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What do you do?

What does that mean?

What about the paperwork?

Do you travel?

Do you operate via e-mail?

What is your cost structure?

Why hire Scenery Concepts?


What do you do?

  • We manage the process of actualizing custom scenic environments for Broadcast, Special Events, and Corporate Installations.

What does that mean?

  • Every project or production is unique, but they all share the common elements of Design, Fabrication, and Installation. We facilitate all three aspects of the process, whether by creating a team to develop a project, or by consulting with designers and fabricators on an existing project. We work with the fabricators during production, often at their facility, and then follow-up at the jobsite to supervise the load-in or load-out.  We manage schedules and deadlines, track budgets, do site surveys, and brainstorm creative solutions to bring jobs to completion within deadline.

What about the paperwork?

  • Keeping track of time and budget is a large part of any job, and that means paperwork. We will closely monitor your project through the following: Gantt charts; value, time, and personnel management reports; vendor, material, venue, and crew scheduling; bid drawings; contract reviews; budget, invoice, and contractor tracking; and workflow reports. We are fluent in Microsoft and Macintosh office suite programs.

    Drawing review is also crucial to a successful project. We read architects’ and designers’ plans, and the construction and shop drawings created from them. It is easier, and much less expensive, to change an element on paper than it is after fabrication. We help with value engineering that is needed to maintain budgetary constraints. In the field, we create sketches in order to solve challenges requiring immediate solutions.

Do you travel?

  • Yes.  Our work requires travel to venues, to jobsites, and to designers' and fabricators' facilities.  We travel nationally and internationally, often on short notice.

Do you operate via e-mail?

  • Yes. The computer is an important asset. Planning and communication are always needed before, during, and after a project.  Laptops and Blackberrys allow us to stay in close touch with all teams involved, and to respond to questions immediately.

What is your cost structure?

  • We tailor day rates and hourly rates to the needs of the project.  Flat rates are also available for some aspects of pre-production.

Why hire Scenery Concepts? Just listen to what our clients say:

  • "Her crew interaction is excellent. She is not intimidated or overwhelmed by large scale productions. In her short time on the ground in Russia, as dictated by the contract, she made a huge, beneficial difference in the Eurovision set being installed as per my design" John Casey –i.e. Design Events

  • "She understands that the intent to provide value to the client must be realized through the design.  She is a hybrid character – able to bridge between scenic trades, straight trades, corporate managements, corporate systems of supply, and engineering teams.  All the different vendors that must come together to create one composite whole." Erik Ulfers –Clickspring Design.

  • "She works with the crews (rather than they work for her).  She gets the most out of their working experience. That’s the key component; she has been in their place and knows what a crew needs to feel valued. She makes the deadlines.  Her whole career has been about making the deadlines." David Boyce- Boyce Products

  • "She has worked with large and small projects, and brought both in on time and on budget.  In creating a production team, Sylvia would be one of my first choices after the Director – because I know she will think of things that he won’t!" Craig McMahon - Manning Entertainment

 

Who took those photographs?

  • Inauguration photographs by Mike Busada, Mike B Photography,
    Washington, D.C.

  • American Morning; Paula Zahn; Anderson Cooper; Brown Forman; and Fox Report photographs by Raeford Dwyer, Raeford Dwyer Photography,
    New York, NY.

  • NBA on TNT photograph by Wolf Hul, Jack Morton Worldwide,
    Robbinsville, NJ.

  • CNN Anchor set photograph by Craig McMahon, Manning Entertainment,
    Atlanta, GA.

  • American Capital; Highline Park photographs by David Boyce, Boyce Products,
    New York, NY.

  • Scenery Concepts took all remaining photographs in-house.

 

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