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How To Make An Artful, Dynamic Backdrop With Kaos Substrate and Projection

See how we made the amazing Kaos projection screen backdrop for Heather Henson’s "Crane: On Earth, In Sky."


In the words of scenic designers Christopher and Justin Swader, the whimsical production, Crane: On Earth, In Sky, “follows the journey of whooping cranes along their migration cycle and celebrates indigenous cultures around the world that share a spiritual connection to these majestic birds.” More...

Scenery Rotator: Part 2 in Our Lightweight DMX Scenery Automation Series

Use the DMX Scenery Rotator virtually anywhere you need simple but precise motorized control of a spinning set piece. Provides simple spinning or sophisticated cues with safe, repeatable and accurate positioning and limit settings. Consider it for moving clock hands, rotating signs, motorized window or door pivots, advanced mirror ball effects, periaktoi, rotating mirror panels or anything else that a designer imagines.

Can be mounted vertically or horizontally, and is operated via a DMX controller.More...

Winches: Part 1 in Our Lightweight DMX Scenery Automation Series

Rose Brand introduces a line of DMX controlled products that will make your “light duty” scenery automation tasks much easier and much more affordable: DMX Winches, DMX Track Runner, DMX Roll Drum, and DMX Scenery Rotator. Each of these products use DMX in a smart and practical manner for control, where a more costly and robust solution would be overkill. The focus of today’s blog post is DMX Winches, with subsequent posts to focus on the other products.

Our DMX Winches are designed for light duty tasks such as flying practicals, moon boxes, lightweight curtains, kinetic sculptures, and any other lightweight scenery piece. One of our favorite applications is controlling the independent movement of lift lines in a contour curtain (see video demo above). The winches enable us to create beautiful curtain motion choreography at just 25% of the cost it would otherwise require. More...

Jacquard Backdrop for a Night of "SeriousFun"

For years the Paul Newman fundraising shows have been dedicated to SeriousFun, a charity that provides free summer camps and programs for children with life-threatening diseases from more than 50 countries. SeriousFun refers to themselves as a place “where kids are not defined by their illnesses.”

Polly Wood-Holland has been providing design services for these galas since 2009. For one of the recent fundraising galas, her design showcased a delicate and playful look for a backdrop using Rose Brand Jacquard Fabric. Holland chose a neutral gray tone for the fabric, which enabled it to reflect the colors of light that were projected onto it. With the help of front and backlighting effects, the backdrop colors ranged from warm reds to cool blues.More...


Creativity and liberation come to play at SpinCycle. In the words of their founders, “SpinCycle is what happened after two guys who like to hula hoop and build stuff kept doing those things for too long.” At Rose Brand we enjoy working with clients who have passion, and SpinCycle has plenty.