In addition to the conventional content, extra effects were created using Notch, a real time content workflow supported by disguise. One example of Notch effects was to create a virtual VL5 lighting fixture. The VL5 is a signature fixture used on many Awakenings editions, including this one. A 3D model of this fixture, including the familiar colour flags, was loaded in Notch and connected to Artnet. As each screen in the roof could be loaded with a virtual VL5, this meant there were 96 lighting fixtures that could pan, tilt and colour the way the real-life VL5s were, enhancing the look in the venue and the scale of the show. In a similar way, 131 Svoboda lighting fixtures were created, including the amber-drift-curve when dimming.
Live Legends’ disguise programmer Dave van Roon explains, “it was a refreshing experience, to be able to create content on the spot. Not just because you don’t have to wait for your render and are able to make changes really quick, but also the ability to make your content respond to what happens on stage. It’s a new approach for shows. We were able to show the client interactivity they’d been looking for. Also being able to create these effects from a 3D perspective makes for an immersive experience.”
Versloot adds, “Usually I’m operating lights for shows, and the VL5s responded like the actual fixtures, which made it feel natural for me to control them. From the VL5s it was a small step to the other effects. To me it is really interesting to control video as if it was light. You could also notice this on the response of the audience, they really felt this was not just a movie, but was something created on the spot.”