When you watch a new kite show, you’re witnessing the results of careful planning, design, and execution. From the visible grace of the kites to the coordinated choreography of the watercraft and the underlying technical aspects, there’s a lot that goes into creating these performances. However, much of the work that makes these shows possible happens behind the scenes. In this blog post, we’ll explore what goes into developing kite entertainment by delving into the “Kiteman Approach,” shedding light on the process that turns an idea into a mesmerizing display.
The Kiteman Legacy: 30 Years of Flying High
When clients approach Kiteman with an idea they wish to implement, they tap into a well-honed process that has brought numerous innovative ideas to life. This process is clear and methodical: listen, research, brainstorm, build, and launch.
With over 30 years of experience, Kiteman’s expertise shines through their many collaborations, including nearly every major theme park. Kiteman’s involvement in virtually all kite-related shows presented globally has made them a unique name in the entertainment industry, working on spectaculars like Sea World’s Fusion Show, Epcot Forever, and Disney’s Kitetails.
Understanding the Client: The Kickoff Meeting
The process begins with a kickoff meeting, during which the Kiteman team acquaints itself with the project and its stakeholders. Understanding the goals and reviewing storyboards if available, the team ensures that creativity is encouraged while maintaining viability in a real show environment. This critical stage sets a clear creative direction, tailoring the approach to each unique project.
Research: Laying the Groundwork
Once a direction is established, research begins. Site tours identify potential obstacles, main viewing areas, launch and landing spots for the kites, and even local weather patterns. The objective here is to gain a thorough understanding of the performance environment.
Brainstorming: Unleashing Creativity
Innovation is at the heart of the Kiteman Approach. Brainstorming sessions often include the client’s creative team and outside contractors, focusing on how to bring something never seen before. This stage also pinpoints required resources and leads to the creation of an action plan and budget.
Building the Dream: From Idea to Reality
Once agreements are in place, the building stage begins. This phase can last up to a year, depending on the size and custom elements needed. For example, Disney’s Kitetails required specially designed barges and inflatable character kites. Training personnel for these unique kites is vital in this stage, as they will be the ones to bring them to life.
Implementation: Perfecting the Show
But the process doesn’t end with the build. Implementation includes developing schedules, standard operating procedures, and organizing daily shows. Contingencies for weather, staffing, and supply chain issues ensure that every aspect is covered.
The Kiteman Commitment
Kiteman’s involvement typically spans from concept to execution. Their commitment, backed by the ability to breathe life into visions and resilience in overcoming challenges, demonstrates why Kiteman is the go-to name for kite-related entertainment. They weave creativity and expertise into a tapestry of unforgettable experiences.