The Projection Studio London's Ross Ashton was asked by the President of Malta, George Abela to create a high power video projection show to run right through the two hour Rockestra concert, a high profile fundraising event for the Malta Community Chest charity. President Abela is the patron of the charity, the largest on the island ... and with an enthusiastic audience of 12,000 packing into the Malta Conference and Convention Centre (MFCC), this was the largest ever indoor event to date on the island. The concert, under the music direction of Sigmund Mifsud included specially orchestrated versions of rock, plus instrumental pieces performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Also appearing onstage were several local artists.
The Projection Studio London supplied all the equipment and crew to make the projections happen, which were beamed onto a 20 x 16 metre upstage white screen behind the orchestra. Two front projected Christie 18K machines were used, overlaid to ensure the brightest image, complete with The Projection Studio's flexible OnlyView control system. All the video content was stored on the OnlyView Servers, and programmed in OnlyView and After Effects by Richard Porter and Karen Monid, with Monid running the show. The The Projection Studio team created the artwork under Ashton's direction. Each song had its own individually styled video content.
Says Ashton, "It was a great honour to be asked back to Malta to work on this show - I mean I couldn't really say 'no' to the President! With so many musical genres and eras encompassed in the concert, it was also a really exciting and fun challenge to produce the two hours worth of projection artwork". The spectacular results spoke for themselves!