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The Wizard of Oz – Mirror Head Takes Centre Stage

The Wizard of Oz – Experience the magic of the Mirror Head

The Wizard of Oz at Leeds Playhouse. Photographs by Other Richard.

The Mirror Head MH11L takes centre stage in Simon Wainwright’s video design for the extremely successful Wizard of Oz at Leeds Playhouse. The production has run from the 20th of November 2019 and closes on the 25th of January a run of over 60 performances.

Wizard of Oz was the first show in the newly refurbished Quarry Theatre. The story required a range of video sequences that needed to move around the stage or appear in a variety of locations within the set.

Thanks to the Mirror Head MH11, provided by Polestar Productions, paired with a Panasonic PT-RZ12K fully controlled by a Disguise video server allowing total integration into the video and Lighting design. The crew of the Wizard of Oz was able to use the dynamic projection range to create fascinating effects for the iconic moments of the play: The yellow brick road was moving with the actors, the Tornado took Dorothy to the land of Oz and the head of the Wizard made its breathtaking appearance in the Emerald City.

Backstage shots by Polestar Productions.

Wadden Sea Center. Dynamic Culture.

Wadden Sea Center. Dynamic Projection in the cultural scene.

 

No Parking Production has implemented quite an incredible example of what the Mirror Head Technology could do to promote museums and culture in general.

Thanks to the wide projection range of the Mirror Head, the whole exhibition room could display bits of history for the guests of the Wadden Sea Center – from the first viking settlers to modern day tourism, the whole historical evolution of the region was depicted in dynamic animated projections. The visuals were accompanied by an audio composition, guaranteeing an immersive family friendly journey through culture and history.

Wadden Sea Center
Wadden Sea Center

 

No Parking Production is a multimedia agency based in Denmark, specialised, among other things, in large scale prototyping. They created a comprehensive new cultural exhibition for the Wadden Sea Center to give back its vibrance to history.

Spooky Halloween in York.

Spooky Halloween in York. Creatures of the Shadows.

 

The ‘Creatures of the Shadows’ project in York (UK) showcased dynamic big scale projections of paranormal creatures appearing out of the shadows onto buildings, fitting to the spooky atmosphere of the city, well known as the place of origin of ghost stories.

The York BID‘ (Business Improvement District) organised a free event to add a new attraction to the city for the Halloween Period. Created for the people who live, work or study in York, the event took place on two sites – Castle Museum and Library Square – in the city center, offering an incredible show of projections for 3 nights in a row.

This type of system is usually used in cinemas and theatres. This is the first time it will be used in this country in a city setting. We’ll be using six projectors in total – three at each site. “
Tony Gill of Polestar Productions

York Halloween

York Halloween

York Halloween
York Halloween

 

The Harrogate-based digital projection company Polestar Productions in cooperation with partners created the spectacle, supplied the Mirror Head and produced the event for which ‘The York BID’ wrote an interesting case study.

polestar-productions.uk Event Producer and master mind.
stagesoundservices.co.uk Projectors and data infrastructure.
infocusav.co.uk Servers and programming services.
technicalstageservices.co.uk Logistics, rigging and power distribution.
distantfuture.co.uk Additional animation rendering.

New Taipei City Library goes Dynamic!

New Taipei City Library goes Dynamic! – 動態投影繪本故事屋

Story house of Tomorrow.

Follow the Emerald Tree Frog and the Book Monster footsteps, roam the beautiful natural scenery and rich cultural landscapes around New Taipei City and lead everyone to travel all over New Taipei City in one day. The “Story house of Tomorrow” is presented in a theatrically dynamic projection technology. The audience can not only enjoy the story animation but also interact with the protagonists in the dynamic projection of the scenery.

Animated Story – The Mirror Head technology coupled with a static projection guarantees for a beautiful experience without leaving the room.

Client: New Taipei City Library, Taiwan
Artwork by Bright Ideas for Life www.brightideas.com.tw 

Strange days in London. A Pipilotti Rist Installation.

Strange days in London – A Pipilotti Rist Installation

 

 

As part of the Strange Days exhibition that is currently taking place at the Store X on the Strand London, our local partner in the United Kingdom, Polestar Productions was asked to provide Mirror Head units, Media Servers and technical as well as programming support to host Pippilotti Rist´s “4th Floor to Mildness” video installation. The full exhibition hosts 21 international artists and film-makers with the purpose of discussing the role that sound and music plays in bringing them all together.

Prior to the exhibitions opening in October, Polestar liaised with the Artist’s Studio and Designer to facilitate the resulting two days of programming. In the video “Installation”, you will get a glimpse of some behind the scene footage of the entire process that will also give you a small insight into the attention and details required in the presentation of the work of an internationally recognized video artist.

Visitors who may wish to experience the finished piece directly at the Store X will be able to do so until the 9th of December 2018.
180thestrand.com/
polestar-productions.uk/

Equipment used:
Mirror Head MH11-L
Panasonic PT-DZ780, RZ970
Green Hippo Karst+ media server.

Steal the Show. King Sprong strikes again.

Steal the Show. King Sprong strikes again.

 

 

To mark the 10th year anniversary of Skullmapping, the city of Leuven asked them to showcase eight of their projects during December 2018. The city of Leuven very much liked ‘King Sprong’, which was originally created for the light festival in Ghent.

Skullmapping decided to recreate the concept and project it onto M-Museum of Leuven, since they thought that this building would be an interesting canvas. In this case, the idea was to have the gorilla break into the museum to steal a painting that was part of the expo “Power and beauty: The Arenbergs” which was on display at the time.

The overall response from the general public was great. Over 20´000 people came to watch the different projections throughout the city and the King Sprong 2 show was one of people’s favorites. As Skullmapping has been doing many dynamic projection installations over the past years, they have become the specialists of storytelling for all people of all ages through different types of projection mapping.

For the second version of this show, the story was much more developed!

„The first King Sprong was created as a teaser for the light festival, but for this project I knew that this needed to be longer, and have a more interesting story line, as this needed to be one of the highlights of the festival.“ says Filip Sterckx.

For the technical preparation and creation, Skullmapping took pictures of the building, and based on the pictures made a digital 3D version of the museum. They then further developed the animations to match onto the building and used a Panasonic RZ21K projector with the Mirror Head. The show was then created using the MDC-X software as they key framed the Mirror Head so that the animations would perfectly fit onto the building.

The Mirror Head allowed Skullmapping to create a dynamic projection show and to use a really big building as the setting with only one projector. The budget of the festival was limited and to fully cover a building of this scale with projections, you would normally need around eight 20k lumen projectors. With the Mirror Head they were able to rent only one projector, but still at the same time were able to use the whole building as the play-field/canvas, making it really interesting to create and to watch.

The equipment they have chosen for this application is a Mirror Head MH14 with Panasonic Laser projector PT-RZ21K and our Media Server MDC-X2.

Concept by Filip Sterckx + Antoon Verbeeck
Directed by Filip Sterckx
3D Modeling + Animation: Paulina Zybinska
Sounddesign + Mocap acrtrice: Birgit Sterckx
skullmapping.com

 

 

Skullmapping

Skullmapping is an artistic collective run by Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck.

Filip, who is the creative director of Skullmapping, has gained global recognition with his music videos for (among others) Selah Sue and Willow. He started his first experiments with projection mapping over ten years ago, resulting in poetic art installations in which he projects video and animation on sculptures, such as “Peepshow” and “My Orca”. His work can be recognized by his inventive visual style, love for combining live-action and animation, and a tendency to break through the traditional 2D screen.

Antoon is a visual artist. Over the last 25 years he has been working as a successful figurative art painter and runs his own gallery in Leuven, Belgium. His paintings can be recognized by a strong 3D illusion. His so called “Lonely subjects”, in the middle of a big white space, provoke a meaning that is poetic, evocative, and often with a funny witticism. His urge to experiment has led him into the skullmapping adventure, where he uses his artistic know-how into new media art.

By using a profound artistic knowledge, and combining it with the latest technology, Skullmapping tells stories with stunning bespoke visuals. We conceptualize, produce and direct projects from start to finish. We deal with art in an experimental, technology-related way.

Showreel 2017 – Promote yourself.

Dynamic Projection Institute – Showreel 2017

In the future companies in all industries will have to use new technologies to promote their products and services.Whether you use projections for retail, exhibitions, presentations, big scale building projections, art or other applications, the projections can be moved up, down, left and right to reach certain angles that are not in the projection range for statically positioned projectors.

The Mirror Head is a perfect tool using new technologies. Enjoy our Reel #2017!