Creative Technology & Stage Production
For the majestic Beats Antique tour “A Thousand Faces - Act 1”, Obscura joined forces with Director Ivan Landau and a band of artists to bring an elaborate stage production of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” to life. The show was a successful fusion of Obscura’s performance technology innovations with Beats Antique’s rich multi-dimensional theatrical show. The live convergence of narrative, image, sight, and sound was a multi-sensory experience like no other.
Obscura transformed the physical into the metaphysical with an architectural projection experience that flowed with optical illusions, dissolving the “fourth wall.” “We wanted to create something that was new, yet nostalgic,” stated Ivan Landau. “The visual storytelling comes right off the stage, like a pop-up book, seamlessly blending hand-made artistry with technology.”
Unique content pieces were created for nineteen songs, as well as transitional pieces, spanning over a one-and-a-half hour show. Obscura integrated a diverse collection of artwork into its projection mapping system, including miniature sets, puppetry, clay animation, 3D animation, painting, illustration, photography and live action. The aesthetically stunning visual effects were projected onto a hand-crafted stage set, reminiscent of a mythological village.
Obscura’s interactive motion tracking software followed the movement of performer Zoe Jakes with real-time visuals such as particles, masking, and lighting treatments, visually extending her live performance. The band had full control during the show to enable these special effects, adding new dynamic elements from one show to next during the tour.
"Obscura has been closely connected to Beats Antique throughout their creative journey,” said Matty Dowlen, Chief of Production. “We are proud to be able to finally collaborate on a project that showcases the music and performance art of Beats Antique, highlighted by the technology and creative design of Obscura."
For this show, Obscura immersed live audiences into the creative storyline of “A Thousand Faces - Act 1” by adding depth to the stage production using intricate detail and the craftsmanship of talented artists. Keep an eye out for what’s to come with Act 2 of the show, which can be seen live during the Spring 2014 tour.
Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel
Ivan Landau, Director
Matty Dowlen, Chief of Production
Marc Melzer, Director of Media Arts
Barry Threw, Director of Software
Jennifer Spratt, Project Producer
Tim Digulla, Senior Art Director
James F Ellis, Technical Director of 3D Animation
Ana Herruzo, 3D and CAD Modeling
Alexi Alexaieff, Production Artist
Bryant Place, Interactive Engineer
Joe Vigorito, System Technician
Joshua Brott, Photography
Obscura > obscuradigital.com/
Beats Antique > beatsantique.com/
Ivan Landau > ivanlandau.com/
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