Several years ago while preparing for the annual International Custom Rod Building Exposition, the nice ladies who staff the Showplace facility informed me that they had recently installed three large video screens – two in the Atrium area and one in a mobile enclosure that could be placed anywhere in the exhibit hall – and they were available for our use.
For the first couple years we played a few of the commercially available rod building DVDs such as Flex Coatâ€™s â€œHow We Do It.â€ Entertaining as these were, I always felt we could make even better use of this video opportunity.
Just prior to the 2010 event, I began producing a 3-part video comprised of historical rod building items, custom rods and custom rod builders. The final product was unveiled and shown continuously at the 2010 Expo.Â The response was so positive that I have decided to continue the same video series for the 2011 event.
If you would like to be included in the 2011 edition, you may send photos of your custom rod/s and/or yourself to this office at [email protected]. Iâ€™ll include everyone that wishes to participate but there are a few simple requirements youâ€™ll have to meet in order to be included. Here we go:
1.Â Obviously, the photos have to be of good quality. The video screens are large format therefore out of focus, fuzzy photos really donâ€™t fill the bill. It goes without saying that where custom rod photos are concerned, you want to present your work in the best possible manner.Â Rods photographed against a dog bed or a ratty floor mat wonâ€™t cut it. Look at the photos above to get some idea what weâ€™re after in this regard. This is a high quality, professional presentation and there is a minimum standard weâ€™d like to maintain. See below…
2. If sending a photograph of yourself, please make sure the International Custom Rod Building Symbol is displayed somewhere alongside yourself – on your clothing, shop wall, etc.Â The two go hand in hand. See below…
3. Photos should be reasonably large. Jpeg files are fine. Minor editing can be done here.
Thatâ€™s it! Send those photos in prior to January 5th in order to be included in the 2011 edition.Â Every person that participates will receive a free DVD of the presentation just after the Expo debut. Send those photos to: [email protected]