When your worlds collide… Kyle had the fortunate pleasure of helping to debut the 2018 Calgary Stampede poster on a very large scale. There was an idea floating around about projecting the new poster on the side of the Saddledome, following the unveiling at a Calgary Flames hockey game. Kyle, entertainment manager for the Calgary Stampede, caught wind and quickly learned his colleagues had determined it was too expensive, and logistically challenging. Thats when the OTB Company volunteered to bring this idea to life.
With the support of PSAV with projectors, Kyle got to work developing the project. Collecting content he sat atop the agriculture building in mid November swiftly mapping the visuals to the enormous west side of the Saddledome. It was a bitterly cold night, he sat wrapped in blankets with a small heater aimed at his keyboard. With the a hot coffee in hand and the game streaming from the radio he lit up the side of an arena to the surprise of 19,000 Calgarians exiting the building.
It was a proud moment for Kyle as a citizen of Calgary, to bring this to life when to so many it seemed impossible to achieve. That is the OTB way, our tenacity to find a way to pull it all together no matter the circumstances.
“Our sponsor is a building supply company. Can we add something fun as a sponsor recognition display at our luncheon?”
Sure! how would we do something that captures the essence of the building supplies, showcases the brand, on a scale large enough to make an impact in such a large room. Easy! giant blocks. We used 500lbs of Everblock to spell out the brand 4 feet tall in their blue colours and finished it with a half built model house facade.
It was a really fun display which created a great photo op, a sense of arrival and absolutley “added something fun as a sponsor recognition display at the luncheon”
April 2017 we were invited to showcase our talent at an industry dinner for Calgary’s event community. The initial idea was to map the tables in some configuration… But how we were not sure. The venue had its limitations, ceiling height, ambient light etc… But we love those circumstances, a test of our OTB ability.
The theme of the evening was a meal across Canada, with each course themed to a region of our great nation. We assembled a series of loops which captured the essence of each region coast to coast. The day of the event we had to retool a little content and simplify our plan for projecting. We observed the impressive gloss finish on the dining table provided, the light of the projector had a unique glow about it. Rather than spanning the table edge to edge, we saw an opportunity to frame out the content and create an illusion. The final display looked as though the tables themselves had monitors or tablet displays built right in. A fun twist we didn’t see coming when we started the project, but a delightful outcome.
We most enjoyed the collaboration for this event, an entire cast of industry experts donating time and services to create an experience for the people that create experiences.
Digital signage solution. With a week to go until opening day and the debut of The Big Four Roadhouse at the 2018 Calgary Stampede, the new cookhouse was challenged as to what to do for a menu board. The building had a series of white sound baffle panels spread across all of the walls; including right above the cookhouse. Unable to removes these panels or to decal them to preserve their integrity they needed an Outside The Box idea… We took one look and all we could see were 8 panels of digital signage!
We conducted a test with a ground placed 2500 lumen projector, it worked! So we got to work. We quickly produced portrait video content, dividing the panel in 4 parts. Part 1 centre out static menus, part 2 rotating video displays which included alternating food network and sponsor logo recognition, part 3 a static Calgary Stampede music themed graphic.
The result, a brightly illuminated, functional display which added a sense of atmosphere. No alterations to the structure, and the sound baffle maintained its integrity.
Awe yes, this was a fun gig. Our long running client WRLA had asked if we could bring to life elements of the 80’s and work in Back to the Future. As B2F enthusiast this was a dream come true!
This image is among the many displays we developed for the 2 days of events, here you see the entry treatment as you arrived at the trade show. A photo opportunity leveraging a delorian time machine mock up, a large scale foam logo display and an anaglyphic 3D banner. Yes, old school 3D glasses were provided, complete with sponsor logo printed on the side.
We had used anaglyphic 3D images throughout the event as backdrops to bars, stages, and even the buffet menu cards. The addition of authentic hover board centre pieces at the gala dinner and a replica clock tower facade as the backdrop to the final night party band tied it all together.
Simple, subtle entry treatment for the Fall Funtasia fundraiser benefiting Foothills Academy. Our annual participation in this event is near and dear to our heart. Kyle grew up labeled “learning disabled”, “ADHD” etc… Often criticized for his overly creative imagination and lack of academic skill. Foothills Academy is a school for just such minds, and they have turned out some amazing graduates through specialized curriculum.
When it comes to fundraising the budgets for decor are often slim, and that makes sense. We enjoy truly being OTB thinkers when it comes to creating a sense of atmosphere without taking dollars away from the cause. This display consists of 2 panels of recycled material chloroplast, printed with fall textures and illuminated with our pixel bars. All rigged up with binder hooks on exhibit truss.
How to do Steam Punk on a dime… We had a request to provide a Steam Punk theme for small gala dinner in a ball room, stretching the budget with a few clever ideas.
The room itself had some brass treatments, dark paneling on the walls and a a sort of copper tone within the carpet. We decided to produce a few motion based partitions to close in the space and add simple Steam Punk inspired lamps as accents to bars, food stations and entrances.
This image showcases one of our gear walls, a hard coated foam wall painted out to appear as rusted iron, 2 rotating motors where imbedded in the wall to affix large scale gears, which rotated through out the event. Capped off with two faux brass pipes with copper finishings. You’re also seeing a pair of custom lamps, using light weight, configurable vacuuflow piping we had painted out to look like copper pipe and fittings. In all we had 8 styles of pipe lamps for the event, each containing a different style of coil light bulbs.
This project logged a lot of hours in the shop, doing what we love doing, creating artistic displays!
More 80’s anaglyphic! We enjoyed these and still have them around the shop. Our giant anaglyphic 3D glasses chandeliers. These were just pure fun and silly. Simple, cost effective, light weight and easy to install these chandeliers in all there cheesiness brought about many smiles.
Another Fall Funtasia piece! You can’t spell Funtasia without FUN, for this particular year we basically added a forest of neon trees to the ballroom. Collecting dead tree branches that had fallen across Emily’s parents farm, we set out to mount them to bases and began to coat them in a variety of neon tones. Not much more to say than, FUN!