The Totally Sound team had the pleasure of working at the beautiful Voyager Estate recently for their special awards night, The Big Micks. The brief included lighting the barrel room and providing sound, staging and audio visual aspects for the awards evening. What an amazing space to hold an event.
The Barrel Room
CinesfestOZ in it’s 14th year was an amazing event to be part of. It is a busy festival, with 270 film and event options throughout Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.
A Diverse Range of Experiences on offer
The Festival encompasses so many facets of the Film and Entertainment industry. With everything from free community film screenings through to ‘In conversation dining experiences’ to accompany films.
There was an extensive schools program, IndigifestOZ, a Cinesnaps short film competition. There was live streaming of the event for those who could not attend. It all finishes with a big Gala Night of celebration, where the winner of the Film Prize is finally revealed.
The team were super busy..
The Totally Sound team working closely with Dean and Sharon from Lomax media were busier than ever this year. If feels like the festival grows in leaps and bounds each year and with that comes an increase in technical requirements. It is a multi venue event with it’s own unique challenges….and we love it.
The team implemented some new initiatives this year. The first of which was to use an optical fibre backbone at Orana Cinemas, simplifying the cabling infrastructure. At the Esplanade Hotel the crew used Q-Lab to automate playback, vision and lighting.
The Gala Night – Finally the winner of $100,000 Film Prize is announced.
The film prize recognisees excellence in Australian Film making, and this year’s winner was Nitram, Directed by Justin Kurzel, Written by Shaun Grant.
Faries for the kids at the Town Hall
Derek and Kym at the Town Hall
One of the many colourful stalls at the Market
Fairies in the night
The unexpected is to be expected
Kam's busy lil' Hog looking pretty
The Fringe Garden Bar
Did you miss Fringe this year? Here is the link to a quick wrap put together by our good friends from Lomax Media
The Southern River Band close the 2021 Bunbury Fringe Festival - great way to finish an awesome event
The Totally Sound crew worked on both the RAC Street Parade and the The Apprentice and Traineeship Company Carols. We also spent time in the lead up to the event working on a basic theme/backdrop. We built a huge metal 3D star and carefully covered it in a gold fabric with plenty of sparkle. We made gold banners, organised gorgeous read drapes and made gold tie backs and enormous presents. A little fun for the team
The Carols this year included two iconic children’s Christmas movies that could be viewed on the stage screen and a trailer screen on the grassed area in front of the bus station. The crowd seemed to really enjoy this new initiative.
The carols were the usual joyous experience, with plenty of festive colour and a great showcase of local talent. It’s always wonderful to see the crowd singing and moving along to the familiar Christmas tunes.
A microphone is a relatively personal device, held close to the face. It is also often shared between users.
With the current emphasis on reducing viral transmission, microphones are being cleaned like never before!
It is worth having a look at the protocols that are in place for microphone use within your school.
As a starting point, it is wise to have hand sanitiser available for use prior to and after use of microphones. In the ideal world, you would then have a microphone for each person presenting or performing, but this is not always an option.
Tips for cleaning
- A lot of people are using windsocks and swapping them out between users. The windsocks are very cheap and wash well in a laundry bag in a gentle wash cycle. They can be put out in the sun to dry.
- Handheld microphones can be wiped with the many germ-killing wipes that are on the market now. There is a low risk of paint loss over time.
- Most reasonable quality microphones have a basket end that can be screwed off. It usually has a thin lining inside. The liner and the basket can be washed in warm soapy water. Dry COMPLETELY ( leave for a day) before screwing back on to the microphone handle.
- Headset microphones are a little more difficult and ideally would not be swapped between performers during a production. They often have tiny windsocks which can be gently hand washed. Wiping is more of a problem as it is imperative that moisture does not get into the capsule.
Blue Owl Stage
The Festival Club
A bit of Blues Fairy fun
Russell Morris at Blue Owl
Late at the Blue Owl
It is a dairy, but not as you know it! The new robotic dairy at Bannister Downs Dairy and Creamery hosted this years Dairy Innovation Day. The crew headed out to Northcliffe to work alongside Dean and the team from Lomax Media and Jess Andony and Esther Price from Western Dairy. The event showcases some of the latest innovations in the dairy business and provides an opportunity for networking.
There were a few challenges, not least of which was building AV in the middle of a working robotic rotary dairy. The conference included live crosses from various locations on the property, including drone feeds from Lomax Media. The event culminated in a Gala Dinner at the Pemberton Sports Club.
GTM Bunbury 2019 was awesome. A packed venue, great artists and an awesome vibe. Wrapped to hear it is coming back to Bunbury for the next 5 years.
The Totally Sound crew were responsible for sound, lighting and staging at the Mootown Stage. The team love being involved. It is an opportunity to see some great artists and to catch up with production friends from Perth working the big stages.