Friday, September 12, 2014

14th Annual Texas Film Awards moves on up!

Did we say that the 2013 Texas Film Hall of Fame was lucky 13? Well the 14th year certainly seemed lucky too! The event got a new name (Texas Film Awards) some incredibly gifted and generous co-chairs (Bobbi and Mort Topfer) and some pretty
high-profile faces (Mac Davis, Priscilla Presley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp) graced the Texas version of the Academy Awards.

This was Craftbox Agency’s 7th year producing the awards show and while the event expands and grows by leaps and bounds every year - we continue to provide Austin Film Society with stellar creative direction, event planning & production services. This is a big production ya’ll that includes an awards show, dinner, fundraiser and after-party. Craftbox manages and oversees a design team, a production team over 50 vendors and 100+ volunteers. Craftbox also works with AFS executive management on overall theme development and subsequent design collaterals, facilitate sponsorship opportunities and to produce the awards show. 

Lots of love and talent went into the making of the intro reel for the awards. Take a look!

Just to give you an idea of scale…..the event is located on the grounds of Austin Studios in the old National Guard Armory Building. Craftbox was tasked with transforming the helicopter hanger into the main Gala room complete with seating for 800, a custom designed stage and a state of the art audio/visual set-up that would rival anything on the west coast! How did we do that? Well we are good but we also very blessed to work with a truly amazing group of technical vendors such as Blue House Design, Houndstooth Studio, Illios Lighting Design, Agrekko Electric and Freeman AV. These are the un-sung production warriors of many Austin events and we could not do it without them!

While the Awards show is the main event - Craftbox does know how to throw a party and the Texas Film Awards Party was no exception. Craftbox worked with Marquee’s power couple Narcy and Carlos Martinez to design a 800x800 ft square tent that featured a 50 ft. red carpet, an entertainment stage, DJ, dance floor, Raffle/Auction area, two refreshment areas, 8 local food vendors, a photobooth, and an adjacent VIP tent with separate catering/refreshment areas, audio/visual set up. Loving these photos by Photographers Rick Kern & Steve Garza!

And guess what? Craftbox Agency is already hard at work on the 2015 show that will be held on March 12th, 2015. Maybe Pati will get to serve Johnny Depp another non-alcoholic beer!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Craftbox Love!

Well, we are honored, humbled and super HAPPY!! 

Austin Chronicle's 25th annual issue of the Best of Austin not only mentions our stylish and fearless leader Celeste Quesada but also gives props to Craftbox Agency for our work with the Austin Film Society's Texas Film Hall of Fame. We are so thankful for not only The Chronicle's support, but also for the support of our fabulous clients. This has been a great year for Craftbox Agency. Stay tuned for new exciting announcements and creative affairs... and don't forget to be our friend

Woot! Craftbox Agency in the 25th Annual issue of The Austin Chronicle


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Forklift DanceWorks - DecaDance!

Join the DecDance Event Page!

Get ready to get your dance on ya’ll! Craftbox is proud to be the producer and an early sponsor for this event + fundraiser.  Save the date!

Here are a few pix of last year's party - you can be sure that this year's party will not disappoint!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SIMS Foundation's Heart of the City

It was a sold out night of soul for the SIMS Foundation and you can bet Craftbox Agency was there to help make it a night to remember!

Craftbox absolutely LOVES working with the SIMS folks and we truly believe in their mission. By crafting a vision and setting a mood, we transformed The Scottish Rite Theatre into a 1930’s esque Speak Easy and let the musical energy do the rest!

“Standing ovation for #HeartoftheCity Creative Director, Celeste Quesada of Craftbox Agency. Did she pull off a beautiful event or what!

“This was one of those nights where the setting was so perfect, and the show so incredibly good that you get goose bumps listening to the phenomenal talent on the stage before you.“

This year’s SIMS Foundation Gala came together in a short 6 months and was a collaboration of an amazing behind-the-scenes talent including the SIMS Foundation staff and board, The Heart of the City Committee, Scottish Rite’s Rich Vazquez, scrumptious midnight snack gods SINGHS Vietnamese, Royer’s Pie Haven & Nothing Bundt Cakes, gorgeous art installation created by Chella Cardona, Alicia Frausto Design, Giant Noise, The Huston-Tillotson RamNites Step Dance Team,  Kendra Scott, Blo Austin, Chelsea Grace Design, Co-chairs Noel & Will Bridges and our fabulous crew & volunteers. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the event - the talent line up was stellar and included fantastic artists such as Nakia, Bobby Patterson, Tameca Jones, Dan Dyer & Daniel James Leopold (of Leopold and his Fiction) and Music Director grammy award winning Adrian Quesada and his all-star band.

Adrian, Dan Dyer and Tameca Jones recorded “I Need You” as part of the SIMS fundraising effort and the song was also incorporated into the event invitation. You can also see highlight photos of the event below!

Enjoy - Celeste & Pati

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Craftbox Agency is Expanding Our Tool Kit!

Craftbox Agency is expanding our tool kit - Pati Shampton joins our team

July 22, 2014

Craftbox is pleased to announce that Pati Shampton joined our posse of creative conspirators in June. She has over 13 years of combined experience as a Project Manager and Event Planner. Pati currently serves as Executive Director of Chula League, Project Director of Cherrywood Art Fair 2014 and is an active leader in the Lamar Middle School Orchestra Booster Club. Pati will assist Craftbox with day-to-day operations and serve as Event Planner.

"Pati approached me two years ago about getting back into the Event Planning business and I’m thrilled she did. She has been one of my ‘special agents’ on some fun yet challenging events. She is my kind of engaged and dedicated ‘get things done’ girl. We work fabulously together and I’m thrilled she is officially joining Craftbox Agency” says Celeste Quesada, founder.

Pati has a strong background in customer service, team building, vendor management & strategic and production planning. She is a stickler for details and is looking forward to working with Craftbox clients to execute stunning and memorable events, galas, fundraisers, weddings, corporate meetings and conferences.

Pati and Celeste worked together on such events as The Texas Film Awards (2013, 2014), SIMS Foundation ‘Heart of the City’ (2014) and ‘Femmes for SIMS’ Gala (2013) and The Cherrywood Art Fair (2012, 2013, 2014).

"Celeste and Pati are the creative, hardworking power-house behind the Craftbox Agency. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on two very different projects and both times felt so taken care of. Craftbox events have a certain sparkle, that’s unmistakable. Every moment of a Craftbox event is special, unexpected and personal. I love the Craftbox vibe and aesthetic- but what I respect most is their work ethic. It’s rare to meet such a hard working, happy team. It’s amazing to be around them and inspiring to watch them work. I hope to work with them again as soon as I can." -- Lila Tewnenbown, Marketing Manager, Events & Promotions at Outbrain

The two have have been friends for over twenty years and have a penchant for Pinterest, wine, tequila, live music and their awesome families.

The ladies - just chillin'.

2014 Texas Film Awards