Grosh Customs Keeps Busy!

Grosh Customs Keeps Busy!

Dec 19, 2014

Grosh Backdrops and Drapery is one of the only backdrop companies with a fully staffed scenic department and painter’s studio!  As part of our commitment to excellence, Grosh would never think of outsourcing any part of the production process from designing renderings to the finished backdrop.  Grosh does not employ a production line, but passionate artists who do all the work in-house maintaining full control and integrity over the artistic process.

From celebrities to major retailer brand sponsored events and global franchises to talented noteworthy artists, Grosh customs takes it all on with finesse and efficiency. What else can you expect from the biggest, oldest and best in the business?

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A Paint Day at Grosh!

A Paint Day at Grosh!

Sep 5, 2014

You would figure that every day is a paint day at Grosh, but not for Backdrop Consultants. Today they got out of the office and into the studio! This was uncharted territory for them and probably for most. Not many people can say they helped paint a 22’ H x 50’ W backdrop! The Grosh scenic artists definitely looked worried. However, Greg, their fearless leader, and Scenic Creative Director, had full confidence…and the option to primer and paint over any mistakes.

Full painter's body suites!

Full painter’s body suites!

First we had to gear up! Adorning ourselves in old clothes, shoe covers and even a couple of full painter’s body suites, Greg gave us a tutorial on the ins and outs of the Grosh Hollywood Studio. There are six high ceiling frames that allow the backdrops to be lowered by a counterweight down two flights through openings in the floor. He went over a few safety caveats, like not falling through the openings, then showed us the tools of their trade. To begin with, the backdrop design is divided up into a grid and each section is drawn out on large sheets of paper. An electro pounce machine, which uses electricity, burns minute holes into the paper, creating a stencil. The stencil is then held up against the canvas and used to make an outline of the design.

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Backdrops – Paint vs. Print?

Backdrops – Paint vs. Print?

May 20, 2013

The history and usage of backdrops goes back as far as the history of theatrical and staged performances. In some way, scenery has always been a supporting role to the actors or provides cohesiveness to an event. Although theatrics have changed considerably over the years there is still a need for backdrops and other scenery. In the realm of backdrops or backings as they’re called by industry pros, there are two primary ways that they can be created- Hand Painted and Printed.

The first is by hand painting the backdrops preferably on a counterweight frame or using a large floor space. Keep in mind, most stage prosceniums can be upwards of 20-30 feet tall and 50 or more feet wide. Below are some unique benefits you can take advantage of when renting or purchasing a hand painted backdrop:

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Ideas and Tips for your next Backdrop Rental…

Ideas and Tips for your next Backdrop Rental…

Apr 17, 2013

Many clients contact us to ask for thoughts and tips on how to use a backdrop or drape in their productions. We provide a wide variety of suggestions over the phone but here are two of our most popular ideas when renting from Grosh:

Create a Custom Look with a Cyclorama

A cyclorama, or ‘cyc’ is a great way to get a custom look for less or provide you with a more simplistic approach than traditional scenery. This plain muslin drop can be used to project a variety of lighting techniques such as: gels, gobos or moving lights. You can incorporate colors that will help make costumes stand out or project a logo for a corporate event . A lighting designer can assist with developing a complementary lighting scheme to give your production that extra pop.

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Backdrops:To Rent or Place a Custom Design Order

Backdrops:To Rent or Place a Custom Design Order

Nov 2, 2011

Here are some questions to ask in order to determine which is better for you; renting or custom ordering a backdrop:

 
1.    What is your budget for the event?  Backdrop rentals range from $200- $500 per week.  Custom orders start at $500 and can go up to $20,000 depending on the size and art direction. Most custom order average between $5000 – $7000. If your event is longer than one week, ask your Grosh sales representative to weigh out the possibilities of a custom creation for you.

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