Blitz debuts HRS system for Queen musical
Friday, 12 April 2002
Blitz debuts HRS system for Queen musical
Specialist AV company, Blitz Communications has secured two theatrical firsts for the new Queen musical We Will Rock You, opening in London's West End on 14 May. The show marks the first time that Blitz's new HRS high-resolution videographics system will be used which will be linked to the biggest video screen ever installed in a theatre.

The HRS system will allow graphics, pre-recorded video sequences, live action shots and scenic backdrops for the show to be displayed on a giant LED screen measuring 10.2m x 4.8m. Blitz brokered the deal for production company Lighthouse to obtain the LED screen, which cost £1million and was shipped over from Hong Kong. It is made of LVP1010C Quarter Bin LED panels and divides into eight separate smaller screens. Four of these operate at floor level on individually powered, steerable trucks. Another four are flown using an automated motionsystem that allows both horizontal and vertical movement.

During the production the screens can operate in various separate formations to allow split image displays to the front or rear of the stage. Alternatively, the four flown screens resting on top of the other four on stage can form one huge seamless image. Blitz are also supplying the live action cameras and video production equipment, creating a TV studio under the stage.

We Will Rock You opens at London's Dominion Theatre. The production has been six years in development and is a collaboration between members of the rock group Queen and Ben Elton. The show is designed by rock n' roll veterans Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, who also edited the video content.

(Ruth Rossington)

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