Venetian Resort Las Vegas, 2012

London based The Projection Studio - led by Ross Ashton - have chosen d3 to run the permanent projection shows at the Venetian resort in Las Vegas. Visible to the public every night, the first series of work was shown during the summer of 2012, and new presentations were added later for the winter festival.

Background

The colourful, vibrant giant images are projected on to a 25 × 25 metre canvas forming part of the Venetian’s frontage including a full scale replica of the famous Clock Tower from St Mark’s square in Venice.

A key reason that The Projection Studio was chosen to produce the series of visual shows is Aston’s reputation for pictorial storytelling with detailed historical references. The Venetian’s team wanted each show to have real depth and substance as well as being instantly accessible for the public. The resulting ‘live art’ phenomenon has been hugely successful at the Venetian with the initial three daily shows, and this has now continued with the special ‘Winter In Venice’ work. Ashton explains:

The challenge was to produce a unique and interesting narrative to engage onlookers in each case, which also required a distinctive Venetian feel, and had to be delivered to exceptionally high standards.

The d3 solution

With the server room being over 200 meters away from the projection screen and with no sight of the installation whatsoever, the accurate 3D previsualisation abilities of d3 were a crucial part of the solution when working in the server room. Using a remote laptop, the d3 operator was also able to program the installation from the projection tower with a full GUI and total control over the whole installation.

Another problem was that the tower in which the 4 projectors are located is made of metal. With temperatures being extremely variable in the Vegas desert, expansions and contractions happened with changes in heat, causing a slight shift of focus over time. Reacting to such circumstances needs to happen swiftly and easily. In this case, d3’s auto calibration tools really came into their own, allowing the operator to re-calibrate the facade within an hour for 4 projectors, including edge blending and masking.

Production

Client:

The Projection Studio

Credits

Content Producer:

Dandelion and Burdock and San Gung Kim

Sound design by:

Karen Monid

Equipment

d3 gear:

1 x d3 4U v2.5 Mixed Master
1 x d3 4U v2.5 Slave
1 x d3 4U v2.5 Understudy

Projectors:

4 x Christie d435k

Sound:

1 x Yamaha LS9-16 audio desk

1 x Peavy Nilon N6 Media Matrix audio processor
3 x L’acoustics LA8 amplifiers

6 x L’acoustics S818i subwoofer

Matrix:

1 x MX 8×8 DVI-PRO Lightware

Other equipment:

1 x Blackmagic Sync Generator
1 x Rosendahl MIF4
1 x MidiSolution MIDI splitter
1 x Alcorn McBride DMX Machine
1 x Apantac DE 4
1 x Alcorn Mcbride v16 Pro
3 x HP ProCurve 2620-24 ethernet switcher
CTG 31100 fiber cables

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