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The musical chronicles a young Elvis Presley as a rising star. Photos by Gary Ng

Heartbreak Hotel

Randi Minetor • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

If you’re a passionate fan of rock legend Elvis Presley, you may already know much of the story that Tony-nominated writer/director Floyd Mutrux tells in his new musical, Heartbreak Hotel. The prequel to the popular Million Dollar Quartet (which was written by Mutrux and Colin Escott), this new play follows young Elvis from his humble beginnings as a truck driver to the peak of stardom — a tale that captures the imagination of anyone waiting for their own shot at greatness. Read More...

Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, lit as part of Blink Cincinnati 2017

Blink Cincinnati

Mike Wharton • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

Event Draws Big Crowds to See 20 Blocks Transformed by Large-Format Projections

Blink Cincinnati transformed 20 blocks of downtown Cincinnati with large-format projection mapping artworks from Oct. 12-15.

The guitar remains still on a stand.

Projection Arts: Kaki King

Will Romano • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

With her daring multi-media show, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, solo acoustic guitarist Kaki King explores the joys of oobleck, MIDI software and anthropomorphic surrealism.

OneRepublic wowed the crowds on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour with live video manipulation using VideoDust and Blackmagic Design technologies.

A Summer Season Recap

Thomas S. Friedman • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

Top Tours, Festivals Enhance Visuals with Latest Technologies

Many of this year’s biggest music festivals and concert tours impressed the crowds with converging broadcast and AV technologies. Among the companies on the leading edge: Blackmagic Design. The company recently provided a look at how its AV solutions, from cameras to switching, routing and monitoring, have helped rental and staging companies bring the art of live video production to new levels.

‘We knew social media was a key role to the ministry and a major outreach in the way the pastor wanted people to experience it,’ says Donnie Haulk, president and CEO of AE Global Media. ‘My idea was to make it appeal from wherever they were and the impression would be positive. So that was the basis of the redesign.’

Redemption Church: A Renovation Driven by Social Media

Debi Moen • October 2017, Video Production • October 12, 2017

A selfie is responsible for setting off a massive three-year technology renovation at the Redemption Church in Greenville, SC.

Since founding the church in 1991, Pastor Ron Carpenter sought new ways to spread the church’s religious messages. As his popularity grew, so did the rise of social media.

The indoor stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium was one of many stages used for the event.

Colossal Clusterfest Goes Off Like Clockwork

Randi Minetor • August 2017, Video Production • August 11, 2017

Large Screen Video provides ultra-high-resolution video screens in the heart of San Francisco

Imagine that you’re in charge of the video screens and on-the-fly production for 50 acts in three days on eight stages—three outdoors and five indoors. Many acts arrive maybe half an hour before they go on and conduct shorthand explanations of what they want to happen behind them or alongside them as they perform. You and a crew of 30 work feverishly to keep things moving and pull off a flawless series of performances.

VER supplied the gear for the Vogue Arabia launch. Photo courtesy Barco

On the Surface: The Art of Projecting Art

Debi Moen • Video Production • June 7, 2017

Video mapping projects — beyond the LED concert video wall — have become more commonplace over recent years. They’re part of our landscape, adding images everywhere in our environment. While advances in technology have made these projects more feasible, challenges are still there. PLSN took a below-the-surface look at two recent projects to discover what confronts projecting on a creative palette beyond the screen.

Chicago Blackhawks rink projection by Quince Imaging

Dazzling Illusions

Randi Minetor • Video Production • June 7, 2017

Quince Imaging Dominates Pro Sports Arena Projection Mapping

It’s moments before the first Chicago Bulls NBA home game of the 2016-17 season begins, and the United Center Arena is packed with fans. Suddenly, the entire arena goes dark except for the court, which seems to glow with an inner light. The Bulls logo appears in the center, and the court floor comes to life as Bulls mascot Benny the Bull walks out to the center of the court, waving a Bulls flag in a grand circular motion.

Jean-Michel Jarre in Israel. Photo by Greg Rybczynski

Jean-Michel Jarre: 2017 Spectacles Add to an Epic Career

Will Romano • Video Production • June 7, 2017

French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has very nearly done it all. Born in Lyon, France, son of film composer Maurice Jarre, Jean-Michel began studying classical music at an early age and formed his first major rock band in the late 1960s. Within a few short years Jarre had tapped cutting-edge keyboard technology and helped to revolutionize synthesized music with releases such as 1976’s global hit Oxygène, 1978’s Équinoxe, and 1981’s Les Chants Magnétiques.

ECLPS provided a lighting and video assist at the Wang Theatre within Boston’s Boch Center. Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan

Boston Major eSports Tournament

Michael S. Eddy • Video Production • January 13, 2017

December saw eSports come to Boston in a big way when the Wang Theatre at the Boch Center hosted the Boston Major tournament. The competition for Valve Corporation’s multiplayer online battle arena Dota 2 video game took place Dec. 7-10. Along with the live audience in the theatre, the four days—with up to 12 hours a day play—was followed globally via the video game live-streaming platform Twitch.tv and through a variety of international television outlets including ESPN in the U.S.


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