entertainment technology company TDC – Technical Direction Company – is
providing large scale projection mapping and technology for this year’s VividSydney, which takes place over 23 nights from 25 May – 16 June. This year Vivid
Sydney celebrates its tenth anniversary.
is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. It takes place
annually, and features immersive
light installations with performances from local and international artists as
well as an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from
leading creative thinkers.
“This year, visitors
to Vivid Sydney can expect even brighter, clearer, better-defined projection
from TDC,” said Pete Lynn, Head of Creative Projection at TDC. “Our projection
design incorporates the same technology as that used by the world’s leading events
and arena shows for example - Cirque du Soleil. That’s a big part of our
providing video services and innovation to over 10 sites for Vivid Sydney this
year. There is record breaking projection across the major precincts at 10
locations: Sydney Opera House, Customs House, ASN Co, The Old ES Bank and
Police Station, Government House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cadmans Cottage, Chatswood
Concourse, Samsung – “The Night. Reimagined.” and the Sydney Harbour Bridge South
View feedback systems are deployed everywhere, allowing real time monitoring,”
continued Alex Rendell, Technical Projects Manager at TDC. “Projections were
finalised mostly in the pre-production phase, so everything is built before we
turn up on site - which reduces down time,” said Lynn.
been a supporter of Vivid Sydney for many years,” added Michael Hassett,
Founder and Managing Director of TDC. “Our technical experts have been behind
the scenes bringing the stunning light projections to life, setting new
standards in projection technology and mapping design.”
10 years, 10 sites - Vivid Sydney projection
of Vivid Sydney 2018 is Metamathemagical,
which sees celebrated Australian artist Jonathan Zawada commemorate Vivid
Sydney’s tenth anniversary with the creation of a site-specific artwork that
transforms the world-renowned Sydney Opera House sails into a series of kinetic
images are delivered onto the 9,000 square metre sails for the first time,
thanks to TDC’s investment in the latest projection technology. These are brighter,
capable of more uniform and better controlled light output for a crisper image.
The projectors feature 4K/UltraHD resolution; that’s four times the number of
pixels of HD, and means that they deliver 138,240,000 pixels to the sails –
equivalent to four IMAX screens – with startling clarity and colour fidelity.
“In creating the Sydney Opera House projections project,
a 3D model was constructed and by using a disguise media server we were able to
visualise the content playback with the animators in the preproduction phase,” said
Steve Cain, Head Engineer & Media Server Specialist at TDC. “This is the
world’s best media server and calibration technology and it is so reliable and
robust. I used a collection of features that disguise media servers offer, such
as Texture Masking, Deformation Layers, Projector Calibration and Colour Shift
options. Also the real time work flow let me sit with the Jonathan
Zawada and colour grade the
content live on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. We also used the Multi Editor feature, to allow a couple of us to line
up the building simultaneously reducing the projector line up time to just a
we designed a new outdoor projector housing solution that was resistant to high
winds, and that could operate reliably close to salt water and at low
temperatures,” explained Anthony Pellizzari, Technical Projects Manager at TDC.
highlight of the event is Snugglepot and
Cuddlepie at Sydney’s Customs House, which uses projection provided by TDC
to showcase the adventures of two characters with whom Australian children have
been growing up with since author May Gibbs created them a century ago. Ample
Projects adapted the amazing visuals.
Photonic State at Government House
presented a new challenge for TDC because it required multiple projector
positions. The architecture of the building, with its large towers, also makes
significant technical demands.
“Early on in
the project, we undertook a projection study and 3D model so that the show
could be created in the 3D world,” said Lynn. “The model was then worked on by
students from training and vocational education provider, TAFE NSW.”
Fun facts about tech
As well as
using laser projection on the iconic sails for the first time, other highlights
of TDC’s involvement in creating the wide-ranging spectacular include:
- Over 30 technical
staff working full time
- 70 video projectors,
with brightness up to 40,000 lumens
- 20 million pixels -
equivalent to over 60 IMAX screens
- Total light output
of 1,750,000 ANSI lumens brightness
- 11 kilometers of
- 22 media
- Three different
automation platforms servers running on unique software code
- 20 kilometers of
signal and power cables
- All sites remotely
monitored with realtime “TDC Live View” remote reporting 24/7.
- To ensure energy
efficiency, equipment is powered every night but on-standby during the day.
partner with us to create event experiences and productions including outdoor
light festivals such as Vivid Sydney, TV shows, theatre, corporate events, live
music, exhibitions and outdoor events,” continued Hassett. “TDC has delivered
many firsts in this region, and is a pioneer in the delivery of large-scale
architectural projection technology, projection blending, mapping and warping;
automation; motion tracking; and creative LED solutions.
looking forward to helping to make this tenth Vivid Sydney another huge
is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events
agency Destination NSW and, in 2017, attracted a record-breaking 2.33 million
attendees to the celebration, delivering AU$143 million of visitor expenditure
into the NSW economy.
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