Monday, August 22, 2011

You Talkin' To Me?

Thirty-five years after Robert DeNiro delivered those now famous words in Taxi Driver, he is filming a movie with a star studded cast - "The Wedding" which is scheduled for release in October 2012.  The movie is being shot at a number of locations in the Greenwich, CT area and we at Stamford Tent have been chosen to be part of this upcoming film. 

We've been cast in the role of "Wedding Tent".

In addition to us and Mr. DeNiro, the rest of the cast includes Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl who happens to be from New Canaan, CT and Topher Grace, a resident of Darien, CT.  De Niro and Keaton play a divorced couple who pretend to still be married for the wedding of their adopted son.  To round out the CT contigent, the Director Justin Zackham and Producer Clay Pecorin both graduated from Greenwich High School. 

To prepare for our future Oscar winning role, we constructed a leveled plywood subfloor to some 8 feet tall at its highest point.  Not your typical sub floor since cameras were being rolled up and down the floor, even the slightest infinitesimal movement which would never be noticeable to a person walking on the floor, would equal a slightly shaky Robert, Diane and Susan on the big screen.  You could now feel comfortable performing laser surgery on that floor, if you were so inclined. 

On top of the floor we have installed a 33'x81' Spinnaker Tent, from our series of sailcloth tents.  A very exciting project to be a part of and we can't wait to see it on the big screen!

Below are a few photos of the installation in process, but unfortunately we'll all have to wait to see the finished product in the theatres.  There is also a photo of Bobby (as I now refer to him since we're all Hollywood types) as he exited a restaurant in Greenwich after filming a scene.  Click any photo for a larger version.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Boogie Wonderland

Earth, Wind & Fire performed in Connecticut earlier this month and we were contracted to build the stage and green rooms for their performance.  Unfortunately we weren't able to take live shots of the actual concert but I'd like to share the structure itself.  It's a naked (so to speak) 15m x 15m clearspan structure and simple 9'x40' canopies on either side with picket fence.

The fully leveled plywood sub floor is over 10' at its highest point and had to be leveled from both sides (length and width) which is somewhat complex, but our guys run into this on very regular basis.

On a separate note, although Earth, Wind & Fire has been performing for what seemingly is forever, their music is timeless!