01/04/2007
800 LIGHT YEARS LIVERPOOL
brief
Large format projection specialists The Projection Studio have designed and produced a unique video mapped Son et Lumière, specially commissioned by Liverpool Culture Company to help celebrate the re-opening of the City's landmark St George's Hall building. 2007 marks Liverpool's 800th anniversary. The show's narrative - a collaboration between Jon Corner and Andrew Sherlock of River Media and the LCC Events team - highlights some of the individuals, stories and events that have shaped Liverpool's colourful history. St George’s Hall is one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Europe. Designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes and originally opened in 1856, it is being re-opened by HRH the Prince of Wales, following an extensive £23 million refurbishment.
execution
Running eight HD Christie S20+ video projectors, to produce a stunning 64m by 14m image onto the rear face of St George's Hall. The Projection Studio's Ross Ashton and Paul Chatfield researched, sourced and created all the video material, visuals and custom artwork needed for the 25-minute show, while Karen Monid compiled a special accompanying music track. Using OnlyView as the central hub, and as both a creative and a programming tool also allowed them to work extremely fast and to maximise time right up to the last minute – including that spent on site. The software produces images and effects in real time without any delays for rendering, and was absolutely instrumental in enabling the show to be produced in time.
results
LCC's Event Manager Kirstie Blakeman explains, "We wanted to produce an event that was entertaining, informative and that also had a great sense of spectacle. Monumental projection ticks all the boxes, so it was an obvious choice - as were TPS - they are the experts." She adds that the fact that they could also produce both visuals and the music was "Just brilliant – a real bonus".

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