As fortune would have it, the first complex show for which the team planned to use disguise was with video designer, Luke Halls, who has been using the disguise solutions for many years. “This gave us added confidence to jump into a new workflow for this show,” says Dominic.
“The panoramic video showed an ever-changing backdrop of New York, representing the rise of the original Lehman brothers who arrived as immigrants in the mid-1800s, to the fall of Lehman Brothers financial services organisation in 2008,” explained Luke Halls, the video designer who created the projection. “As well as showing the shape and scale of the city changing through time, the audience gets closer to New York as the story progresses – we approach the skyscrapers looking like a graph, then by Act 2 the city has absorbed us just as the markets became all-powerful, and then finally everything begins to turn into falling numbers, representing the financial crisis where it all finally spun out of control. It’s a very evocative piece that perfectly augmented the revolving stage set.”
The set-up was powered by two 2x4pro servers with DVI VFC cards and four designer laptops. The National Theatre followed up with a second investment of two new solo servers which feature 10GB networking ports and a Pro Audio card.
The OmniCal engine has been designed to improve projection quality and setup time. OmniCal works by capturing hundreds of images of the stage and creating a ‘point cloud’, accurately calibrating projectors, and conforming pre-existing surface meshes to match reality. This is a step change in projection mapping workflows - no longer a multi-day process to map an object neatly, the capture process takes a matter of minutes, and final adjustments can be carried out offline, not intervening with projection surfaces, and enabling other disciplines in the space to proceed with their technical time. Whether it's lighting, sound, set or rehearsals, everyone benefits from the use of OmniCal on a production.