Prom! Whooooooo! Proms and all school dances can be very fun but they can also be an ordeal. This prom was very fun.
Convent of The Visitation is an all-girl college prep school. This is my third dance for them this school year so I guess the like me.
I connected with the school through a student. She was the guest at a wedding I dj’d last summer. The bride is a volleyball coach at the school. One of her players was at the wedding and recommended me to the dance planning committee for their homecoming dance in the fall. They then asked me back for their winter formal and then for their prom which you are reading about currently.
The dance was held in the The Seasons Ballroom at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I stopped by the venue to take some photos the week prior while visiting one of the ten Home and Garden and Renovation and Remodeling and DIY etc Shows that I have been to this year with the wife (St Paul Haus). It is a great space for events. There is a lovely view of downtown Minneapolis, high ceilings, and wall space to do neat things like this…
This year’s prom theme was “A Night in Atlantis”. I do my best to start working with people as early in the process as possible so I can help make the vision they have for the event come true. For an underwater theme there are a plethora of things that can be done. There are bubble machines, items can be hung from the ceiling to “float” in the room, fog machines combined with black lights can make the room glow, and more. All spaces of course have their rules and limitations. Bubbles, fog, and hanging things from the ceiling were not an option in this space. To submerge this event under the sea I used the ADJ H20 LED
I was able to rent the fixtures from EMI Audio in Robbinsdale. It is great to be able to pick up fixtures when needed without having to purchase them. They are great fixtures but they aren’t something I will use as every event. I placed two fixtures facing the walls and one facing my DJ set up. The light worked perfectly on my all white scrim.
In the photo above you can also see the ADJ Mega TriPar Profile lights shining up to the ceiling. My original idea was to have them all in blue. My wife came with and had the idea to create and ombre pattern (I had to ask her what it meant as well) where the colors shade in to eachother. It went from white to blue and back to white using the various color options of the lighting fixtures. I think it added a nice glow and ambiance to the room and added to the wow factor as people entered.
Along with some Chauvet Intimidator moving heads and some Chauvet Color Strips I was able to fill the dance floor with color and movement to help keep the party going with the music. To see the night in action check out the video below
Thanks for reading,
This past week I had the opportunity to attend The Lighting Symposium: “A comprehensive presentation on event lighting, including: selling, programming, design and marketing.” This is the second year for the now annual symposium. I missed out on it last year and was lucky enough to be able to grab a seat this time around. The event was held in Bursnville at the Electro Voice headquarters which is about 25 minutes away from me but some attendees and presenters came from Texas, Florida, Connecticut, Canada, and many other far away lands. The event was designed for DJs, lighting designers, events stylists, and others who work with lighting to enhance special events.
I have been using lighting for my events for years. I started with a couple halogen “spin and puke” lights as some refer to them. You just plug them in and they flash colorful lights all over the place. They worked great at the time but there was no way to control the intensity, direction, or speed of the lights. It was either on or it was off. As time went on I invested in more lights. Ones that use LEDs and ones that I had more control over. Even with these lights I was pretty much just turning them on and off. There are many ways to control lights but the way that I have been slowly learning is DMX. It gives one the ability to control every aspect of a lighting fixture. I will be able to control the direction, color, brightness, speed, and more. Think about the last concert, sporting event, theatrical production, etc that you have been to. The lights at those events are usually controlled by some sort of DMX programming.
Other topics covered at the symposium were how to use colors and textures to change the mood of the room, 3D video mapping (that’s a seperate long post all by itself), placement and hanging of lights, and more.
I was also able to network with and meet many other professionals in the event business. Some of the professionals at the symposium were people that I have been following and learning from on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media avenues. Bill Hermann and Jason Jones, DJ Jer, DJ Rockin Rob, and the others in attendance were all eager to learn, teach, share their experience with those in attendance. Thank you to Ben Stowe of NLFX Professional, Mike Fernino of Music in Motion Entertainment for putting the event together along with all of the presenters and sponsors.
Photos from The Lighting Symposium:
So I have been uploading all my previous photos, from weddings and other events, to Google+/Picasa. Google+ now gets all funky with the photos and adds different adjustments, effects, and combines them in various ways. These are some of the #AutoAwesome products: (click on each photo to see them in action)
I respond to a bride’s question about expectations when working with a bride/groom/clients and vendors and what makes them easy to work with.
This is the top 10 list of my favorite wedding venues that I have DJ’d at over the years.
10. Graves 601 http://www.graves601hotel.com/
9. Treasure Island Paradise Cove http://www.treasureislandcasino.com/event-center-mn/event-venues/paradise-cove-mn/
8. Depot Renaisance Hotel http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/
7. Walker Art Center Skyline Room http://www.walkerart.org/facility-rental
6. Harriet Island Pavilion http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1236
5. Great Hall http://www.thegreathall.net/
4. Rochester Art Center http://rochesterartcenter.org/information/eventspaces.html
3. TCF Bank Stadium http://www.gophersportsspaces.com/additional-event-services/wedding-packages/
2. Vadnais Heights Commons http://www.vadnaisheightscommons.com/
1. McNamara Alumni Center http://www.mac-events.org/
In this weeks installment I answer the question “Do people get mad when you don’t play their requests” and talk about how I handle customizing the music I play at each event.
Greetings readers, watchers, Mom, Dad,
Check my first blog video. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or considerations. What should I talk about in my next video?