Production Collaborators

PRODUCTION COLLABORATORS

Plutopia Productions maintains a varied group of quality professional collaborators we can draw on for the planning, design, production and execution of your event. Below are a few from our ever growing network.

Production Design/Art Direction

Nicola Rudge
Nicola Rudge & Co., United Kingdom

Nicola is an innovation catalyst and advisor, fusing 20 years of applied art direction in film, media, and design internationally with the vision, alchemy, and a signature ‘project alignment’ process required to fund and launch integrated experiential projects globally. Her breadth of work spans from her days literally ‘growing’ Grimpen Myre for Sherlock Holmes – Hounds of the Baskervilles as Art Director and Production Designer with Granada Television (UK), to making tangible dreams real in visitor attractions including Singapore Zoo and Thunder City, South Africa, to transforming derelict listed buildings into award winning boutique hotels (Great John Street) in partnership with her clients. She’s most recently worked to support social change via documentary films including Get Hip to Good Food (Hurricane Katrina and the Slow Food Movement) and Breaking the Silence, Conversations for Life Program and is co-director of a new non-profit social enterprise in the UK called ‘Stories to Change’ CIC.

Her education includes degrees from Manchester in Design for the Communication Media, San Francisco  School of Digital Film Making, and has expanded expertise in building heritage and conservation (working with organizations like The Monastery, Manchester), green build and the power of autobiographical story for social change.

Food and Beverage Sourcing / Production

Edible Austin magazine
Marla Camp, Publisher

Edible Austin is a community-based quarterly publication that promotes the abundance of local foods, season by season. Our mission is to transform the way our community shops for, cooks, eats and relates to the food that is grown and produced in and around Austin and the Central Texas Hill Country. We celebrate local, sustainable, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions.

Through our publication, website, and events, we connect consumers with local growers, retailers, chefs and food artisans—enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in a mutually beneficial, healthful and economically viable way. The fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, cheese and other artisanally produced foods they bring to the table are what make our community an interesting and healthy place to live. Edible Austin is for people who are interested in:

  • Eating and growing delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods
  • Getting to know the people who grow, produce, cook, sell and serve those foods
  • Discovering great dining, day trips, wines and winemakers, food events and festivals, books to read and products to try

Marla Camp is an award-winning journalist, artist and local food enthusiast who believes that the power of print can build community and effect change. As owner and publisher of Edible Austin (launched in 2007 and member of Edible Communities), her mission is to connect readers to the local food culture and producers in Central Texas, season by season. In addition to publishing the magazine, she produces fundraisers and community events in an effort to spread awareness of the local food movement. She is also a host of the Edible Communities Show on Heritage Radio Network, interviewing and archiving the stories of farmers, producers, food artisans, film directors, authors and food activists to a national audience. In February 2009, Marla was appointed Chair of the newly formed Sustainable Food Policy Board for the City of Austin and Travis County.

Costume and Set Design

Jane Clarke
Amelia’s RetroVogue & Relics

As a costume designer, Amelia’s owner, Jane Clarke, has over 30 years experience using costumes to create, express, define and clarify characters for film and the theater. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of fashion history, Ms. Clarke is able to assemble historically accurate outfits that impart both depth and dimension. As a social anthropologist, Ms. Clarke draws on our collective memory to express a character in a way that is memorable and easily recognizable. Though Amelia’s may serve as an initial resource, she also maintains friendly contacts with dealers, vendors, seamstresses and wholesale houses across the globe.

Working collaboratively is part of the fun and challenge of the costume designer’s job, and Ms. Clarke is happy to engage with the director, production designer and actor to bring their vision to life.

Audio/Visual/Lighting

Rob Elliott

Rob is a top concert sound engineer and was the monitor sound engineer for the recent The Cure and Gomez world tours and has worked with the former for the past three years and the latter band for 12 years. Rob also works with 8th Day Sound for the last three ACL Festivals and worked Coachella in 2009 and has production manager experience at SXSW. He also worked on Live 8, London, The MTV European Music Awards and Glastonbury for Britannia Row and earlier in his career worked on tours for Tool, Rancid, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Rage against the Machine.

Rob has a B Eng in Mechanical Engineering and a professional degree in Studio Engineering. Born in the UK, he is currently a permanent US resident.

We are proud to announce that this March, Rob will be the tour manager and Sound engineer for the Plutopia Indie Chile Tour.

StageTech, Inc.

Bill Mester
Austin Shirley
Kenny Kuykendall

In operation since 2001,  StageTech, Inc. provides equipment packages for concerts, theater arts and entertainment, corporate shows and meetings, government and state associations, as well as education and charity special events. Their professional services include sound, lighting, video and staging.

Interactive Entertainment Systems
Richard Phillips

Innovative lighting, sound, video, sales, design, installation, service, rentals. Providing personalized service at reasonable rates for over 20 years. Services include:  stage lighting, architectural lighting, special event lighting, background sound and paging, video systems and home theaterinstallations.

James Duval
Sound Engineer

James has quickly built a reputation as one of the best sound engineers in Austin, and one of the easiest to work with.

As a professional sound engineer, James has worked the boards at One World Theater, Big House Sound, world famous Antone’s and Threadgill’s, running sound for such artists as Booker T and the MG’s, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell, Chubby Checker, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Arturo Sandoval. James has also run sound for the largest music conference and festival in the world, South by Southwest.

Austin Theatrical Supply
John Vickers

Since 1953, providing lighting, pipe and drape, set design and décor.

Professional Audio/Visual and Theatrical Technicians

The Stage Alliance
Don Driscoll

The Stage Alliance is proud to work with some of the most prestigious performing arts centers and organizations in Austin. From the Long Center for the Performing Arts to Austin Symphony Orchestra, we work directly with our clients to provide them with the best experience and service available.

I.A.T.S.E Local 205

Since 1911, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 205, has been serving the Austin area as the labor union representing technicians, artisans and crafts persons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, concert, and convention events. We are the source for professional experienced personnel, including Stagehands,  Scenic Carpenters,  Properties Personnel, Projectionists, Riggers, Wardrobe Personnel, Wigs, Hair and Makeup Specialists, Lighting Technicians, Sound Technicians, Audio/Visual Technicians, Camera Operators, and Decorators. We can cover your stagecraft needs from corporate meeting to musical theater.

Sustainability

Green Fern Events

Green Fern Events, LLC is an Austin-based environmentally friendly event planning firm whose capabilities range from corporate events and conferences, to weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and private events. Green Fern Events seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of each event while considering overall costs by applying the best green practices to site selection, energy use, food and beverage, waste management, lodging, transportation, and purchasing decisions. In an industry that is by nature, transient and wasteful, Green Fern Events aims to evoke positive change regarding greener standards for events.

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