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Drones are, like it or not, playing an increasingly bigger part in both our work and everyday day lives. Whether they are now an integral part of your job, you’re an enthusiast, or you are just interested in the medium, let’s take at some of the different ways drones are becoming integrating into our world.
The first and most obvious application of a drone is as a camera. Whether you want to film panoramic views of the landscape, follow your friend as they complete a difficult mountain bike or ski course, or even garner images for general ordnance, the scope of drone types available suited to film on the modern market is incredible. Possibly there most famous and well used feature, camera drones way well see more use in sectors such as construction or law enforcement thanks to their proven reliability in fields like media, artistry and live events.
Another use for drones that is being introduced is as a lighting unit. Whilst unconventional, it is feasible that a drone equipped with a spotlight for example, could be wirelessly paired with a stage performer. From here, the drone could bathe its target with light free of user control, allowing for a greater amount of freedom behind the lighting desk. A great example of this in entertainment is from the 2017 superbowl where superstar Lady Gaga utilised LED drone to create a spectacular backdrop that could move and adapt in real time to music, light waves and changing patterns. Drones really could change the way live events are handled!
Then there are the functionality and flexibility aspects of drones. We’re seeing artists employ drones as a means to paint onto walls that would typically be too high to paint without the use of time constraining and expensive scaffolding. Using a drone as a remote controlled or programmable paintbrush is a high tech solution to an artistic challenge.
Logistical problems however, are where drones excel. Many different distributors are now taking to exploring the possibilities of having drones on their delivery team and what this would mean for their lead times and availability. Amazon.com has famously being researching and slowly beginning the rollout of drone-lead distribution, and it may not stop there. Driverless lorries, driverless cars and even hover-drone taxis (yes, really!) are all being researched by big industry-leading names, prompting the question “what’s next” from these versatile machines?
The last use of drones is admittedly, a childish one but looks to be a lot of fun. We’re talking about drone racing – picture super-quick hovering robots flying around a track racing each in a flurry of activity that you’d only see in the 21st century.
Whatever use you’re thinking of putting your drone too, Flightcase Warehouse can help keep your valuable kit safe, secure and in prime condition. We manufacture a specialist range of cases especially for drones, which are available online ready-made. If you have a more specialised requirement we can design and deliver bespoke creations from our Pro Flightcase service. Just contact us today.
Have you ever looked at your kit and thought that it needs – or deserves! – something more from its protection? A solution that’s custom designed and personalised to fit your exact spec of gear, perhaps?
Flightcase Warehouse understands that the complexity of conceptualising, sourcing and manufacturing protective cases that are bespoke (down to the very last bolt!) can be an overwhelming task. Taking the decision to entrust a manufacturer with the invaluable tools of trade can also be daunting, even if you know an investment in custom kit will be well worth it for years to come.
So, how do you even start when going about commissioning a custom flight case? You’ve probably heard about Pro Flightcase – the bespoke service exclusively from Flightcase Warehouse. Our skilled team pairs expert, hands-on craftsmanship with the very latest in production technology to deliver the highest quality, most creative and best fit flight cases money can buy. Whether you’re in live entertainment, touring, AV, lighting and sound, sports, hospitality, motorsport or manufacturing (the list goes on, just talk to us for more), Pro Flightcase can help.
You’ve realised that your equipment warrants a unique protective and transportation solution and are ready to take action. Here’s how you get started turning that idea into a reality.
Begin by emailing or calling our Pro Flightcase team what you need; it’s that simple. Whether it’s only a larger road trunk, or an all in one high tech storage solution, we will be in touch to chat through an overview of the project, capturing all the technical details. Once checked and signed off by you, we get to work in our 50,000 sq ft workshop with your spec in hand.
If you’re happy with our terms for a project then you must measure your equipment precisely. If you’re not sure how – don’t worry, we have a measuring service available because accuracy is key.
This is the point where you get to step back from the project, as our engineers use specialist CAD software to design the ideal solution to your protective problem in a digital environment (in addition to putting expert pen to paper if needed!). We use the latest technology coupled with our own bespoke CAD software to ensure that your project receives the perfect outcome. Once finished, the design is back to you for sign off.
Now we start to build! Once you have signed off on the design we begin manufacturing, utilising Pro Flightcase precision production methods (such as a multi head CNC), as well as being armed with our ever-innovative selection of tools to ensure that when we assemble, your product is of unbeatable quality.
Our warehouse accommodates multiple production lines, including cutting, foam, spray booth and finishing departments, guaranteeing that your Pro Flightcase project is completed entirely in house. We don’t outsource, and your order is only handled by a team that you can trust.
Once finished, we test your product extensively – rigorous quality control is the only way to ensure that your solution is perfect – and then it’s shipped. (We deliver anywhere in the world, with incredibly quick lead times). A Pro Flightcase Project can be complete in just 2 weeks from quotation.
The service is virtually limitless, as is our creativity. The Pro Flightcase team has worked with giants such as BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Pirelli, Mercedes, BskyB, Samsung and MTV to name a few, in addition to literally thousands of industry brands.
And this is where our Pro Flightcase team really excels, lasting protective solutions that you may not have thought possible before talking to our engineers. If you would like to find out more from Pro Flightcase, please don’t hesitate to email or call us (+44 (0)1827 60009) to find out what we can offer you in the way of total protection.
AV surrounds us more and more in our daily lives, but have you ever put serious thought into how you could use it to help your business grow? Flightcase Warehouse works with scores of AV professionals and knows first-hand the wonders that these experts can create at pretty much any live event you can imagine. Let’s not just leave it at that, though. Company execs and marketing teams listen up – here’s how business-centric audio visual tech can power up your enterprise and make you money!
Got a bricks and mortar store? Pair innovative POS and AV touch screen technology to boost customer engagement whilst keeping intrusiveness to a bare minimum. By incorporating information within an interactive touch screen display (be it tablet, video screen or interactive wall), studies have shown that customers feel much more at ease when browsing and more connected with your brand. What does this mean for sales? Well, customers are more likely to request further information or buy due to info being readily available and not having a pressurised sales pitch by staff.
The interactive experience doesn’t stop there. Virtual reality has become increasingly popular with the general public, and the opportunities it presents to potential customers are astounding. For example, web camera technology combined with virtual reality software can create anything from virtual changing rooms, immersive destination exploration, live action play of gaming or test driving a car. Ideal for both in store or in the sales showroom. Talk to your web developer about integrating with your website for even better e-commerce conversion rates.
Moving away from in-store focussed tech applications – trade shows and exhibitions present a prime place for AV to shine. If you’re looking to increase footfall to your stand, you pretty much can’t beat show-stopping, cutting edge interactive tech to draw in the numbers. Something even as simple as a LED display or a rolling soundtrack can turn heads if used correctly; but experiences such as ever popular VR headsets can go a long way in helping you make the most from your exhibition investment.
Got some AV kit yourself or want to ensure that your upcoming venture is kept safe and secure, performing to its very best for the longest time possible? Talk to Flightcase Warehouse about protective solutions and also any advice we have for AV profs.Visit our website, contact us via email, or call us on 01827 6009.
A career many of us dream of having, but not one so easily achieved. Once you’ve reached professional level as a sound engineer, whether in live or studio environments, you take on a job that although unquestionably rewarding, has its own unique set of challenges. At Flightcase Warehouse we work closely with sound engineers and below are just 3 of the situations we hear time and time again! Work in the industry and have anything to add? Let us know! (P.s, this article was actually written by a musician!)
1. (Some) musicians live to make life harder than it has to be
Live engineers suffer this pain too, but it’s mainly reserved for the talent in the studio. Mainly stemming from the fact that pretty much anybody can rent themselves a few hours in a recording studio (as well as your time, if they appreciate an expert input), many sound engineers have swapped cringe-worthy stories of the misguided, misinformed musician that can walk into the recording booth.
Sound engineers have inevitably heard the following: ‘Don’t worry, I tuned last night before I got here’, ‘these strings were fresh on last week, they’re ready to go!’ Or the inevitable ‘I’m almost ready, just let me warm up first’. More often than not, these tiny niggles can be dealt with in either a few minutes but it’s not the severity of the infraction; it’s the number of them.
We’ve also heard that that when a musician isn’t finding fault with their own performance, they’re finding fault with your mix. Many first-timers in the studio (or even the more seasoned musician) have never heard a genuinely professional mix and are thus questioning your every technical, informed move. When engineers have sank hours of hard work into equalising a mix and then you are asked to use more plugins, or scoop the mids, or even change their recording through effects, it’s hard not to scream.
2. Unexpected live performance hiccups
Those engineers that make their way out on the road will get this more than most. This side of sound engineering is perhaps the most unpredictable and varied concerning the problems that occur, and professionals will attest to the fact that shows have a way of throwing up problems that manifest at the worst possible moment.
For example, how many front of house engineers will be happy with their levels and ready to make sure the show goes off without a hitch, only to have to quickly readjust everything thanks to heavy rain, unexpectedly high levels of noise from the crowd, or even equipment choosing that very moment to pack in and break?
Whilst these are things you accept as part of the job, it can be harder to grin and bear it when that occasional random audience member fancies a go at critiquing your setup. Whether they decide to stand next to your desk all night offering advice, requesting you make changes to the mix or suggesting what they’d do, it’s just something that every sound engineer has to deal with from time to time!
3. A sharp learning curve when you’re starting out
Starting out in sound engineering can come with a tough initiation, which will pay off with massive benefits as you make your way in the professional industry. If you’re new to the game or thinking about pursuing sound engineering as a career, it might help you to know that we’ve been told that every pro who has sat behind a desk is guaranteed to have made a few mistakes during their career.
A common self-inflicted hiccup we’ve heard about many times is to do with the adjustment and fine-tuning of an audio channel. Sometimes trainee engineers will work on a channel or hours on end with repeated playbacks and tweaks, only to find that the channel was in fact bypassed (good news though – your ears did not deceive you!) Then there are the countless unplugged wires, software issues and unrepeatable mistakes that led to an even better sounding mix that all beginners will experience on the path to professionalism.
Get more from your kit with Flightcase Warehouse
If you’re a sound engineering professional, we know that your valued kit is your lifeblood and absolutely essential to the success of whatever event or project you’re working on. Working closely with those in the industry for over two decades, Flightcase Warehouse understands exactly what is required to keep you kit safe in transit, storage and even use. Whether you need protective, clever storage, a heavy-duty transportation solution or even something special that only you can imagine, Flightcase Warehouse can create and supply to your exact spec. Visit our website to view our wide off the shelf range of flight cases, or email us to talk over our totally bespoke Pro Flightcase service.
Right now it’s peak season to be a motorsport fan. A whole host of races and shows are being staged, taking advantage of the summer climate, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix is in full swing. A packed calendar is certain to be inspiring the next generation of star drivers (and many more will be dreaming of what could have been). With this in mind, this week we’re looking at what it actually takes to become a F1 driver and if you’re up for it, how you can get involved with the action!
So. What’s step 1? The short answer is; ‘Be Young’. We’re sorry to potentially throw a spanner in the works so early on, but the vast majority of current F1 drivers got their start in go-karting championships and leagues when they were very young. Within the UK, kids as young as four can begin their career on the track with fellow young karters.
Karting isn’t just available to kids though – all ages can get involved, with different strengths of engines, sizes and track variations becoming available as the years pass. There are all kinds of associations, clubs and guides available to help any who want to get involved with karting. Don’t be shy about contacting your local body if you, your child or a young person you know are interested!
If you feel too old, or have moved to the top of the karting world though, it’s time to step up what is called the ‘Racing Ladder’. It works exactly as you may suspect, with each level of the ladder involving more powerful engines, longer and more complex circuits, and a better calibre of racer.
For youngsters around the age of 15 it can be (relatively) straightforward to enter the new Formula 4 league. One of the precursors to Formula 1, Formula 4 (as you may expect) makes use of smaller engines (namely the 1.6L ford ecoboost engine), and has been proven as an effective launching pad to many racers, hailed as a brilliant stepping stone between carting and Formula 3.
There are other pools young drivers can enter to make a name for themselves (the GP series a worthy contender), but Formula 3 is the next big step towards the drivers seat on a Formula 1 grid. With less technical restrictions than Formula 4, Formula 3 cars are a lot more powerful, scaling up alongside the age of the drivers – with more teams and an international presence to boot.
Stepping up again means entry to the more exclusive Formula 2. With V8 engines, the cars are a cut above the likes of any below them on the racing ladder, and it is from these ranks that most of the famed and admired Formula 1 drivers are selected. Each step on this ladder offers its own thrills, with opportunities for younger drivers (or even budding support engineers) offered to those who can gain entry to them.
The unfortunate fact is that if you’re reading this article, the chances are you’re that bit too old to begin a full-blown F1 career. That’s not to say all hope is lost however. There are always support roles to be filled if you want to work more closely with the cars – but what options are there for those who want to race?
You could always look into an experience day, getting taught how to drive a professional level racing car, or even participate in a track day with your own vehicle. Alternatively, you could look into local racing leagues and clubs, with many options available for budget, or hobbyist racing. Satisfy your craving to race by supporting your local tracks, clubs and meet ups, and who knows where you could find yourself if your racing skills put you ahead of the competition.
If you do decide to take part in some racing for yourself, and are worried about tool control and precise maintenance, Flightcase Warehouse can help you out. With an incredible selection of products aimed at the motorsport industries, our protective solutions have been used by some of the biggest brands in the sector to keep gear completely safe and uncontaminated. Visit our website to view our motorsport flight case selection, or for a bespoke solution call + 44 01827 60009, or email us directly.
Flightcase Warehouse has recently worked on a number of real head-turning projects for some inspiring customers – and we wanted to share a few of our favourites from the last month with you! All 3 of the below projects were proudly designed and manufactured at our Staffordshire workshop following a close consultation from the client. Check out our Intsagram here for the latest projects live as they’re signed off!
Rally Car Protection for Viking Motorsport
How often do you see a flight case for a car? It's all part of the day job here at Flightcase Warehouse! One of our more recent projects saw us build a vehicle-sized protective case to transport a rally car for motorsport brand Motorsport. Our team built a reinforced steel base to ensure a secure environment for such high-value cargo paired with specially designed locking systems. We’re really proud of this one – a truly unique project that will travel with the Viking Motorsport team throughout their tour of the USA this summer! Best of look in your competitions, Viking.
Presentation and Personalised Storage for Converse
It’s not just UK clients that we work with – Flightcase Warehouse recently undertook a project with the Netherlands Head Office and Factory Store branch of global lifestyle brand, Converse. Our totally bespoke road trunk-style flight cases were fully branded with stylish black engraved Converse logos and featured custom-made, elevated inserts for enhanced display capabilities, storage and protection. The trunk cases serve a dual purpose of industrial-style display units and clever protective solution for storage and transit. An eye-catching visual statement perfect for the Converse brand.
Transport and Storage for Stevie Wonder Tribute Band
Another recent and exciting bespoke project saw Flightcase Warehouse constructing a case that could safely transport the entire lit backdrop for a Stevie Wonder tribute band. The case features a unique interior racking system that securely lodges the individual letters in place as they are stored or transported to different gigs across the country. See our Instagram for some brilliant pictures featuring the “STEVIE” illuminated letters, right there in our workshop.
We’re constantly working on bespoke projects and can’t wait to reveal what’s coming next. Until then, if you’re looking for a creative protective solution for your kit look no further than Flightcase Warehouse. No job is too big or too small, and we ship to literally anywhere in the world. Visit our website, send us an email or call us on 0800 6121 7097 for more.
It’s no secret that the modern music industry makes the bulk of its money out of live performances. The world over, performing artists are directing more and more effort into delivering a live experience that will draw in new fans, and encourage a core audience to repeatedly spend their cash on a single “brand” as such. This live experience often manifests itself as a tour – and financial success often depends on getting it right.
There’s no single secret ingredient as such that makes a tour a success. Wowing an audience and making a performer appeal to whole swathes of new fans isn’t a singular thing. Yes, bands can play their songs 100% accurately, with 110% effort – but sometimes this is not enough. If not co-ordinated with a production team that’s equally razor-sharp, performances can leave a pretty bitter taste in the mouth of fans.
Let’s start with the bare essentials. Every touring artist should closely examine their sound equipment and mixing technology. Established performers will have a pro sound engineer to produce the perfect mix, but it’s always worth making an extra effort to understand the tech fundamentals that are behind your signature sound.
Spending a little bit of time learning about the production element of tours (and with vast online resources and by mining your professional network, you may not even have to plug in jack), will come with big payoffs. An artists, whether amateur or professional, who takes a comprehensive and careful view of their performance is certain to garner a great reputation and see reward in the form of bigger crowds, returning fans and wider opportunities.
It sounds obvious, but not rehearsing in musical isolation is also so important. Finding the time to rehearse with the full production set up in action means that from day one, the “live sound” as a whole will be worked upon and the performance will run (hopefully) like clockwork. Today, audience expectations are high and unfortunately for many, getting up on stage and doing what’s traditionally worked will no longer cut it. Embrace the full picture and tap in to fan preferences early on, and you’re on to a winner!
No matter what the genre, “spectacle” is becoming part of the standard package. When you look at some of the top earning world tours at the moment (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Adele and Bruno Mars for example) a large part of these shows are based around lighting cues, LED displays, mini movies etc. The added-value element of these features is why they’re used, so finding a budget-friendly alternative to A List investments will go far.
Well thought out, on brand and smaller scale performance spectacle is totally doable. Starter kits including light fixtures that create a suitable stage ambience, smoke to play with light effects, banners for crisp projections and a dynamic backdrop greatly enhance the experience and communicate that extra value, experience-led performance the modern audience demands.
To find out how you can get the very most from your investments, talk to Flightcase Warehouse. We retail a wide range of protective solutions tailored to professional industries and our bespoke service creates totally custom flight cases too. Visit www.FlightcaseWarehouse.co.uk, call 0800 612 7097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
AV Tech from 2017 That We Love
So far in 2017 we’ve seen some incredible audio-visual technology released that has the potential to revolutionise the industry as we know it. This week, Flightcase Warehouse is taking a look at just 4 of the standout products that the brains in AV have brought to us, plus the benefits they could offer if you’re a pro working in the industry.
Osprey’s Talon G2 Encoder:
Osprey has been known to create some stellar products in the past, and their new encoder is no exception. Designed for AV professionals, this Osprey encoder allows streaming to up to three separate destinations, enhanced by a touch screen LED interface. To top this off, the kit has built in security features that promise a streamlined user experience, as authorised credentials need not be re-entered following every stream thus saving heap of time when on a job. For more information, you can visit the Osprey website here.
Samsung’s LED Cinema Screen:
Whilst purists may question notion of a cinema screen that does not make use of a projector, Samsung’s new LED cinema screen promises richer colours, no loss of focus and a consistent sharpness that is hard rivalled by traditional projection means. The self-laminating screen has a peak brightness level of almost ten times that of conventional projectors – as well as the potential to be utilised in many different industries, such as AV, as well as traditional cinema. AV pros working in events and broadcasting may want to check out the enhanced experience these screens offer. To learn more, read the official release here.
Delta DLP 4K:
On the subject of broadcasting, Delta group (alongside its brand Vivitek) has unveiled a 4K DLP solution, that is touted as the ‘world’s brightest 4,000 lumen laser phosphor illumination source’. If this makes sense to you – and sounds like good stuff – you’re in the right place. With a spec comprising four UHD-4k cubes, the platform can manage multiple video sources on one display, streamline control of several different video displays or even send a single signal to multiple outputs. Visit the Vivitek website to learn more about this brand new platform we think has great potential.
Sony’s 4K Projectors:
Sony are well-known purveyors of quality products that have mass popularity, and their new range of 4k projectors promises to uphold this tradition. Using a laser light source, the projectors can sustain a total brightness of 4500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours – which is perfect for the meeting room sized spaces that the projectors are aimed at. Integrated with ‘Reality Creation’, the projector processes every single input to ensure that the final image represents the sharpest, and most lifelike image possible. Learn more on the official website here.
These are only a few of the vast number of diverse products released this year – this week, next week, or even last week could see technology released that remodels the AV industry completely. This tech though, is always expensive and exceptionally valuable to its owners. This is why at Flightcase Warehouse, we design and manufacturer tailor-fit flight cases that provide unbeatable protection for the latest kit. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com to learn more.
No matter who we are, it’s a given that you’ll travel. Whether it be once a year or once a month, for work or for leisure, travelling is something that we should all enjoy. For music enthusiasts and professionals, taking to the road can often mean extra levels of prep as you seek to bring – and retain the quality that you love! To help, we’ve identified some of the best travel-friendly tech – from apps to extensions – that’ll help you retain a high level of output whilst on the move.
Dubbed ‘lunchbox’ amps, these tiny amp heads are small, affordable and easy to use – often even sold with a travel bag. That’s why we have been so impressed with the calibre of the so called’ micro’ guitar heads that are being released at the moment. These tiny amps can pack a real punch and Orange, Peavey, Blackstar and even Marshall all have ranges perfect for a different genres. MusicRadar have a recent round-up of some incredible ‘Lunchbox’ amps to read through here, featuring cutting distorted leads and smooth cleans!
A mobile recording studio powered by a specialised Blue microphone. This platform utilises PreSonus recording software matched with mastering software from iZotope, making the Raspberry Studio a brilliant solution for anybody who needs to record when out travelling. The microphone features a USB input, which is nothing new, but when paired with specialised software and a variety of downloadable plugins, the easy to use UI will make this an attractive purchase to anybody who needs to keep recording on the move. Read more on the Raspberry Studio website here.
iPad Docking Stations:
The iPad is the perfect device to take on the road that is capable of editing software – yet the design of the tablet does not lend itself well to music production. As a result, a number of companies have designed docking stations for the iPad that are capable of expanding the connectivity of the device; increased MIDI capabilities and a friendlier UI are all achievable (whilst third party made) for any travelling recording artist. You can see some great examples in this Gearank round up.
Sometimes travel means sticking to a budget, and for anybody looking for a cost-effective solution to recording on the road, there are always cheap smartphone apps that can help you out. Programmes like Garageband, Amplitube or Animoog that can all be used to simply record yourself, cheaply, with no need to lug any extra recording equipment. These pocket friendly options are perfect for recording and composing on long haul trips.
If you do choose to travel with expensive (yet portable) recording or musical technology, then be sure to contact Flightcase Warehouse to keep your gear safe when you’re on the road. With thousands of off the shelf products ready to be shipped to you within a day, and bespoke creations made by our Pro Flightcase team, Flightcase Warehouse is your one stop solution for precision-perfect protection. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to protect what’s most valuable to you.
The Great British Summertime is nearly over and for us Brits, this means that our options of open air events become that bit narrower. We’ve been working on a number of projects with the motorsport industry of late, which has got us thinking about what the cooler months have in store for professionals, fans and events organisers. Despite the less than kind weather, the industry continues to thrive and offer an exciting calendar all throughout Autumn. We’ve outlined 4 of the motorsport dates that have caught our eye below…
The high octane action of Formula One won’t be stopping any time soon, with the Singapore Grand Prix held on the 17th of September, the Japanese Grand Prix on the 8th of October, North American Grand Prix on the 22nd of October and the Mexican Grand Prix on the 29th of October. The season will end in Abu Dhabi on the 26th of November, but we can expect a lot of exciting racing action before that happens. The season so far has already been one of the most thrilling yet with a diverse and envy-inducing portfolio of locations and we can’t wait to see which driver will take the top spot.
Wales Rally GB
The penultimate round of the FIA World Championships in Wales plays host to one of the toughest and most anticipated courses on the championship circuit. With a loyal fan base of adrenaline-seekers that won’t be deterred by damp conditions, the event is well-equipped for Autumn Weather. Visitors (the race is held 26th-29th October) can grab hospitality packages from organisers meaning that the Welsh weather can be braved whilst enjoying some mad rallying!
Looking to get out, see off-road action and not have to come prepared for the traditional British drizzle? Motorcycle Live is the event for you. Billed as the UK’s largest motorcycle show, the NEC is the setting for off-roading, stunt shows, displays and more from 18th-26th November, all within one of the UK’s largest exhibition centres. If you fancy a day out with the family, we reckon this would be a great option – seats, readily available refreshments and all the motorcycle action you could wish for.
NEC Classic Motor Show
Another potential winner for families with a car enthusiast within their ranks is the Classic Motorshow, also staged at Birmingham’s NEC. The event promises over 2,500 classic and modern show stopping-motors, a live stage, restoration theatre and a classic car driving experience. The ideal petrolhead day out, all under one roof and without dodgy weather as a risk to your day out.
Are you one of the professionals working at these events, or perhaps you’re a fellow racer, engineer or technician in the motorsport industry? Look no further than Flightcase Warehouse for your protective kit. We design and manufacturer flight cases for everything from precision tools to the vehicle itself – even to a bespoke spec if you need the perfect fit. To find out more, please email email@example.com, call 01827 60009 or visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Autumn film festival season is nearly upon us. The precursor to the awards season that culminates with the BAFTA and Academy Awards in February and March respectively, the next few months are important for indie filmmakers and world-renowned production studios alike. Whether you’re exhibiting your work, visiting to get inspiration for your next project or simply taking time out as an enthusiast to enjoy what the season has to offer, there’s plenty of flagship events to get your filmmaking fix from. Read on for film festivals that are set to be some of autumn’s best.
Reykjavik International Film Festival (September 28th-October 8Th)
Whilst Iceland may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think “film festival”, don’t be so quick to dismiss this enchanting location. The increasingly popular Scandi hotspot stages an unforgettable, unconventional festival experience that is sure to make an impact upon anyone who visits. Films are screened to audiences as they fill venues you may not expect – a cave just outside of Reykjavik for example, or a heated indoor pool that so many have come to associate with Icelandic culture. Of course, it’s not just statement venues. A lot of importance is placed on new and young directors and the R.I.F.F is a fantastic place to discover a lot of up and coming talent.
Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (October 10th-13th)
Using Austria as its backdrop, the Innsbruck promotes environment, and films that champion nature. Climate change, global warming, deforestation; all compelling topics that are addressed at this eco-friendly festival. With the planet being in such a delicate state, we think that it is fantastic that this genre of film festival is making its mark. Need more convincing? Screenings will also be accompanied by exhibitions, lectures and workshops for budding eco-enthusiasts.
Rome Independent Film Festival (November 25th-December 1st)
Italy’s best-loved ancient city provides a brilliant look at some of the hottest independent filmmakers throughout the Mediterranean region. A festival that’s honestly hard to find fault with, Rome’s offering is renowned for high quality screenings and its fusing of rich culture. Over the years, this festival has become the spot for passionate filmmakers to inject a little “La Dolce Vita” into their lives – as quoted from the festival itself!
Pentedattilo Film Festival (September 22nd-24th)
Pentedattilo promises that its visitors will be part of something truly special. A long-abandoned, rustic Italian village (dating back to 640BC) plays host to film screenings where audiences enjoy not just the solitude of the high hills, but the breath-taking scenery and unique history too. With an average attendance being about 100 people, this super- exclusive, eccentric film festival is certainly worth the journey if you can make it.
If you’re a pro or an enthusiastic travelling this globe for the abundance of film festivals that are staged this autumn, be sure to protect your valued filming and production equipment whilst you’re on the move. Talk to Flightcase Warehouse for all your protective storage and transportation needs, including bespoke solutions for your kit that demands a bit of extra attention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to learn more.
Often, clients come to Pro Flightcase (our specialist bespoke arm) to request a custom case for their kit, but find themselves leaving with much more. This is because our storage and transportation solutions go beyond simply designing a flight case that perfectly fits your equipment.
We understand that your kit and projects can be both expensive and highly sensitive. Contamination, physical damage, spiralling project durations and production impeding design are all challenges that professionals face on a daily basis, so why not demand your equipment work harder and get yourself a solution that eliminates these dangers?
Everything from anti-contamination flight cases to precision engineered accumulation systems, our solutions are among the most innovative and most versatile on the market today, designed to face any obstacle by offering unparalleled levels of customisation, protection and durability. This means that as our customer, you rest assured that your valuable equipment and components will remain safe and secure when in storage, transit and during projects.
For example, many of our clients’ time is eaten up by re-calibrating their tools following stints travelling. Whilst this may seem to be an understandable downside to working whilst on the road, mechanical projects that are time sensitive may suffer thanks to improperly handled or contained gear. And, as many know, all that preparation time quickly adds up, and can often add hours or even days to a project if equipment is improperly contained.
Then there is the question of if the inaccurate equipment can be recalibrated. High costs of tool replacement can be an unfortunate side effect of subpar containment or protection, and like the piling up of working hours lost to tool recalibration, the cost of replacing equipment can mount surprisingly quickly.
This is where great tool control solutions come into play. Pro Flightcase understands the importance of keeping your tools and equipment safe, secure, and easily accessible. Our Pro Flightcase team can design and build bespoke tool control systems (single cases from workshop racks) that fit the exact dimensions and specifications required for your equipment. Perfect for
eliminating handling mishaps and reducing re-calibration time.
Then, there is the problem posed by a cluttered workspace. No matter the workspace, it is always the case that the less organised a space becomes, the higher the risk is of damaged or contaminated materials – and more time is spent searching for materials. Lack of storage space can be a real concern when materials need to be kept pristine, as contamination of materials leads, again, to expensive replacements.
Pro Flightcase can help your business to improve workplace safety, cut down on warehouse and workshop clutter, and save valuable project time with our innovative space saving cases and accumulation systems. Our space saving solutions allow you to store your essential equipment in one convenient location. Our space saving cases range from more traditional racking and storage systems to functional portable workstations, so you're sure to find a solution that works for you.
Clients who have used Pro Flightcase anti-contamination solutions in the past report increased productivity, great capacity, lower costs and overall speedier project turnaround thanks to reducing the effects of contamination.
To talk to the Pro Flightcase team, our bespoke specialists about how you can reduce project time and costs, call 01827 60009, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Live events are, above all else, exciting. Atmosphere counts for a lot, and it’s no more noticeable than when you are at a concert. Fan-fuelled excitement matched with frantic energy from the performer can make for an unforgettable experience. But, what really makes for a standout performance is visual spectacle. There are performers out there who have really nailed utilising their entire live crew to create a performance that although in some cases can be just half an hour long, is near enough impossible to top. Here are a few examples of when performers and engineers have got together to create live events history.
1) Take That’s Circus Tour
Take That followed up their huge 2007 Beautiful World Tour with 2009’s The Circus Live. It had to be just as memorable as 2007, which is a challenge not to be underestimated considering Beautiful World featured a giant light-embezzled moving robot! The answer? To create a live show that teamed stellar performance with creative lighting and sound, elevated with breath-taking mechanics. Featuring two separate stages for a panoramic experience and a huge mechanical elephant (because why not?), Take That’s Circus was ambitious, bombastic and delivered with precision.
2) Rammstein’s Many Pyrotechnics.
Lots of people when watching a live show will take the pyrotechnics for granted. They will see a quick bang, or maybe a singular jet, but never pay much attention to the level of detail that has to go into planning these effects which can often be as dangerous as they are mesmerising. Rammstein, a German metal outfit, are masters of this art. Each member of the band is a licenced pyrotechnician and their act involves flamethrowers as standard – yes, flamethrowers! Anybody acquainted with the rock and metal scene will confirm that Rammstein are kings of the visual spectacle.
3) Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show
Whilst it was a relatively short performance, Lady Gaga did incorporate one element into that may have been a glimpse into the future of live events; coordinated drones. Bringing pilots and programmers into the live events fold, these drones utilised lights to make for a backdrop in the sky, an indication of how the technology could be used in the future. Laga Gaga set the standard for making the stage whatever it needs to be, and wherever it needs to be, allowing audiences a completely different viewing experience.
4) Tommy Lee’s ‘Cruecifly’ Drum Rollercoaster
Motley Crue were a staple of the rock and metal community for years and it’s no surprise that a band who were known for debauchery developed a completely pointless (but fun) roller-coaster for the drummer, Tommy Lee. The 360’ degree loop structure took 4 hours to build before every show and would see Lee circle the track and perform his instrument at the same time – often upside down. For a time, fans were even able to win themselves a trip on the coaster with Lee during the show, making it one of the more elaborate and unconventional stage props in the live event world.
If you have valuable equipment that’s essential to your live show that you need to protect, or it’s your job to help develop breath-taking moments for others, think Flightcase Warehouse for your protective solutions. Whether off the shelf or bespoke, we can deliver no matter the requirements and quote in as little as 12 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 612 7097 to find out more.
Despite being in what seems to be a golden era of digital, cloud based communications and control panels, an increasing amount of professionals are being called to travel for their work. For many, the likelihood of packing up equipment and travelling with it all over the country, or even abroad is becoming a matter of when, and not if. But don’t feel daunted! We’ve put together a few quick lines of advice for the uninitiated professional traveller and the essentials to consider when taking equipment away on business.
On the outside of it, the bare essentials seem pretty cut and dry for musicians. Protection for your instrument coupled with a decent solution for whatever form of amplification that you need (if you do in fact need it) would tick most of the boxes. But what many musicians fail to consider is the sheer amount of technology that goes along with playing an instrument. Often, many cables are required, digital amps and preamps can be essential and instrument effects can take a lot of room up as well – possibly even more than the instrument itself!
Before you embark on the road with your musical equipment, make sure that you know exactly what kind of protection you’ll need to keep your livelihood in one piece when travelling. And don’t just count on compartments inside your instrument case!
2) Event Professionals
More often than not, hardworking event professionals are in charge of storing the equipment of everyone on the job (including client belongings) on top of their own expert technologies. A full audit of exactly what equipment an event will need is a step any good event prof will recommend is taken to avoid disaster. Knowing the lighting, audio and technical requirements of a venue or show will let you plan far in advance just what kind of storage capacity and space you are going to need to avoid any slip up in production. And with this, get your orders in for any extra cases you’ll require.
Mechanics that travel for the work mostly know exactly what they’ll need to be armed with. For the most part this will be tools and parts. The question of transporting these materials safely though is another matter entirely, with standard road protection often not doing enough to prevent delicate tools from being thrown out of calibration, or parts from being contaminated or damaged. Be sure to investigate how you are transporting your equipment before any journey, to avoid wasting valuable time and money re-calibrating, re-stocking or even replacing them when you arrive. Think personalised inserts, heavy duty cases and material presentation systems.
4) AV Engineers
One of the distinguishing features of the AV industry is that it never stops reinventing itself. What could be considered one weeks’ cutting edge is outdated by Sunday. That’s why when travelling for work within the AV field, versatility in your protective luggage can save you literally thousands of pounds – not just through the protection of your kit, but by saving you the trouble of purchasing new flight case / protective equipment every few months. Consider large road trunks with replaceable foam inserts as a viable long term solution to the ever changing face of AV technology, and cases that are tailor designed to branded kit.
For more information on how to protect your equipment from seasoned professionals, please call +44 (0) 1827 60009, or email email@example.com to learn more about our bespoke and innovative solutions.
Festival season is almost over – but that doesn’t mean that event professionals just stop work outdoors. Autumn and winter may lead to indoor venues taking precedent over their open air counterparts, but there is still a massive market for those who want to be outdoors, enjoying the seasonal atmosphere. Here’s a quick rundown of the events that are making great use of the outdoors and equipment, even when the weather is less than accommodating.
Halloween Themed Mazes and Shows:
Drawing inspiration from all of the insanely over-the-top Halloween-themed goings on in the United States, events such as the increasingly popular scare-maze are drawing more and more visitors within the UK. These spooky nights out happen in a varying number of sizes and themes, with councils investing in small and fun family activities, to gargantuan theme parks like Alton Towers constructing elaborate and terrifying mazes (adults only!)
Of course, mainly taking place in the dark, chilled evenings, it’s not hard to see why lighting, visual effects and sound technicians are so in demand for such events. Construction can begin as early as summer, with the very best professionals using their skills to attain an almost horror film-like level of Halloween mood.
On the surface these festive outdoor fairs may not seem like the ideal place for event professionals to lend their hand – but as the popularity of these temporary crowd-drawers increases, so does their size – and attractions.
Second cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all offer (in addition to the standard market layout) a full, almost festival – like experience. Liverpool for example features an ‘Ice Festival’, complete with bar, stage and opening night parade. No longer just a market, these winter attractions are becoming a full live experience. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with the yuletide extravaganza that is Hyde Park’s “Winter Wonderland” in London.
An absolute no brainer. Bonfire Night is a staple of the British calendar – but in recent years it has become an ample opportunity for pyrotechnic teams to demonstrate exactly what they can do, without limitation or direction imposed by a performing team.
Big cities often feature some of the most impressive displays, with pressure mounting yearly to top the previous performance – as well as outdo rival displays throughout the country. Guy Fawkes night is a great opportunity to check out what professional pyrotechnic teams are capable of (even in the adverse weather we are so used to seeing on the 5th of November)!
If you are planning on running one of these seasonal outdoor events, and want your kit to stay protected, be sure to visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk. We stock a wide variety of off-the-shelf protective solutions, with our bespoke arm Pro Flightcase able to cater to any custom specification you may need. Call 0800 612 7097 for more information today.
Back in July Flightcase Warehouse looked at how touring bands utilise the modern skills of events professionals and the capabilities of contemporary technology to deliver standout experiences for their audiences. However, delivering awe-inspiring spectacles that cement themselves in memory isn’t a new thing. Some of the greatest performances in history came way before the onset of 21st century digital technology and have established a standard for the glittering, stimulating marvels we enjoy today.
The best performance genre to illustrate our point is that of the constantly evolving “musical theatre”. Drawing inspiration from good old-fashioned spectacle (made an essential requirement all the way back in the 16th century by the world’s best-know dramatist, William Shakespeare) and the innovative use of the very latest tech and production techniques, when done right, even classic musical theatre shows seem as fresh and exciting as on their premiere night. Despite being around since before the millennium, the below 3 shows are still regulars on theatre programmes the world over thanks to their rare ability to reinvent their stories using innovative technology, modern techniques and contemporary creative direction.
1) The Lion King
A family favourite ever since its inception in 1999, The Lion King has long relied upon its production team to deliver a stunning visual experience for global audiences. The musical has enjoyed many years gracing Broadway stages and boasts tremendous international success, and is well-known for its heavily stylised and unique array of costumes and puppets that engage with actors and iconic musical numbers. The production team behind the Lion King works tirelessly to ensure that the show remains visually stunning, with inventive costume design and puppetry still being a key draw today in 2017.
2) The Phantom of the Opera
A staple of the musical theatre landscape, today’s Lloyd-Webber-penned retelling of an Italian classic not only has to ensure that it’s in-house orchestra and vocalists retain exceptional clarity (through hidden, wireless microphones in most productions), but that the various set pieces occur without a hitch. A long standing TPOTO tradition is that the chandelier hanging above the audience is dropped from the sky, reflecting action in the storyline. Obviously, as a large weight that needs to endure a controlled (yet rapid) descent there is a large amount of pulley, rigging and chain hoists involved in the drop. A very intricate yet spectacular set piece, TPOTO continues to stun modern audiences with its engineering marvel.
3) Les Misérables
“Les Mis” as it’s fondly known, is one of the most famous ever musical theatre productions and the longest running on London’s West End. Variations of this novel-come-musical are mounted worldwide, with a need for intricate stage sets and robust sound design wherever staged. Large orchestral capacity is combined with an equally sophisticated mixing desk, with audio engineers working nearly non-stop (as they do on most musical production’s) to ensure that not a note is missed. Of course, a big part of the show is the swarming crowds that take the stage, filling complex sets and using props that flesh out the feel of the French Revolution at its height. Never more bombastic than it needs to be, the behind the scenes stage hands work hard to make sure that not only the stage is prepped and ready for the show, but that every cast member is outfitted perfectly.
Musical theatre is a great genre to cast your eye to for inspiration when working in events. Pros in this area often push the boundaries of creativity and capability when it comes to utilising modern and ground-breaking technology, or delivery next-level spectacle to huge crowds. And you can guarantee that they put their trust in protective equipment that will never let them down, even when under logistical pressure or working with demanding kit.
If you require a protective solution for events, AV, lighting, sound, production, broadcasting and much more, please talk to Flightcase Warehouse. We have thousands of off the shelf flight cases ready for next day delivery and also offer bespoke manufacturing if you require a totally tailor-made solution. Call 01827 60009, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visi www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for more.
Virtual Reality (or VR, as it is commonly referred to), has become a key technology for many in the events, entertainment and technology industries. Its ability to immerse users entirely within a constructed world has granted those looking to entertain, engage and sell a unique new way to grab the attention of the public. There are some truly innovative VR experiences out there right now, with the following 3 uses delivering fun and fascination for audiences like we’ve never seen before.
Right now video games are probably the most commonplace use for VR and most of us will be familiar with the concept – whether from news coverage, trade shows or from even owning a pair of goggles yourself (if you happen to be a VR early adopter!) Tipped as the next big feature for the gaming industry, VR is available for most platforms and an increasing amount of titles are being released with VR capability as standard. However, applying the tech to video games doesn’t necessarily mean that the final product is always triple A rated and highly polished. In fact, many developers are embracing gaming in order to test the current limits of VR and to research what kinds of virtual experiences (such as driving or flying) can be offered in a safe, exciting and manageable environment.
Big, red letter attraction names are deploying VR to astound and delight their customers, with pro VR company “The Void” being behind some of the most immersive experiences on the market to date. The Void aim to completely reinvent what it means to engage in VR and have developed technology that allows users to travel around a fully interactive space in real time / movement by mapping their virtual environment into a physical space.
This technology has led to ground-breaking and highly acclaimed experiences in North America and plans to expand into other locations are already confirmed (including a Star Wars- themed experience, reportedly). Madame Tussauds in New York for example houses a Ghostbusters experience, where outfitted with a proton pack you take on ghosts in a brilliantly realistic immersive world.
Just like with gaming visionaries, directors at the forefront of innovation are exploring the opportunities of VR in the film industry. The 360 application of VR goggles has seen popular series’ and films offering immersive add-ons, such as the Stranger Things (hit Netflix sci-fi horror) VR experience. It’s not just film and TV directors taking full advantage of the latest tech though. Many tourist boards and travel authorities are using 360 degree video to make virtual tours around noted landmarks a fully interactive and immersive way to advertise.
These however, are just a few uses for VR that are popular at the moment. The scope of VR technology is almost boundless and holds a lot of opportunities as a way to draw users into an immersive and involving world. If you use VR, and want to make sure that you protect your valuable investment, contact email@example.com or call + 44 01827 60009 to ask about our specialist VR flight cases.