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How to Create Custom Projection Headers on a Budget

Rose Brand congratulates our fourth blog contest winner, the team at InOvation Group. Their blog entry described how they built a projection header and “Chinese Lantern” balls on a tight budget for the First Bank Center Arena in Broomfield, Colorado. Here is how THEY did it...  

Project Description –
InOvation Group was approached in January of 2010 by AEG Live and Kroenke Sports Enterprise to design and supply a VERY large custom projection header piece for use in the new First Bank Center Arena in Broomfield, Colorado. The project budget was fairly tight, and the delivery date was also short. The project also asked for the design and supply of three sets of 3 large “Chinese lantern” balls, which could change color and have custom designs applied to the surface to provide a silhouette look.

Design Challenge –
The header size (132’ in width x 43’ at tallest point) had to be installed and/or More...

How to Create Scrim Panels that Move



Rose Brand congratulates our sixth blog contest winner, the team at Church on the Move. Their blog entry described how they built  scrim panels that are vertically mobile for their Seeds Conference.  Here is how THEY did it...  

We kept it mostly low-tech (emphasis on mostly) with technology we already knew how to operate and sort out. The impetus for keeping things simple was pretty much culled from self-preservation as we knew the one time we didn’t really desire major technological issues was the opening of our first Seeds session. Go figure.

These 6 sharkstooth scrim panels were custom fabricated out of some larger pieces we had used a few years ago – a local company was able to make this happen for us but scrim material is available in almost any kind of custom size at Rose Brand.

The objective of this element was to project 6 different images on 6 different scrim panels that could raise/lower as needed. Due to the heavily populated stage area overhead, working out the mechanics of the manual raising and lowering process proved to be the biggest challenge. Although not completely groundbreaking, here’s a brief breakdown on how we made it work out for our needs. More...

How to Build a Silhouette Screen


   Photo courtesy of Vinny Gasper

Rose Brand congratulates our third blog contest winner, Lauren Shaw. Lauren's blog entry described how she built a Silhouette Screen using Rose Brand's Spandex.

Here is how SHE did it..   

She used Rose Brand's white spandex and stretched it to a size of approximately 10' x 15'. She inserted grommets around all four edges and constructed a rectangular frame using PVC tubing and fittings. She interlaced rope through the grommets and fastened it in several spots on the frame securing it tightly. She created a 7 minute video to project on the screen from behind, which also served the purpose of creating the silhouettes on the screen. Their performers used belly dance and hula hoop tricks to give the audience a silhouette show they would not soon forget!

Rose Brand is accepting applications for the How Did YOU Do It? Blog Contest until April 25, 2011. For a chance to have YOUR work featured on Rose Brand's Blog, simply post an explanation of your project and a representative picture or video on our Face Book Page. In your explanation, indicate which Rose Brand products you used, if any. If you end up as a contest winner, you'll also recieve a $50 gift certificate and a link to your blog article from the homepage of our ecommerce site at It's a chance for exposure to tens of thousands of people in our industry.

How to Build Durable Scenery and Props Using Crystal Gel


Rose Brand congratulates our second blog contest winner, Gary Duffey. Gary's blog entry described how he created a durable and realistic looking goat for Blame Society Productions of Madison, Wisconsin. The goat needed to be durable enough to withstand a two-story drop. 

Here is how HE did it.


He used styrofoam to shape the skull and coated it with a thick layer of paper towels that were liberally coated with Rosco Crystal Gel. This treatment continued to the mid-point of the goat’s back. The goat’s knees and hips were a thick buildup of the Crystal Gel/paper towel mixture on a 2x2 wooden frame, which gave the animal bone structure. The hooves of the goat were done in the same manner, and while the product was still wet, he easily shaped hooves onto the goat's legs which made for a solid bond. Goat hair, as required, was made of carpet remnants that were stapled and glued to the wooden frame and/or the hardened Crystal Gel.


The goat was packed for shipment from their shop in Modesto, California, and sent on to the end users in Wisconsin. Blame Society Productions then filmed the dropping of the goat from a two-story rooftop. The drop showed the amzing durability of Crystal Gel -- the goat survived absolutely intact and was used for several takes.  In fact, as a direct result of Crystal Gel's durability, the goat now lives in the home of one of the film company owners and makes regular "guest appearances" in some of his films.


Crystal Gel was the logical choice to use in this project as it is non flammable, non toxic, dries clear, easy to mold into shape when wet, bonds to objects well,  light weight, and hard as thick plastic when it dries.


Rose Brand is accepting applications for the How Did YOU Do It? Blog Contest until April 25, 2011. For more information on how to have YOUR work featured on Rose Brand's Blog visit our Face Book Page.  


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!


How Did YOU Do it?


Starting immediately, Rose Brand is accepting entries into our blog article contest. The blog articles will feature YOU and the events and productions YOU have created. You may submit your entries by sending an email to or by posting it to our fan page on Facebook. (If you send us an email, we may post it to Facebook as well.) Only the winning entries will make it to the blog and receive a link from our homepage at Winners will also receive a $50 gift card.


Rose Brand will judge the entries based on how interesting we believe they are for a blog post.  The number of winners is dependent on the quality of the entries and purely based on the discretion of our Rose Brand judges. You may win multiple times so keep posting! This contest ends April 25, 2011.