Well hmm multi position Displays they can be easy and hard at the same time.
But what is the key to pulling off a successful Pyromusical or display over multiple positions.
Well lets go into detail of how our team pull off our displays.
the common mistake people make is to just replicate the display over multiple positions for example using the same cakes over multiple positions at the same time.
Although this looks great and uses less modules it dosnt really put you in the league of something spectacular.
When it comes down to conducting large scale pyro musicals it is extremely important to ensure your display flows and moves with the music which normally comes down to multi positions and single shot products.
It always take that little bit longer to have a spectacular display and sometimes we fall short on this.
When planning your display it is important to ensure all angles are the same across the board.
So if your paperwork says 42 degrees then you put it at 42 degrees as we all know when a product fires across positions it is very easy to see the imperfections.
It is also important when planning your positions that you place them spaced apart to an exact measurement on some displays this would be around 25m or on some displays measurements can be as close as 5m to 10m apart but usually when talking this close your looking at larger budgets and large amounts of product.
Designing a display takes a large amount of time to get everything running smoothly but when it comes to executing the display on the day a lapse in judgement or a misread product placement can cause the beautifully planned display to look like a shamble.
Now the real key to ensuring the display runs without a hitch over multiple positions is all in the details as above you cannot fall short on the details and below I will go into detail of exactly how we execute this on the display site.
Firstly our team will quote on the display and begin the design process, at this point we will decide the type of display and look we want to achieve for this example use a display we conduct over the NYE period were we execute 2 large Pyromusical displays 3 hours apart.
So once our team have decided the display type we will do we then looked at our position placement and how this will reflect on our design and because the land looking out to our display is curved we needed to curve our positions to ensure a perfect view was achieved these were placed 25m apart from each over with a 5 degree curve to follow the land to not put off the design.
Please also remember that this display is set in a lake only waste height.
So our team began to place out the stage decks that would become our firing positions and began to line these up with our display plan.
Once this is completed we then needed to look at the next difficult task of assigning all the single shots as this takes a large amount of time if not done off site. when sorting single shots into positions it is important to not get your negative and positive angles messed up or your show will look wack when something fires the opposite direction.
What I find is to take advantage of the computer generated sticker system that comes with most design software this helps ensure you dont write the wrong numbers down(TRUST ME ITS EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS EXPECTANTLY WHEN DEALING WITH THOUSANDS OF ITEMS).
Make sure to place your products in labeled boxes represented for there positions to make it easier to sort later.
Now back to the display site when placing your products into racks it can be nice to label the end of your squibs to ensure you place the items in the correct cues.
A little secret once you have placed the squib in the correct cue wrap your squib behind the cue blocks to lock them in place helps if you have a bad fire to not loose continuity.
Once this is complete it is important to spend time to ensure you get the correct angles as you cue up.
Be careful not to have any squibs over any other product or loose that can whip and snag other squibs this will also cause issues when firing.
its always good to place these products at the front of your display so you can take full advantage of the effect.
Shells come down to the same principles follow the display plan to a T.
When it comes to placement and choosing your display type its always good to look at the product you are wanting to use for example most fan cakes look great on there own but single shots look great crossing over each other.
So plan your placement carefully take your time and always double check your work.
FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE i KNOW SOME THINGS ARE VAGUE BUT HEY IF YOU ASK ILL TELL.
Why I use Cobra well thats a big question.
While setting up our company here in New Zealand we were looking for a product that would meet all of our needs now and in the future.
The choice to move towards Cobra was always heavily weighted towards the product but more towards the great support that I was getting from Cobra's CEO Scott Smith.
Even tho I had not purchased anything at that point Scott still took the time out for me sometimes video calling for over an hour to discuss the current uses of the product as well as other options in the pipeline.
While we were doing this we were also looking at more traditional systems such as Fire One and Night Hawk etc but for some reason I felt more drawn to the capability's and support that Cobra offered.
We began by buying 3 older units and a audio box off a friend. We began to experimented making very small pyro musical displays as a test before scaling up.
What we found was when we used Finale Fireworks we were able to design and export a display very quickly onto the Cobra Firing System and be able to fire it by the push of a button.
When it came to other systems this became allot harder and again pushed me towards the Cobra system.
Once we were satisfied with the outcome of the experiment we acquired a display on the Rotorua Lake front that once designed would require 50 modules. So we again contacted Scott Smith and purchased another 47 modules this allowed us to compete the display.
When we had setup the display we did run into some RF issues due to being next to the airport and with all the concert gear but having the dish and the booster soon fixed this issue. which has now been fixed with the new Mesh system which is fantastic and will be covered on another Blog.
The System in My eyes is one of the best systems on the market simply because at the end of the day its simple compact and wireless.
The only thing we are needing for our displays now is some larger modules so we are looking into the 36m as we speak.
We also require the 2 wire link system were wireless is out of the questions such as the Auckland Skytower with all those satellites up there theirs no way the wireless will work.
But all in all the product is extremely sound and with the many displays we do year round we have not had any issues so far.
A fantastic system and a fantastic crew to build your future with.
If I could recommend any system out there for large or small Firework displays It would definitely be the Cobra Firing System.
Below I have placed a link to there website as well as there Facebook page get in and join the community of Cobra uses and grab a hold of the years of experience and the great friendships you will acquire as you become a Cobra User.