Category AV Events

Creative Show Services Present Tampa Small Business of the Year Awards

Congratulations to all of the local companies honored at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards. More than 800 guests, including the City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel joined the ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Tampa Bay’s small business community.

In a previous blog post, I told you how AVI-SPL Creative Show Services played a significant role in the preparation and execution of the event. CS2 has been participating in the annual celebration for 10+ years. This year, we created all video content, compiled all of the voiceovers and themed music, and provided the sound, lighting, video, screens and projectors for the event.

The theme this year was “The Magic of Small Business” and featured magician and illusionist Nathan Coe Marsh who was also recommended by CS2. Throughout the evening, Nathan entertained the guests as a host and wowed them with his illusions. Behind the scenes, our professional crew led by producer Brenda Curry worked just as hard to ensure the event was a magical experience.

AVI-SPL CS2 wants to congratulate the winners:

  • Outstanding Leader: Bob Helms, Pegasus TransTech Corporation
  • Startup: MB2x
  • 5-20 Employees: The EyeDoctors
  • 21-50 Employees: B-AG Contract
  • 51-250 Employees: The Woman’s Group, PA

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3D Image Mapping: Giant Hearts on Fire Diamond Replica

"Hearts on Fire Diamond" "Creative Show Services"When Hearts On Fire, a jewelry crafting company, approached us at Creative Show Services to create a 6-foot exact replica of The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, we knew 3D image mapping was the right solution. It took our team six weeks to engineer and build the model for Hearts on Fire to display at JCK 2013, North America’s leading jewelry annual event in Las Vegas.

What distinguishes Hearts On Fire from any other diamond is that it captures the light in such a way that it reveals eight perfectly symmetrical hearts in the design, a feature that made the CS2 team’s job even more challenging.

Initially, the client approached us with the idea for a hologram presentation, but our creative team suggested something even better – a 3D product that looks as real as the actual diamond. The six-week long project launched with the creation of the basic form with Wysiwyg editor. Next, we created a 3D model of the diamond using Lightwave 3D software. On-site and with direct access to the actual Hearts on Fire diamond, we used Cinema 4D media server for all the custom content production. An aluminum frame was covered with hard-coated foam and then covered in screen goo paint for reflection of the projected images.

The real challenge was how to make the foam not only shine like a diamond, but to replicate precisely the Hearts On Fire unique light aspects. We applied a bullet-time technique with eight cameras to record every facet of the diamond. During the actual event, CS2 utilized two Pandora’s Box media servers and four Panasonic 20K DLP projectors for real time 3D compositing and projection.

The final product was a crowd-stopping, perfect replica of the Hearts on Fire diamond. Watch the video to see the final project in action, as well as go behind-the-scenes with the production team.

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services presents Tampa Small Business of the Year Awards

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2012 Small Business of the Year Awards

On Friday, September 20th, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce will hold its prestigious 33rd annual Small Business of the Year Awards banquet. Small businesses have been defined as the “backbone of America’s economy” and AVI-SPL Creative Show Services is proud to support it.

For more than 10 consecutive years, we have participated actively in the SBOY Awards preparations and execution. CS2 provides the sound, lighting, video, screens, projectors and 15+ crew members for the night of the event. Although the ceremony is only one night, we have already worked on this project for almost six months. CS2 works with the Tampa Chamber to enhance the show graphics provided to us. We created all of the video content, including intro videos and category videos that highlight the 23 finalists. In addition, all of the voiceovers and magic themed music was compiled by the CS2 team.

To qualify for Small Business of the Year, a company must have between 5-250 employees, have been in business for at least three years, and must be located in the Tampa Bay area. Every year the awards ceremony is thematically organized. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Small Business” and features magician and illusionist Nathan Coe Marsh, who was recommended by our creative team, and will perform live at the event.

Check back here after the event for post-show updates and photos from the event.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services Presents Stadium of Fire

"Stadium of Fire" "Independence Day" "AVI-SPL"Provo, UT – This Independence Day, for the 8th consecutive year, AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services team joined one of the biggest patriotic celebrations in the country – the America’s Freedom Festival in Provo, UT. The festival dates back to 1870s. The signature event is Stadium of Fire that takes place on July 4th and has been ongoing for the past 33 years.

The event attracts an average of 40,000 visitors from all 50 states and in addition, it is televised to more than 1 million military men and women around the world via American Forces Network. This year the event was sold out and reached 65,000 spectators.

While the rest of the country was celebrating, we were behind the scenes, making sure that everything goes as smooth as planned. AVI-SPL, as a proud owner of catalyst media servers, provided all media control-playback equipment. We also created all lighting and visual elements that were projected during the entire Stadium of Fire. Those included creative designs for the performance of Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, who headlined the event, as well as for pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and the acrobats from Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.

The celebration culminated with breathtaking fireworks, said to be the largest stadium fireworks show in America.

Go behind-the-scenes in this video:

Is Your Organization Ready for the Digital Natives?

You use technology everyday. From your email to your cell phone to social networking. But is this enough to satisfy the digital natives entering the workforce today?

Digital natives want to be always connected. They want to make easy transitions from home to work. They share knowledge, not just personal anecdotes, through social media tools, and they expect to have collaborative resources at their fingertips.

There are an expected 1.35 billion smart phones and tablets to be sold by 2016, as reported by IDC, and two out of three companies are or plan to deploy unified communications in the next 2 years, as reported by InformationWeek. AVI-SPL, Polycom, and Microsoft can help you prepare for this transition with ease.

To learn more about preparing your organization for digital natives, join AVI-SPL, Polycom and Microsoft in Southfield, Michigan for a free half-day seminar.

Event Details:

  • Topic: Make Your Organization Digital Native Ready
  • Host: AVI-SPL, Polycom and Microsoft
  • Date & Time: Thursday, June 20, 8:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Where: Microsoft Corporation, 1000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

Join us for a light breakfast and an education session, geared to help you understand what options you have available to you.

Register now for this free event >

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