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Create Amazingly Realistic Scenery with Vacuform Panels and Paint!

How do you quickly & easily create the illusion of a New York City street scene in the middle of a Caribbean Island? Film Director Francis Disla did it for the movie, Un Lio En Dolares, filmed in the Dominican Republic. 

Disla enlisted the support of Designers Angel Muniz and Sorangel Fersove, as well as Scenic Painter Miguel Hernandez. They knew they could accomplish the task quickly using Vacuform architectural patterns and scenic paint. They chose the Vacuform “Old Brick” pattern, which perfectly captured the look and feel of NYC architecture. Panels were adhered together and then painted the color of NYC apartment building bricks. Each detail was perfectly executed starting from the painting of the brick pattern and ending with the finishing touches of the grocery store and window air conditioners. The scenery looked as though the building had been plucked from the streets of New York City. 

Vacuform Scenic Panels are an easy and cost effective way to create great instant scenery.  Most commonly used in theaters to depict architectural elements on stage, these panels come in over 42 different styles which can be painted to any color. Rose Brand also offers Vacuform that is pre-primed with Rosco’s Off Broadway Deep Red, Payne’s Grey or Burnt Sienna. Panels are made of .030 gauge material making them lightweight yet durable. This material is both waterproof and flame retardant making it a no-nonsense option for any creation you have in mind. 

Vacuform is easy to cut with any utility knife, blade or scissor and can be stapled or glued onto most materials. Panels fit together to form a seamless pattern, which can be painted on using water-based vinyl, oil, lacquer, water-based latex and acrylic paints. You have the ability to replicate materials such as brick, stone, rock, glass, tree bark, shingles and many other decorative elements. Using Vacuform panels is easier, cheaper and less time consuming than using the real materials. The possibilities are endless!

Product: Vacuform – Old Brick C
Un lío en dólares
Estudio Cinematográfico Quitasueño, Haina, Dom Rep
Film Director: Francis Disla
Façade Designers: Angel Muniz, Sorangel Fersobe
Film Designer: Ruben Cordero
Scenic Painter: Miguel Hernandez
Photos By: Sorangel Fersobe, Miguel Hernandez, Jenniffer Calcaño

 

Projected Scenery in Set Design

Rose Brand's First How Did YOU Do it Blog Contest Winner

Rose Brand would like to congratulate our first blog contest winner, David Ayers. David submitted an entry describing how he helped create a set made up almost entirely of projected scenery for the Broadway in Boulder Studios production of “Secret Garden.”  (Directors: Angela Gaylor/David Ayers; Art Direction: David Ayers; Ast. Tech Director: Noah Kloor; Animator/Matte Paint: Andy Gerhding)

Here is how HE did it..

  The set was comprised of three, borderless custom 10.5x14' ROSCO rear projection screens purchased at Rose Brand. One LCD Eiki 6500 lumen projector (powered by a MacPro tower) was dedicated to each screen. The three units were then slaved together in order to produce one large picture (environment) across the three screens. The slaves were controlled by one master tower which could fade the environments in and out to serve as "set" transitions using software called Pro Video Player. The minimal physical set pieces used in the interior shots, helped extend the projected environment further into the space. The gaps between the screens were taken into account, by creating doors or hallways so the actors could have upstage entrances and exits. The following "sets" are a carefully calculated mix of photo real and stylized storybook images created specifically for this production.

The Rose Brand Blog Contest is still accepting entries. You can win by submitting YOUR great projects to Rose Brand's Face Book Page. See contest details in the blog article below!



 

Pallet Casters For Less Than You Can Make Them Yourself.

Rose Brand introduces the Pallet Master Caster, the only mass produced pallet caster on the market.  Each caster moves props and low profile wagons up to a 100 pound capacity. Designed by Rose Brand and Darnell-Rose. At $22, it’s cheaper to buy than make it yourself. See the attached pdf documents for a product diagram and mounting specifications, and go to bit.ly/pallet-caster for more product information or to order. If you have any additional questions please email us at customerservice@rosebrand.com or call  800-223-1624.

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Pallet-Master-Diagram.pdf (85.59 kb)

Pallet-Master-Flush-Mount-Template.pdf (57.59 kb)

Pallet-Master-Mounting-Template.pdf (55.60 kb)

Precision Cut Fabric Enables 3D Scenery & Elaborate Event Décor at an Affordable Cost

Precision Cut Fabric adds enormous interest to any setting by virtue of its texture, pattern, and dimensionality. Depending on how it’s lit, it can also provide dramatic light and dark contrasts.

There are distinct advantages to using Precision Cut Fabric to produce scenic backgrounds with three dimensional feel. It’s quicker, less expensive and easier to work with than hard scenery made from wood and steel tubing; and less labor intensive and time consuming than hand-cutting intricate designs into soft scenery made from drops and drapes.

Time, labor and cost savings derive from Precision Cut Fabric’s computer enabled production process, which uses laser beam technology to cut fabric. The process worked perfectly to create scenic elements for the Boston Ballet as shown below.

Here’s how the process works. More...

How To Choose Your Flame Retardant For Fabrics

Updated: April 2016

One of our priorities at Rose Brand is to help you maintain an appropriate level of soft goods fire safety and to guide you in your choice of fabric products and FR chemicals. Since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation.

We've prepared the following chart that is intended to be a starting point for FR product selection. We've matched some of our most popular fabric substrates with their appropriate FR solution treatment. Just click on the "A" or the "E" to get more information about each FR product.  Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.

Fabric Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

FABRIC

 FF2 

 FF3 

 FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

 MG702 

 RF-NF 

 RF-SF 

 RF-DF 

 RF-WD 

Acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

Burlap

A

A

A

A

E

A

 

 

A

Cotton

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Duvetyn

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Erosion Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Felt (Wool)

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

 

Jute

E

E

A

E

 

E

 

 

A

Linen

E

E

E

A

 

A

A

E

 

Metallic

 

A

A

 

 

 

E

E

 

Muslin (1 side painted)

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

 

 

Muslin (unfinished)

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

 More...

How One Event Designer Got Gotham Glam With A Sensational Digitally Printed Backdrop

When we introduced Matthew David of 360 Design Events LTD. to our digital printing on specialty fabrics, he knew he had found the perfect way to produce his vision for a grand format backdrop at a Lincoln Center gala event. As explained to Matthew, our Lightbox fabric is made to be lit from behind. When the fabric is direct-dye printed and backlit, it produces a brilliantly luminescent effect that’s similar to viewing film on a light box. Having viewed a backlit fabric sample, Matthew said, “I didn’t know you could do that with fabric!”

                      

Comparison of "unlit" sample of digitally printed lightbox fabric (left), vs. "backlit" sample (right).

Matthew utilized the virtues of the fabric perfectly. His brilliant design for the Lincoln Center gala featured a 30’ high x 60’ wide, stylized image of NYC’s iconic skyline and East River. When backlit, the skyline and river appeared to glow from the very lights depicted within the image itself. The effect was simultaneously realistic and fantastical (see skyline image below). More...

How and Where to Get a Really, Really Large Painted Backdrop...Quickly!

 

Oliphant Studio Begins Work on a 20'H x 280'W Custom Painted Backdrop in Rose Brand's Warehouse

Here at Oliphant we paint very large backdrops in a very short time. That is our claim to fame and we take pride in always doing a good job. The actual painting area in our New York City studio is about 20’x 45’ which is pretty small compared to the size and number of drops we produce, but we always figure out how to get the job done. 

So I felt pretty discouraged when production designer Stefan Beckman called during February’s Fashion Week. He was producing the Hermes Launch party and he wanted a 20’x 280’ seamless muslin painted sunset (similar to the paintings of artist Ed Ruscha) and he needed it in a week. Once installed the drop would encircle the room representing a twilight sky behind a turn of the century wharf. It sounded like a great job but I had no earthly idea how I could pull this off in a week. So I did what I often do when I have no idea how to do something; I called my friend Josh at Rose Brand. More...

Flame Retardant Fabrics: What’s the Difference between FR, IFR, DFR and NFR Fabrics?

Match Flame Test

An NFPA 705 match test being performed on a piece of fabric.

Fire safety is serious business and Rose Brand offers years of experience, dedicated support, and practical solutions to keep you and your audiences safe. While local fire codes may vary and local enforcement is open to interpretation and discretion, almost everyone has the same question in mind: Does the fabric self-extinguish if exposed to a small flame?

The goal is to keep accidents involving flame, heat and fabric from spreading rapidly. In the U.S., the most widely followed standard to determine fire resistance in curtain fabric is the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 701 standard. This standard specifies a lab test and the limits of allowable burning of curtain fabric. Since the lab test is impractical for spot checking fabrics outside of a formal lab, the NFPA has also established a field (match) test, NFPA 705.

As shown in the photo above, a vertical flame test is used to determine if a drapery fabric resists burning and is self-extinguishing. If a fabric is not sufficiently flame resistant to meet a standard, the fabric is labeled Non Flame Retardant (NFR). Fabrics that meet a self-extinguishing standard are categorized as Flame Retardant (FR), Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR), or Durably Flame Retardant (DFR). The method by which the fabric got to be sufficiently flame resistant determines the specific label.More...

How to Move Big, Heavy Scenery & Equipment Easily and Inexpensively: The StageMaster Series Triple Swivel Caster.

In our industry, scenery and equipment are constantly relocated, shipped, stored, pushed and pulled. One of our favorite tools for accomplishing these tasks is the Triple Swivel Caster StageMaster Jr. It’s both inexpensive and can carry a substantial amount of weight (weight capacity varies depending on the model chosen). While a lot of shops build their own casters using valuable labor time during tight schedules, StageMaster Triple Swivels start at just $100 and ship overnight, from our stock, to virtually anywhere.

Triple Swivel Jr.

The StageMaster Jr. triple swivel caster with 2.5" neoprene wheels. 

StageMaster Triple Swivel Casters are also known as “Zero-throws,” “Turtles” and “Tri-way Swivels.” Whatever you call them, they have significantly less resistance to movement than ordinary casters; a huge advantage when moving large, heavy objects. StageMasterMore...