Vivid Sydney 2015, described as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, delivered another helping of the large, the bright and the dynamic. Technical Direction Company provided video expertise in cutting-edge mapping techniques and key video technology across an unprecedented 10km distance as the 18-day festival expanded into new Chatswood and Central Park precincts.
Michael Hassett, Managing Director of TDC, said: “This year TDC delivered over 70 high-resolution projectors, four types of media servers as well as technical infrastructure including two automation platforms, each with custom hardware and electronics to power the video projections.”
Anthony Pellizzari, TDC’s Technical Project Manager for this year’s festival continues: “We had some additional challenges this year, with crane lifts, street closures for installs and six new sites to manage.”
TDC ate the tech challenges for breakfast according to Steve Cain, Head Technician and Media Specialist: “As well as site specific challenges, we had to overcome reflective surfaces such as glass from other buildings or water. It was a challenge to converge multiple projectors onto curved roofs, perform colour correction onto dark bricks and colour balancing of multiple projector models to match these evenly. Seeing the final result with people interacting with projections was really rewarding — something that we’re very proud of,” he says.
VIVID EYE WATERING FACTS:
• Video projection used 7,464,960,000 total pixels onto the famous architecture of 10 buildings across Sydney
• 8976sqm of architecturally mapped video projection
• A total of 2,000,000 ANSI lumens, a measurement of projection light
• 1.8km of 3 phase power cable, and 2.5km of fibreoptic cable