Featured Client: Dancing with the Stars / ABC Television
Working with Damian Hattori of Mad Props Los Angeles, we were contacted this year to help re-design the trophy for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. The production company liked the design they were using, but it had no structural integrity to it. They did not like the fact it felt "like a piece of plastic last year" and wanted to give it a substantial feel while making it as sturdy as possible so it could be handled on live television without it falling apart. We tackled the job by re-designing it so 2 half inch metal rods went through the length of the award from top to bottom. The award was not bolted together through all of the main assembly parts, so you could literally use this year's trophy to hammer nails with. The art director was thrilled, and after more back and forth with Mad Props, we figured out a way to chrome all the pieces, then coat with gold.
The final award was on the season finale last night and looked incredible. The best moment for me was when the winner picked it up and was holding it over their head and shaking it up and down. I knew that even if they dropped it, it would still be in one piece. So at the end of the day, I was happy, the prop master was happy, and more importantly, the art director and producers were both happy as well. Another highly satisfied client. And such a pleasure to work with Damian and his crew over at Mad Props Los Angeles. Can't wait to see what new jobs this leads to!
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