THE BRITS 2014
The Brit Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena on 19th February 2014. Not one, but two of the world’s biggest stars: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars commissioned Perry Scenic to deliver the visual concepts for their performances.
Jamie King’s creative vision for Bruno was a New York themed apartment which included a 2mt diameter rotating fan which was effectively backlit during the live performance. The team, only had a few days to turn the vision into reality along with the constraints of live scene changes to contend with.
A late request from Bruno himself during technical rehearsals saw the team armed with spray cans work through the night on site to create the graffiti covered grunge set that finally graced the stage for the performance. It was credit to the hard work and determination that Perry Scenic managed to fulfill the last minute change in creative direction, ensuring ultimately that the artist and his creative team were happy.
If Bruno Mars wasn’t enough to contend with Katy Perry’s performance was thrown into the mix – its always exciting to see the direction that the artist wants to take, we have had the pleasure of creating a number of different concepts recently for Katy – ranging from flying birdcages to beautiful snowflakes.
A UV Egyptian themed world with 3D sculpted Sphinx cats perched on 4 video columns was the request from designer Baz Halpin. Taking inspiration from the video for Dark Horse the team, with tins of pink, orange, blue and green UV paint painstakingly masked out the intricate design onto 4 video columns which had been carefully constructed in our carpentry department. Having foreseen a number of problems for the engineers at XL Video who were asked to install the video panels, our carpenters had solved various issues ensuring an easy fit up for the crew from XL video. One of their engineers thanked the company for making it such an easy job for them on site - they greatly appreciated the efforts that the team had gone too.
Alongside the 4 columns – Katy required a grand entrance, so a replica Tutankhamun Chariot with hints of the matching UV was pulled by her team of dancers - this was a stunning set piece, combined with this was 6 Snake staffs that the dancers used during the performance all painted in UV.
Throughout the build there was a number of different requests… stands for the snake staffs, a chariot stand, a safe area to house Katy’s microphone etc. etc.…. as the team provided On-Site support throughout the 3 days running up to the Brits and during the live show we were on hand to deal with any last minute requests
Both sets looked incredible on the night, highlighting another huge success for the Perry Scenic Team!