Something to think about when designing your stage is the fact that all surfaces are an opportunity to make a visual graphic statement and create atmosphere. Case and point – I recently worked on a couple of stages that took advantage of the stage floor to complete the visual graphic package. The more recent one was for Nickelback. Working with the stage designer, we illustrated his vision so that the floor surface worked seamlessly with the custom CNC cut drum and guitar risers, the video graphics, and even the base drum head graphics. The end result created a seamless continuity between horizontal and vertical surfaces and made the overall visual impact, once their fans entered the venue, unforgettable. Obviously the people in the lower and upper tiers were able to enjoy this effort more so than the people on the floor, but those fans are always in greater number in a venue, thus, the effort is well worth it.
As a medium duty I-Beam style curtain track, Rig-I-Flex is the most popular bendable curtain track, used commonly for gym dividers, small to medium sized stages at high schools, and film and television studios, especially when a motorized curved track is desired. It is available in the standard aluminum finish as well as in a black finish.
Constructed from 11 gauge extruded aluminum, this versatile track is available as a walk-along, cord-operated, or motorized operation. Rig-I-Flex track channel can be factory curved or, with the purchase of bending tools, can be curved onsite.
While Rig-I-Flex does allow for a manually operated cord-drawn curved operation, this requires more effort than straight track. Therefore, we recommend choosing the motorized option for curved track, especially where sharp curves are involved. Even when curving on-site, a scaled drawing of the curved track configuration is requested at the time of quoting / ordering, to ensure that the proper number of spindles and idler brackets are included.
The maximum track length for cord-drawn / motorized Rig-I-Flex (Models 140, 140R, 141, and 141R) is 60 foot, but Rig-I-Flex can be selected at any length in a walk-along model (142 and 142R). Rig-I-Flex can be mounted directly to the ceiling or suspended from the ceiling. Please note however that it must be mounted to or suspended from the ceiling joists rather than from a dropped ceiling.
We recommend utilizing a light to medium weight fabric when choosing a custom drape for use with Rig-I-Flex. Depending on the style you prefer, you might choose a specialty sheer or satin or a traditional napped fabric such as 13oz Apollo Velour or 16oz Commando Cloth. Flex-I-Trac is also a great option for a larger Cyclorama constructed of Extra Wide Muslin or Poly Muslin.
Springtime is finally in full swing, and with that comes the start of Summer, too. Rent What? loves to be a part of our clients’ End of Year Banquets, Yearly Awards Shows, Wedding Celebrations, and of course all of the many concert tours that are starting to sweep our country. One of our most eclectic and gorgeous drapes would be absolutely perfect for these events, and for any special event that you may want to add some soft shimmer to. That rental drape is our 24’x40’ Ivory Satin Austrian, from our Delightably White Series. This drape is stunning just by itself with regular room lighting. But once you add a little bit of color and specialty lighting from above, below, in front, or behind, you will be blown away with the variations in feel and design you can create from just one single drape!
Take a look at how creamy and decadent this drape looks with just regular room lighting:
Now take a look at how unbelievably beautiful and dazzling this drape can be with a little bit of imagination and creative lighting choices:
However you decide to use this drape, you and your guests will NOT be disappointed by its sheer elegance and versatility
As a light duty I-Beam style curtain track, Flex-I-Trac is a terrific option for retail stores, lobbies, and smaller stages such as elementary and middle schools and smaller high schools.
Constructed from 13 gauge aluminum, Flex-I-Trac is available as a walk-along operation only. What makes this affordable track especially attractive is the ability to easily curve the track on site without the need for special tools.
Flex-I-Trac can be configured to any length desired. Models 132 and 132A allow a maximum curtain weight of 6 1/2 pounds per foot of track, while Models 132B and 132C allow a curtain weight up to 13 pounds per foot of track. Flex-I-Trac can be mounted directly to the ceiling or suspended from the ceiling. Please note however that it must be mounted to or suspended from the ceiling joints rather than from a dropped ceiling.
We recommend utilizing a light to medium weight fabric when choosing a custom drape for use with Flex-I-Trac. Depending on the style you prefer, you might choose a specialty sheer or satin or a traditional napped fabric such as 13oz Apollo Velour or 16oz Commando Cloth. Flex-I-Trac is also a great option for a smaller Cyclorama constructed of Extra-Wide Muslin or Poly Muslin.
If you are looking for a unique, stunning, and incredibly versatile drape for your next event, show, concert, stage production, or trade show, you should consider renting a Metal Mesh drape from Rent What? Inc. These drapes can be used in almost any capacity, and have been rented for everything from major concert tours and community church productions to television series to conferences looking for something extra special to dazzle up their stage.
Because these rental drapes are available in multiple sizes, they can be used either as a large backdrop, or more popular lately, as several narrower panels. These rental stage drapes are wonderful for creating a lot of depth and texture in a venue or production that might not have it otherwise. Also, due to the wonderfully reflective and crinkly texture of these lightweight drapes, changing around your lighting can really help give you a very unique appearance to each and every performance, and that even without any special lighting the drapes are going to be absolute show-stoppers.
By using the metal mesh as a large single backdrop, you can create almost any type of look or feel you are going for, and that they complement almost any type of stage design.
And by using it as narrower panels, you can make some very cool and unique production design by creating “negative space” effects that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Next time you are looking for something completely new and fresh for your event, consider renting some Metal Mesh drapes from us—and you’ll see that they will become an absolute hit!
Looking for an economical lightweight curtain track system for use in a non-theatrical application, such as a classroom, boardroom, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, nightclub, or restaurant? Specifine Series 113 curtain track may be just what you need.
Constructed from 16 gauge extruded aluminum, this manually-operated box-shaped track channel offers a choice of either walk-along or cord-pulled operation and can be recessed, surface-mounted, or suspended from the ceiling. In the case of a cord-pulled operation, the cord is completely concealed within the track channel, helping to eliminate unsightly sagging lines.
Specifine track is available as either one-way draw or bi-parting. Model 113A, as a walk-along track, has a maximum length of 40′, with a maximum curtain weight of 4 pounds per foot of track. Models 113 and 113B, which are the rope-operated models, each have a maximum length of 20′. The primary difference between these two models is that Model 113 supports a maximum curtain weight of 4 pounds per foot of track, while Model 113B will support a slightly heavier curtain, allowing a curtain weight of up to 8 pounds per foot of track.
We recommend utilizing a light to medium weight fabric when choosing a custom drape for use with Specifine track. Depending on the style you prefer, you might choose a specialty sheer or satin or a traditional napped fabric such as 13oz Apollo Velour or 16oz Commando Cloth.
Specifine is generally used for straight applications, but Model 113A can also be used in a curved application through the use of available curved sections ranging for 45 degrees to 90 degrees or through custom factory curving.
Specifine track is not available with a motorized option. We recommend Moto-Trac Series 160 for a motorized straight track comparable to Specifine.
We here at Rent What? Inc. love helping our clients create the beautiful scenery for their events that they always dreamed of. Recently we had one of our favorite clients, Lasertech Productions, use several of our rental Stardrop LED Drapes to make a gorgeous backdrop of stars for a event they had in Las Vegas for a very special client. Since we offer sizes ranging from 30’ x 7’ to 30’ x 15’ (and these types of drapes can be “rotated” to have either dimension be the width or height), this offers our clients a lot of flexibility with how they can hang our drapes, and enables them to create the exact look they are going for.
Photo Courtesy of Linda and Michael Werner, Lasertech Productions
By easily connecting our rental Stardrop LED Drapes to one another with the attached velcro tabs along each side, and utilizing the DMX controller that comes with each drape, these clients were able to make a seamless wall of twinkly lights to create the magical illusion of a starry night. It was exactly what the client had envisioned, and we could not have been more thrilled for them!
Recently I posted about the difference between canvas and muslin, and in that post, I mentioned painters backdrops and promised a future post on the subject.
There can be confusion as to whether to choose flame retardant or non-flame retardant heavy weight theatrical muslin for a painters backdrop. The fact is, when paint is added to the surface of a flame retardant fabric, the fabric becomes non-flame retardant. Therefore, steps must be taking to make a painted backdrop flame retardant.
First, prior to painting, a special flame retardant additive should be added to the paint. A FR paint additive will not change the color or opacity of the paint, and it will help ensure that the face of the theatrical backdrop is flame retardant. Second, after the face of the backdrop is painted and the paint has dried, the back of the backdrop should be sprayed with a topical flame retardant chemical designed for natural fibers.
Since painting a backdrop nullifies the flame retardancy, you would think that you should always choose a non-flame retardant muslin for a painters backdrop. Non-flame retardant muslin is more affordable than flame retardant muslin, so why spend the extra money for flame retardant muslin when you will have to retreat it anyway?
The reason to consider utilizing flame retardant muslin for a painters backdrop is related to the issue of shrinkage. As theatrical muslin is composed of cotton fibers, it is prone to shrinkage. When a water-based flame retardant is applied at the mill, the fabric then becomes “sized” (pre-shrunken). Therefore, once the FR muslin is sewn into a backdrop at the desired finished size (height and width), and then paint and additional flame retardant is applied to the surface, there is very little (or no) additional shrinkage of the material. The painted backdrop will end up at approximately the same size as the sewn but unpainted backdrop.
For experienced scenic painters who plan to utilize a paint frame, a non flame retardant muslin works fine. The tension of the paint frame helps prevent shrinkage. For less experienced scenic painters and/or those who will not be using a paint frame, we recommend purchasing a painters backdrop manufactured using flame retardant muslin. This way, shrinkage will not be a significant concern.