Davonte Johnson, our amazing video designer, created the feel of a old time super scratchy film projector being shown to our loyal policies. Our bar featured two coffee style cocktails and our food spread was inspired by the algae supplements our characters endure, clearly ours were far more delicious! All of these visual elements added with the set dressing and layout created a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours supporting and celebrating Our Fair City's Season Four Launch.
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After the crash in season three, our fair policies find themselves trapped in a world of rolling blackouts. The narrative of the the party is that the ever gracious, Vice President Davenport, has gathered all of middle management (our guests) for a fundraising party to restore the power. Our production team worked this angle and used this simple story to animate a part of Hartlife for the evening. Our sound designer, DJ Catnip contributed this wonderful soundscape that felt like hollow gilded age music with a brilliant dance backbeat. It truly was the pulse of our party. Our lighting designer, Brianna Johnson, really embraced the outage idea. We, in the world of the party, had too many lamps and not enough power to run all of them at once. This gave us a neat flicker effect and provided movement of light around the space.
We added a silent auction and a photobooth for the season four party. For our silent auction we featured framed posters, an original piece of episode art, and two original dieselpunk punk sculptures one of them made by yours truly. We made enough money to subsidize most of the cost for our live episode to travel to ConVergence in Minneapolis and perform in the Fringe Festival in Chicago! This is something we will most likely be adding to all of our launch parties. It gives our audience members a great way to support us and have an awesome takeaway to display in their homes after the party has come and gone.
We added a photo booth this year and everyone had an awesome time! As for the design of the backdrop for the booth I wanted to have the lurking presence of the tower in every picture. The drop itself is a splotchy gray in the style of your classic school photo background. The tower was added with a stencil and a light dusting of gray a touch lighter than the rest of the backdrop. It was barely visible in regular light but with a photographer's flash it looms perfectly in every picture. As the party wore on, the photo booth got more visitors. Check out all of the results on the Our Fair City Facebook page.
I had a great time creating an amazing party for this great group of people. I couldn't have done it without the help of my good friend Betsey Palmer, our many volunteers and donors. I look forward to season five's launch and the slice of HartLife I get to bring to fruition. See you in the tunnels!
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