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It seems like having massive props is getting more and more expected/required - whose work, whose do not?

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16 minutes ago, Ediker said:

Favorite, so far, is Blue Devils' props. Clean lines. Simple concept. Effective.

I assume there is some sort of imagery coming to the large panel things....

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4 minutes ago, ashevillemurphy said:

I assume there is some sort of imagery coming to the large panel things....

You would think, but I think it might take away from the clean lines that are created from the silhouette of the performs, If anything they paint it White or Some sort of Solid color, but what they have now gives the clean lines... 

Currently

Best use of props; SCV

Worst; Crown

I think the standard for props now is how can the performers use them to add to the overall effect of the show. Not just be a  backdrop but actually used and add to the complexity of the show. Otherwise the Field can be littered with props and tarps and everything but if the performers are not engaging them, then the GE Judges should not be taking them into account when determining their effectiveness. 

The Buzz with props seems to be Height. What height, additional dimension can be added by the prop that adds to the show.

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I love Crown, but I don't quite get the clear plexiglass shields. They look like they belong in a hockey rink. 

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It's been a trend to have the members go vertical on top of a box or ramp, etc. A lot of props are used for that the last few years and I personally think those are more effective than large props that don't serve the same purpose. one exception where I did like a large prop that no one climbed,  was Spirit last year and those doors. They were very effective and large, but no one climbed them and the same concept with BD and the painting and diner scene coming together (negligible amount of MM going vertical with that set)

Best uses of going vertical that come to mind quickly: SVC's vertical props last year were very effective.  Boston 2017 was very useful for going vertical while also being clean and not taking up too much space. 

I haven't seen enough shows yet this year to know what's working and what is not yet and sometimes they are used better as the season goes on, like Crown and Bloo last season. 

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I'm sure there are safety considerations made as corps deploy these huge ramps and scaffolding, but man...if there were ever a MM losing footing on one on of these... 

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5 minutes ago, OldSnareDrummer said:

I'm sure there are safety considerations made as corps deploy these huge ramps and scaffolding, but man...if there were ever a MM losing footing on one on of these... 

They actually added new rules for saftey this year, offering updated guidelines. But I agree, they are asked to do a lot, move heavy items and be up high. 

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12 minutes ago, Den8uml said:

They actually added new rules for saftey this year, offering updated guidelines. But I agree, they are asked to do a lot, move heavy items and be up high. 

 I’d be interested in knowing more about those rules. The other night in Sacramento we were looking at the “bridges” used by the Academy.   They appear fairly steep. From what we could see there doesn’t seem to be any texturing to their surfaces. In damp weather I question whether they would become slippery and cause problems.

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