Green Hippo and Okulus 3D on Shawn Mendes tour
Monday, 26 June 2017
shawn-mendesShawn Mendes at the Hydro, Glasgow (photo: Kris Goodman)
UK - Okulus, the production design company working alongside creative director Paul Caslin, and 24/7 Productions, were behind the Canadian singer-songwriter’s recent Illuminate World Tour, creating attention-grabbing looks, with Hippotizer Boreals and Taigas.
The Hippotizer Taigas (one active, one backup) fed a 1920 x 640 curved, 9mm LED wall, which served as the performance area’s main backdrop to display the visuals, triggered via timecode. The team also integrated the video director’s live camera feeds into the content.
A key technical aspect for the Okulus team was Hippotizer’s ability to beautifully integrate with Notch, the ‘real-time graphics workhorse’. Effects here included a 3D model of Shawn Mendes – using an Xbox camera focused on Shawn DSC – which Okulus placed into pre-programmed environments. The team also used the set-up to manipulate IMAG feeds to create unique IMAG, all fed by the Hippotizer Taiga to side projectors.
The Hippotizer Boreals – again, one active, one acting as backup – drove a quartet of Panasonic projectors, all of which were mapped, and edge-blended, on to a 5m orb hung in the centre of the arena. The orb featured throughout the show, with the custom content from Treatment Studios to create an impressive atmosphere at the centre of the arena.
“We really love how Hippotizer integrates with Notch. It’s simple with our normal programming style and, once you couple with the built-in Hippotizer FX, you can generate really unique looks,” said Okulus creative director, James Scott.
The tour is set to continue across North America, Asia and Australia until the end of the year.
(Jim Evans)

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