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Corporate Event Video Production Utilizes Massive 6,000 Sq. Ft. Tent

corporate event video production Solana Productions recently partnered with a Fortune 50 company on a very large corporate event video production. They faced a difficult problem — how to get all of their employees (500+) in the same room with the executive team. There wasn’t a space on their campus that would accommodate such a large crowd so they started looking at alternatives. These included moving to off-site locations which would have required the entire workforce to leave, and using a combination indoor/outdoor setup utilizing small tents.

We were providing all the corporate video production elements for the meeting — video, projection, lighting, audio and power. During a conference call with several managers, I listened while they discussed using two 40’x80′ tents side by side, creating an 80’x80′ space. As the conversation progressed, I began thinking about the visual experience for the audience. This space would have poles running down the center where the two tents joined. It would also leak at that joint if it happened to be a rainy day, and this has been a very wet winter in California.

I raised these issues during the call and discovered that with all the focus on the meeting’s content, the aesthetics of the two-tent option had not really been considered. And the vendor providing those tents had not explained what the attendee experience would be like. Once I described that the space they would be creating would have low ceilings and be obstructed with poles, the managers agreed to give me the go-ahead to pursue a better tent option.

Although we’re not tent experts by trade, we are in the business of finding solutions for our clients. And as a San Diego video production company that’s handled dozens of high-profile shoots over the years, we knew there had to be a better alternative that was also cost-effective. So we spent time investigating the options and came up with the idea of erecting one 50′ X 120′ tent that would provide a more pleasing interior look for all 500 employees and executives. The large structure we decided on presented some very difficult lighting and projection challenges but the end result was a much-improved audience experience. The tent created a fun, festive atmosphere, in spite of gusty winds, and nobody had to watch from an overflow room or suffer through obstructed views. Our solution was declared an overall success and truly helped our client drive home the idea of “bringing everyone into the tent.” It’s an option we highly recommend considering for your next large-scale, outdoor corporate event video production.

California Video Production Crew on the Road to Mexico for Entertainment Tonight

California video production crewWhen Carter Thicke recently spoke about his late father, TV legend Alan Thicke, who died of a heart attack last December, the 19-year-old recalled some touching memories that were first captured by our California video production crew during a shoot in May of 2005. That when our San Diego video production company was dispatched to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, by “Entertainment Tonight” to cover the elder Thicke’s wedding to model Tanya Callau. Thicke was best known for starring in the the 90s sitcom, “Growing Pains,” and previously had been a popular TV talk star in Canada. Our producer and Solana Productions crew were given almost unlimited access to the actor and his family, and spent several hours shooting interviews and footage with them before, during and after the wedding. Carter, then age 7, was to be the ring bearer, and was interviewed by our producer with his dad as they got dressed in their white tuxedos right before the ceremony. During these jittery moments, the wedding ring somehow went missing, and when asked for its whereabouts, the freckle-faced 7-year-old anxiously said on camera, “I don’t know,” as his father assured us they would track it down. Eventually, they did find the ring, and during the ceremony, our cameras captured Carter sweetly welcoming Tanya to the Thicke family, telling her how much he was looking forward to having her as his stepmom. Our footage showed the tuxedo-clad ring bearer smiling broadly as he stands next to his older brothers Robin, then a 27-year-old up-and-coming singer, and Brennan, an actor.  And when “Entertainment Tonight” recently interviewed Carter about his late father, they replayed these priceless moments from our 2005 California video production footage, causing him to shed a tear about at the wedding scene and chuckle about the lost-ring situation. Noting, “That was a long time ago,” Carter seemed truly touched by the memories our camera crews had captured during that happy family occasion. #alanthicke #carterthicke #robinthicke

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