Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
20/08/2009

E/T/C Success At Edinburgh Tattoo 2009

E/T/C London is once again supplying spectacular 90-metre wide large format projections for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
It's the fifth consecutive year that the company has been involved in this high profile event, and the second year that the projection canvas has been increased from 60 to 90 metres wide - following the great success of the widescreen style last year.
This extended area stretches the full width of Edinburgh Castle's walls at the far end of the Esplanade/arena, forming a dramatic backdrop to the performance space.
E/T/C London's Ross Ashton designed and produced custom artwork for the high impact projections which run for approximately 50% of the show. This is the most that projected images have been used to date since the medium was first introduced into the Tattoo's visual mix in 2005.
Four of E/T/C\s PIGI 6K projectors fitted with double rotating scrollers are being used for the task. Three are covering the width of the Castle wall area, with the fourth focused on providing 'drop-ins' in the area around the Castle gates, through which the performers make their entrances.
Ashton worked on the creative content in conjunction with the Tattoo's Chief Executive and Producer, Major General Euan Loudon.
The 60th Tattoo contains it usual international flavour, with a cast in excess of 1,000 from around the globe - Tonga to South Africa, Australia to Switzerland - and fresh content to accompany the traditional format that has made it such a hugely popular event. There was a also a strong RAF influence - as the featured armed service for 2009 - and a tribute to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's iconic poet, Robert Burns.
For the Tongan Royal Corps of Musicians, Ashton's artwork saw criss-crossed images of giant palm leaves laid across the Castle walls, transforming its majestic architecture into a tropical backdrop, overlaid with different coloured washes of light.
For the dramatic start of the "RAF Medical Rescue" section, a projected Chinook helicopter gracefully descended into the arena, precisely framing the Castle Gates with all the action taking place in front.
The choreographed extract from Burns' epic comedy poem Tam O'Shanter presented Ashton with a real chance to have fun. He'd never read the poem before and enjoyed amassing a series of illustrations to humorously highlight elements of an inebriated tale of adventure... which started in the pub!
Particularly spectacular were some evil and somewhat scary pictures of the Devil playing the bagpipes surrounded by dancing witches, which were represented as massive skeletons! Down on the performance floor, the Massed Highland Dancers gave the piece plenty of dynamics and additional movement and vibrance.
For the RAF Massed Band's Born To Fly piece, the projections were of assorted aircraft photographs, with the sequence finishing on some stylised Red Arrows' Hawk T1's in bold red and white.
Towards the end of the show, at Ashton's suggestion, a tribute was included to Henry Allingham, the last surviving soldier from World War 1 and a founding member of the RAF, who died recently aged 113. Images from his family were supplied and integrated into the PIGI films for this section.
The projection is being controlled via an E/T/C OnlyCue PC-based system, programmed and operated by Karen Monid.
Ashton commented: "The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the highlights of E/T/C's year, as well as mine as a designer. I have particularly enjoyed helping to create the 2009 show, and it is good to see the concept of projection becoming more involved in the presentation of this world class event."
(KMcA/BMcC)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

11/08/2008
E/T/C London At Edinburgh Tattoo 2008
E/T/C London is supplying spectacular 90 metre wide large format image projections for the 2008 Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It's the fourth consecutive
12/06/2018
Litepanels' Gemini LED Soft Panels Light Up Royal Wedding Coverage
Litepanels' new Gemini LED soft panels were used for international broadcast coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May
04/05/2018
Production News : BBC Announces TV Coverage For The Royal Wedding
The BBC has announced its lineup of programming and presenters for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May. The coverage will ki
14/12/2017
SGO To Support Spanish Short Film Project 'The Shortest Day'
Next Thursday, 21st of December, on winter solstice, will take place the traditional celebration of spanish short film called "The shortest day - [ED
16/08/2007
E\T\C UK Projects For The Edinburgh Tattoo
For the third year running, large format projection specialists E\T\C UK have created a stunning giant projection show for the Edinburgh Military Tatt
11/01/2012
Quantel Pablo Creates The Look For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'
Developer of content creation and delivery systems,Quantel, have been put to the test working on one of the largest 4K movies ever delivered. Hollywoo
12/08/2005
EPM commits to JVC Pro HD for Edinburgh Tattoo Archives
For the past 10 years Scottish Borders based EPM Production have been producing promotional videos and CDs for the highly successful Edinburgh Militar
18/06/2003
S & M complete post on SciFi’s ‘Tattoo Man’
Smoke & Mirrors worked with director Vaughan Arnell to complete the entire picture post-production on this atmospheric film for the SciFi Channel in N
17/06/2003
Smoke & Mirrors' Sci Fi 'Tattoo Man' wins AICP award
Smoke & Mirrors 3D Animation department recently received recognition for their animation work on Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Tattoo Man’, which won the Animati
20/06/2018
Rotolight And Sony UK Collaborate For Summer Promotion
Rotolight and Sony UK have collaborated for a summer promotion, offering a free NEO 2 light with certain Sony purchases. Customers will receive Rotoli
21/12/2011
Projection Studio Revisits Caerphilly Castle Illuminata Show
Projection artist Ross Ashton of London, UK based The Projection Studio was invited back to Caerphilly Castle in Wales – by popular demand - to recrea
25/10/2012
Son et Lumière Celebrates The Arts
London-based artist with Projection Studio Ross Ashton has been commissioned by Dartmouth College in New York State to produce a Son et Lumière show c
02/11/2010
Ross Ashton The Main Artist At 2010 Pittsburgh Festival Of Lights
Ross Ashton of UK-based The Projection Studio was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to be the main artist for the 2010 Pittsburgh Festival
07/04/2010
Projection Studio Launched By Ashton
London-based projection artist and designer Ross Ashton has launched his new creative venture - The Projection Studio. It will be dedicated to the spe
29/03/2010
Ross Ashton Acquires E/T/C UK
A specialist high-power projection company has decided to divide the
ir company into two separate entities.

 ETC UK Ltd., a subsidi