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Painting with Light produces visual solution for “Zoo of Life”
Painting with Light has produced a visual solution for “Zoo of Life”, a production directed by Luc Stevens to celebrate 175 years of Antwerp Zoo, being staged at the new Queen Elizabeth Hall venue in Antwerp, Belgium. The team from the Genk based creative practice was led by Luc Peumans. The set is composed largely of digital scenic elements and was designed in conjunction with Carla Janssen Hofelt.
The Painting with Light brief also included editing special video material shot by Mathieu Marck of Arendsoog (Eagle Eye) from around the Zoo, and combining this with new graphical content produced by Painting with Light’s Sina Sohn, Jos Claesen and Arthur Claesen. This was all compiled and programmed onto a disguise server.
Luc Peumans designed the lighting and the company also provided lighting and video control for the show. Painting with Light harnessed the power of the disguise 4x4 server’s 3D and VR visualisation facilities. These have been developed especially for pre-production scenarios using the ‘designer’ dongle. This enabled Luc Stevens to view life-like VR visualisations representing the complete digital scenery set-ups for the entire performance in the run up to getting on site.
The digital scenery features a large 8 mm LED screen upstage, two long side screens 4 metres high and running the depth of the stage, two sets of LED-clad stairs and a quantity of video panels fitted to three structural arches above the stage of the theatre’s main auditorium. A Pepper’s Ghost effect was set up for one scene, utilising a 30 K Panasonic laser projector shooting onto a special scrim, to create ephemeral holographic images of a gorilla and an okapi. All the video content was programmed onto the disguise by Painting with Light’s Katleen Selleslagh.
The lighting rig comprises around 130 fixtures including 24 x Martin MAC Viper Performances, 36 x Viper Profiles, 64 of Phlippo’s URC 210 LED washes and 12 x URC zoom LED battens, all controlled via a GrandMA2 console programmed and operated by Ivar van Dijk from Painting with Light. There are also hundreds of decor LEDs ensconced in the arches over the stage which are controlled via the lighting console.
Also involved in the technical and creative part of the production were Painting with Light’s project managers Wouter Verhulst and Jeroen Vinck, and Zoo of Life’s stage manager Koen Beliën. The show’s lighting equipment is being supplied by Belgian rental company Phlippo Productions and the video by Pixelscreen.
(Photos: Elkie Briers)
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