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Six Ways with Flats

 

Have you ever thought about the event equipment behind media walls, many stage backdrops or simple room dividers?

We are talking about the humble, but extremely adaptable, flat or ‘temporary wall’. They’re an important part of stage craft and event production. They consist of a wooden frame that is usually covered in fabric, paint, or digital print. Customisable to suit any theme or size, flats are highly versatile with a myriad of uses. Don’t forget, it is essential that your supplier works with you to determine the best way of stabilising flats to ensure they are installed safely.

Our experienced event production team have shared some of the ways they have used flats on their client events.

1. Media walls 

Media walls set the scene for a red-carpet event, providing a perfect background for VIP and guest photos as they arrive.

Flats wrapped with printed vinyl create the ideal background to ensure picture perfect photo opportunities and prominent brand exposure.

2. Stage backdrop

Frame a stage using flats; use them along the back of the stage to create a backdrop that can be decorated and customised or left blank and projected onto.

Creating the backdrop can also hide anything behind the stage area that might detract from the show.

3. Flats as fascia around stages  

We all want a professional smooth stage fascia, however some elements of a stage build, such as the use of screw jacks can make a smooth fascia impossible. The use of flats as a hard fascia around stages can cover a multitude of sins.

Flats as fascia around stages are also particularly useful for very high stages or outdoor stages that need to withstand the elements and wind.

If using flats as a fascia around stages, they can serve a double purpose!  As well as the fascia, by using flats that extend above the height of the stage, you can create a control surround.

4. Artistic stages

The creative use of flats can deliver a set design that has impact and impresses your audience.

You can use flats in different shapes and sizes, position them on a stage to create depth, use flats with cut outs for dramatic lighting effects, or decorate them with scenic art – the possibilities are only limited by imagination – and budget! 

5. Room screens/divides/temporary walls

Flats can provide a flexible solution to change the floorplan of a room or event space. Use flats to create room screens, divide a space into different sections, or change the size of a room so it’s more appropriate for your audience size.

6. Display walls 

Flats are a great way to add additional temporary display walls to any event. Whether it’s for a special collection at an art gallery or museum, for a school art exhibition, or the display of poster abstracts and content at a conference, flats are a flexible, cost-effective temporary solution.

 

Staging Rentals & Construction has a wide range of rental flats available for your event, or if you’d like to create something unique our construction workshop is ready and waiting to build it!

Meri Took discussed the new client, creativity, and all things events industry with micenet

Micenet Meri Took Article Oct 2018

CH, CH, CHANGES. EVENT SECTOR CHANGES AFOOT

Fresh from a break at the helm of Staging Rentals & Construction (SRC), Meri Took has burst back into events, seeing plenty of changes to the sector since his return. And they’re not all what they are cracked up to be.

As I take a seat opposite Meri Took in his Alexandria office, a cup of tea on the table for me, he’s looking at photographs of white feathers and gold leather on his computer and quietly chuckling to himself…

 

Read the whole frank and fun conversation, click here.

 

7 things event managers need to know before commissioning a stage

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Customised stage created for client – Staging Dimensions

You’re having an event, and you need a stage to host your people, your entertainment, award winners or the DJ – easy right? Like every aspect of event production, there are tricks to the trade for getting the stage right. To save you time, we’ve collated the top 7 things you need to know before you pick up the phone to a staging company. These tips will get you the right stage for your event.

1. Pinpoint centre stage
It sounds obvious, but the placement of your stage will dramatically impact the success of your event. A staging company needs to know the venue, and where you think the stage should go. A scaled plan of the room, with the proposed location of the stage is a great starting point! A good supplier can walk you through the options available to you. They will also need information about loading dock access, lift access and other venue-specific operational challenges.

2. When does your stage arrive?
Your event start and finish times will be a given, but a staging company also needs to know when other suppliers such as AV, lighting, décor and catering are setting up in the room. A well thought out production schedule will be invaluable at this point (hint: make sure your rigging and lighting is in the air before stage installation). With this information at hand, your staging company can work out optimum ‘bump-in’ and ‘bump-out’ times. Some venues will allow you to bump the stage out the day after your event with no extra charge. This could save you out-of-hours labour rates.

3. What does your stage need to do?
It is important that your stage can accommodate your event needs safely and with style. Let your staging company know exactly what you intend to do on the stage. How do people get on and off the stage? Will you need handrails? Will you need wheelchair access? All these considerations should be made so that your staging company can help you determine the best shape, size and finish. If you aren’t sure about what you need, ask them. They’ve built loads!

4. What look are you after?
Not all stages are made equal, there are several flooring options available. Dancers? They’ll need something with a bounce. Musicians like the feel of carpet underfoot. Showtime may be shiny. Think about colour and texture. What type of skirting or fascia would you like to see around the stage? Or you may prefer a stripped back industrial look. When commissioning a stage, consider how it will look from all angles. Your staging company should be able to provide you with a virtual 3D-drawing of the proposed stage.

5. Size and shape matters – a lot
Stage pieces come in all shapes and sizes, so knowing the basic sizes of staging platforms can help you plan and design your event. A rectangular deck is the most common building block of any stage. The standard deck is 1.2m wide x 2.4m deep and 185mm high with no legs. However, specialist staging companies also provide decks in circles (semi-circles), squares, triangles and narrower rectangles – allowing a huge array of options. Ask your staging company what they have available and have fun playing with the pieces.

6. How much will that be?
Are you after the wow factor, or is functionality the name of the game? What does your budget allow? The costs associated with staging include; rental of the equipment, labour to install and dismantle and freight. If you’re going with custom options, such as floors or fascia, this will be priced separately. It is best to be open about your budget, as a good staging company will know how to deliver a smart looking stage cost-effectively.

7. Meet on site and get it right
It is always best to do a site inspection with a tape or laser measure, a camera and a scaled floor plan. Being in the space can tell you so many things that a venue brochure can’t. Always take photos that you can attach to briefs, so others can see for themselves. It’s recommended (where possible) to do a site inspection to get the outcome you’re after. You only get one shot at it.

Staging Rentals & Construction are staging experts. Our flagship product AllySTAGE is the strongest platform staging product available. Request a quote or find out more at mail@stagingrentals.com.au

Staging Rentals & Construction (SRC) marks 25 years in the industry

This month, Staging Rentals & Construction (SRC) is celebrating its 25th year in business as a supplier of event equipment and construction to the events industry.

David Comer, Managing Director of SRC, who has worked at the company for 17 years, said this important milestone is not only an opportune chance to take stock of the company’s past, but also to focus on ensuring the company’s viability and continuing success for the future.

“For more than 25 years we’ve been at the forefront of the many changes that have occurred in the events industry; to do this, we’ve had to continually evolve and adapt to the environment around us and stay ahead of our competitors in terms of services provided.

“I believe our willingness and ability to stretch our capabilities, when our clients have needed it, has been the true key to our success. We’re always up for a challenge and have the know-how and the fire-power to deliver,” said Mr Comer.

Meri Took, Founder of SRC, said he is proud of the company’s legacy, but more so of the company’s drive and ambition for the future.

“The team don’t spend much time focusing on what has been; they spend a lot of effort working out how they can do things better, what new products they can offer and how they can constantly make customers’ events more memorable,” said Mr Took.

“I think it is our constant focus on looking ahead together, with our dedicated team across the country, that makes all the difference,” concluded Mr Comer.

Hundreds of kilometres of drapes later, and with more than 10,000 events successfully rolled out, there is no sign SRC is slowing down.

Just recently, off the back of the successful build of Nefertiti’s head for Aida, SRC has been appointed as the set builders of the exciting 2016 season of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, which will see another major construction project completed.

SRC is 25 years old!