Creative production company Eye Q Productions created turnkey technical and creative projection design for Joy Theatre's Elements and Paradis, both immersive experiences for guests.
For Elements, which features illusions, choreography, and aerialists, Eye Q mapped out the house walls, stage deck, set, and even costumes, utilizing a large upstage LED wall and LED proscenium.
The show’s visuals immersed the guests in each of the four seasons and Earth’s elements.
Representing water, “Muse” is an exciting under-the-sea experience, playing with water in all its forms, from bubbles to storms.
Tornados blow guests away; the theatre becomes a virtual fire ball; and the show ends with a snowy ballet.
For the opening in Paradis, Eye Q created 5 sq. miles of Paris in 3D animation, weaving through the D’Orsay Museum to arrive at a secret night club.
For these two shows, Eye Q used Autodesk Maya for 3D animations as well as Maxon Cinema 4D plugins to achieve the 3D paint splash effects in Paradis. Content is composited primarily in Adobe After Effects with editing in Adobe Premiere Pro.
During a silks aerialist act, the dancers sway underneath the Eiffel Tower, with background visuals transforming from a pristine dressing room to peeling wallpaper to reveal a dark grungy industrial environment.
The shows utilized a total of 13 video output sources, including ten 12K Christie projectors that Eye Q provided and installed, as well as a 40K Christie cinema projector for front projection. Two Absen LED walls created the large back screen and LED proscenium. Eye Q also provided and installed four Coolux Pandoras Box Quad servers and widget designer for media programming and show control.
“We program our shows with content in layers that we can build into the media servers and master live during rehearsals,” says Eye Q Productions president and executive producer Jenni Ogden. “This allows us to interface with the director, make adjustments, and respond to notes real time.”
The creative team boarded Joy in Eemshaven to start the programming process, followed by the cast, at which time rehearsals began for both shows. The team was onboard Joy for a full month throughout sea trials and the handover ceremony in the Netherlands.
The Eye Q team was led by Ogden and creative director Jeff Klein. Content designers included Bill Lae, Sam Roseman, Sam Kriemelmeyer, Kelon Cen, Rob Buchanan, Michael Kory, and Stephen Robin. The technical team was led by technical director Steve Gilbard and programmer Sam Kriemelmeyer.