Team Dominator member Tim Jameson attended the recent 2nd annual Pyrofest near Pittsburgh PA. Tim has a ton of experience when it comes to fireworks and particularly pyromusicals, so his expert views on the event are well respected. Tim resides in MD and had this report when interviewed on the event.
Appleton WI found itself once again the host for the massive PGI convention and Dominator participated with not one, but two fully donated displays in support of the guild. Set up began a full week ahead of time with a crew of 20+ technicians pulling, matching and prepping product for a very difficult feat…back to back displays on the same night! Five days into the preparations brought us to Wednesday morning the day of the displays. We awoke at 5am to the sound of thunder rolling and rain sheeting down the hotel windows. Not thinking too much of it other than hoping the plastic protection held on our already placed product we raced to the track at first light to assess any possible damages. Upon arrival the infield of the race track was under 3′ of water all along the back stretch and unfortunately consumed a cope of the other companies frontage and topped some of the 3″ racks!
Ok, our damage was minimal so on with the days set-up. We were scheduled to shoot both a 1.4 and a 1.3 Pyro Musical at dark and had a mountain of work ahead of us. As the technicians started showing up and manning their respective tasks an eerie sound of rushing water grew louder by the minute and by 8:15 am a small creek behind the track was topping it’s banks and seeping onto the perimeter of the set up areas for the large displays. No one thought much of it as he water would have to rise another 6′ to really cause any issues. Well, fast forward 30 short minutes and the water had risen an amazing 10′ and we had a major flash flood in progress! Water had completely covered the drag strip where set up was taking place and was beginning to wash away racks and equipment. The water on the east end of the track rapidly became too deep to drive out, and within minutes the bridge on the west end of the track collapsed under the torrent of water.
Soon a shipping container began floating by and bouncing off telephone poles and a swift water rescue team was deployed and on site to assist with any emergencies. As fast as the water rose it also receded, but not before taking it’s toll on a large 1.3 pyro musical, about 70% of the displays professional fireworks was lost to water damage and all shows for that day were pushed back to the next day. Quickly regrouping and salvaging what we could of the product we pushed forward and were able to shoot an excellent pair of displays although somewhat shortened, with the cue count going from 4,000 down to around 2,700! It did not take long for the “I survived the flood” t-shirts to start selling and the week finished without another hitch. The videos below are the finished product of the weeks work with no clue of the story above that happened behind the scenes! All in all we were very pleased with the shows and judging from the crowds reactions so were they!
We conceived Team Dominator in 2010 and competed in our first official competition at the National Fireworks Association annual convention in Springfield, MO. Team Dominator consists of 7 active members all with a different skill they bring to the table which equates to a winning combination. We have choreographers, technicians, carpenters, mechanics and even programmers as team members.
This combination of dedication and skills paid off right away with a first place victory in Springfield, MO amongst extreme weather conditions. The week and days leading up to the competition brought a deluge of rain, as much as 10″ of rain fell on the display site which was basically an old pasture. Set up brought vehicles and trailers buried in mud, wading through puddles and having to plastic everything, even the ground to set the fireworks on to stop the ground moisture from ruining the fireworks!
A combination of Dominator Fireworks consumer and Dominator Pro 1.4 line was used in the display which was unconventionally scripted to a single song, Meatloafs “Anything for Love” which has several of it’s own highs and lows telling a great story to match with pyrotechnics. See the resulting video below and feel free to comment with any product questions!
Monday, February 8, 2010
$500 Prize! – Fireworks Contest
Picasso had paint, Mozart had a piano and Pyros have fireworks. Enter the Dominator/ Finale firework contest and create your own work of art, a fireworks show with Finale software and Dominator fireworks .
The winner will receive
$500.00 worth of Dominator Fireworks.
A panel of three judges will take into account your creativity, timing, effect matching, balance in the sky, realism and meeting the time and cue restrictions in the rules.
Watch for yourself what you can create:
If you are the winner $500.00 worth of fireworks will be shipped free of charge or available for pick-up at participating dealers, nationwide.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!!
There will be a 2nd contest May 1st and the winner of that will be sponsored to be fired in the Unlimited Class C at the PGI. Participation in the first contest will be an added bonus to the judging of the second. We encourage you to enter both.
For details please visit the sponsor’s website page here
Dominator Fireworks Contest.
Get Creative, Get your timing right, and Get Crazy!!!!!! (the legal kind of crazy).
Make your wedding sparkle just like the ring on your finger.
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD.
There is nothing more dazzling then the bride and groom arriving, departing or toasting with sparklers lighting up that special Kodak moment.
What great memories you will have of the union of your love
with your first dance surrounded
by the “sparkle”, creating a magical memory.
Giving them as a favor with personalized matches for your guest to use later or
replacing bird seed and confetti for the departure, sparklers
have many uses to give your wedding that extra glimmer
and ambiance to create an unforgettable,
Remember to please use caution.
Do not use indoors.
Adult supervision is recommended if children are present.
Dominator Fireworks Announces $500 Contest Winner!!
US Fireworks agreed to host the videos for the Dominator Spring Showdown contest, as well as supply the winner with $500 of prize product and Dominator has announced the winning show! “FireJunkie” from South Carolina scripted the winning show and will be receiving his fireworks as soon as he makes a wish list from US Fireworks wide selection of Dominator product. The judges agreed, with 17 shows entered it was tough to narrow it down to one that was the best, but felt that they made the right choice picking this show.
Click here for a video of the award winning fireworks show simulation!!.
Dominator continues to work closely with Finale scripting software and is continually simulating more of their product line to include in the software, making it easier than ever for everyone from backyard once a year shooters to the top professionals to script and shoot award winning fireworks displays. The latest version of Finale even includes voice prompts for pinboard and wireless system users making amatuer pyromusicals possible for almost anyone to shoot!
Here is a list of the all consumer legal product that was used to make the show in the video, and all of it is available from Dominator distributors across the USA, Not listed is 3 amazing new fireworks for 2010 that US Fireworks will soon have in stock, they are: Giant Willow with Color Tips, Monster Strobe and Waterfall…check back for them soon!
Ruby Sky http://usfireworks.biz/items/dm2003-rubysky.htm
Emerald Meteor http://usfireworks.biz/items/t0004-emeraldmeteor.htm
Top Shelf reloadable shells http://usfireworks.biz/items/dm350-topshelf-12shot.htm
Disco Flash Strobes http://usfireworks.biz/items/4903a.htm
Breaking News http://usfireworks.biz/items/dm5007-breakingnews.htm
Ring Thing http://usfireworks.biz/items/dm5011-ringthing.htm
Sky Diamonds http://usfireworks.biz/items/dm2006-skydiamond.htm
Congratulations to the winner! Watch for information on Dominator’s new simulation contest which will be announced soon.
Fireworks Safety and Common Sense
It’s time! the 4th of July is right around the corner…send out the invitations, get the pools opened and ready, clean the BBQ grills and, Oh yeah! decide where your going to buy your fireworks for the party! With that decided, let’s talk about fireworks safety and common sense. There are several groups trying to interfere with your freedom to celebrate our nations freedom as our Fore Fathers have for 200 years. Their biggest argument is simple, fireworks are dangerous, fireworks can seriously injure you, so they think that Americans should not be allowed to use them. They want to protect you, from you!
We prefer to look at data and facts, something the anti fireworks crowd seems to leave out of their advertisements and lobbies. Here are some recent Fireworks Facts posted by the American Pyrotechnics Association showing that although the amount of fireworks used in the USA has increased from 29 million pounds in 1976 to 265 million pounds in 2007, that the number of injuries has dropped from 38.3 injuries per 100,000 lbs in 1976, to 3.7 per 100,000 lbs in 2007. Looking at emergency room statistics, riding bikes and outdoor sports are responsible for many more annual injuries than fireworks!
Fireworks construction and reliability have greatly improved over the years attributing to the declining injury rates so what can we do while celebrating the holiday to contribute to the trend? Use common sense! Some fireworks such as sparklers can burn at over 2,000 degrees and aerial shells can cover a large area of the sky, here are some common sense tips to insure your celebration ends with great memories and your guests looking forward to next year, instead of a trip to the emergency room.
1. Never use fireworks if you have been consuming alcohol, leave it to a sober responsible person.
2. Never allow young children to use fireworks unsupervised, hide and secure left over fireworks from youngsters.
3. Always follow label instructions.
4. Distance is your friend, before lighting any firework look around, if it tips or something goes wrong are Grandma and the baby a safe distance away?
5. Secure all repeater and tube devices to prevent tipping, fireworks can travel much farther along the ground than straight up in the air!
6. Always be aware of fire hazards such as dry grasses, fields, brush etc. It’s a good idea to have a hose at ready, if not available a simple pump type garden sprayer can douse a small fire before it spreads.
7. Use a launcher with all rocket type fireworks, we recommend a piece of sturdy metal pipe, NEVER glass and preferably not plastic or PVC, and it’s a good idea to slightly angle away form spectaters to prevent sticks from falling back into the crowd.
8. After your display, always check the area for unfired devices and NEVER leave them out for kids to find.
9. Respect your neighbors, stop shooting at a agreeable hour for the event.
10. Finally, clean up your mess! It never hurts to grab a rake and trash bags the following morning to remove any debris from adjoining properties, they will appreciate your efforts and be less likely to complain.