Q: What is the difference between a laser show and a laser light dance party?
A: A laser show is typically a 15-20 minute customized show that synchronizes laser lights with music. We do include the sound in our costs, which is not something all laser show companies do. Laser shows might be done to celebrate a season (Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc.), a certain musical genre (80's, Top 40, Hip Hop, Country), or even a particular artist. Laser shows can also incorporate different themes (sports, religious, marine life, etc.) The show can be repeated easily at different times during an event, or even on different nights. (Ex: Laser Show every night at set times to celebrate a special week in town).
A laser light dance party is a high energy performance that turns any venue into sort of a night club atmosphere. It includes lasers, along with other professional moving lights, and high quality sound. The dance party might also include accessories such as a video projection screen to display music videos, a snow machine, foam machine, etc. A dance party can easily last 3-5 hours. Laser beams create a tremendous visual impact for your participants.
Q: What about the glow parties?
A: We can add a glow aspect to your laser light dance party for no extra charge! Our moving lights have a UV function so we can easily create a strong "glow" on your dance floor for whatever period of time you wish. We can quickly revert back to other moving light options with the same lights.
If a laser light dance party is out of your price range, ask us about a glow party. We can offer them for a bit less because we will not be using the lasers.
Q: Can we do the event outside?
A: Yes. We can do laser shows and laser light dance parties inside or outside. Keep in mind that an outdoor performance will often be more costly than an indoor event for several reasons. This is because it takes higher wattage lasers to obtain a stronger visual impact when outside. With indoor events, we can create a strong impact with lower wattage lasers by simply putting haze in the air.
Keep in mind that if we are unable to terminate laser beams outside (such as on the side of a building, a large screen, a big truck, etc.), we will need to file a notice at least 30 days in advance with the FAA to obtain a letter of non-objection. The time required to do this paperwork will be considered when we give you a quote.
Q: Why do you use haze inside? It might set off our fire alarms!
A: In order for laser beams to be seen by the human eye while they are in the air, there must be particles in the air. The laser beams deflect off these particles, which is what creates the visual impact of a laser show. If you air is clear, as it normally would be inside, you will not be able to see the laser beams as they travel. Therefore, haze is a safe way to get those particles in the air. Without the haze, we are unable to give you the value and wow factor for which you are paying us to do.
Q: Ok, we understand we need haze. But what about our fire alarms? Can we even do this?
A: Yes you can. Haze machines are different than a standard smoke machine. It is much less thick and designed not to set off alarms. Our haze is not flammable or hot so if your sensors are heat activated, there is never a problem. However, some particle activated alarms will still sound depending where your sensors are and how sensitive they are.
There are two proactive ways to resolve this concern:
1) Put your alarms on test mode and designate 1-2 people to be on fire watch. This is totally appropriate and approved by most fire departments. The people should be responsible adults and MUST ONLY be on fire watch. They cannot have ANY other responsibilities at your event and they should have a large air horn in case of emergency.
2) Contact your fire department in advance and offer to pay someone an hourly rate to be on site. If your alarm sounds, the fire department can verify there is no fire and reset the alarm without a mandatory evacuation.
Q: We have heard your rates are higher than local DJs and bands? Is that true?
Emerald Owl Productions is the company we want you to call when you want a special "Wow" factor at your event. As our name indicates, we bring a production to your venue. We are building our brand based on superior quality and adding unmeasurable value to your event. Our vision is not to be a DJ service, but rather to bring big city quality entertainment to small town USA!
In short, comparing us to DJ rates is not the proper comparison. In fact, we sometimes contract with DJs who want our professional lighting and lasers at their event. A professional laser show and laser light dance party is a cost efficient alternative to a fireworks production. If you compare our rates with a fireworks show, a big city laser show company, or even just the cost to rent and operate all of the equipment we bring to your event, you will find our rates to be extremely competitive. (Also keep in mind a laser light and glow dance party might last for 4 hours -- much longer than a fireworks show!)
Q: Why are your rates for your productions not published?
A: That is a fair and understandable question. However, in order to give you the best quote possible, we need to meet with you so we can discuss your vision of a wonderful event. Consider a fireworks show in New York City and a fireworks show in a small American town. Both are fireworks shows, but the budgets and participant experience will be very different. This is the same with a laser show or laser light dance party. We can do a smaller show or a much larger show, depending on several factors.
Some of the factors we will discuss are your expected attendance, if your event is outdoor or indoor, how much power is available at the venue, and is there a surface to terminate the laser beams. We also will ask you for an approximate budget. Our job is then to take your vision of a wonderful event and your budget to make something work for you.
Q: How much power is needed? A: As with anything, it will depend on how big of a production we are doing. Typically we will require four 20-amp circuits without anything else on them. If this much power is not available, we have a distro box that can be wired straight into your breaker, which provide the needed power. This will need to be done by an electrician and typically will be $100 or less. We provide the distro box, but you will be responsible to get the electrician. The distro box may not be needed if you have enough available power on site.
Q: Why does a laser show company do school fundraisers?We never heard of anything like this.
A: This is what sets us apart from really anyone else. We bring over 30 years of production experience and 14 years of fundraising experience to form a truly unique way to raise profit. Please look at the "About Us" section of this website to learn more about us.
Q: Should I choose a Standard Contractual Event or go with your Fundraising Division?
A: We have two divisions of Emerald Owl Productions: Standard Contractual Events & A Fundraising Division.
Standard contractual events are when you want us to do an event on a set date for a set price. We agree on an investment quote, we meet with you to customize your event to fit your needs, and then we make it happen. This option is your better choice in the following situations:
* Your event is already well established and successful. You are looking for a way to add something new and high energy to make your successful event even better!
* You have a designated budget that fits one of our laser show and/or laser light dance party packages.
* You wish to make the event free or very low cost for your participants. (You are buying your participants our entertainment.)
* If participants are going to pay an entrance fee, you know you will have enough paying participants to cover our costs.
Our Fundraising Divisionwas created to help schools, churches, and non-profits raise funds in an innovative way. Our 14 years experience in school fundraising has proven that we have a successful, high return fundraising model. You pay a percentage of your total donations after the fundraising is completed, so that you never find yourself in a position where you are short. This option is your better choice in the following situations:
* You have no budget or a very small budget for the event.
* You would like us to help you plan your fundraiser in advance of the event to build excitement.
* Depending on expected participation, you are expecting your participants to raise $25-$50 or more in pledges to attend. (With a fundraiser, there needs to be room for our fees plus your profit.)
* You are short on time and volunteers. Our fundraising fees include the time we spend before the event to save you valuable time on your end.
To give you an example, Eastern Wayne Middle School in Goldsboro, NC raised nearly $11,000 profit with us managing their spring fundraiser. The same school only made a little over $5,000 with their standard product fundraiser in the fall. With us, the school kept 63% plus made an extra $2,000 selling concessions and glow items. With the other company, the school kept a flat 40% and had to give back more than half the money collected.