April 20, 2012 - All major construction on the epic Creative Co-Op came to an end this week, and to celebrate we had an open house party. After the studio fire at the end of January, we made a comprehensive punch list of things we needed to get done on the building before we could call the job complete. Early this week, we checked off the last of the items on that three page list. Yes!
Between Silver Rock Productions, GTIN Services, and Inspectioneering Journal we sent out over 225 invitations and we had between 125-150 people attend the event. We began planning the open house a couple of weeks ago when we met with Luke Redus, Founder of Compassion United Church of Conroe. Their mission is to help people in need through community outreach. They feed hundreds of folks each month including breakfast in the park on Saturday mornings, and through their food pantry. They have a large BBQ rig, tables and chairs, sound equipment and volunteers - which was just what we needed for our event.
Luke cooked up 12 briskets the night before the event, and in spite of a truck that was acting up, showed up early on Friday morning with his crew (his wife Carla, three boys, and volunteer Cody), and got everything set up. The weather - which had been beautiful all week - predicted rain for the afternoon. The sky's were overcast and we needed some divine intervention to get us through the lunch hour.
Posted by on April 22, 2012
April 2, 2012 - We got a lot done in the past week or so including the completion of the work on the cyclorama (cyc) wall, and the foam insulation under the ADA ramp. Finally, all the big jobs on the Creative Co-Op are behind us. That leaves us with a punch list of odds and ends that are very manageable, and even includes some wish list items. Silver Rock managed to use the new studio for a video shoot for the local United Way chapter. With access to the dynamic lighting grid along with the whisper quiet nature of the mineral wool insulation on the upper walls and ceilings - the guys had an excellent day of shooting.
Anytime you get a second chance to do something you have never done before, there is an opportunity to learn and do it even better the second time around. That was the case with the cyc wall for us. The cyclorama wall seemed to take forever when we first built it. Everything we were doing was trial and error, and there was a great deal of discussion on both major and minor decisions. On the rebuild, we knew exactly what was necessary and proceeded this time with the confidence of knowing what would work. As before, the trickiest part of the installation was the corner where the walls and floor come together. If you don't get it perfect, you need to take everything apart and start all over again.
Posted by on April 02, 2012