Monday, September 28, 2015

Please Meet Our New Project Manager: Max Blum

Max Blum






Max Blum
Project Manager

Office: 323.321.1793
EMAIL: MBlum@eventworks.com


Max is on Linkedin

Many of you may have spoken to or met Max over the past 12 months as he has been free-lancing with us as a producer.

We love his detailed-oriented, efficient work style and his calm-in-the-storm, positive disposition and we are happy to announce that Max Blum has joined the EventWorks Team as a full-time Project Manager!
Max will lend operational and event support to our team.
 

Things you should know about Max:


Max is one of those rather rare real Californians, born and raised in Los Angeles. However, he carries two passports thanks to his British "mum" and he has spent a lot of time in the United Kingdom.
Max holds a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies from CSUN and comes to us with an extensive background in television and video production.
He honed his skills on National Geographic, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and commercials productions.

So how does he remain calm and collected during the mad times of live events?

He gets rid of his stress! Max has been practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu for 8 years and recently earned his brown belt.



And he is a really nice guy!
Max is a member of the Young Literati and in his spare time he volunteers at the Los Angeles Library Foundation.
Both organizations support programs that provide low-income families with access to learning and technology.


















The young lady by his side is longtime girlfriend Tania Verafield.

Max is looking forward to learning everything about corporate event production and to producing amazing entertainment!

Warm regards!

Janet

Monday, September 21, 2015

Set Your DVRs: National Geo October 4th on Steve Elkins' Honduras Project









Steve Elkins' Honduras Adventure continues!
We are happy to announce that National Geographic is currently featuring the story in both print and television.

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It's been a long time coming - National Geographic is telling the story in a new documentary that will first broadcast on October 4th.
Please check their website for local times in your area.

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American author Doug Preston's print story is already available online and in the October print edition of National Geographic Magazine.
Steve Elkins is currently working with his team members and Honduran officials to return to T1, now known as part of the the Mosquitia Patrimonial Heritage Preserve.
"Modern technology has allowed us to prove there is much more to the history of the Mosquitia than previously assumed. This area has seen very little exploration. It is a relative black hole in the archaeological records. We are very excited about the possibility to learn more. Do I think that we found the famous Lost White City or the City of the Monkey Gods? They are legends and so far I think not. However, there is evidence of a sophisticated ancient culture in this area with more to come as research continues. As remote as it is,  deforestation is a real threat to the area and Honduran archaeologists fear that clear cutting could reach the area within 8 years. We already saw deforested sections not very far away during our helicopter flights. But we have hope! The success of our Lidar and ground exploration has had enormous resonance with the Honduran people. It is a matter of national pride. The findings strengthen their sense of cultural and natural patrimony. Honduran officials, with the assistance of the National Geographic Society and others hope to establish a scientific research station in the area. Even though T-1 is part of a protected national preserve it is still at risk. President Juan Orlando Hernandez has created a military task force called Operation Forest consisting of special forces soldiers who protect and patrol the area from potential looters. Many of the members of this task force are indigenous to the Mosquitia. They are proud and excited to have this assignment! I  hope that the project will have a positive impact on the preservation of this area. We hope to return  for more exploration soon."



























For a long time, we did not dare hope that this project would go so far.
I am so very happy, not just for Steve, but also for the overall positive impact of his work and dedication.
Thank you for reading and watching!

Janet

Monday, September 14, 2015

Special Report: Doron Gazit's "Red Line" in the Sand






While we just fret about the drought some people are inspired to turn their concern into an amazing art installation!

Our friend Doron Gazit introduced his current environmental art project "The Red Line" a few months ago at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts.

Less than three months later, he realized his first large-scale installation at the Dead Sea, Israel.


We all know him as the innovative industrial designer behind air dimensional design.
Doron is passionate about using his materials in environmental art installations to draw attention to issues close to his heart.
Doron: "As an Israeli I have water conservation basically embedded into my DNA. We all grow up very water conscious and we learn how to use it responsibly. Watching the California drought evolve is difficult because I know how much water goes wasted here every day. The Red Line installation is a long, inflatable “red line” to draw attention to lands that have been devastated due to drought and climate change, such as the receding waters of the Dead Sea which loses 3 feet of water annually."
Doron installed the first project in the Dead Sea at the beginning of July.



  "We actually installed two projects at the Dead Sea.

The first installation on July 3rd left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied because the location did not allow us to visualize the ravages of climate change as much as I would have liked.

Fortune had it that that very evening, when we returned to Kibbutz Ein Gedi, I bumped into Zabo. Zabo, a tour guide and resident of the Kibbutz, recognized me from a few decades before when I visited the Kibbutz for an art event.  This incredibly warm and resourceful gentleman offered to help find a better location."







When Doron came down again on July 24th, Zabo drove with Doron for a good part of the day, directing them to different spots. As is often the case, they came upon the best spot at the very end of their search, right before the sunset. This was an area further north that had many sink holes but was reasonably accessible.
A splendid evening was had with Zabo, his friends, and a very cold watermelon in the hot weather. Zabo’s hospitality was priceless.

The following day before sun rise, Doron had a new support team which included Zabo, his son, Uriyah, and Zabo’s friend Becky from New York.
As the images show, this area was not only dry, it also had a moon-like topography and was littered with sinkholes of different sizes and depths.
The images show this uninviting environment in detail. This terrain provided the impact that Doron wanted to achieve with the Red Line Project.


Wherever Doron visited and spoke about The Red Line Project, he was received with great enthusiasm. He was equally grateful to be embraced by the Israeli Drone Photographers Club, headed by Shay Shapira. Shay told Doron that he’d try to make it to the Dead Sea before sunrise, but gave no promise. It was an extremely pleasant surprise to see Shay there, and not only Shay himself but seven other club members, all with drones carrying cameras.
The footage shot by Shay and the other club members, which they so generously offered for the Red Line Project, give a fantastic perspective of the project within a wider landscape.



The 500 foot red tube of the Red Line Project is packed and ready to be reused at the next stop around the world. Doron is currently preparing a Red Line installation in the San Joaquin Valley, just North of Los Angeles.

We promise to keep you informed about dates and location on our Facebook page.

Warm regards,
Janet


  Acknowledgement: All photos and the video provided by Doron Gazit. More information about The Red Line and more art projects are available on http://dorongazit.com/

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day: Please Meet Our Production Team!

Most of you, our esteemed colleagues and readers, know our front office EventWorks team. But we are only one part of the EW family.
We feel that Labor Day is a good occasion to introduce you to Carolyn Vasi's EW production team - the amazing, hard working creators, artisans and artists who turn ideas and themes into event reality and make the magic happen!

As we were reminiscing recently, we realized that our production team can pretty much create anything you can imagine.
500 Bavarian pretzel stands for an authentic
Oktoberfest for a German company?  - ✔️ - the whole crew particpates.

Intricate visual art pieces, ranging from traditional Japanese fan motives to urban graffiti walls? ✔️✔️ - Frankie Flores is our in-house visual artist.





Branded, customized props of all sizes get designed and built constantly. Since we like to be cost effective and environmentally friendly, we reuse as much as we can.

But we can do much more than that.
Carolyn Vasi still marvels at her crew's outstanding work this past spring for a series of gala events on the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA.

"The location was a challenge as we had to turn a historic aircraft carrier flight deck into a safe reception space. The flight deck has hundreds of tie-down holes, designed to keep aircraft in place. We could not take the risk of any guest in heels stumbling and falling. We custom built wooden plugs to fill the holes. We covered the wooden plugs with square cut, custom made formica tiles that we spray painted grey to match the flight deck color. Thus, a smooth, safe surface was created. Obviously, we had to return the aircraft carrier to its historical condition after the event series - all tiles and plugs were designed to be removable without trace."


We used a large parking lot adjacent to the aircraft carrier for an extra outdoor activity. The industrial area parking lot needed 500 quick patches to fill holes and create a smooth, even surface. Leo and Edwin Mejia know how to fix asphalt lots!











An external vendor ran over the entry arch while the guests were enjoying the reception. No problem, our crew quickly removed the damaged arch, repaired it and put it back in place without anyone noticing!






Come rain or come shine, hot or cold weather - our whole team performs long hours of outstanding work to ensure a smooth, successful event.

A big round of applause for - in alphabetical order:

Frankie Flores
Aracely Frias
Mario Gomez
Arturo Gomez
Manuel Hernandez
Miguel Hernandez
Ricardo Hernandez
Wilver Mabanales
Leo Mejia
Edwin Mejia
and
Carolyn Vasi!

Thank you for all you do!

Gratefully,

Janet