Pool cover on a cruise ship? Sure, we can do that.

Industry insiders know that for custom swimming pool covers, the only company to call is In Depth Events. Our experts have handled everything from wedding receptions in private backyards, Bat Mitzvahs in palatial garden manors, chic clear installations for private events, and corporate parties at hotels, casinos, and country clubs across the US. Our staff is used to the challenges that come with providing clear, frosted, and utility pool covers. In fact, we are the ONLY company in the south that can provide flush mount pool covers for our clients.

In other words – we’re used to challenges when it comes to building custom swimming pool covers and stages. However, when the Tom Joiner people called us, we have to admit that we were taken a little off guard. Every year, the Tom Joiner Fantastic Voyage brings a Christian celebration of music and ministry to its attendees. In the spring of 2018, the cruise ship Carnival Breeze was selected as the host ship or this seven-day cruise. The Tom Joiner people wanted to know – can we build a performance stage over a pool – on a cruise ship?

Of course we can! After several meetings with Carnival staff, several sets of drawings, and several conversations with our engineers, we loaded our equipment on the pool deck in late April using a crane. We had to make sure every last part was in our pack – there are no Home Depots in the Gulf of Mexico. When the night of the build finally came around, our crew faced a rainy night and rough seas. It’s hard enough to build a stage in a swimming pool – it’s even more difficult when the swimming pool is moving around you!

However, our expert stage builders prevailed and finished the build well in time for the headliner, Anita Baker, to perform. The Tom Joiner people were amazed at the transformation of the pool deck, Cardinal’s staff was happy with our respect for their performance area and their engineering staff, and our stage builders went away with a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.

For your next swimming pool cover, make sure to contact the experts at In Depth Events. We look forward to hearing from you, and working with you!


AT&T First Annual Business Summit at the Gaylord Texan!

Providing our LED lighted stage for a world class corporate event

Big events come to Dallas all the time, but the first annual AT&T Business Summit really pulled out all the stops.  A private performance at AT&T Stadium by Aerosmith was only the tip of the iceberg.  (And when Aerosmith is the tip of the iceberg, you KNOW it's a big event!)  AT&T also rented the entire Gaylord Texan Convention Center and Resort with forward-thinking exhibits in the exhibit halls, and interactive speeches by Randall Lynn Stephenson and GW Bush during the general sessions.  Darius Rucker performed at the Gaylord to round out the award-winning talent, and several breakout sessions discussed the future of telecom.

Thanks to our friends at Orbital Motion, the crew of In Depth events was a big part of the general session, providing an exciting main stage for the event.  In one of the most innovative uses of our LED stage surfaces, we provided an amazing triangle shaped, LED lighted stage for the main stage of this conference.  Months of design work and preparation paid off with a truly stunning stage for this international group of attendees.

Audience risers, carpet, marley, and staging rentals

However, our LED lighted stage wasn't the only thing we provided for this show.  A laundry list of six large audience risers, pipe and drape, stage marley, and thousands of square feet of carpeting were needed for the general session ballroom.  The breakout rooms all needed stages, carpeting, and elevated seating as well.  Coordinating with the riggers, decor, lighting, video, and audio was no small task during this three day build.  However, the staff at In Depth Events banded together to make sure every task that we contracted for was completed to meet or exceed client specifications. 

If you'd like more information on the creative uses of our LED lighted stages, our audience seating risers, or some of the other aspects of our staging rentals, we'd love to hear from you.  Please contact us and let us know how we can be of assistance to your next event!


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Event Outdoor Signage and Structures for Sporting Events and Festivals – An Event Planners Guide

For large scale events like sporting events, large festivals and Municipal events, signage becomes a serious issue.  If your event spans an area over several acres, how to you point people to the main stage, restrooms or the emergency services area?  No less critical is the branding of the event and the branding of your vendor areas.  At In Depth Events, we are experts at event outdoor signage using a variety of media.  Read on for more information!

Live Events – Structure and Banner Solutions from In Depth Events

At In Depth Events, we are experts at event outdoor signage solutions.  We’ve used structures with vinyl banners as well as structures with large scale video walls.  Our technicians and engineers work hard to make sure these structures are safe, look great and fulfill the needs that put them there in the first place – to inform your attendees about a specific direction, scheduled event or vendor message.

Here are the four types of structures that you can easily use at your next festival, sporting event, or marketing event:

Inverted “U”:

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An inverted “U” is a mini-beam truss structure.  It’s a great way to display a large banner such as a backdrop for a small stage or a step and repeat banner at a selfie station.  These structures are incredibly wind resistant, inexpensive and look great.

 

 

Media Towers:

Image of Media Tower event outdoor signageA media tower is either a triangular or square structure designed to hold large format LED Video walls.  These structures are usually about 20′ tall and very, very strong. They work well at central locations with lots of foot traffic – like outside the food court area.  The screens are used for vendor promotion, calendar/schedules of your event and live tweets.  When equipped with loudspeakers, these towers can also be used for announcements of upcoming events as well as emergency messages.

 

 

Truss and Ballast:

Image for Truss and Ballast event outdoor signageA Truss and Ballast structure is a proprietary type of signage that only In Depth Events has.  In combination with a 20-foot tall vertical piece of 24-inch x 30-inch truss is a 3600 pound ballast made of concrete and steel.  These units can be placed anywhere for very tall, very visible banners.  We also use them for outdoor light towers and as support for commercial bulb stringers.  These unique outdoor signage structures have been engineer certified to withstand well over 70 MPH winds while only using a 4-foot X 4-foot ground area.

 

 

Gateways:

Image of an Event Gateway event outdoor signageA gateway is a mini-beam structure that is engineered to allow people to pass under or through it.  They are most often used at the event entry or exit or, when attendees are passing through to a different part of the festival.   Gateways are usually lighted with signage towers on both sides.  Gateways are typically where the event name and sponsors are located, but it’s also become a great location for a selfie station.

 

 

 

The Bonus Structure Type  – Custom Signage Towers:

Image of Custom Signage Tower event outdoor signageDo you see something here that inspires you to create a new idea?  Do you have an idea that is completely off the beaten path?  The experts at In Depth Events can (and have!) provided event outdoor signage using custom structures that don’t look like anything else.  From truss vaults to branded outdoor seating lounges and even toboggan slides – our experts can create something completely new for your event.  Challenge Accepted!

 

 

Choosing the right vendor for live event outdoor signage structures

In Depth Events handles event outdoor signage structures for events all over the nation, so make sure to contact us first.  However, our Canadian and international event planners may have a difficult time finding a reputable vendor.  Here are a few pointers:

First and foremost – trust your gut.  Don’t settle for a company that doesn’t seem right for your needs.

  • Make sure the company you choose is capable of providing engineer certified drawings.
  • The company needs to be registered as a certified building contractor in at least their home city.
  • The company should own their own equipment, especially the trussing, tie-downs and ballasts.
  • Find a company that has recommendations for a signage or vinyl firm.  Having a good relationship with a signage vendor means they know what specification are needed.

Questions?  Feel free to Ask a Question of our experts.  We hope you enjoyed this blog post and make sure to check out our other Event Planner Guides while you are here.

 


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Truss and Ballast for Outdoor Events – A New Product Showcase

The staff at In Depth Events like to flatter ourselves that we engineer products that improve the production industry as a whole.  Occasionally, we’re right!  Some of our innovations really have been influential to the industry.  The best example is our LED Dance Floors – which was one of the first available in the rental market when we began designing them seven years ago.  It’s in this spirit that we are beginning a New Product showcase series.  Sign Up Here to receive information on our New Products as we discover them!

“Necessity is the mother of invention”

The Development of the Rental Truss and Ballast

About three years ago, a tour with a 5K run required a more immersive experience for their attendees.  This client asked us to design a series of outfield towers that could be placed up to 200 feet from the stage.  Each tower would be required to hold a significant amount of lighting as well as holding signage.  It would also require certified engineer documentation.

Engineer Drawing of Truss and Ballast Design

A side view from one of the engineered drawings used in the initial product design.

Our engineers got to work.  Using trussing from our rooftop department, we began with 20 foot vertical truss towers.  This pin-together truss (sometimes called fork truss) is 30 inches x 24 inches and is part of the perimeter truss of our monster 70’x50′ rooftop.  Now, we have the vertical space and strength.  But how do we anchor it to the ground to keep it from falling over?

Using the concept of a typical truss and base (which uses 70 pound steel plates as ballast) we set to design the mother of all truss and base.  Using 3/8″ steel plate, our welders built a box 4 feet x 4feet x 36 inches tall with fork lift receivers.  Then, using rebar and a piece of the perimeter truss, we set a die for the fork ends.  Finally, our stagehands mixed 3200 pounds of concrete, and poured it into each box.

The end result is a surprisingly good looking product with more than it’s fair share of weight.  The steel base is painted black and looks great on site, but it can’t disguise the 3600 pound nature of it’s being.  Our final engineering review allows the towers to be used in almost any weather environment with virtually no danger of them falling over.  Of course, the trussing looks great – it’s a vertical tower of aluminum that holds several hundred pounds of lighting in the air as well as flat vinyl banners with three times the signage space as mini-beam towers.

The multiple uses of Truss and Ballast in outdoor events

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Ballast and base supporting lighting and signage during a spring 2016 tour stop not too far from the Vegas strip.

When we unveiled the new Truss and Ballast, the client was thrilled.  Our engineers had created a product that allowed for the immersive experience their attendees demanded (later, we carried that design to over 150 cities in the United States – but that’s another story).  However, as we started using them on other shows, other advantages of our 3600 pound Truss and Ballast started to present themselves.  Take a look at the list below:

Image for lighting placementLighting Placement:

This should be obvious, since it was one of the main initial specifications.  However, the sheer ability of our design to accommodate lighting fixtures became an asset.  Rather than just holding a few fixtures, these towers can hold hundreds of pounds of weight – meaning more lighting.  Our Truss and Ballast towers have been used with moving lights, conventional 6 bars, lekos and FX lighting – many times all at once.  They are a vast upgrade compared to the traditional usage of scaffolding or truss and base for outdoor lighting!

 

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The banner sizing is where this product really shines.  Before, spot signage at festivals had to be either scaffolding towers or towers using 12 inch mini-beam.  With our Truss and Ballast, signage is 30 inches wide x 20 feet tall!  This allows for readable signage for logo placement or directional signs.  Since our bases are stand-alone units, you can erect a square signage tower literally in the center of your main thoroughfare, and it provides a easy to read signpost that has very little effect on traffic patterns or slowdown.

 

Commercial Bulb StringersSupport for Commercial Bulb Placement:

Commercial bulb stringers are a mainstay for weddings, receptions and corporate outdoor events.  However, commercial bulb stringers can be difficult to have in open areas.  Our Truss and Ballast make commercial bulb stringers a dream to setup and install.  Our towers can support multiple strings – or use as a corner piece without worrying about wire tension.

 

 

Inverted U gatewayGateways and Gantries:

In January of 2017, a good friend and client asked us about building a gateway entry.  These are usually built with mini-beam, but in this instance the gateway footprint had to be minimized.  We designed two corners and a spanning truss to go with our Truss and Ballast, and in doing so, created a new use for our towers.  These new gateway structures boast a limited footprint, while providing exceptionally wind tolerant signage.  Multiple sections can also be used to create ticket gantries.

 

Using experts to help with your next event

Do you have a idea that you don’t know how to make work safely?   Contact our experts and let us turn your idea into a reality! Look no further!  At In Depth Events, our staff and technicians can help provide staging, audio and lighting, and electrical distribution for your next event.  Ask Us a Question to get started on your next event!


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Super Bowl LI 2017 A Production Company’s Retrospective

Super Bowl 2017, like any of the really large, international events, fills the host city with a dizzying array of private parties, AirBNB reservations and car rentals. For a week during February, 2017, all eyes were on Houston for the Patriots vs the Falcons national showdown (with Lady Gaga at halftime). Of course, lots of private events means an increased need for super bowl event production elements like staging, rooftops, lighting, and electrical rentals. As the marketing companies descended on Houston along with the attendees, the production crew got ready for a week’s worth of event services!

It turned out to be a pretty hectic week! Traffic in a grid-locked Houston affected event times. Security was tight, which affected truck delivery schedules with constant X-Ray scans at high security venues. However, our warehouse staff in Houston made switching trucks and gear seamless. Our expert techs worked together to handle over a dozen client events through the week. All of the staff had the opportunity to work with client names like Comedy Central, DirectTV, MKTG and Nike – all in one weekend!

We would like to thank our clients and vendors for making our portion of Super Bowl 2017 a huge success. We’ll have several other busy weekends in 2017 coming soon. After all, SXSW is fast approaching. And large holidays like Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July and Fiestas Patrias will keep our staff hopping. We look forward to working with both new and existing clients this year. In the meantime, view the list below to see all the shows at Super Bowl 2017 that we helped make successful!

Comedy Central – ManHouse Productions:Comedy Central ManHouse Productions Image

The second show for our old friends at ManHouse consisted of taking over the outdoor space at Kirby Ice House for a week and doing live broadcasts of Comedy Central’s new show, “The Barstool Rundown”.  In Depth Events staff built the stage as well as a rooftop for lighting and protection. Our work on this show earned us a 5-star rating from our client!

 

MKTG for DirecTV:

Our first crews in Houston began Super Bowl week with the staging and carpet bones for the DirecTV setup inside the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. A last-minute pickup of 3,000 square foot of silver carpet rounded out the two main 24 foot x 24 foot stages and ADA ramps for this booth.

 

NFL Network Stage:

There was nothing more exciting than a 24 foot X 24 foot stage in this booth. Other companies provided the lighting, audio and trussing for this booth. But the stage was there first!

 

Angel City Designs – Hilton Americas:

One of the many host hotels of the NFL needing lighting techs for setup, changeovers, and finally, strike.

 

Angel City Designs – Lot 97:Angel City Designs Lot 97 Image

Our second show with this prestigious event company out of LA was called “Lot 97”. In initial conversations, Angel City couldn’t even disclose the end client for security concerns. As a result, the site of this location was the identifier for the show – even after we found out who the end client was. We provided a custom 24 foot half round stage as well as regular staging. We also provided a small army of lighting technicians for setup, changeovers and strike.

 

IMC Productions – Superbash:IMC Productions Superbash Image

This four day party ended with a bomb threat. But still, we provided the stage, rooftop, lighting and generators for this outdoor event. On Saturday night, someone called in a bomb threat to the police. When SWAT and police showed up, they evacuated the event space. Luckily, the threat was a fake, but it still had devastating effects on the party.

 

 

Nickelodeon:Nickelodeon Experiential Event Image

Another broadcast event with trussing, staging, labor, and special effects for this wacky taping of a Nickelodeon game show inside the George R Brown Convention Center.

 

Pro One – Nike:

This outdoor event was held at a local event center. Nike came in to play with a revamp of the football field, portable bleachers, food vendors, and all the other aspects of a “Friday Night Lights” event. We provided generators and electrical distribution, making sure that all vendors had electrical power.

Metroplex Gymnastics:Metroplex Gymnastics Metroplex Challenge Event

Not all shows on Super Bowl weekend are Super Bowl shows! The Metroplex Challenge is an annual gymnastics event where we provide staging, audio and lighting. This 11 year repeat client began our week with a three day show at the Ft Worth Convention Center Arena. Check out a highlights video from the event here.

Barrellhouse Media:

Another event that just happened to fall on Super bowl weekend. This stage was for a corporate event.

Hopefully this blog has been informative for our event planner clients! For more information on In Depth Events and our event production capabilities, please Ask Us a Question today. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your event!


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The Perfect Event Activation for the Essence Festival!

At In Depth Events, we work with marketing firms all over the world to help promote their clients brands.  Our clients range from sports marketing firms to guerrilla marketing firms – and everything in between!  Our marketing firm clients promote cutting edge products and we are here to make the technical production side of their event activation work flawlessly.

Professional Marketing Event Activation at the Essence Festival

For the last two years, the founders of In Depth Events worked with one of the most respected  marketing companies in the world on a very specific live activation.  The Marketing Arm needed a an event production partner to create an event activation at the Essence Festival.  This annual event in New Orleans was started to support Essence magazine and is “The Party with a Purpose” for African-American women from all over the United States.

The end client in this event space used our signature LED Dance Floor as a centerpiece to the activation.  Paired with the eye-catching floor is a custom built DJ booth with LED lighting on the front and sides as well.  This dynamic look blends perfectly with the other set pieces in the event activation and provides a virtual magnet to get people into the booth and boogie down on the LED Dance Floor – all while getting eyes and impressions on the client logo and branding!

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Custom LED Lighted DMX Controllable DJ Booth

The Essence Festival is certainly not our largest activation.  However, it offers a highlight to one of our fun, niche products that included some custom work as well.  This activation remains one of our favorites because of the great companies we get to work with, the fun atmosphere of the activation and the seamless way that all the elements come together to promote the client brand.

Are you interested in finding out how In Depth Events can help your clients brand?  Ask Us a Question today and let us know how we can bring your activation ideas to life!


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Flush Mount Acrylic Pool Covers – An Event Planners Guide

Maximize your event space and create a unique swimming pool cover look

At In Depth Events, we are always looking for innovative ways to really amplify the impact and create unforgettable memories for your event. We’ve recently developed a new swimming pool cover mounting technology that can transform any pool into a elegant dance floor or walkway that is completely flush with the deck surface. It’s almost as if your floating on water.

You will always have the normal pool cover options available: Standard rental staging surface / Frosted pool cover surface / Clear pool cover surface… which are all great options to maximize your event.  You can learn more about the standard options for rental swimming pool covers here.

With the new flush mount swimming pool cover, we’re providing an enhanced option with more “WOW factor”. You can see in the image above the stunning ambiance created by a flush mount pool cover rental.  This particular project was for a private event held in the Dallas area.  After the party, the event coordinator stated the party was flawless and her client was extremely pleased.

Benefits of Using a Flush Mount Pool Cover

We’ve covered the sexy details about the flush mount pool cover, but there is a lot more to learn.  Aside from the exquisite visual aspect, here are other key benefits that make a flush mount pool cover ideal for any corporate or residential event:

The frame is constructed from steel connected by steel crossbar stabilizers. We install all materials onto a protective barrier which prevents your swimming pool and deck surface from damage during the install or dismantle process. Your choice of clear or frosted plexi-glass panels are mounted to the frame and precisely cut to fit the size and shape of your pool area. The flush transition from the pool cover to the deck surface creates a safer area for your guests which can help minimize the risk of trips and falls.

Take a look at the before and after images below so you can see the amazing transformation that takes place during the flush mount pool cover installation process.

The image on the left is the swimming pool before the event took place. The image on the right is the same pool, after the flush mount pool cover installation was complete.

The image on the left is the swimming pool before the event took place. The image on the right is the same pool, after the flush mount pool cover installation was complete.

If you’re ready to take the plunge on a swimming pool cover rental, then Ask a Question of the experts at In Depth Events.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!


Bad Weather Conditions and Live Events

Extreme Weather Conditions at Live Events

Outdoor events and activations are in a class by themselves.  In addition to the difficulties of production requirements, parking and crowd control, you also have to add fencing, porta-potties and the tempestuous moods of Mother Nature.  In this post, we’ll discuss how to plan for bad weather conditions at live events and the specific conditions that our technicians are trained to look for when determining whether or not to continue an event in bad weather.

Unpredictable weather and live events

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Safety During Bad Weather Conditions is the Number One Priority for In Depth Events

In our home State of Texas, weather can be…  fickle.  It’s an old joke here that “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute and it will change.”  Of course, our touring and logistics groups handle activations and experiential events all over the nation.  We’ve been drowned in Denver, deluged in Duluth and snowed on in St Paul.  We’ve been hailed on in Helena, had sleet in San Antonio and tornadoes in…  well, you get the idea.  The point is we are very experienced with bad weather conditions at live events and how to make sure the equipment and your attendees are safe before, during and after bad weather strikes.

As a production company, we have to be ready for all types of weather at an outdoor event. Rain gear and pop-up tents are part of every single pack that goes on the truck.  All of our electrical distribution systems are water resistant and rated for outdoor use.  Our ballast plans for our rooftops are specifically designed with high wind conditions in mind.

Speaking of rooftops – whenever we do a stage and roof system, we will always have a roof tech on site to monitor the roof and the weather conditions at any time there is activity on the stage.  On most of our outdoor rental stage and roof system builds, you’ll see a weather station including an anemometer and a rain gauge on the structure.  Monitoring the weather at all times is a big part of our commitment to safety on the event site.

 

Make sure your event company has a bad weather plan

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After the rain – back to the show!

Especially when using rooftops or mobile stages – it’s imperative that production company that you have contracted has a bad weather plan.  With our company, it’s our Rooftop Emergency Procedures.  This document has very specific tolerances for wind and rain and clearly explains our responsibility to our clients in case of bad weather.

In addition to this document, it’s also important for everyone to sit down long before the event and discuss the issues related to bad weather conditions at live events.  The promoter, production company, venue owner and (if possible) the municipality should all be given well-defined roles and responsibilities for dealing with bad weather.  Knowing these roles beforehand can save precious minutes and provide a well-organized response for attendees.

Do you have questions about weather and your outdoor activation, concert, or festival?  Ask a Question of the bad weather safety experts at In Depth Events.  We’re happy to take our knowledge and experience and apply it to your event.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!


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Graduation Stage Rentals – An Event Planners Guide

Commencement and Graduation Stage Rentals – Identifying Specific Needs

Graduation Stage Rentals and Choral RiserWhether it’s for a community college, a high school, a four year university or even a vocational school, commencements are an important transition for students, instructors and attendees. Identifying specific needs for your graduation stage rentals is the first step in making sure the graduation ceremonies go smoothly for everyone.

There are several questions to ask that will determine stage size and height. How many people will be on stage? Is the event outdoors or indoors? Will you require seating risers on the rear of the stage for professors and administrators? How many graduates will you have? Additionally, you need to consider the venue. For example, many high schools will use the football stadium on campus for commencement. A stage that would look huge in a small room may look tiny in this environment. Is there a game the night before or the night of? Has anyone else reserved the stadium? How will vendors get staging and chairs onto the field?

 

 

Graduation stage rentals, the ADA and vendor selection

Graduation Stage Rentals With ADA RampThe ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, was signed into law in 1990. For staging vendors, it mandates on a federal level the use of handrails and ramps on temporary and permanent stages. In addition to compliance with the ADA, graduation stages must also comply with municipal building codes for staging and structure builds. Some municipalities will also require review by the county Fire Marshall for safety and accessibility.

It’s incredibly important that your stage meets or exceeds local building codes as well as ADA requirements. The most successful staging vendors will verify building codes, ADA requirements and fire code requirements long before they arrive to setup your stage. Look for staging vendors who are Certified Building Contractors within your local municipality, or the nearest large city if you are in a suburban or rural area.

 

Image of Collin-College Graduation CeremonyThe shameless sales pitch for graduation stage rentals

 

We have been providing graduation stage rentals for many years as well as other production and rental services. Chair rentals, sound system rentals, press risers and audience risers are all within our range of services to our clients.

Ask Us a Question today and find out why our clients return to In Depth Events event experts year after year. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!


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Concert Production Services for CBS Radio Live Events

The staff at In Depth Events has a long history of working with broadcast companies.  Our unique blend of turnkey concert production services along with our marketing company experience is a natural match when working in terrestrial radio.

Thank you for all of your work this past weekend. Things went off without a hitch and your crew was great!  Andy Brooks

The Dallas office of CBS Radio is a recent addition to our client list.  However, after a successful series of events in 2015, we feel confident that CBS Radio will be a repeat client in the future!

CBS Radio called us to provide concert production services for several events in 2015 including the Mudbug Bash and Sausage Fest (both held at Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas) as well as support for a live event at Panther Island Pavilion in Ft Worth. We were also asked to provide concert production services at Fair Park in Dallas and a Christmas event at Farmers Market in Dallas.

Full Production Christmas event at Dallas Farmers Market for CBS Radio

CBS Radio Christmas event at Dallas Farmers Market

CBS Radio maintains several radio stations in the Dallas market and each radio station plays a part in the production and sponsorship of each live event.  As a result, every event for CBS Radio is completely unique.  Our logistics team makes sure that all the audio rentals, staging rentals, lighting rentals and video rentals arrives on schedule and our operators and stagehands provide the necessary skills to make sure the talent and audience has a great time.

Ask Us a Question today and find out why In Depth Events has one of the highest rates of repeat business in the industry.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

 

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Live Event Production Services for Sports Marketing Firm Game Seven Marketing

Game Seven Marketing and the founders of In Depth Events began our business relationship back in 2013, doing a marketing event at the Galleria Mall in Houston. This four day event during the 2013 NBA All Star Jam was one of the incredibly successful sports marketing events that launched a mutually beneficial relationship between the two companies that has endured through dozens of events.

Image of Game Seven Marketing at Seven Penn SquareSince then, we have provided audio, lighting, video, staging and décor rentals for all types of sport related live events for Game Seven Marketing and their clients’ brands. In 2014, we handled events in New Orleans and Oklahoma City and 2015 saw us in Fort Worth, Dallas and back to OKC.

Our most recent event was an interview format event with a live audience. Marketed to an exclusive audience, this event was held in the Penn Square mall at a chain store. Not only was the audience engaged by the celebrity guest, they were also engaged by branded product on the shelves and featured on the video screens. At this event, we provided full turn key production services including audio, staging, video; and even chairs, pipe and drape and tensa-barriers.

In Depth Events is proud to call Game Seven Marketing a loyal client. Ask Us a Question today and find out how we can promote your clients brand!

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ETZEL Agency Truss and Gateways for NCAA Football Championships 2015

Anyone who follows college football knows about the NCAA’s decision to create a national college football playoff. That first playoff happened at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, TX in 2015.  In this historic event, Ohio State defeated Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.

There were more players at this event than the ones on the field, however.  The ETZEL Agency was in full force, one of the most recognized sports marketing firms in the world.  The City of Arlington staff were everywhere making sure that attendees were safe and having a good time.  And, of course, our staff were there providing sporting event production services for the very first NCAA Championship Tailgate Party!

For this show, our staff provided a list of live sporting event production services. Attendees at both entrances were first greeted by our three-dimensional gateway towers, complete with lighting and custom signage. The Postano social media tower was a three-sided video wall that projected sponsor and event information. Our staff custom designed a 20 foot tall ballast and vertical truss structure for signage in twelve locations over the entire site. Our staff also provided a laundry list of staging and scaffolding structures, including a stage thrust, camera platforms and spot platforms for the main stage performance area.

ETZEL Agency T-shaped-runwayAs always, our first priority is safety. When the City of Arlington required each vendor to have individual permits for every structure, the staff promptly provided the engineer drawings needed. As a Certified Building Contractor with the City of Arlington, we were able to get the permits and inspections taken care of before most of the other vendors. And In Depth Events was the first vendor to receive green tags on inspection day!

Entry Gantry at College Football Championship Tailgate EventThe day of the event was overcast and cold. But that didn’t stop the fans from attending the inaugural Championship Tailgate party and, of course, the game itself! we were proud to be a part of NCAA history and we look forward to working with our new friends and colleagues at ETZEL in the future.

postono social media and video towerThe staff at In Depth Events has a long history of providing live sporting event production services for sports marketing firms like ETZEL. You can see our page devoted to sports marketing firms here. If you are interested in finding out how In Depth Events can provide production services for your sports marketing firm, then Ask a Question of our sports marketing events experts. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

 

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Glow Parties, Neon Parties and Black Light Parties – An Event Planners Guide

At In Depth Events, we provide large scale glow party events for corporate clients, outdoor glow runs, college events and other large events with high numbers of attendees.  We work with event planners and organizers from all over the country to provide events for thousands of people.  This blog post is designed for this level of event.

If, however, you are putting on a glow party for a sweet sixteen birthday party, your personal Halloween party or a backyard party for your favorite 50 people – we respectfully suggest you go to Cool Glow and order for your specific needs.  They have an amazing selection of glow stuff for smaller, private events.

So, what is a Glow Party, anyway?

Glow Parties, Neon Parties and Black Light Parties can be indoor black tie corporate parties or they can be nighttime outdoor festivals. But the main thing that unites them all is FUN!  Whether it’s an outdoor fun run, a Neon New Year’s party or a college party, Glow Parties are a great way to have a memorable, exciting event.  There are three different types of products that are used for all Glow Parties:

1 – UV lighting.  Black Light lighting rentals, also called Ultra Violet lighting, are necessary for a glow party.  Using UV lighting allows UV reactive clothing, paints or other items to glow.  Although it’s nice to have specific items purchased for their ability to glow, you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you normally carry around, interact with or wear will glow under UV.  There are even several bar items that will glow under black Light without special treatment!  The major manufacturers of conventional UV lighting are Wildfire and Altman – and, of course, there are LED products from large scale to small flashlights that project UV.

2 – LED battery powered items.  It’s hard to remember a time where LED lighting wasn’t in everything – from the flash on your phone, to lights in your car dash, to security lighting – and party items!  You can buy battery operated LED’s in almost any shape or size.  There are wigs with LED lighting woven in them, clothing, as well as buttons, teeth, ice cubes and even furniture.  More formal corporate events can use LED bars, set pieces and DJ booths.  Many events use LED Dance Floors as the centerpiece of the party.  Since LEDs provide visible light, they are used in conjunction with UV lighting to create vibrant, saturated colors.

3 – Chemical glowing items.  These are the glow sticks that you ‘break’ to activate the glowing liquid inside.  These plastic tubes are filled with two non-toxic chemicals.  What you bend the plastic, a thin tube of glass inside the plastic tube breaks, mixing two chemicals that provide glowing light for 2-4 hours.  You can find these most often in necklaces, bracelets and, of course, glow sticks.  They are great as fun, inexpensive giveaways at outdoor and indoor parties.

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Production rentals for large scale Glow Party Events

As you may remember from your college dorm – Black Lights don’t produce visible light.  As a result, you need a combination of UV lighting, LED lighting, and theatrical lighting rentals to provide the perfect glow party.  Wall washes work well, but why stop there?  Moving light rentals, LED Dance Floors, gobo projection – even special effects like confetti and cryo bring a Glow Party together for your attendees!

It’s incredibly important to find the right vendor for your Glow Party Events.  Whether it’s a thousand people in a hotel ballroom, ten thousand college students in an auditorium or twenty thousand people at a 5K fun run, you need a vendor with specific experience in Glow Party events rentals.  Not only will an experienced vendor have the rental UV lighting fixtures, special effects equipment and rigging equipment in their rental inventory, they will also have the knowledge and experience for rigging in indoor environments, working with fire marshals to provide engineered drawings and working with electrical power necessary for both indoor and outdoor Glow events.

The right vendor will be able to provide pictures of previous events – and pictures of more than one event!  Check references of both clients AND vendors.  Finally, get a Certificate of Insurance.  A reputable vendor will have no problem providing a CoI to your organization and your selected venue.

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The Shameless Sales Plug

The staff at In Depth Events has been involved with Glow Party events and Black Light production rentals for several years.  We are one of a handful of companies that provide large scale UV for all types of events.  You can visit parts of our site that deals with production rentals for Glow Parties – from Glow Party Experts to our All-Inclusive College Glow Parties. Make sure to visit our LED Dance Floor pages – once there, you can even get an instant rental quote!

Once you’ve checked us out, then make sure to Ask Us a Question about your upcoming event.  Our experts will work within your budget and vision to make sure your Glow Party Events are incredible for your attendees.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!


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Selecting the Best Production Vendor for your Holiday Concert – An Event Planners Guide

There are plenty of blog posts you can find that will talk about china selection at a small, private, home-based Holiday gathering.  You’ll find page after page talking about how to make your own centerpieces.  I’m sure there are entire databases dedicated to the perfect napkin ring complement to your curtains and how they match your Holiday scarf.  This is NOT that type of blog.

We are NOT talking about Holiday Decor here – we need Concert Production Services!

Large, ambitious Holiday events with thousands of attendees need live holiday concert event production services and rentals to get the party off the ground.  Maybe you are a casino doing a Neon New Years event, or possibly a municipality having a Christmas Tree lighting festival.  You could be organizing a Holiday themed 5K run, a corporate Christmas Party or a college Holiday party. Whatever your Holiday responsibilities, you are going to have to find a vendor to provide staging rentals, professional audio rentals and concert lighting rentals – quick!  Depending on the party, you might also need Christmas lighting rentals, special effects such as confetti or lasers or even an LED Dance Floor!  Whether you have a 20 piece swing band, a rock and roll cover act, or just a DJ – you need to make sure that all your production needs are covered for your event by choosing the best live event production rentals vendor possible.

Each Holiday event is unique, but the steps in vendor selection are largely the same for all these types of events.  First rule – take the time to research and select the right holiday concert event production vendors!  Finding your choice vendors will make you the Holiday hero.  The wrong vendors can turn your event into a real Nightmare before Christmas.  Never fear!  We’re here to give you a few pointers to find the perfect vendors for production rentals for your Holiday event – and along the way, maybe a few pointers for your other vendor needs as well.

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Selecting a Holiday concert event production vendor for large scale events

Step One – Recognize you are in a different league.  The simple fact of the matter is that once you get past the 1,000 attendee mark, the whole game changes.  At 5,000 people, it changes again, and at 10,000 people, it’s a REAL party!  You need to have professional audio and lighting services that fit your crowd size, and your expected number of attendees.  Many times, this will necessitate bringing in additional power to handle the needs of the equipment, especially in outdoor environments.  In some venues, it may be advantageous to ‘rig’ equipment; that is, hang it from ceiling supports to increase the look and feel of the space and the equipment.

The successful concert production services vendor will have experience in producing events relative to the amount of attendees you are expecting.  If rigging is an option, choose a production vendor with rigging experience.  Understand the venue you have selected may require insurance information from the concert production vendor – this is something a reputable vendor will be happy to provide.  Likewise, a reputable concert production vendor will be happy to supply the power needs and requirements they have for their own equipment.

Step Two – Go with your instincts!  Did the vendor listen to your needs on the phone?  Did they ask questions and pay attention to your responses?  Did they offer to do a site survey?  Did they offer to provide you pictures of past events?  In many cases, you want (and NEED!) a vendor who you are comfortable with.  You’re not hiring a plumber here!

A good relationship between you and your vendor is key.  Meet the potential vendor on site and perform a site survey with them.  Asking for both customer AND vendor references is perfectly OK – in fact, a reputable vendor will welcome your request.  A reputable vendor will be happy to provide photos of recent events.  You should always take the time to check references with any vendor, but especially when choosing a concert production vendor.  Obviously, avoid vendors who are condescending or rude.

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Step Three – Ask your concert production services vendor for design advice.  This is an often overlooked step that can really help you select the best concert production vendor possible.  During the site survey, ask the vendor what other services they may be able to provide that will bring your party to the next level.  A good vendor will be happy to brainstorm with you on design ideas.  After all, they do hundreds of events per year – they might just have some ideas that will be great for your event!

A good holiday concert event production vendor can help with design.  The best production services vendor will be evaluating the venue during the site survey for potential roadblocks as well as design ideas.  Look for concert production vendors that are knowledgeable with fire codes and building codes. The best way to do this is to ask if they are Certified Building Contractors with any municipalities.  Your vendor should be also able to help you with ideas for crowd movement and making sure your attendees are safe during your event.

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The Shameless Sales Pitch

The staff at In Depth Events has provided holiday concert event production services and rentals for hundreds of large scale Holiday events – from huge corporate Christmas parties, to Neon New Years events for casinos, and everything in between.  In our regular season, we’ve provided live event rentals for thousands of events of all shapes and sizes.  We’ve also got some great production services that are ready for your guests, including the largest LED Dance Floor in the nation, as well as being one of the most experienced Glow Party Experts in the world.  Our clients rely on our production experience – shouldn’t you?  Make sure and Ask Us a Question to see how we can help with your next Holiday event.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!


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Swimming Pool Covers – An Event Planners Guide

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Create an amazing look and maximize event space!

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A stunning clear acrylic pool cover at a private event

In the production world, swimming pool covers are used as temporary flooring for a live event.  There are a lot of options available to the event planner when it comes to the rental and installation of swimming pool covers. But first, let’s talk about some scenarios where a swimming pool cover might be used:

  • A marketing firm or DMC may rent the pool deck at a hotel for an evening, open-air cocktail hour.  The client doesn’t want a ‘swim party’ atmosphere; rather, a semi-formal sophisticated gathering is the goal.  By covering the swimming pool with flooring, additional space is made available for cocktail rounds and seating.
  • At home wedding receptions can benefit from pool covers as well.  Many times, the bride’s family will have a pool cover installed when the reception is to take place in the home.  Not only does a rental pool cover allow additional space for guests, it also keeps younger guests from exploring (and possibly, falling in to) the edges of the pool.
  • Corporate clients as well as family clients can both benefit from using swimming pool covers as dance floors.  Imagine an effect where your guests appear to be dancing on the surface of the pool and you’ll see why a see-through acrylic pool cover provides your guests with a truly unique experience.

The three types of flooring available for rental swimming pool covers.

Swimming pool covers can be customized by changing the actual surface of the flooring.  Below you’ll find the surface options available for swimming pool covers.

Wood Surface – most wood topped swimming pool covers have a black surface, although vendors can provide a white wood surface or other color to client specifications.  This is the most cost effective option for rental swimming pool covers.

Frosted Acrylic Surface – this surface consists of a semi-opaque acrylic.  It allows light to project up from the pool to the floor itself.  This surface is best suited for cocktail and casual atmospheres.

Clear Acrylic Surface – this flooring type is used in black tie and elegant events.  The surface is completely clear, allowing guests to be able to see through the floor into the pool.

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This clear acrylic swimming pool cover was used at the grand opening of a hotel.

NEW – Flush Mount pool cover rentals – With the previous three types of surfaces, pool covers had to built up over the surface of the swimming pool which creates a “step up” onto the floor.  No more!  In Depth Events can now provide a flush mount swimming pool cover. This means that the swimming pool cover is inset in the pool and custom made to be at the same height of the pool surround.  Take a look at this blog post for Flush Mount Pool Covers to see how a custom pool cover might benefit your event!

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At In Depth Events, we are swimming pool cover experts with experience doing LOTS of them all over the United States!  In addition to providing wood or acrylic swimming pool covers, we can also provide the decor lighting, audio needs and other production elements your clients demand.  Make sure and Ask Us a Question about how a swimming pool cover can add to your next event. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you!