Josh Spodick '12 is draftsman and project manager for AG Production Services, which is best known for the Mega Structure, seen at multiple large-scale music festivals and on the roof of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Most recently, the company handled all of the entry structures, along with video and lighting, around University of Phoenix Stadium at Super Bowl XLIX. At the Super Bowl, Spodick was the production manager, lead draftsman and designer or assistant designer for some of the structures. AG Production Services built five "Spider" arches at the entry points to the stadium, two single arches, two tailgate shade structures, the main stage for the tailgate and the Vince Lombardi Trophy Pavilion.
"We also designed what the NFL called the 'Sizzle Spider,' which was the main background shot for the broadcast compound," Spodick said. "This was a spider arch that also contained a center column of high resolution and low resolution video, along with video lining the inside of the structure legs and an array of color changing LED, and moving lights for aerial lighting effects."
Justin Craig '14 (left in photo) has rubbed elbows with celebrities — on stage, holding an Oscar, at the Academy Awards.
All because of a banana.
This year's Team Oscar competition, which invited young filmmakers to create 60-second videos, asked for submissions based on "The best piece of advice I've ever received."
For inspiration, Craig, a cinema major, turned to his dad.
"When I was a kid, he always used to tell me how important eye contact was when making a speech or talking to someone, and then would jokingly add, 'unless you're eating a banana.' This was certainly not the focus of his advice, but it provided a good outlet for my entry, and evidently it stood out to someone.
"I am still completely blown away that I was one of the winners," he says.
Of 1,100 entries, six were chosen. The winners were flown to Los Angeles, where they spent the week taking tours, meeting people in the film industry and practicing for their roles — handing the Oscars to the celebrity presenters onstage after the winner's names were announced.
"We were treated as VIP's, and it all felt like a dream," he says.
"The best moment of the night was our initial introduction, when we were brought out on stage and introduced to the crowd by [actor] Channing Tatum.
"The response was amazing, the applause so powerful you could feel it. I couldn't help but smile because it was a dream come true."
Craig says the experience cemented his desire to work in film.
"But until then, I can gladly put 'Professional Oscar Statuette Deliverer' on my resume," he says.
Photo is courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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