When an early-morning fire struck the offices of Spectrum Sight & Sound recently, it was a matter of bad news-good news-bad news for the 5 1/2-year-old Hollywood-based company.
The bad news was that Spectrum, a small firm that specializes in corporate audio-visual presentations, had nearly completed a $50,000 videotape project for the annual meeting of Core-Mark International, a candy, cosmetics and tobacco distributor with offices in Los Angeles.
The good news was that the master tape, sound track, slides and other essentials were stored in a fireproof file.
The bad news was that the file fell through the floor during the fire and popped open. The contents suffered partial heat and water damage.
"It really put a crimp in things," observed co-owner Lori Lemons.
The Core-Mark production consisted of months of taping on location in the United States and Canada in addition to hundreds of one-of-a-kind slides that were to be transferred to tape--visuals that couldn't be duplicated in the few days Spectrum had before its deadline.