The less glamorous little details of A-V production that really do make a difference
You may have been to an event, conference, or concert and thought “What a great production!” If the production company has done their job correctly, you won’t actually think about the lights, video, or sound, just the message, tone, and overall experience that the technology is there to support. However, if you are a geek from the live event production industry like me, or just someone who appreciates such detail there is still a high probability you’ll be fascinated by the technology of a well-produced event. What most people do not think about though is what is going on back stage; the “Wizard(s)” behind the curtain so to speak. More often than not, this is an area filled with many more industrial, less sensational, but in no way less important aspects of the show.
Access and Egress
One key task for back stage management that most audience members are never aware of is the safe setup of backstage walkwa...
It is with extreme disbelief and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jim Aboytes, Director of Operations at Sight & Sound Audio Visual. Jim passed at home in his sleep last night. Jim was an extremely influential and powerful part of our organization and we are just beginning to process the impact of this sudden loss. We know we are not alone. Jim's influence, personality and impact on others has been tremendous and will continue to be felt by all who knew and loved him.
While we are still coping with such an unexpected loss, please know that we are continuing on and finding strength in each other. We deeply appreciate all the messages of support we have received. Due to the suddenness of Jim’s passing, we will post updates at a later time regarding his family’s wishes for cards flowers and final arrangements.
Don't have FOBO (Fear Of Better Offers). At SSAV we believe that high quality Audio/Visual services don't need to come with a high price-tag and that all our clients should be receiving an incredible value on their purchases. Hotels and convention spaces usually have in-house vendors that are often times giving out high AV quotes, have hidden fees, and terms that are difficult to understand. We’re here to make you look good and we can help you save thousands of dollars by letting you know 10 things to consider when negotiating for your event, even if you don’t choose our services.
1) Are there penalties, liaison fees, or supervisor fees for using an outside AV company?
If you're able to negotiate these fees, make sure you have it reflected in your contract. If they don't budge, insist that if the outside AV company follows venue standards the fees should be removed. You can save up to 100% of your fees by using this tactic.