I do an interview as a panelist on PL&P Magazine’s look into current trends and the future of video in shows.
PL&P: Over the past few years, which widespread trend – in terms of tech, workflow, or industry relations – has had the most significant impact on your work or the video design sector in general?
Drew Atienza: We are seeing more projection-based shows as you can only go so big with LED walls before running into [weight and logistical challenges], and on the creative front, you can’t wrap LED onto everything, unlike projection. To support this need to align several projectors in a time-efficient manner, we have been developing different automatic calibration methods to fit different situations and scales. In our workflow, more coordination is necessary between production, rigging, carpentry, and lighting to ensure a smooth and successful calibration plan.
On another front, we are seeing more use of 3D tracking for both creative and technical needs. The information from our 3D tracking system is being used for several purposes and shared with other show departments. It can be used for generative video effects, automatic spotlight control, lighting spill control, dynamic sound control, and other location-based effect controls. This requires further coordination between departments and includes network coordination, IR tracker integration to costumes, 3D world coordination with lighting, sound, rigging, carpentry, and the creation of an accurate 3D model.Read More