What confetti adds to a production, concert or event is a visual thrill. It fills the air with excitement. It is airborne emotion. It heightens the experience, making it more enjoyable and more memorable. Ask anyone who's been to a confetti-filled sports championship or rock concert.
It instantly turns the ordinary extraordinary. It says there is something to celebrate. It turns serious adults into awestruck children and sends children into giddy glee. It is very hard to duplicate that feeling with anything other than confetti.
|How do I get the confetti into the air?|
For stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas, you would use a large, continuous flow confetti cannon. We rent and sell the BigBlaster™ (U.S. Patent No. 6,364,737). It comes in its own self-contained road case. Using CO2 tanks, it can launch confetti 60-75 feet in the air at a pound per second! An operator hand feeds the confetti into a hopper, allowing control of both the flow of the confetti and the mix of product shot into the air.
For slightly smaller venues (theatres, ballrooms, nightclubs, sound stages, TV studios, etc), we recommend the MiniBlaster™ (U.S. Patent No. 6,364,737). Also powered by CO2, it is half the size of the BigBlaster™, but still powerful enough to launch confetti 30-40 feet in the air.
In addition to the continuous flow cannons above, we often recommend Big Shots®, which are "single shot" double-barrel cannons. Instead of a continuous flow, they use compressed air to deliver a dramatic burst of confetti and/or streamers. They are fired with the push of a button. Multiple units can be connected to a control box to allow single or multiple cues. When placed on the floor level or stage deck, they create a fountain effect. When rigged higher up-on a truss, rooftop or balcony they create a waterfall (or cascade) effect.
Another fun way to launch confetti or streamers is witheither our Reusable Handheld Cannons or our Disposable Handheld Cannons. These are perfect for close quarters or in a larger venue when several are fired at the same time. The handheld units are powered by small CO2 cartridges. Although these cannons aren't very large, just a few of them can produce quite a dramatic effect. For productions on the tightest budgets, these are often the perfect solution.
A low tech, yet effective way to get confetti into the air is to simply toss it by hand. Depending on the color and quantity, hand-tossed confetti can create quite an array of different looks. We package confetti in small individual bags called Toss-A-Rounds®, which are perfect for events like weddings and graduations.
|How difficult are the confetti cannons to operate?|
Our cannons are surprisingly easy to operate. Our BigBlaster™ and our MiniBlaster™ come within self-contained road cases. To operate these cannons, you just take off the lid, remove the horn from the case and install it in the base of the case using two large pins, hook up the CO2 bottle and open the valve. When you are ready to create your confetti effect, you open a valve on the cannon and feed confetti into the hopper. The entire process takes only a few minutes. When you are through, because the cannons are on wheels, they are easy to move.
The BigBlaster™ is usually powered by two 50 lb. siphoned CO2 tanks. The MiniBlaster™ can be powered by a single 50 lb. CO2 tank (approximately 3 min. blast time) or by a 20 lb. "concession-stand" sized tank (approximately 1 minute blast time). Note: CO2 tanks are not included in the base price of a cannon purchase or rental.
Big Shots® are also simple to use. To operate the Big Shots® you would fill the accumulator tank with air using an air compressor (or compressed air tank), load the cannon barrels with sleeves of product (a sleeve is a cylindrical plastic bag of confetti and/or streamers), tape a compression cap onto the end of the barrel (a paper cap that helps the product fire farther), plug the cannon(s) into a control unit which is then plugged into an electrical outlet. (Note: the control unit contains a power indicator light-an important safety feature that lets you know you your electrical connection is "live.") If more than one cannon is used they can be daisy-chained in a series. Then, all you do is wait for your cue and push a button to launch your confetti and/or streamers.
Handheld cannons are perhaps the easiest to use. Simply load a sleeve of confetti and/or streamers into the barrel. Tape on a compression cap (see above), screw in a threaded CO2 cartridge, hold the cannon at approximately 45 degrees from the ground and pull the string that is attached to the firing mechanism. To reload and re-use: remove the spent CO2 cartridge, screw in a fresh cartridge and repeat the process.
Our Champagne Blast® confetti launcher also uses a threaded CO2 cartridge and is fired with the simple pull of a string.
|How much confetti do I need?|
That depends on a few things: The size of the area and whether the event is indoors or outdoors (ballroom, theatre, arena), the type of dispersal unit (handheld unit, double-barrel electronically fired cannon, continuous flow cannon) and the overall effect desired (gentle sprinkle, blizzard, etc.).
What are the dimensions of your room? What are your ceiling heights? What is your desired coverage area and purpose? Are you attempting to create an eye-catching stage effect or an interactive blast over the entire audience? If the area to be covered is outdoors, how big is it? What type of confetti will you be using, tissue, PVC or CleanFree™
When it comes to the volume of confetti needed, aesthetics rule. It depends on how much confetti you want falling through the air for how long. "Single-blast" confetti cannons require less confetti than "continuous flow" cannons. Also, some confetti special effects require a light sprinkling of confetti (shapes such as petals or leaves) and some call for a blizzard (snow).
It is not easy to answer a question like, "I have a five thousand square foot ballroom, how many pounds will I need?" until after we have discussed the look you are going after. If you had a mid-sized ballroom and you were after a spectacular and elegant stage effect, we would probably recommend something like two MiniBlasters™ (continuous flow confetti cannons) and twenty-five pounds of a mix of white tissue and gold metallic stars.
As an alternative, if the ceiling height would permit, we might say, "Put four BigShots® (double-barrel, single-blast confetti cannons) on the truss above your stage and four on the floor for a two-cue effect. The first cue would be a "fountain" shot in front of the stage quickly followed by the second cue of streamers breaking through the "fountain" and traveling 60 feet into the audience.
Different looks require different cannons and confetti shapes. At Artistry In Motion®, we feel that if you treat confetti as a special effect and spend a little extra time designing it, the result can be a visual impression that can last a lifetime. What we are talking about here is, in fact, the artistry of Artistry In Motion®.
|What shape confetti do I want?|
Because we have a wide range of different shapes, you can make highly individualized statements. The most popular confetti shapes are rectangles and squares. Artistry In Motion® sells these shapes in a variety of colors and materials, in almost any size the client wishes.
Current die-cut confetti shapes include: butterflies, circles, hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs/shamrocks, stars, bells, petals, doves, musical notes, parrots (toucans), blimps, cars, ovals, pixie dust, leaves (oak, willow, sycamore), baseball bats & footballs (in team colors), to name but a few.
Occasionally, clients want something even more unique, in that case we can create new shapes limited ony by the imagination of our clients, and the skills of our die makers. (see What is logo confetti? below)
|What color confetti do I want?|
When considering confetti colors, there are several questions to ask. What is the tone or mood of the event/production? Is there an existing color scheme? If it's an especially classy affair, you might want silver or gold. Corporate celebration? Maybe company colors. Patriotic theme? That's easy-pick your country's colors. Mardi Gras? Green, purple and gold. Fun and festive? Multi-color.
|What material should my confetti be?|
Although we sell a wide variety of confetti and streamer products, your basic choice usually comes down to: tissue, PVC, or CleanFree™.
Tissue usually stays in the air the longest and is least expensive. PVC is more is highly reflective and thus vibrant. The gold and silver PVC products (being highly reflective), create a shimmering, magical effect.
CleanFree™ is a unique white tissue product which dissolves when it comes in contact with water. It is the perfect product for use in an outdoor environment where clean-up is expensive or impossible
Keep in mind, you can also mix tissue products with metallic to achieve an affordable and visually impressive look. Again, the choice of product material is dependent on the overall effect you want to achieve.
|How is the confetti packaged?|
We package confetti in bulk (for continuous flow cannons and some theatrical uses), in sleeves (for barrel loading cannons) and in small, individual ziplock bags which we call Toss-A-Rounds®. They're perfect for events like weddings and graduations.
|How safe is Artistry in Motion® confetti?|
All our confetti and streamer tissue products are flame resistant and our PVC products are self-extinguishing. This is important, especially in venues where the confetti might be landing on hot lights, or where there are open flames in the room. Our confetti and streamer tissue products are also non-toxic.
Streamers add an extra punch to any celebration. When an event, production or ceremony calls for a visual exclamation point, streamers are the perfect punctuation! To launch streamers, we have two different methods: Big Shots® and handheld cannons.
Streamers also add a completely different looking visual element. When there are multiple cues in a production and a variety of different looks is critical, streamers are the solution. When combined with confetti, streamers can be especially dramatic. First a "wall of confetti" is fired into the air, then streamers burst though the wall, creating an effect guaranteed to produce a chorus of oohs and aahs!
When a quick clean up is called for, streamers are easy to gather up. We have fired them off on the field in Super Bowl Pre-game Shows and had the field in pristine condition for kickoff only moments later.
Given enough lead time, streamers can also be imprinted (see What is imprinted confetti?) with a special message: "July 4, 2002 Opening Day" "New Product Name-Product Feature" "Congratulations! League Champions" etc. These streamers are scooped up by audience members as keepsakes.
|What is imprinted confetti?|
Imprinted confetti is confetti or streamers with writing or images printed on it. We call our imprinted confetti & streamers SkyWords®. The messages or logos can be printed on tissue or PVC. By adding a written message onto the confetti itself, it adds a whole new dimension to the product. We can imprint logos, support the theme of an event, even turn the confetti and streamers into Keepsake Confetti® that patrons take home as souvenirs (Confoami™ and PuffTails™ are examples of products designed to be kept by patrons).
We regularly provide our corporate clients with SkyWords® including their logo and a quick message. Companies use it for new product kickoffs and special celebrations. We have even cut the confetti itself into the shape of a corporate logo!
When you want to make a statement, we at Artistry In Motion® suggest you literally make the statement! Put it in writing, put it in the air and "broadcast" it to your audience.
|What is logo confetti?|
There are two ways to achieve logos on confetti: imprinting the logo on tissue or metallic material and then cutting that material into confetti (see What is imprinted confetti? above) or cutting the confetti itself into the shape of the logo.
Here are a few facts concerning custom shaped confetti, especially in reference to a die-cut of your company logo.
Depending on the shape and size, it takes two weeks to create a custom-shaped die and the cost is determined by the size, shape and intricacy of the design. Keep in mind the shapes should be something that will be recognizable whether they are upside down or sideways. Also, the shape should be relatively simple. If you can email or fax us your logo, we can tell you if it can be made into confetti.
We can print logos or lettering on the shapes we already have. Iimprinted confetti takes approximately three to four weeks from the order date to delivery. (Note: Non-imprinted confetti can be shipped almost immediately, depending on the size and shapes of the order.)
Another option might be PuffTails™, which are small plush balls with ribbons attached. The ribbons can be imprinted with a message. They look festive flying through the air and are collectible items that your guests will take home.
|What does confetti add to a ticked event or production?|
Theme parks, concert tours, sports events and a host of other productions and venues around the world are all competing for entertainment dollars. Each is in the business of trying to lure people away from their televisions, to get them to come to an event of some kind. Confetti raises the level of audience involvement. It is interactive fun. It makes a special event more special and more memorable. It's not simply something you watch, it's something you feel.
|Why buy custom confetti?|
One of the biggest advantages of buying from Artistry In Motion® is the wide range of choices we provide our clients. Since all the confetti is cut to order, clients can mix and match shapes and materials. Depending on the look desired, rectangles and squares can be custom cut in sizes ranging from 0.25 to 5 inches. Most confetti is either tissue or PVC film (usually metallic).
A rock band promoter might want one inch black tissue squares mixed with two inch silver metallic squares. An NFL promotions director might order tissue footballs and metallic streamers in team colors. An art director might order red metallic hearts mixed with white and pink tissue hearts for a Valentines themed commercial or print advertisment. An award show director might want a shower of gold and silver shooting stars followed by a lingering stardust trail. At Artistry In Motion® we can help each of them create the unique effect they have envisioned.
|How much do your confetti products cost?|
Since all of our confetti is custom cut to order, the price depends on the shape of the confetti, the materials used, the amount ordered, etc. We will be happy to supply a quote based on your specific needs. We are not an off-the-shelf supplier. We are creating a unique special effect for your special event or production.
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|Why should I buy confetti from Artistry in Motion®?|
There are several reasons to buy or rent equipment from Artistry In Motion®. We are a production-oriented confetti company. We focus on budgets and know about deadlines, sightlines and bottom lines. To this day, although there are other companies that do it as a sideline, AIM is virtually the only company whose primary goal is providing special effects confetti and confetti cannons to the entertainment and special events industries.
Artistry In Motion® concentrates on its clients' needs and desires. Although some of the following points may sound obvious, they have been key to ensuring repeat business from high profile clients who are under high pressure. Artistry In Motion® is dedicated to:
Making sure the product arrives in plenty of time for the show. Guaranteeing the highest quality product and service. Tackling all the details so clients don't have to. Anticipating problems and having solutions ready. Remaining calm in the eye of the storm. Staying flexible. Rolling with the punches. Getting it right the first time-with "confetti moments" there are usually no second chances.
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