Last week, I posted about how using appliqué was one way to make your scenic backdrop stand out. However, why not take it a step further and choose a Mixed Media Backdrop?
A Mixed Media Backdrop starts out as a regular backdrop – generally constructed of regular fabric or of digitally printed fabric – but by adding a variety of disparate elements, from appliqués to cut outs to lights, the backdrop is taken to another level.
On the simplest level, a Mixed Media Backdrop can be created by simply cutting out certain areas of the backdrop and inserting another fabric behind. For Flogging Molly, we started by printing the image onto fabric, then cut out the windows and inserted Black Sharkstooth Scrim behind them. Under backlight the windows glowed, but as a front lit piece the gray tone palate gave a wonderful bold but multi-tasking surface.
This backdrop for Lady Gaga is a great example of a Mixed Media Backdrop, with its use of so many different elements. Starting out as a digitally printed piece, the backdrop was cut out in strategic locations, with mesh placed behind the cut outs to add dimension. Hidden smoke lines added live exhaust to the city skyline and a front projection screen build into the graphic brought the printed billboard to life. Over 200 LED lights were hardwired to illuminate “the fame machine” sign giving this custom piece lots of interest and dramatically framing the stage. A dramatic backdrop for a dynamic artist!
A Mixed Media Backdrop doesn’t have to be a traditional flat piece, either. This piece for Black Sabbath has incredible depth and dimension. To get the lava effect, we created a cut drop from Commando Cloth and then used metal mesh for the lava appliqué. To complete the effect, we added scrim to the cutouts. Projection screens were inserted onsite to complete the effect.
As you see, there are so many ways that you can enhance your backdrop to make it even more spectactular! We love working on projects like this – if you can dream it, we can do it!