Frequently Asked Questions about Inflatable Scenery & Stage Props
Whether you're producing a rock concert, a theatrical performance or a television show, props are major elements in the mix. Coming up with everything needed to make the stage interesting and inviting to your audience can send you running from one corner of the world to another. And when finding a readymade purple dragon wearing a tutu proves insurmountable, you turn to expensive artists who develop something crafted from wood, metal or hard plastic. (A nightmare to ship from city to city.)
That's why inflatable stage props are becoming increasingly popular with stage and production managers. Adding an entirely new dimension to the show, these props (including inflatable scenery) lend unique characteristics that other props lack. While you may have had issues with size, portability or sheer functionality in the past, you'll find inflatable stage props get glowing marks in all these - and other - categories.
"How Much Detail Can I Expect from Inflatable Scenery / Stage Props?"
As much as you'd like. When you work with an inflatable manufacturer that employs a talented crew of artists and designers, you'll get exceptionally lifelike results. Recreating a character from a fairy tale? The inflatable can be exacting. Need to climb the mountains or sail the ocean blue? Inflatable scenery can be very lifelike. From rather generic to immensely precise, the level of detail is all up to you.
"We Travel All Across the Country. Can Inflatable Stage Props Handle the Wear & Tear?"
Just like the other performers in your productions, inflatable stage props must work every time without fail and look good doing it. Thanks to highly durable vinyl and other materials, you'll find inflatables travel better than rigid props in many cases. They don't chip or fade. The corners don't break off if dropped. And they completely deflate and fold up for easy storage and shipping.
"What Other Benefits Do Inflatable Stage Props Offer?"
Many! One of the biggest, however, is fast inflation and the ability to deliver the element of surprise. In the twinkling of an eye, you can bring a prop into view appearing instantly on cue. This makes it enormously easy to have props come in and out between scenes without complicated and clunky setups.
Inflatables use fans that are quiet and fast. If you work with a qualified inflatable manufacturer, they can help you engineer an external and/or internal blower system that gives you the flexibility you need for quick change outs of inflatable scenery and more. Did you see the recent daytime TV show that highlighted favorite Christmas gifts? At the end, a giant, inflatable cruise ship popped out of a jack-in-the-box on cue in about 12 seconds. That - and many other scenarios - really gets viewers involved.
Inflatables can also easily be crafted to meet specific safety regulations for fire, UL and rigging as needed.
Fun and custom-created, inflatable stage props give you the ability to have exaggerated effects, larger-than-life replicas and mood-setting designs that will engage and enthrall your audience.
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