Hillsong Live 2013 live album was recorded on the 27th and 28th of October 2012 at the Hillsong Convention Center in Sydney.  The stage design for this was a very new and creative venture for us. Although we have used projection on non-standard surfaces before, we haven’t on a moving surface and one of gaps in the surface.

The set this year consisted of a 13-meter wide and 3.5-meter high P12 LED screen as a backdrop sitting 1.3 meters off the top of the stage. In front of the LED screen was a projection surface that was about 16 meters wide and 4.8 meters high at the highest point when it was in its upper most position, and only 1.3 meters high in its lowest most position. The surface was made up of 18 vertical strips that hinged half way down (2.4 meters from the top) and hinged again to the stage, which formed a V shape pointing out into the auditorium.

The structure was made from an aluminium  frame, and had lighting ND frost stuck to the front with double-sided tape, to be the projection surface. We used 4 Barco HD20’s to project on to the surface, double stacking them to hit the 2 half’s of the surface. They were hung in the roof about 12 meters away from the surface, at about a 50 degree angle, making a 16m throw to the surface in its up position.

The set piece was split in to 2 parts. The left part consisted of 8 of the 18 panels. The panels were lifted up and down during the recording by 4 Kinissis chain motors, 3 on the Left and 1 on the right. The first one was fixed in its down position for the whole time. Panel 2 was pulled by one of the 3 chain motors, panel 3 had the second chain motor pulling it. Panels 4-8 were all pulled by the third chain motor, with panels 4 and 8 being offset by steel wire connected to their adjacent panels. The right 10 panels were all rigged together to be pulled up by one chain motor.

This allowed us to have 4 combinations positions. All up, all down, Left up right down, or Left down right up.

With having the panels moving up and down and bending in half made move in the Z-axis, with did case issues with the focal point and also with lining up of the double stacking.  We spent a long time working on the warping of the image to keystone the image back to being straight. Once that was done we could start lining up the double stack. A second warp hard to be made for when the panels were in their down position.

 To make all the warping and media playback work, I used Coolux’s Pandora’s Box version 5 media servers. We had 1 Server, with 2 outputs for the 2 halves of the projection, one player for the content on the LED, and one version 5 media manager.
Having the stage layered with the LED screen upstage, then the projection surfaces down stage of the LED, and then the band downstage of the projection, allowed the backdrop behind the band to be able to change and have different combinations of projection, LED and lighting.

To control the Pandora’s box system I used a GrandMa series 1 Lite, to allow us to make cue stacks for each song, and the flexibility to make changes on the fly.

Equipment used.

Pandora’s box Media Manager

Pandora’s box Media Server

Pandora’s box Media Player

4x Barco HD20

2x Barco ImagePro

GrandMa Series 1 Lite

Flyer 12 LED screen

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