Christie has announced its continued collaboration with Dead Puppet Society, an Australian based production house and design company with international reach, by providing projection and content management support for its latest visual-theatre performance, Ishmael.
Based on Herman Melville’s timeless novel Moby Dick, Ishmael makes its long-awaited world premiere on September 3, 2021 in the Cremorne Theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) as part of the annual Brisbane Festival. It features a talented Queensland cast and creatives, state-of-the art technology, brilliant puppetry and an outstanding original score to deliver an inspirational, thought-provoking and enthralling experience to audiences. Among the highlights are stunning projections made possible using a Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projector, with content management and processing accomplished by the versatile and powerful Christie Pandoras Box Version 8.
“One of the key elements of Ishmael is the creation of a realistic realm that’s not only captivating to watch, but also for how the story is told,” said Nicholas Paine, Executive Producer, Dead Puppet Society, and Creative Producer of Ishmael. “We are absolutely delighted that Christie has supplied us with its GS Series laser projector and Pandoras Box Version 8, which have elevated our show to an entirely new level. Not only does the projector provide astounding visuals that augment the storytelling process, the displayed contents also blended seamlessly with live performers, miniaturised landscapes and models to tell this fascinating story about personal redemption and the grace of humanity, with hope and humour.”
David Morton, Creative Director of Dead Puppet Society, and Director of Ishmael, added, “The throw distance that we have between our 7-meter screen and the Christie GS Series projector is ridiculously narrow. But the moment we turned it on, we were blown away by the enormous, phenomenal images that it produces. And what’s so amazing about Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 is that in addition to its impressive content ingestion functionality, there is also Z-depth compositing that allows us to compose animation content both behind and in front of the live feed of models and animation with zero latency. The level of visual integration that it enables us to achieve is just awesome.”
Greg Spence, Senior Business Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Enterprise, Christie, commented, “We are very pleased to once again collaborate with Dead Puppet Society to bring dazzling projections using one of our most capable and dependable 1DLP laser projectors to the epic tale of Ishmael to audiences in Queensland. We’re also excited to equip the production team with our latest Pandoras Box Version 8 Software License, which comes with the entire suite of features under one software licence to create truly outstanding audio-visual experiences for this highly anticipated show.”
The professional-grade Christie GS Series laser projectors deliver premium performance and reliability in high-usage environments, and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements by providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. Featuring brightness options of up to 10,875 lumens, advanced colour reproduction, wireless connectivity, a small footprint, quiet operation and a full suite of lenses, the GS Series is ideal for theatre as well as boardrooms, conference rooms, education, houses of worship and other similar venues.
Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 is a software solution for real-time video processing and show control. Packed with professional features in a high-performance and budget-friendly platform, users can access the entire suite that includes NDI, SDVoE, Dante (Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet), and Notch with just a single license. Pandoras Box Version 8 offers the high-level media processing performance required for fixed installations, live events, theatres, and other entertainment environments.
Ishmael is set in a not-too-distant future where the earth’s oceans have been recast as the vastness of space and the titular character as a young climate refugee grasping at the chance to build a new life for herself. To survive their voyage to the outer solar system aboard the MV Pequod, Ishmael and the obsessive Captain Ahab must navigate the immensity of space and its endless possibilities and terrors.
The 80-minute performance, which will be staged daily from September 3-18, 2021, represents a significant industry collaboration between Dead Puppet Society, QPAC and Brisbane Festival, in association with Screen Queensland.
(Image credit: Dean Hanson)