Today KLAD and assistant Matt went on a field trip to Gotham Scenic Studios to check on the progress of work. One set we are having built will be installed next week. We needed to make a last check and give notes. For every set we build, we visit the shops numerous times to be sure that the work is progressing according to plan.
Not to mention that we like field trips, meeting with John and Mike and the crew. When we’re not under the gun and pushing a deadline, John always takes us to a newly discovered restaurant for pasta and prosecco – for me, Kevin and John prefer scotch. A trip to Gotham also allows us to enjoy the great view of Lower Manhattan from Pier 40. The people working at Gotham enjoy that view every day. We just have trees.
Errors are not an issue when collaborating with Gotham.
Scene shops fascinate me. The enormous spaces, the machinery, the smell of sawdust mixed with the fumes from the paint shop, the various and sundry scenery and prop bits gives me the feeling of being in Santa’s workshop.
The men and women who built our scenery are amazingly talented, skilled craftspeople. They bring to life Kevin’s designs, scenic artists turn plywood into elegantly adorned walnut burlwood desks, podiums and wall trim. They understand mechanics and rigging, and can motorize everything.
For one project, Kevin designed a podium that needed to be adjusted on the fly for different speakers. Kevin’s drawing is coming to life in the shop, we tested the hydraulics today. The result? The podium is swiftly and quietly raised and lowered with the touch of a button. These would be perfect to provide to the White House, for those vertically challenged speakers who have to follow President Obama at a meeting or press conference.
We’ll post about the installation and the finished product soon.