[Note: I apologize for the poor visual quality of this video; it was made from a PAL-format (European) VHS tape that was copied from a Betamax master, since lost, recorded by a prosumer-grade video camera, as the slide show was projected on a white wall “screen” at the AVC (Audio Visual Centrum) studio in Stockholm, Sweden.]
Sandra Sande and I were supposed to go home, to Vancouver, BC, after the Saab 9000 Turbo 16 world launch show; but Lars Einar, Saab’s advertising manager—my boss client—asked if we would stay and produce two new shows, to be used at the US launch of the Turbo 16. This is the first of the two shows, about the new Saab 9000 range of cars; the other show was about the 900 range [link to Saab 900 show] | This show used 30 Kodak S-AV projectors—the most that could be controlled by an AVL system (Eagle computer and Dove dissolvers)—aimed to overlap in a panoramic format called “Two-Plus-One;” that is, two side by side images, with a third overlapping the other two, in the center; the format was also called “One-Over-Two. In this case, the left and right screen areas each had six projectors, the remaining eighteen were focused on the center area of the screen | Eighteen projectors were needed to project slide animations at up to six slides per second; they were also needed for sufficient tray space for the 2,400 slides in the show. | Written, directed, designed and programmed by Douglas Mesney | Original photography by Saab Studios and AVC’s Bengt Sundalin, shooting beauty shots, as well as myself, Douglas Mesney, assisted by Filip Järnehag and Juki Nakamura, shooting the animated sequences | Library music & mix by Tommy Bergqvist | Narrated by Brad Crandall, recorded at Silverlake Studios by Brad Pinkstaff | Opticals and effects by Filip Järnehag | Optical art by Sandra Sande, Susan and Tim Shields, Rick Gulledge and others | More information at mesney.com.