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Tips for Choosing the Right Backdrops for Your Staging

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It can be challenging to choose the right stage or event backdrop. A variety of fabrics and treatments determines the overall look and feel of the backdrop curtain. Still, the backdrop material’s technical specifications and sound and light masking abilities are also necessary. This article will look at the essence of a stage backdrop and how to work your way to choose the best backdrop. Read on!

 Why the backdrop?

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Your gathering will have the proper mood with a stage background. Additionally, the backdrop can be utilized to hide undesirable elements. When conducting a conference or trade expo, backdrops can also be used as advertising places. A stage backdrop also serves the utilitarian functions of shutting off the light and providing safety.

Types of Backdrops

1.Conventional fabric Backdrop

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It’s a classic cyclorama background constructed of extra-wide muslin, canvas, or cotton that can work wonders in studios and on stage. These materials are ideal for generating a sky cyclorama, chromakey backdrops, or projecting images and lighting effects because they provide a stable surface for even light dispersion.

2.Painted Backdrop

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Scenic artists may hand-paint beautiful images and distinctive textures on theatrical stage backgrounds and unusual scenery curtains. These painted backgrounds are sometimes heavier than printed fabrics because of the thicker muslin or canvas foundation material. Still, they have an unrivalled charm that instantly adds visual appeal to a piece.

3.Printed backdrop

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Consider a digitally printed background if you want a picture-perfect, long-lasting drape with crisp, detailed artwork. Your stage or event backdrop can be printed up to 5 meters wide using the most cutting-edge large-format printing technology.

Choose from a wide range of polyester and PVC materials, indoor and outdoor fabrics, and eco-friendly options, each with its own set of qualities. Furthermore, all ShowTex print textiles are fire-rated to European specifications.

4.LED Backdrops

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A plain black backdrop can be too plain, while a custom-printed, painted, or laser-cut drape can be too flamboyant. When that happens, beautiful LED backdrops will come in handy.

You can create a realistic night sky and add shimmering constellations to any performance or event using a house of worship-led screen. You can even add a splash of colour or use a fully animated video curtain to turn your background drape into a high-resolution video screen.

5.Laser-cut Backdrops

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Laser-cut backdrops give your set more depth, texture, and personality. This utterly remarkable design method is used to cut out any design, pattern, or shape from nearly any type of backdrop fabric with measurement precision. Choose laser-cut to create an entirely bespoke stage backdrop to adorn your event. 

How to choose the right Backdrop

1.Know the purpose of your event

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Knowing the major purpose of the backdrop will help you pick the right one. It’s also essential to consider the statement you want to make to your audience. It’s noticeably clear that the backdrops used in a gala would not be used in a theatrical performance. The event’s purpose reflects on the types of backdrop to be used.

2.Consider the event theme

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It’s expected that every event hosted has a specific theme. The backdrops you choose should not only matter that they suit the event but also the chosen theme. 

3.Analyze your budget

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Again, budget forms the basis of fundamental decisions such as this, the backdrop choosing. At times we want to choose a fancy backdrop, but the finances do not allow it. In such a case, work with what you have and be creative to suit your preferences and event requirements.

4.Consider the available stage space 

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Just like every design suits a specific area, so do backdrops. It’s good to know the size of square meters you are working with to see how you will set your stage and the backdrops. It’s essential since you do not want to overestimate or underestimate your space and end up ruining your stage setting due to fitting the wrong backdrops.

5.Honor your creativity

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Suppose you are a person who likes to mix things up a little. Do not be worried when it comes to backdrops. They are the easiest to mix up. Just pay attention to your event theme and work your magic to create something authentic. This works well with the fashion show backdrops and theatre stage performances. You need to be keen on it for the rest so that you do not end up overdoing it.

6. Create room for sponsors

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In most cases, every event has its sponsors or financers, and it’s pretty essential to acknowledge them as the show goes on. It’s not only suitable for the show but for them as business entities. It serves to advertise them and their corporations. 

When creating a stage or event backdrop, you should leave a room where the names of corporations and business sponsors who chipped in to make the entire event successful. That’s where choosing a backdrop that has enough space for display comes in. Led displays comes in handy since they can switch sponsors’ names during the showcase with ease.

Conclusion

Choosing a stage backdrop requires precision and careful planning. After knowing your event purpose, theme and analyzing your budget, take time to honour your creativity and have the event sponsors in mind during your selection. All the best!

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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