The Amplification Formulation, or, Bigger is Better.
There once was a Band Director with grand ideas and big plans. We’ll call him “Tim.”*
Tim saw the Corps Design Adjustable Media Frame at TMEA. He said “Man! I LOVE IT! Can you make one that is 20′ tall?” I said “Sure!”
So I set pencil to paper and began the design process. This was going to be a serious project. A few days later, on the way in to work, I drove under an overpass that had a sign: “Clearance 17’11”. Hmm…..
I got to work, stepped out of my truck and noticed power lines above the parking lot, about 15′ off the ground. Hmmmm…..
As I pondered the design and the assembly that would be required, I considered that this would be assembled by students and volunteers, not professional theater riggers. It would require suspending steel 20′ in the air. Hmmmmmm…..
I picked up the phone and called Tim. I told him that I would need need someone on the district level to sign off on a product liability waiver. He said, “Well, how big can you go without that?”
And thus was born the Media Monster. Adjusts from a minimum of 10′ x 10′ up to 14′ x 14′. The casters add about another foot. The caster legs also telescope out to provide up to a 10′ wheel base for more stability against the wind.
* Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but well-meaning. Any resemblance to a Band Director that you may know is intentional, because there is a “Tim” in all of us.
If you think 14′ x 14′ is too big, check out Allen High School. They are using 12 Media Monsters. Then again, they do march end zone to end zone!