The Projection Studio, Ross Ashton's London, UK, based large format projection practice has designed and produced an eye-catching array of massive images appearing on the walls of Edinburgh Castle, forming an integral element of the visuals for the 2010 Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. Ashton worked closely with Loudon on developing artwork for the show, but was also given an open brief to suggest ideas and make visual contributions where they would have the most impact. "There was a lot of projection in last year's show, and so I wanted to create something that would look and feel totally different and, naturally, be very relevant" states Ashton.
The projection area is 90 metres wide and stretches the full width of the castle walls. The biggest projection pieces this year are for two sections of the show by the Massed Bands - the military bands of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards with the British Army's Guards bands joined by all the international bands, performing "You Raise Me Up" and "Here's To The Heroes". Ashton was sent a series of photographic images from the Army Media & Communications archives to utilise in these sequences, which he composed into a series of moving montages. The projection was programmed and is being operated on an OnlyCue system by Karen Monid. The projection system was installed by Monid, Michael Barry and Andy Murrell.
Rated as one of the "Greatest shows on Earth" this year sees the Diamond (60 years) anniversary of the spectacle, featuring over 1000 performers from this year's lead service, the Army, combined with a host of international talents, all choreographed in a lively and energetic mix of music, song, dance and drama, produced by Major General Euan Loudon. "It's always a great privilege to be asked to work on such a unique and high profile a show like this," says Ashton, "Even more so as the true potential of projection has proved itself and has a real commitment from the organisers".