Land of Giants // Animation and Projection Design

Unique hand drawn 4k animation designed for and projected onto Belfast's iconic 30m high Titanic Signature building. I carried out the entire projection element from concept to creative content design, from production planning to technical delivery. Land of Giants was the largest ever Arts event in Ireland, produced by Walk the Plank and Directed by Mark Murphy, I worked as animation director alongside the heads of each department of this unique spectacular event. “To add original animation and the technical difficulties of its projection to a show already as big, complex and pressurised as Land Of Giants could easily have been the straw that broke the directors back. Thankfully it was with great appreciation and to the supreme credit of Graham and his incredible team of artists, technicians and crew, that this was one of the least stressful and most pleasant collaborations of the whole production.” -Mark Murphy, Artistic Director Land of Giants.

I carried out the entire projection element from concept to creative content design, from production planning to technical delivery. Land of Giants was the largest ever Arts event in Ireland, produced by Walk the Plank and Directed by Mark Murphy, I worked as animation director alongside the heads of each department of this unique spectacular event.
 
“To add original animation and the technical difficulties of its projection to a show already as big, complex and pressurised as Land Of Giants could easily have been the straw that broke the directors back.
Thankfully it was with great appreciation and to the supreme credit of Graham and his incredible team of artists, technicians and crew, that this was one of the least stressful and most pleasant collaborations of the whole production.” -Mark Murphy, Artistic Director Land of Giants.
 
Over 6000 frames of hand drawn animation were produced by the belfast based artists I recruited at 4k (3840×2160) four times HD resolution. I developed our own production pipline, so that each frame in the final show was drawn from a mixture of reference footage filmed of the shows performers and 3d animations created for more abstract elements of the script.
 
Projecting onto Belfast’s iconic Titanic signature building was both an honour and a huge technical challenge, made from ionised marine grade aluminium, it’s multifaceted surface demanded a very complex projection design. With a show date of 30th of June an incredibly bright night in Belfast’s year we worked with AvTek to deliver a technical projection design which would ensure the 20,000 strong audience would all be able to enjoy the projected content 30m high.
In the end everyone’s work paid off and a sold out crowd enjoyed a truly iconic night in Belfast’s cultural history as a sold out crowd were treated to a magical nights entertainment.
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