October 1, 15, 22 2015
Pearson Airport Toronto, Trudeau Airport Montreal, Railroad Station Vancouver
What was the client asking from you when they first called you?
As BMW started developing concepts for a VIP/invite only car launch, they turned to Pure Av for audio visual support. Their goal was to showcase a brand new 7 Series along with a few teleprompt speeches. The main reveal had to include a kabuki drop along with an intricate lighting show. Video wise, the show was not overly complicated. However, the execution had to be on point while the presentation took place. Every word had to relate to a specific slide or video!
What is some background information on the client and the field they work in?
The BMW 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan produced by the German automaker BMW since 1977. The 7 Series hails as the flagship sedan of the BMW lineup. It has been given a total overhaul, which includes fresh stylings that deserved a proper audio visual reveal in 3 major Canadian cities.
How large was the audience?
The largest audience was in Toronto, as it topped out at 350 guests. The average in Montreal and Vancouver was approximately 250 people. Needless to say it was a rather intimate car launch.
What was the client’s intent from this show?
As one of the most recognizable car manufacturers in the world, BMW staff was not looking to overwhelm its VIPs with lots of audio visual goodness. Instead, they were seeking a simpler more elegant look. Lights had to be a soft/warm white. Moving heads needed to do a smooth ceiling wash; slow and steady with minimal colour change. Uplights on the walls had to be warm white and perfectly spaced out. All of these are small details that are essential when debuting one of the most reputable car brand’s top tier vehicle. This type of precision separates BMW from its competitors; in the client’s eyes, audio visual precision had to live up to the same standard. We certainly delivered!
How did you come up with recommendations for the services they need?
Given how specific BMW’s request came in, our gear choices were instantly narrowed down to very specific gear to get this job done. Quick summary of how you put together the show at the venue/space given. The biggest challenge was definitely rigging and spacing. Airplane and train hangars serve their purpose, however, we were coming into three drastically different venues that were not meant for audio visual production. Another big challenge was lighting because the in house fluorescent fixtures were too bright for an intimate environment. As a result, we had to develop lighting sequences/ceiling wash patterns that would create an intimate atmosphere, without any dark areas.
Did you run into any complications/ how did you solve them?
As mentioned, every venue is different meaning on site changes had to happen upon arrival. We travelled with top notch riggers to ensure the safety of all the guests. Moreover, we were improvising with different “bridal” options to keep our stage and car reveal centered to the venue. There is an art to this type of work and our riggers certainly mastered it!
Was the audience engaged/ how did they interact?
Our goal was to create a lighting environment that put focus on the cars and their smallest details while at the same time creating an inviting feeling . After the presentation, VIP clients got to go on stage and try all the 7 series’ new features. Definitely a nice treat for those in attendance.
- 8 x JBL 4887 Vertec Line Array
- 4 x JBL SRX 728 Subwoofer
- 4 x Lab Gruppen PLM 10 000Q Amplifier
- 1 x Soundcraft SI Expression 1 Mixer
- 2 x Shure ULX-P Microphone
- 2 x Shure ULX-P Countryman
- 1 x Shure UA DA
- 2 x Shure UA DA Paddle
- 6 x Chainmaster 1T Motor
- 6 x CM ½ Chainfall
- 8 x 16″ Black Truss 8′
- 6 x 12″ Black Truss 8′
- 20 x 12″ Black Truss 8′
- 4 x 12″ Silver Truss Corner 6-Way
- 1 x Christie Roadster HD20-J
- 1 x 1.7-2.1 Christie Roadster Lens
- 1 x Roland XS84 Matrix Switcher
- 1 x Theatrixx HD SDI to HDMI Converter
- 1 x Macbook Pro w/Playback Pro
- 1 x Dell Latitude w/Microsoft Office
- 2 x Teleprompt Screens
- 29 x 4′ x 8′ Stage Deck
- 12 x 3′- 5′ X-Frame
- 20 x 2ft Stage Leg
- 8 x 3′ x 12′ Stage Skirt
- 2 x Aluminum Stairs
- Special Effects
- 40 x Kabuki Drop Mechanism
- 1 x Kabuki Drape
- 8 x Martin MAC 575
- 10 x Martin MAC 250
- 2 x 6 Parcan Rack
- 12 x ETC Source 4 Parcan
- 12 x ETC Source 4 Leko
- 40 x Microh QUAD 12 Parcan
- 52 x Microh LED Chameleon V2
- 1 x Grand MA PC