USA - Mean Girls, The Musical has been playing at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre since April 2018. The new production features a dynamic, video-led design that seamlessly changes playing locations. Such scenic agility is facilitated by one of the most ambitious uses of story-enhancing video content on a Broadway show.
Responsible for this video content is British video design team Finn Ross and Adam Young of FRAY Studio, who worked closely with the show’s director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw and set designer, Scott Pask, to create the sophisticated and at times surreal world of North Shore High and its students.
The set comprises two stage-wide curved walls with sliding doors and panels. The top screen is set back to create a sense of depth and dimension. In addition, there are six LED screen legs that bleed off into the wings.
Images are delivered using five disguise gx 1 media servers, linked to 22 NovaStar NovaPro HD processors, and triggered by a combination of timecode and cues from the lighting and sound department. The content created in Notch is beat-perfect, complementing every change in mood, tempo and energy and ensuring that the show feels slick from beginning to end.
Video content switches scenic location with filmic dexterity from present day to the past - fantasy locations, basements, school corridors, a swimming pool, a party, canteens to classrooms - and that’s just in the first act.
“Casey had a very clear and absolute vision for the stage design and Tina Fey’s script changes location so fast it
UK - ROE Visual and Backstage Academy have kicked of their partnership with the delivery of a batch of LED panels from the LED solutions manufacturer and two days of intensive training.
ROE Visual will sponsor Backstage Academy with several types of its LED panels, thereby providing these industry-renowned products for training purposes.
“ROE Visual has always been keen to support the industry with in-depth knowledge on LED technology in general and the use of its LED panels,” states Marina Prak, marketing manager for ROE Visual. “That’s why we offer the ROE Academy on several locations or as in-house training. The importance of knowledge transfer can’t be over-estimated. Knowing Miles for quite some years it was not difficult to start a partnership when Backstage Academy contacted us with a request for sponsoring.”
“We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy with ROE Visual products and look forward to host the ROE Academy at Production Park. Access to these excellent facilities is a nice add-on, it will allow us to support our UK clients and users with training activities closer to home,” comments Auke Meijer, sales director.
Providing some of the most frequently used LED panels for current events and tours will bring the students LED knowledge up-to-date with the industry standard products. ROE Visual will provide the Carbon series CB5 as well as the Black Pearl BP3 LED panels, including a complete set of hanging, stacking accessories and processors.
“With this partnership Backstage Academy continues its stra
USA - Immersive, a production company, achieved a dazzling projection mapping for the 86th San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala. Hosted underneath the dome at San Francisco City Hall, the projection mapping relied upon Modulo Kinetic, a fully-integrated media server solution designed by Modulo Pi.
For the gala, the lavish Rotunda of the San Francisco City Hall was flooded with hundreds of patrons and donors gathering together for a memorable evening. Production company Immersive was in charge of creating a neat projection mapping and lighting install for the event called This is Passion.
Sean Mason, founder & CEO of Immersive, explains: “The projection was built to inspire while incorporating elements of the San Francisco ballet, such as silhouettes of dancers, and slow-motion footage from the performances.”
To project on the 50’x70’ arch of the Rotunda, Immersive made a two-projector blend using Christie Boxer 30K video-projectors. The production company chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution to host media and power the projection mapping.
“Projection mapping is growing in popularity in the United States, and a media server like Modulo Kinetic makes it more affordable, accessible, and executable” says Mason.
“This is an important customer story advancement to making sure the art form of projection mapping is showcased and appreciated in the US.” One Modulo Kinetic Designer, and one Modulo Kinetic VNode server were used for the Opening Night Gala. Looking to perfectly map out the intricate details o
UK - Hawthorn has announced the appointment of Alex Bingham who has joined the business as technical production director.
Before joining Hawthorn, Bingham held the position of production director at Vibration Group where he was most recently responsible for assisting with the growth and delivery of production at Printworks London.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, this isn’t the first time that Bingham has been a member of the Hawthorn team, having been employed as their head of London projects from 2005 to 2011.
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex back to the team. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the new position and I believe that he will be a great asset to Hawthorn. With his in-depth experience of the industry, Alex knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
Bingham adds: “I’m thrilled to be re-joining the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen exceptional growth over recent years. Hawthorn is renowned for delivering award-winning technical production for a wide range of events and venues across the UK and Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely talented team here to deliver incredible events.”
Norway - Docked in Oslo’s Frammuseet museum, the Fram is a ship steeped in rich history. Having voyaged to the Arctic and Antarctic between 1893 and 1912 with its Norwegian crew at the helm, and carried the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911, it came to rest in 1936 - and has since evolved into a much-lauded tourist attraction in the city, with an annual footfall of over 200,000 every year.
Drawing visitors from all over the globe, the museum sought to upgrade its offering in 2018 to provide a world-class, immersive experience – turning to UK-based specialist visitor attraction AV integrator Sarner International to lead the ambitious and complex installation project.
With the objective of making visitors feel a part of an arctic adventure, immersive audio and projection were to take centre stage in the renovation. However, the challenge was how to go about delivering this – introducing AV, lighting and multimedia technology without damaging the authenticity and integrity of the vessel – which is a huge draw in itself.
Sarner turned to Mike Ross, director and founder of BlueBox Technology Solutions, bringing him on board as AV consultant to support the delivery of the project end to end. Drawing on over 15 years of experience on installation projects of a similar standing all over the world, Mike turned to host of trusted suppliers, including 7thSense Design, a multi-award winning specialist software and hardware company for media servers; Ohm, manufacturer of custom and high quality loudspeakers; and Digital Projection, whose prod
UAE - The 2019 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival staged at Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre and presented by Mastercard included a star-studded line up, including Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai, which were lit with 72 x Robe MegaPointes and 48 x Spiiders - among other lights - supplied by lighting rental company MediaPro.
Produced by Done Events, this was the first time MediaPro has been a technical supplier (lighting and video) for the festival. The event’s production design, incorporating both these disciplines plus set and scenics, was a vibrant collaboration between production designer Miguel Galvao and his assistant Andreas Malan from RAW Concepts working with MediaPro’s Harold Fernandes who was senior LD and set designer.
The goal was to create the best possible audience experience by ensuring that the rig looked larger and more impressive than in previous years whilst also capable of being pulled back to add that essential intimacy so suited to the music and performances.
It also had to offer international standards to satisfy the lighting designers and directors looking after the three headliners - Bryan Barancik for Alicia Keys, Matt Jensen for Jamiroquai and Davy Sherwin for Snow Patrol. With large amounts of LED screen onstage, it was imperative that they used bright and powerful lighting fixtures to achieve a good balance between the two disciplines, and MediaPro’s new MegaPointes and Spiiders were an obvious choice.
The fixtures were part of a substantial Robe investment made by the company in the last 12 month
Chile - The 60th edition of the Viña del Mar International Song Festival was staged from 25 February to 1 March in the open-air Quinta Vergara Amphitheatre, with 500sq.m of Absen LED on stage to ensure the best possible fan experience.
Considered ‘the largest Latin event in the world’, the festival has been held annually during the third week of February in Viña del Mar and is the oldest and largest music festival in Latin America.
This year, the five-day musical event featured both local and international artists including Felipe Abello, Wisin & Yandel, Becky G, Marc Anthony and Backstreet Boys. With more than 15,000 local spectators, the event has been broadcast live internationally on radio over the years, as well as on Chilean television.
A total of six semi-circular LED screens, made up of Absen Polaris 3.9 and Absen D4V Outdoor, were assembled upstage to play video content, images and live stream the performance. A number of LED strips rigged in the air and stage set provided an added wow factor to the already stunning show. At the rear of seating area, three Absen D4V LED boards were mounted to play key show messages and sponsorship information.
“Absen’s DV series was one of the most successful rental ranges in Absen’s portfolio and now our PL series has already proven popular with our customers,” explains Sara Shen, Absen sales director in charge of Chilean market. “The Polaris series features a number of advantages including ultra-high brightness and contrast levels, ultra-wide viewing angles, as well as mechanic
Germany - ROE Visual concluded an upbeat Prolight + Sound receiving enthusiast feedback on its showcased products and having major customers confirm their investments in ROE Visual LED panels at the show.
“The Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt always attracts a mix of new and existing customers. We really enjoy meeting our loyal customer base and to be able to interest new customers for our brand, after all our industry is basically all about the people,” comments Roelof Bouwman, general manager for ROE Visual Europe.
Presenting new technologies, ROE Visual had both a sneak peek for its new eV4 processor on the stand as well as an HDR solution, presented in cooperation with Brompton Technology. Both products are expected to launch mid-2019.
New staff member Erik Baum, appointed to lead business development in the D A CH region, was warmly welcomed by many visitors, who were acquainted with Erik in his previous job role at VER. “Erik has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the German market, this show proved that it’s really good to have him joining our team”, continues Bouwman.
Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display confirmed an expansion of the AED Display rental fleet with an investment in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, thereby further expanding AED’s existing stock of ROE Visual LED panels.
Faber Audiovisuals invested in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, continuing to broaden their range of ROE Visual LED products for rental purposes, such as their latest investment in the Black Marble LED floor, which w
Germany - ArKaos enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2019 exhibition in Frankfurt. The Belgian company was at the heart of the new Hall 12, together with a dynamic mix of lighting and visual technology manufacturing and service companies.
ArKaos demonstrated all its latest products including MediaMaster v5.4, Kling-Net, PRO DJ LINK - a project with Pioneer DJ - and its new 4K media servers.
Several leading lighting manufacturers used the potential and flexibility of ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol to run and demonstrate the versatility of pixel-fixtures on their stands, including Robe, Claypaky, Elation, JB Lighting, Music & Light, and more.
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by ArKaos for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and lightsources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices – like LED fixtures or LED panels – over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
One Kling-Net feature that is not available in other protocols is that the fixture sends its pixel configuration to the media server. If for example a luminaire has 20 x LEDs arranged in a circle, MediaMaster will map video perfectly over these without asking the user to encode the order of the pixels.
The Robe stand featured an all-encompassing live performance show. Lighting and production designer Nathan Wan utilised Kling-Net to control 36 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
UK - Technical production specialists Universal Live continue to invest in the latest technology. Their most recent investment is Coleder’s Road Ready 2mm LED panels.
Similar to standard LED panels, the Coleder Road Ready series can build a floorless flat wall but, this product can also create a seamless, innovative convex and concave curved solution either ground stacked or hung. The connection tools between the panels and the cable-free system makes it quicker and easier to assemble and disassemble.
Universal Live has made the conscientious decision to combine the Coleder Road Ready panels with London based Brompton Technology’s Tessera R2 cards. The cards support 262K pixel capacity, system-wide genlock, free mapping and panel rotations. Universal Live has further invested in their Tessera SX40 and S4 video processors. The 4K and HD ready processors are easy to use; reliable and powerful units will enhance the quality of delivery at every event.
Universal Live’s decision to invest in this product was not taken lightly. They spent time researching and testing the best technologies on the market. Operations director Ben Phillips and hire manager, Stuart Thornton travelled to the Coleder factory in China to quality assess the panels and check every pixel to ensure that they were fit for purpose.
Back in the UK, Phillips commented: “In today’s world of LED offerings, there is such a great range to choose from. After testing more products than you would ever think is possible, we felt that the Road Ready Coleder panels combined with
UAE - The International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) opening ceremony took place in a 60m x 350m custom stage set built over a car park overlooked by a grandstand in Abu Dhabi. Protec delivered everything from the initial creative concept and narrative to the original set design, graphics, build, complete show delivery and coordination completely transporting the audience to an active ‘war zone’ where the story takes place.
Engaged for the fourth consecutive time to create and produce this grand opening ceremony for IDEX, Protec pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 14th edition of IDEX was one to remember.
The show began with a mix of local heritage performances followed by local and international military parades to welcome the crowd before the main part of the show. The scene was set for a battle enactment of a fictitious scenario where an elite military group representing the Land Forces, Special Forces, Navy and Air Force were deployed in a coordinated and synchronized manner to deal with rebel militia.
Working closely with senior representatives of the Armed Forces, Protec introduced modern and advanced military techniques augmented by VR, AI, robotics and satcoms.
Tanks and armoured patrol vehicles repeatedly roared onto the stage from both sides carefully choreographed to create suspense. Apaches, Blackhawks and jets screamed overhead sending vibrations through the crowd while the battle was even taken underground into the mine tunnels taking the audience on a vicarious journey into the future of warfare.
UK - Colour Sound Experiment collaborated with lighting designer Miles Weaver as the lighting supplier for the intimate soul-y funk sounds of UK singer/ songwriter Nao, who has just completed the first UK and European leg of her Saturn tour following the release of her second album last autumn.
The tour was project-managed for Colour Sound by Alex Ryan, who comments: “It’s the first time we’ve worked with Miles as a supplier and it was an excellent experience. His design was original and interesting, and it is always exciting to be involved with an LD and artist with a great future ahead.”
Miles took a floor package on the tour, stepping up to a full rig for the London showcase at Brixton Academy.
The floor package had to offer max versatility yet pack down into a trailer, so Miles chose 12 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams for this. He wanted to achieve some specific effects like creating walls of colour but was keen to use a fixture other than an LED batten.
His specials design also had to be infinitely scalable depending on the available stage space, and the 12 Spiiders were a great solution on this front as well as working with whatever venue house or top rigs were available each night.
For Brixton, it was a complete ‘own show’ scenario, but they had to step up seamlessly to over 4 times the size of rig with no rehearsal or tech time!
The Spiider count expanded to 36 for Brixton, with 18 of the additional 24 units rigged on two overhead V-shaped trusses - one slightly higher than the other – mirrored – footp
USA - On 30 April, 2019, Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED will host a collective open house event showcasing a range of technologies available for the live production and permanent installation markets.
Created to allow guests to network with other industry professionals, and technology experts from both companies, the event will also allow visitors to take a closer look at the latest LED video, lighting, and audio solutions for their next design. With food and drinks supplied by Hoss Burgers and Little Harpeth Brewing, the open house will take place from 5-8 pm at 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, Tennessee.
“In an industry with so many talented designers and production personnel, this is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of design possibilities offered by both Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED,” said David Venus, chief marketing officer. “Being centrally located in Nashville, we have the distinct advantage to open our doors to all of the entertainment and design specification professionals living in the area, who might wish to know more about who we are and what we can do.”
UK - Event design and technical production specialist Maestra Group, run by Justin Hammond (London) and Tom Clements (Dubai), has doubled the size of its UK and European operation ready for a busy 2019.
The east London HQ was bursting at the seams of its Victorian industrial building in Woolwich, where the Maestra mission started in January 2016. When the opportunity to take over the warehouse next door arose, it provided a convenient solution.
Parts of the walls have been knocked through and the interiors completely re-designed so the two spaces operate as an efficient and continuous workspace.
There are now new prepping and dispatch areas for projects leaving the warehouse, greater space for truck loading as well as enlarged storage and maintenance sections for all the different equipment sections. The extra space made available downstairs has been taken up already with new kit investments.
On the first floor, the original Maestra open-plan office space has also been dramatically expanded and made into one large integrated space that traverses the two units.
“With considerably more space, we have an excellent set up to continue growing our European business,” commented Justin. “We all really loved the building, so when the chance came up to move sideways – literally – it was a fantastic lateral manoeuvre.”
Celebrating its third full year of operation, the company finished 2018 with substantial equipment investment – including sound, lighting, video and rigging.
This includes a number of white products includin
UK - Anna Valley, the London-based AV and entertainment technology company will relocate to new premises this month. The move follows the company’s rapid growth and a significant investment in technology since its management buyout in 2015, prompting the need for increased warehouse and office space. The new property is only a few miles from their current base but is 150% bigger, providing 41,000sq.ft of space.
Remaining in Feltham provides a number of benefits for the company, its staff and clients. Situated just outside of London’s congestion zone, the area provides easy and quick access to the city and outlying areas via a logistical infrastructure including the nearby Heathrow Airport.
“While our current location served us well for the last five years, we’re now working on bigger projects that demand more space to test, demonstrate and prepare our AV technology,” said Anna Valley director Nick Hart. “This move will allow us to continue our strategic expansion and improve the service we offer to both rental and integration clients.”
Preparation for the move has been underway since early February and, because all new racking, IT infrastructure and office facilities are being built, these will be prepared before the group starts transferring equipment to the new facility on 15 April. Anna Valley will begin operating from their new warehouse on 29 April, 2019.
The Netherlands - TechPro, provider of video, audio and lighting services for the live events industry has announced its first site in Continental Europe, with the opening of a newly built 2000 sq. ft. warehouse and office unit in Ridderkerk, close to the city of Rotterdam.
Although long in the planning, the potential for logistical disruption following Brexit helped TechPro’s management team with their decision to open up in the Netherlands and mitigate any impact on the company’s ability to meet growing demand for European-based live events.
TechPro director Rob Stokes, commented: “UK-based event agencies rely on TechPro to deliver truckloads of AV equipment throughout Europe with smooth efficiency.
“With over 60% of our work now taking place at event venues throughout the EU and beyond, our new branch in the Netherlands will allow us to continually meet our client’s expectations, whilst removing any future concerns for logistical disruption or potentially costly import/export legislation.
“Our presence in Europe is an investment in a practical solution to the as yet unknown challenges ahead and not only demonstrates our commitment to our clients, but shows we are fully prepared, whatever the final outcomes over the next few days, weeks or months.
“Rotterdam is a fantastic location and very early on in the procurement process it felt like the natural choice for TechPro, being less than a 10 minute drive to major local highways and only a 30-minute drive from the port of Rotterdam.
“This move into Europe gives our
Australia - The beginning of 2019 saw the opening event of the UCI WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under. Held in South Australia, it is the southern hemisphere’s biggest cycling event attracting 750,000 visitors and is globally recognised. In pitching for the contract, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology proposed some fairly innovative audio-visual ideas and deploying Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 LED processors helped them deliver.
“We wanted to improve the spectator experience on every level,” says Ashley Gabriel, director of sales and marketing at Novatech. “We deployed our ROE CB3 and CB5 LED screens at the start and finish lines, with signal transported over fibre via Riedel’s MediorNet.”
At the Tour Down Under Village in Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Nexstage built a custom 18m wide by 8m high Layher scaffold structure for team presentations and daily events, vinyl wrapped with signage and paired with a 30 square metre ROE Visual CB5 LED screen.
“We used our Brompton SX40 4K and S4 processors. They are quite amazing and we had a lot of comments as to the quality of the screens and the race images,” continues Ashley. “We used our CB5 with airframe and CB3 panels on the event and all performed superbly on the Brompton processors.”
The Tour Down Under is not just a bike race, it is also the southern hemisphere’s biggest festival of cycling and after 1980s corporate pastiche pop stars Client Liaison had rocked the opening night, the live site stayed active for the 10 days of The Tour running intervi
UK - Technical production specialist CPL provided a production design plus sound, lighting and video equipment to Pandora Events for Tropic’s massive spring 2019 ‘glambassadors’ event, staged in Hall 9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK.
Tropic Rocks offered a hi-energy festival / rock theme to energise the 2500 delegates, for which a look and feel to match was needed. This was delivered by CPL’s Mike Radford who led a crew of 40 for the get in / out and show sections of the one-day event, for which they had one rig day and a second for tech and rehearsals.
The event’s format encompassed a lengthy achievement recognition and awards section, new product launches and upcoming incentives, wrapping up with a lively evening party, so the design had to cater these various requirements and practical enough to transform from the conference elements into the evening party in just one hour.
An 18m wide by 8m deep festival style stage and canopy was built by CPL with a 28m long by 4m wide runway going out into the audience enabling presenters to move through the arena and get closer to the audience, and the numerous award winners to walk up to the stage, collect their award and then walk down the runway and back to their seats in the auditorium.
At the end of the runaway was an elevated triangular shaped B Stage – the catwalk split and passed this on two sides – on which the event band The Air Guitar Band played.
Pyro and CO2 effects were also used to accent moments in the production numbers, with 10 x Im
UK - This year’s National Finals of The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards marked the fifth consecutive year that Anna Valley has provided AV for the annual event. The Awards ceremony was held at the London Palladium on 13 March 2019 and was run by communications agency, Blueprint Partners.
This year’s Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards were hosted by Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton and attended by HRH the Prince of Wales and celebrities including Brian May, Tinie Tempah, Luke Evans and Michael McIntyre.
Blueprint Partners have produced the national awards ceremony since 2015 and have relied on Anna Valley to help realise their creative vision for the event each year. The video element is critical to the award show’s success as the creative displays form an intrinsic part of the set design and staging, and video is used extensively.
“The Palladium stage is one of the largest in the West End and with a charity budget we have to ensure that every piece of set really delivers value. Working with Anna Valley to use LED and projection to populate the stage, gives us a great canvas to fill with video content tailored to each award category,” said Mark Anand, show director and managing director at Blueprint Partners. “Anna Valley have once again helped us deliver great impact on a sensible budget.”
For this year’s awards ceremony Anna Valley provided two PT-RZ21K, Panasonic 21k laser projectors to project video onto the 6mx3.5m main-stage screen which was hung from fly bars, allowing it to be fl
Qatar - Qatar’s remarkable new National Museum launched in spectacular style at the end of March, offering visitors an immersive and experiential journey through the country’s rich history, current identity and aspirations for the future. Much of its 430,000sq.ft. of indoor space is made up of cinematic display zones, onto which specially-created film content is projected.
The result is the world’s biggest ever permanent video installation – the result of a collaboration between RES, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and MAN Enterprise / EMPTY Joint Venture. London-based visual technologists, RES, started work on the project in 2014, providing technical consultancy and video media system expertise to The Doha Film Institute (DFI) on technical realisation and pre-visualisation of each film.
As part of its ambitious ‘Art Film’ project, the DFI commissioned nine filmmakers to produce content about Doha’s culture and history, which would be projection mapped in high-resolution onto the museum’s internal surfaces, every day from launch.
“This is the biggest project RES has ever undertaken,” says Mark Calvert, who managed the project with RES co-founder, Dave Green. “When we first learned about the ambitions for video playback, projection mapping and technical planning, the sheer size of it became apparent. It took all of the skills, experience and technical wizardry we possess to make it happen. This is visual technology on an unprecedented scale.”
Dr Karen Mary Excell is senior museum development specialist at Qatar Museums,
Australia - Melbourne-based audio visual integration company, Disco Doctors, recently completed an installation at the Albion Hotel in the south of the city, using a Martin Audio CDD solution.
The equipment was supplied by Technical Audio Group (TAG), Martin Audio’s long-term Australian distributors, with whom Disco Doctors has also enjoyed a partnership stretching back eight years.
“Prior to that myself and my business partner had worked in many other various areas of the audio industry so my experience with Martin Audio dates back to the early club systems from the 90’s,” explains Disco Doctors’ Justin Mackay. “Since we started Disco Doctors we have utilised Martin Audio on many of our projects.”
As bigger club installs made way for smaller multipurpose venues and bars, versatile and quality distributed sound assumed paramount importance “both for their patrons enjoyment of the space as well as suiting the venues’ requirements to go from busy bar/restaurant to night club on the fly. CDD has more than delivered on this,” he said.
Mackay continues, “This project was originally a complete refit of an existing venue with a new rooftop extension and we had specified a full Martin Audio series system for the venue. Unfortunately, there was a fire at the venue just prior to the project’s completion. Making matters worse we had just delivered most of the main room audio days before the fire destroyed the place. It is a testament to the owner’s determination that the venue rose from the ashes bigger and better than it would
UAE - Abu Dhabi welcomed over 7,500 athletes from 190 nations when it hosted the Special Olympics World Games 2019. This is the first time the event has been held in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The Opening Ceremony took place at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 14 March. Thousands of people from fans, families, heads of state and the Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan filled the stadium to watch this event unfold. The show featured performances from the Global Unified Choir, DJ Paul Oakenfold, Avril Lavigne and Luis Fonsi to name a few.
CT worked alongside its client People to deliver all live video aspects of both the opening and closing ceremony for this prestigious and heart-warming event.
CT supplied a 600sqm upstage screen, a total of 270sqm relay screens, 580sqm LED Floor, 90sqm tracking screen, and 2500sqm of mapped floor projection using RZ31k Panasonic Laser projectors.
The impressively large 600sqm LED screen was placed directly opposite the VIP box where the crown prince and heads of state sat, and the relay screens were strategically positioned around the arena to ensure all attendees didn’t miss a thing. The floor LED was integrated into the main stage construction, creating a 6m wide “doughnut” display area some 32m in diameter, which was then covered with a white projection material diffuser.
Dan Hughes, CT’s senior project manager, explains, “There was a central circular stage, and outer ring stage which we projected onto and an inner ring of 8mm LED joined the two surfaces. We
Germany - Christie Digital is set to present its latest creative tools on stand C30 in Hall 4.0 at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Highlights will include the Christie MicroTiles LED, Christie Pandoras Box media server, the Spyder X80 multiscreen windowing processor, and the newest addition to Christie’s RGB laser projection line-up, the D4K40-RGB projector. Christie staff will be available to share their technical expertise.
“Christie is excited to bring the latest in projection, display and processing technology to Prolight + Sound 2019,” says Karl Johnson, director of product management, CMP, Christie. “Live events demand agile, reliable and powerful technology, and Christie solutions are the epitome of these leading-edge solutions. Our technology works together seamlessly to deliver powerful experiences, and our first-rate service and support means that customers have Christie’s backing long after installation.”
Used in installations to create projection mapping displays, immersive experiences at events, Christie Pandoras Box is an industry workhorse that unites rendering technology with intuitive media and show control. Featuring the most powerful and versatile render-engine, Pandoras Box offers real-time compositing in 3D and allows for projection onto any shape and any surface.
Also on the booth will be Christie Spyder X80, billed as the world’s most powerful multiscreen windowing processor, and Christie Terra, working in conjunction with the processing and servers to deliver AV signals including 4K/60 material to LCD, projec
Mexico - Christie has announced that Mexico’s Cinemex has recently opened an impressive cinema complex, featuring RGB pure laser projectors based on Christie RealLaser illumination, along with Christie Vive Audio systems.
The Cinemex Market ARTZ Pedregal multiplex in Mexico City has fitted each of its 23 auditoriums with Christie’s CP2315-RGB and CP2320-RGB 2K-resolution offerings. In addition, all auditoriums are equipped with the Christie Vive Audio cinema sound solution.
“Having put Christie’s CP2315-RGB and CP2320-RGB cinema projectors through extensive testing, we were impressed with their performance, making us confident that Christie’s RealLaser illumination technology is the way of the future, now,” says Rolando Maggi, operations manager at Cinemex. “Audiences are commenting on the brilliant colours and sharp contrasts, leading us to believe that we are delivering the best cinematic experience possible, in all of Mexico.
“The opening of the Cinemex Market ARTZ Pedregal complex introduces the Cinemex Market experience where our guests can relax before or after the movie. And once they enter the auditoriums, the state-of-the-art technology from Christie RGB laser projection and Christie Vive Audio in all auditoriums will enhance their motion picture experience with every movie.”
Ernesto Armus, Christie’s general manager and cinema sales, Mexico, continues: “We’re delighted that Cinemex has once again invested in our RGB pure laser cinema projectors to deliver the most outstanding RGB complex on earth. Our Christi