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25/04/2013

Projection Studio Completes Caerphilly Castle Install

Ross Ashton and The Projection Studio have completed a permanent 270-degree video projection installation at Caerphilly Castle, Wales.
The installation also features an adaptation of their highly successful work, Illuminata.
The show was originally a large format projection extravaganza created by Ashton and projected onto two buildings in the Castle's main courtyard for two short festival events in 2010 and 2011.
It proved so popular and accessible that CADW – the official guardian of the built heritage of Wales – wanted to integrate it as a lasting tribute to the history of the Castle which could be enjoyed by the all year round.
Five Optoma EW610ST projector, fitted with extremely short throw .52 lenses, are used for the projections, which cover a surface area of around 3.5m tall and 5.2m in diameter wrapping around the circular room which is skinned with a smooth white plaster finish. The projectors are rigged on custom mounts attached to the ceiling, focussed out towards the circular walls.
The Projection Studio undertook all the storyboarding in collaboration with Karen Monid, the sound artist for the piece, and image creation and the animations themselves were completed by Ashton and Paul Chatfield.
The installed looped show is 10 minutes long, 50% shorter then the original, which was a challenge, however the end result is just as exciting, action-packed and informative. Other modifications were necessary to account for the fact that the images are now almost surrounding the audience as opposed to being viewed on two flat surfaces some distance away.
The objective was to fill as much of the room as possible with the projection, so visitors can feel immersed in the animated images, and the centre of the room was made the focal point and it was absolutely crucial that no shadows could be cast on the projections by visitors standing too close.
The massive perspective correction needed, together with the soft edge blending of the five image sources is dealt with by a Watchout control system. There were large overlaps in the images and massive differences in the depth of field due to the short throw lenses.
Using five projectors as opposed to four gave a centre image that needed no blending, which was a big advantage to the aesthetics and using five devices also allowed them to produce a taller overall image.
A 6.1 accompanying soundtrack was compiled and mixed by Monid for the looped show, delivered through six Genelec 8020B speakers also hanging from the ceiling on special mounts, plus a sub bass unit on the floor. The Watchout control is located in the next room. It runs seven tracks of video and sound utilising an Echo AudioFire8 96kHz Firewire audio interface.
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