Innovative Show Design scores big at Super Bowl XLVI

2012/02/21

One of our favorite scenic and lighting design companies made a big impression at Super Bowl XLVI (46) with its cutting-edge designs. Hired by NBC, Innovative Show Design (ISD) designed both scenic and lighting for areas such as the main broadcast desk (inside Lucas Oil Stadium), the red carpet set (located in the center of the NFL’s commissioners tailgate party), the NBC Sports Talk Remote Set (at the JW Marriott), the premier of “Costas Tonight” (which airs on NBC Sports Network) as well as “Feherty Live” (which airs on the Golf Channel) at the Indianapolis Reparatory Theater, and the remote broadcast studio in the Super Bowl Village.

“The red carpet set was inspired by the architecture in downtown Indianapolis,” explains Chris Runnells and Justin Garrone. “We noticed the abundance of brick styles and linear windows and wanted to incorporate these specific attributes into the set. The brick pattern was custom designed in the Vectorworks program and sent directly to a CNC machine (as an eps file) which cut the shapes perfectly.”

The stunning design of the main broadcast desk included a curved LED panel and a thick plexi glass tabletop. The main desk inclusive of the three-dimensional NBC peacocks on the side of the desk were modeled in CINEMA 4D then sent to the Vectorworks application to create construction drawings.

We thank Chris Runnells (Artistic Director), Justin Garrone (Assoc. Art Director / Lighting Designer), Mark Dowling (Project Manager), and Nate Mitchell (Graphic Supervisor) for sharing their story and can’t wait to see what challenges they take on next!

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