The Grosh and Tru-Roll Partnership

The Grosh and Tru-Roll Partnership

Mar 3, 2016

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In anticipation of the USITT conference and tradeshow coming up March 16th to the 19th, we wanted to feature our partner company, Tru-Roll. They specialize in theatrical rigging and hardware. They will be in booth #1827 with the Grosh backdrop hanging right next door on wall #5.  Below is a brief history of the many services they provide to the many businesses involved in our distinct industry.

Tru-Roll was created and run by Jack Grosh in 1947 to fill clients’ needs for tracks and rigging services.  Jack was so meticulous on how each system was made and adapted that Tru-Roll came to be known as “the Cadillac” of theatrical rigging in entertainment technology.  Being the best in the business, they expanded and in 1993 Tru-Roll opened up separate offices and is now a division of Advanced Entertainment Technology.  They have broadened the number of services they offer, but still specialize in designing and manufacturing standard and customized theatrical rigging systems for drapery.  Many of their clients include schools, universities, theatres, theme parks, casinos, event producers, film, and churches. They’ve worked with such names as Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, UCLA, and USC, to name a few.

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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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How to Hang the Growing Christmas Tree

How to Hang the Growing Christmas Tree

Nov 1, 2011

This year, we are adding a few more Growing Christmas Trees to our inventory based on popular demand.  There is nothing better than a luminous, towering Christmas tree, center staged for your winter pageant or your production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  We think a Christmas tree that folds down flat, hangs tall, and doesn’t leave your hands dry from a the branches can be pretty convenient for this as well!

Often, our clients will ask, “Well, how do I hang a painted Growing Christmas Tree on stage, for my performance?”  The Growing Christmas Tree does hang by a shining star at the very top point of the backdrop. This is at 22 ft high and the backdrop itself weighs about 25 lbs.  When you receive the backdrop, it will come folded and a piece of plywood will already be affixed to the back of the gold star with a metal ring attached to that for hanging. Expect to also receive a separate shipment of piping to help you fully support the tree.  You will need a cable or another apparatus to hang the Growing Christmas Tree, just as you would need rigging to hang any of our other backdrops.

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