rather a truly unique combination that made for some very impressive, animated effects. It "snowed" continuously over the "business end" of the huge ballroom, where the presentations and dancing took place. The venue provided their massive rear projection screen but the client looked to me for the projector and playback equipment needed to show their 13-minute, professionally produced video that capped the formal presentation.
ANIMATED OUTDOOR WINTER SCENES
I installed a large paned-glass window behind the bar that treated guests to a winter wonderland happening just outside! Actually, it was a large flatscreen television that made it happen along with proprietary, Hollywood-produced, ultra-realistic, animated, winter wonderland outdoor scenes that smoothly transitioned from one to another during white-out blizzard conditions that temporarily obscure your view. I couldn't have created the looping video sequences better myself, so I didn't try. It was worth the expense and a real conversation piece for the guests who saw it--which was ALL of them since it was behind the bar. I even put it on the venues massive projection screen when we weren't using it for their video presentation. It made a great backdrop for a sitting area of park benches, lighted trees, and lamp posts the client brought in.
BRINGING THE (CHILLY) OUTDOORS IN
The client rented my entire fleet of tall glass vases and I taught them a great technique to make it look like they were filled with crushed ice (I learned how from my favorite florist). The client chose white, glittery branches to spill out the tops of them and after filling the event space with all 34 of them, it really helped to make us feel like we were immersed in an outdoor winter landscape. Every one was highlighted straight down from above by it's own specialized, wireless spotlight. This really enhanced the crushed ice look better than any submerged LED can do, and left guests tapping and scrutinizing the vases' contents in amazement!
SHIMMERING CRYSTALS GALORE
This event featured all four of my freestanding, 9-foot, crystal columns. 2 were placed within the seating area adding to the ice-blue, wintery decor. This color was brought throughout the entire space using a massive fleet of wireless, LED uplights. The other two crystal columns were lit in snow-white for the early evening and then brought to life with slow fades and flashing color-changes for the dance party. They were located on two corners of the dance floor and added to the energy and excitement there once the live band did their magic.
SHOW YOUR FOOD OFF IN ITS BEST LIGHT
With all that saturating ice-blue light, it can be easy to have it overtake the entire place. So to prevent that from happening, the food stations were lit from above using warm, conventional light. Most of an events budget is spent on the food and drink, so I cast it in the best light possible. Not only is it more visually appealing, but more easily found, and the staff working the stations appreciate it too.
NOW GRAB YOUR COAT, IT'S TIME TO CHECK IT OUT!
Since I wasn't the DJ, and had only a single video presentation to cue, and a ton of other fun effects to merely babysit, I enjoyed my time documenting the day's work. I hope you enjoy it!
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DJ/MC Chris Plankey
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