Germany - The HI-HOIC AOC Install connection cable from Somer Cable uses a high-performance fibre-optic construction in a highflex jacket and is equipped with robust all-metal connectors from Sommer’s own brand HICON together with a high-quality.
Due to its compact diameter of only 4 mm (0.16 in.), the cable can be laid almost anywhere in a convenient and space-saving way, says the company. The optical transmission of the high-speed data works reliably and is also suitable for use in RF-exposed environments.
Convenient (uni-directional) pulling through empty pipes and cable ducts is assured by the super compact micro HDMI D-type connector on the sink side (monitor, beamer, TV). The supplied clip-on pulling device (13.7 x 10.14 mm / 0.54 x 0.4 in.) gives extra protection to the connector and allows a safe and easy installation. Afterwards the micro HDMI can be converted to the type-A HDMI standard by means of an interlocking precision adapter attachment with a dovetail guide.
UK - Vestel Visual Solutions has been selected by Wycombe Wanderers FC as its official AV partner. Vestel’s digital signage and interactive displays have been deployed throughout Adams Park as part of a major infrastructural project to digitally transform the stadium and boost fan engagement.
Over 50 Vestel displays have been fitted to enhance key supporter areas across the ground. Within the club shop, which fronts Adams Park, a 75” PDX75 screen provides a window display, with 2500 NIT brightness ensuring incoming fans can see the latest content in vivid detail as they approach the stadium - visible even in the summer. Within the store itself, a slimline 55” UHD model, alongside multiple 37” stretched displays, offer eye-capturing visuals to promote the latest club merchandise, as well as wider news from the club including ticketing information for upcoming matches.
Within the stadium itself, multiple bar areas including Monty’s Bar, Honours Lounge and the Vere Suite have been equipped with an array of vibrant digital signage solutions, which are expected to play an important role in encouraging supporters to spend more time in the stadium prior to kick-off, or for the screening of away games. This is integral both in terms of building the pre-match atmosphere, as well as from a business perspective, with matchday income making up a significant proportion of the club’s revenue.
Of particular importance is the club’s standard 3pm Saturday kick-offs, with many supporters often wishing to watch the earlier televised match prior to Wyc
UK - disguise has announced that it is receiving research and development funding from Innovate UK to expand its work in virtual production. Innovate UK is part of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation organisation whose purpose is to accelerate UK economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.
With the grant, disguise will focus on pure research, outside its usual engineering innovation work, while maintaining a competitive development timeline within the technology sector.
The disguiseVP R&D project focuses on scalability and flexibility as key improvements to the current disguise workflow. Addressing mainly virtual production, disguiseVP is targeted to a totally immersive virtual production environment where extensive control and fast calibration lead to more informed decisions on set, improved collaboration and absolutely uncompromising results.
“The funding from InnovateUK enables us to have a team focussed on our long term R&D roadmap which maintains our ability to push beyond the boundaries of the present state of the art. disguiseVP is specifically focussed on making improvements to the calibration, rendering efficiency and image quality of the disguise virtual production solution,” says Abi Bowman, chief of staff at disguise, who oversees the project. “When integrated into our product, these advancements will be game changing.”
China - Installed for China’s Consumer Rights Day gala, a 1,000sq.m LED wall dazzled viewers with graphics, all powered by Pixotope.
Broadcast live on 15 March, the two-hour slot was dedicated to “informing consumers of consumer habits and business practices from major brands”. Great Wheel, a production company working within China Central Television (CCTV), designed and implemented the live graphics using Pixtope’s engine.
Since early 2020, China Central Television has been rapidly expanding its virtual production capabilities for its programme delivery, with Pixotope becoming the station’s primary virtual production solution for a range of AR projects.
Traditionally, CCTV opted to build real-world sets for its Consumer Day television broadcast, but the studio found it could significantly improve both the quality and flexibility of its productions after choosing to install an LED wall. The variation of content and mood in the Consumer Rights Day’s show means physical sets restrict the TV station’s options when conducting a live broadcast. But with Pixtope driving live graphics on an LED wall, the range of diverse content could be catered for effectively, and in real-time, with appropriate imagery and graphics.
Pixotope has established a strong working relationship with CCTV and the production companies it engages with. The company’s team of experts assisted in the setup every step of the way.
David Stroud, chief product officer from Pixotope, comments: “We’re continually developing Pixotope’s features, but seei
UK - Channel 4’s Lucy, the Human Chimp documentary aired this month with a mix of archive footage and newly filmed ‘jungle’ reconstructions, with the latter made possible by Bristol-based virtual production studio Vero.
The film, which tells the real-life story of chimp Lucy’s return to the wild after being raised in human surroundings, required cutting edge technology to re-enact scenes of Lucy’s carer, Janis Carter, living on an uninhabited island off the coast of The Gambia.
Production was scheduled to take place in the real-world jungle surroundings but, due to the COVID pandemic, had stalled. With no international travel permitted, and flights grounded, the team were searching for a new solution.
Multi-award-winning production company KEO Films approached VERO on behalf of Channel 4, with a view to using Vero’s pioneering studio space. This was fitted out with more than 47sq. m of 2.6mm pitch Desay X2i LED screen, with Desay M6 6mm LED screen for the Ceiling Spine LED.
Serving as a hi-res backdrop, configured as a 10m x 3.5m curve with a 3.5m x 3.5m flat section joining the curve, the team recreated a jungle film set within which the actor playing Cater performed. Behind her, island jungle footage was displayed, providing realistic lighting via the screen’s considerable brightness and an immersive, enveloping background.
“This was a fantastic production for us to work on,” says 3D animation and motion graphics expert Robert Tyler, from Vero. “The collaboration involved three-months of conversation, technic
Russia - As part of the 17th CPS-2021 International Cinema Production Service Trade Show, Russia’s biggest and most high-tech XR studio facility was opened in a grand ceremony at the AMEDIA production company. The facility is named Pavilion 7.
TDS and Spektr Video initiated the project. The companies fitted the studio facility with the most advanced equipment, including a Pixotope virtual studio, a Mo-Sys camera tracking system, high-resolution LED screens, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 graphics stations, Xsens and Dynamixyz motion capture and facial animation systems, among others.
Pavilion 7 has all the capabilities and resources to meet the toughest production challenges with VR and AR technologies, such as live virtual studio broadcasting of events and TV shows, in-studio filming of vehicles passing remote locations, in-studio filming of remote acting areas, hosting of special events for private clients, and so on.
Filming real-life objects in a virtual space without chroma keying is the central feature of XR technology. High-resolution LED screens help to maximize the effect of blending real objects or people into a virtual space.
Pavilion 7 has three main filming floors, each radically distinct in their design, geometry, and conceptual use: Cube, Wall, and Radius Screen. Every visitor to the event had an opportunity to dive into an XR world and even interacting with it. Around 4,000 visitors attended the grand opening.
USA - SPH Engineering, a multiproduct drone software company, has released a Drone Show software update which allows users to run a drone swarm show with up to 1,000 UVify IFO light show drones. The technology was upgraded in partnership with UVify and is only available with UVify IFO swarm light show drones.
The software was developed from managing from 500 to 1,000 UVify IFO swarm light show drones, with performance being upgraded to improve the ability to control large scale fleets. While scaling a fleet, the software allows preflight checks to guarantee safety during the show based on a dual geofence principle.
“2020 was a turning point in outdoor entertainment history as drone light shows were almost the only activity that could be safely enjoyed by the public from a distance,” says Alexey Dobrovolskiy, CTO at SPH Engineering. “Options varied from small 20-50 drone shows performed by SMEs, 100-500 drone shows used mainly for marketing in the sky, and large-scale shows of thousands of drones organised by governments around the world to thank pandemic frontliners. The Drone Show Software team has been developing technology to meet growing customer demands, and is now proud to offer a solution that makes it possible to light the sky with up to 1,000 drones,”
Hyon Lim, CEO at UVify, comments, “Humanity has always looked towards the wide open sky to deliver and receive messages. With the help of 21st century satellite and drone technology drone light shows are introduced and the idea that we can utilize unused space in the sky for someth
UK - Green Hippo has expanded its international sales network with two new distribution appointments in Northern Europe.
In Estonia, Green Hippo has appointed Frequency OÜ, a live event specialist offering expertise in video engineering and equipment for live concerts, conferences, expos and more, founded in 2017 by Matt Villis, a video professional with over 15 years’ experience in the event production industry.
“Hippotizer Media Servers provide a great range of products for all aspects of the market,” says Villis. “With events and installations beginning to move again, clients are mindful of their spending. But with Green Hippo’s diverse range, we’re able to offer clients a specific product to match their exact needs, and with expandability when it’s required.”
He adds, “We need media servers that can handle anything, whether it’s projection mapping on the side of a building, visualising the next e-sports event, or providing live, real-time generated visuals for live concerts. Green Hippo has always managed to provide all of that and more.”
In Finland, Green Hippo continues its long association with Johan West with the appointment of Amepa Oy as its new representative. Run by Ari Kivelä, Amepa has for many years worked ‘deep behind the scenes’ as a specialist in network and power distribution system design for the live industry. The company was recently joined by West, who has been associated with the Green Hippo brand in Finland since 2003.
“The Green Hippo product range has followed me since the early
UAE - On Saturday 27 March, the 25th edition of the Dubai World Cup took place at Meydan Racecourse, bringing racers from all over the world to Dubai.
Following His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's untimely passing, the original closing ceremony was changed to a tribute in honour of the late Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance
Creative Technology (CT) were commissioned by HQ Worldwide Shows and Dubai Racing Club, to deliver a complete camera package, video playback solutions, communications and audio transport infrastructure for the event.
Due to the main grandstand and track area's size, CT utilised the venue’s in house fibre, SMPTE patch for all cameras, and network connectivity. CT’s team of network professionals cleaned and proved all the lines before they were used in advance of the event.
For the communications, CT used a Riedel artist 64 frame as its matrix, Bolero wireless belt packs for the event's remote users and Clearcom Helixnet was deployed throughout the venue through Luminex 14r and 26i switches, which also carried the data for the Riedel DSP-2312 user panels. 60 Motorola hand portable radio system was used and 8 of the SLR5500 repeaters to interface into the communications system.
Rob Turner, CT's integrated network Technical manager, explained, "Our newly purchased Glensound Dark88ii units enabled us to transport the audio and timecode signals to various parts of the venue from the audio control position."
Video playback was controlled through a 5k pixel base Dataton Watchout pla
USA - Mo-Sys Engineering has appointed Tanner Woodward as sales director, West Coast US. Woodward joins from RED Digital Cinema, where he spent five years managing existing channel partners and establishing new dealer networks, as well as creating the corporate creative vertical.
“I am extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity with Mo-Sys,” says Woodward. “The one thing I’ve learned in my time working with creatives, is that the most valuable tools are those built to empower creativity while making life easier and more efficient. Mo-Sys creates such innovative tools and solutions, and I couldn’t be more honoured to be part of this team.”
This news follows the earlier appointing of Mike Grieve as commercial director and is part of an expansion plan on the US West Coast. Woodward’s appointment reflects an ongoing investment in the LA sales and support team, which has doubled in recent months, and precedes the imminent announcement of the opening of the Mo-Sys LA office.
Michael Geissler, CEO Mo-Sys, comments: “We welcome Tanner and Mike to Mo-Sys when we are seeing significant expansion, directly related to the increase in demand for virtual and remote production technologies. We are expanding our amazing team for the future and, with pros like Tanner and Mike onboard, I know we are in safe hands.”
Australia - Working as the creative directors and producers of the 2021 Parrtjima Festival, AGB Events, produced and delivered a travelling installation on The Ghan for NT Tourism.
The official opening night was on 9 April, but the celebrations actually began earlier that week, with the famed locomotive The Ghan - a 900m luxury train that travels the 2,797km (1,846 miles) stretch between Darwin and Adelaide.
Three of the train's carriages were wrapped in Aboriginal artist Chantelle Mulladad’s work Crossroads. The artwork was used in the external and internal dressing of The Ghan carriages, and features in the Merging Kultcha installation at Parrtjima.
Turning a whole carriage into a travelling Parrtjima light installation, AGB Events utilised digital imagery from the 2019 Ranges Show, a light and sound spectacular projected onto 2km of the MacDonnell Ranges. This was projected onto a wall the entire width of the Ghan carriage measuring 2.7m x 1.6m high with interior printed graphics measuring 16.7m x 17.15m each side, and was enriched by an epic musical composition and narration.
The 10-minute show included a welcome from AGB First Nation’s Advisor and Parrtjima Curator, Rhoda Robert AO and was narrated by Australian actor Aaron Pederson and Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens. The lighting designer was Richard Neville and was supplied by MPH Australia and Mandylights. Musical composition and sound design was delivered by Damian Robinson and supplied by the Central Australia Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).
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UK - Nearly a year after Katy Perry’s virtual performance at the American Idol Season 18 Finale, disguise has announced the public release of its Extended Reality (xR) solution as part of its r18 software launch.
The xR workflow utilised by XR Studios to power Perry’s performance has opened up a new world of opportunities in immersive real-time production in the past year, offering a safe and innovative alternative for shows and live events, allowing these to resume virtually, says the company.
Backed by the Carlyle Group and Epic Games, disguise has powered over 230 productions across live entertainment, film and episodic TV, corporate events, and TV and sports broadcast to date. Over 165 disguise xR stages have been built in 35 countries to support the growing demand.
First introduced at the IBC Show in 2018, disguise xR has since undergone intensive field testing and refining as disguise collaborated with a select group of its creative and technical partners to turn xR into ‘a robust, reliable and flexible solution for productions of any scale or complexity’.
“The xR workflow is making complex things a lot easier. We can implement xR and AR into our disguise workflow and programme complete shows including content and live inputs,” says Pim Elberse, light & video programmer at i!-Studio and disguise xR insider. “We see a lot of future in xR - this will change our work in the future.”
“After more than three years in the making, we are incredibly proud to be bringing our ground-breaking xR solution to the
China - Christie has announced that its 1DLP laser projectors are delivering highly immersive visuals in a new digital experience pavilion at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, the world’s largest single-building airport terminal.
Featured works by Van Gogh and Monet are projected on the walls in the main gallery using Christie DWU850-GS laser projectors.
Located on the second level of the sprawling terminal building nicknamed “the Starfish” due to its star-shaped design, the Journey of Light and Shadow digital experience pavilion provides visitors with an immersive and interactive space to appreciate and experience art through the use of cutting-edge projection, audio, and interactive technologies. The venue consists of a preface hall and main gallery lit by 15 Christie DWU850-GS 1DLP laser projectors supplied, installed and commissioned by Christie’s long-standing partner, Wincomn Technology.
Themed The Four Seasons by Masters of Art, visitors can enjoy stunning digital projections of eight art masterpieces on the walls and floor of the pavilion covering an area of 130 square metres. They include Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms, Green Wheat Field with Cypress, Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Harvest, and Wild Roses, as well as Monet’s Water Lilies and Floes at Bennecourt, which highlight nature’s beauty and the ever-changing world around us.
“The Journey of Light and Shadow digital experience pavilion is an innovative cultural space that
Denmark - German car manufacturer Audi launched its electric e-tron Sportback model in Denmark with a visuals-focused event powered by two Hippotizer Amba+ Media Servers.
More than 30sq.m of LED screen was constructed at Audi Danmark’s Gladsaxe showroom, as a backdrop to a large stage upon which the e-tron Sportback was displayed.
Audi Danmark’s marketing manager Morten Friis-Olsen approached Danish event lighting and visuals expert Showtech to deliver the visuals, lighting and staging for the launch, which was live streamed to both consumers and members of the car industry.
“The Audi team shared the brief for the event with us, requesting a dynamic and bright look and feel to reflect the car’s ‘100% electric, 100% Audi’ tagline,” says Showtech’s Joachim Bay. “We translated this into the visuals, using Audi’s branding as the core of the creations. We then uploaded the visuals into Hippotizer’s ZooKeeper software, stacking it and using presets to align it. We also used the Hippotizer to simply adapt the content for the LED screens and a series of Martin VDO Fatron 20 LED video battens, which we placed around the stage.”
Bay and his colleague Mathias Stephansen, who operated the visuals at the event, controlled the LED screen and the Fatron battens via Art-Net using a grandMA2 light console. The team used one Hippotizer Amba+ to drive the screen and another focusing on the Fatrons.
The result was an energetic, visually striking event that worked for both those present at the showroom and the online audience.
UK - Calibre UK has introduced the LEDFusion Pro direct view line of LED displays.
LEDFusion Pro will be available to market in the second half of 2021 in the APAC region, and in two sizes and differing pixel pitches catering for most viewing distances - 130-inch 1080p (1.5 pitch) and 163-inch 4K (0.9375 pitch).
“Calibre takes installation professionals on a brand new adventure which begins with the LEDFusion Pro,” says Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “LEDFusion Pro addresses specific trends in today’s business workflows – specifically the increasing importance of colour accuracy, performance, versatility, connectivity and low cost of ownership. Fusion Pro is designed for sharing ultra-realistic graphical images with a sharpness and clarity that is unmatched by any other display solutions. Bringing the LEDFusion Pro to market will increase installation efficiencies as well as provide a better return on investment for users.”
The Fusion Pro LED features “greatly enhanced colour reproduction and dynamic imaging” thanks to it’s newly developed UltraX image processing engine, driver and LED controller. With this, colour saturation and accuracy, optimal image processing and connectivity can intuitively be applied to the screen in any installation space.
Global Colour Calibration allows users to control LED brightness from 0.06 nit compared to 1 nit of other competing displays. LEDFusion Pro has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and produces images near to 100% of the DCIP3 colour space that is commonly required by high-end
USA - Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California has many digital offerings, including a mobile app and live video of its worship services available to all – offerings that went from impressive to critical during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“About two years ago we looked to video to enhance what we’re already doing, and start being more relevant to younger generations and integrating our services with technology,” said Miykael Goodwin, director of technology at Bidwell Presbyterian Church. “When the pandemic started, we were in lockdown and it was a little bit of a growing pain like everyone else had. But we also knew we had this resource available to us that we could take advantage of.”
That resource is NewTek’s TriCaster live production system. NewTek’s line of TriCaster live production systems offer ‘tools to help craft more stories, better told’. TriCaster systems put an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The systems offer native Skype integration. TriCaster live production systems also offer many social media integrations, allowing live streaming to Facebook Live, Microsoft Azure, Periscope, Twitch, YouTube Live, and more.
When combined with NDI – the free-to-use, video-over-IP protocol that allows video signals to be made instantly available over the network – the TriCaster can make use of NDI PTZ cameras. These cameras require only a single Ethernet connection for setup, power, operation, and signal flow.
The video control room sits in a building across the street f
Australia - Bonds celebrated the spirit of Pride festivals and Australia’s diverse LGBTQIA+ community by releasing its new limited-edition Bonds Pride range of clothing, designed ‘to make people feel comfy from the inside out’.
The launch was filmed by audiovisual supplier WooHah Productions at its hi-tech broadcast space, Studio 45, in Braeside, Melbourne. The facility uses top of the range equipment, including Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 4K LED processing and ROE Visual Diamond LED panels.
“We created Studio 45 last year to be an agile and dynamic space with fast turnarounds and all the high-end gear in place to bring impressive results for any of our clients. The studio has been a big success with a long list of Australian and international companies choosing us for their demanding virtual production needs,” says WooHah Productions and Studio45 MD, Arosh Fernando.
“We felt privileged when Studio 45 was selected for the latest Bonds Pride campaign and we were given the opportunity to create the content for the digital LED screens and visual backdrop.”
Along with the Studio 45 space, WooHah’s team delivered all the video equipment and technical expertise to ensure the production was a success. ROE Diamond 2.6 panels were used to display 4K content, which ran from Tessera SX40 LED processors, with Brompton’s Tessera XD 10G data distribution units used to enable the team to run fibre to the 14m wide LED display and reduce the complexity of mass cabling.
The campaign featured one of Australia's hottest talents, Mo’
Italy - Renkus-Heinz is partnering with Italian AV distributor Prase Media Technologies to bring its loudspeaker solutions to the Italian market.
“The mission at Renkus-Heinz is to make every location sound better,” said Michal Poplawski, European technical sales manager at Renkus-Heinz. “That requires more than just having product available in a certain area. You need to have a partnership in place with a team that is passionate, knowledgeable, and excited about the solutions you create. We are fortunate to have those qualities in our partnership with Prase Media Technologies.”
Prase Media Technologies, headquartered in Venice, has decades of experience as a distributor focused on AV integration for theatres, conference rooms, retail stores, museums, hospitality, cruise lines, railway stations, and the broader entertainment industry.
“The markets that Renkus-Heinz serves with quality sound aligns perfectly with our customer base,” said Ennio Prase, managing director at Prase Media Technologies. “We are incredibly excited to offer premium solutions backed by the exciting innovation synonymous with Renkus-Heinz.”
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Caption: Addressing the Italian market – Prase and Renkus-Heinz
UK - Mike Wroe, former CFO of Just Eat plc, has been appointed as non-executive chairman of TV and events supplier JLLighting and JLLive.
Wroe has a wealth of experience as a senior executive, board member and non-executive director over the course of a 20-year career. As CFO at Just Eat plc, he led the transformation of a £20m start-up into a £4bn FTSE business operating in 15 countries worldwide. Amongst a variety of advisory roles to a number of leading European growth business, Wroe is also currently an active angel investor and is non-executive chairman of private equity backed proSapient Limited, the technology-led expert network and primary research platform.
Jack Linaker, group director, comments: “We are thrilled to have Mike on board. His strategic vision will help us steer the business as we grow and enter new territories. Mike’s highly successful track record across a breadth of functions means he has a holistic and creative approach to business which dovetails perfectly with our culture and aspirations. Mike’s experience in identifying consumer and audience trends means we can depend on him to bring his unique perspective and fresh approach to our industry so that we can offer our clients new ways of connecting with their audiences.”
Wroe adds: “In the last 12 months, digital acceptance has lept 10 years, dramatically changing the way people consume media and content. This change has radicalised the boundaries and expectations of what a ‘live experience’ delivers for audiences. A unique mix of skills and expertise acros
Norway - The Future Group, maker of virtual production tool Pixotope, the technology behind award-winning productions such as TWC Surge Flood and Riot’s Pop Stars, has received development grants from the Epic Games MegaGrants fund and Innovation Norway.
The grants will allow The Future Group to develop Pixotope Live Cloud that "will enable companies to connect to the power of live virtual production through a ‘pay as you go’ and always available cloud service".
Marcus B.Brodersen, CEO of The Future Group, explains: “We are making virtual production more accessible and giving streaming and broadcast production companies more flexibility in how they tell engaging stories.”
Built on the production-proven Pixotope virtual production technology, Pixotope Live Cloud adds a number of new features.
Brodersen summarises: “Unreal Engine is the perfect vehicle to drive innovation in media production, and Pixotope is all about making that power available to as many media producers and creators as possible. We couldn’t ask for better collaborators than Epic Games and Innovation Norway to give even more content creators access to these storytelling tools through Pixotope Live Cloud.''
South Africa - Pixel Nation has recently inaugurated a new virtual production studio in the heart of Johannesburg’s vibrant Rosebank district with content delivery based on StreamWorks infrastructure from Stage Audio Works. StreamWorks is a new initiative from SAW that provides full end-to-end streaming services comprising hardware and software, as well as support and expertise.
Pixel Nation was created by a team of AV professionals who have always operated in the live event space, particularly in the corporate market. As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced in-person events off the agenda for the time being, Pixel Nation was formed in order to be able to deliver events virtually, and not just as a pre-recorded show, but as fully interactive, live events with participants from all over the world.
“In creating Pixel Nation, we’re leveraging our expertise in AV event content creation, production and delivery and transferring it to a virtual environment,” explains Pixel Nation director, Mike Fynn. “We’re still creating amazing events, but participants are now located all over the world instead of under the same roof.”
Already long-standing clients of SAW in the live events market, when it became clear that the business model would need to change, Mike Fynn and fellow director Bradley Hilton, turned to SAW for help with the live streaming element, an area in which they had little experience. “We knew what we wanted to do - we just didn’t know how we were going to do it! Fortunately, Nathan [Ihlenfeldt] and the guys at SAW were already work
UK - A new cinema experience at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is set to bring cultural events by some of the country’s leading arts companies even closer to home for local audiences.
Presented in the familiar Theatre space at Lighthouse, Screen On Stage will show content in high definition on the largest roller screen on the market, with a newly installed hi-tech surround sound system and digital projector.
"We’re really excited about Screen On Stage - it represents offers a fantastic new experience for our audiences,” says Lighthouse chief executive Elspeth McBain. “We took the decision to dramatically expand our digital capabilities in lockdown and are enormously grateful to have received the funding that has enabled us to create this programme as one of a number of new developments.”
On sale from next week, the Screen On Stage programme includes showings of the 1967 Mel Brooks classic The Producers, Bob Fosse’s 1979 autobiography All That Jazz, Bette Davis All About Eve. Also scheduled for July is a screening of the fantasy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart.
The Screen On Stage screenings are projected on a 7m x 5.25m Screen Int MajorC pro black case roller screen that can be unrolled by any amount to suit any picture ratio.
The sound processor is a Dolby 950 Digital sound processor and there are 16 JBL 8320 surround speakers - six on each side of the Theatre and four at the back - powered by three Crown XLS amplifiers. The centre, left, right and sub channels utilise the existing
USA - The Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland recently opened the Ron Terwilliger ’63 Centre for Student-Athletes, a 25,000sq.ft facility that highlights the Academy’s tradition and history of physical education and intercollegiate athletics.
The centre includes the new Akerson Theatre, a 180° immersive theatre that uses a suite of Christie products, including HS Series projectors, Spyder X20, Mystique and Pandoras Box, and is designed to help inform visitors, prospective midshipmen and their families about opportunities at the school.
The Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA) engaged Dimensional Innovations to design, integrate and provide content for the centre and the Akerson Theatre. The project began in 2017 and was originally conceived as a visitors’ centre, but says Drew Berst, executive director, Dimensional Innovations, “The Centre was really about what it meant to be a midshipman student-athlete - the academics, and the physicality of it. The NAAA wanted a space to celebrate the accomplishments of its intercollegiate athletics department, and do it in a way that was interactive and state-of-the-art.”
Brian Silvey, creative director - interactive technology, Dimensional Innovations, says: “The Academy considered what made them stand out amongst other schools, and one of those things was being timeless. And for us, one of the ways to do that is to integrate technology throughout the space.”
For the Akerson Theater, Dimensional Innovations began with a 3D model and worked with Christie to determin
- USA - Specialist mobile business fabricator Cruising Kitchens has created a custom food truck for the Raising Cane’s chicken finger restaurant chain, which was designed ‘not only to deliver delicious food but also to get the party started’. The fully functioning mobile kitchen also features a custom-designed pop-up DJ booth on the roof, which is surrounded on three sides by ADJ weatherproof LED video panels.
Already operating from over 500 restaurants in 29 states and territories, they are moving into more areas, thanks to a pair of custom food trucks. The trucks were delivered at the end of 2020, as a surprise for the company’s founder, Todd Graves, from his co-CEO, AJ Kumaran, to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary. They are now making their way across the US, as part of the Cane’s Across America campaign, visiting areas not yet served by a Raising Cane’s restaurant.
A true ‘rags to riches’ story, Graves came up with the idea for a restaurant chain focused on delivering quick, delicious chicken finger meals while in college. The concept received the worst grade in a Business Plan class and was rejected every time Todd presented it to a bank. Undeterred, he worked hard to save enough of his own money to open his first store in August 1996 from which the business rapidly expanded. Despite now operating from over 500 locations, a hallmark of Raising Cane’s is individuality. Every restaurant is unique, with 100s of distinctive details, which is something AJ and his team were keen to see replicated in their food trucks.