Public Health Suffolk

I worked in partnership with Suffolk County Council’s health improvement facilitator Imogen Sherwood as part of the ‘Suffolk How AreYou?’ campaign to create eye catching projections at three seasonal events in the county.
The projections were the highlight of the campaign which included extensive community outreach, traditional advertising, local Radio, TV and printed media. The campaign focussed on healthy eating, exercise and outdoor activities with the aim of improving public health and encouraging active lifestyles.
I created site specific projections which were displayed during the Christmas light switch on events in three towns. The site in Ipswich Corn Exchange was a prime location for an architectural projection mapping. I employed the talents of Gary Mellor at Blue Spec Media to help me with the large amount of After Effects animation.

Steinsdotter at Apiary Studios

The producers of this performance contacted me to work with designer Pia Myrvold to plan and deliver a projection mapped set and visual lighting for the premier of Isabella Steinsdotter’s music project which doubled up as a video shoot. I called on Insight Lighting to supply all the projection kit and Brendan was a dream to work with as usual.

Photo’s from Insight Lighting’s Flickr.

Not sure what happened to the full edit they were due to create.

Haramacy at The Albany Theatre

The multi-talented filmmaker, musician, artists and director Zahed Sultan invited me to create the stage set projections for this show at The Albany Theatre, Deptford after I spotted a post on social media looking for my skills.
The Haramacy residency program and multi arts festival was held on the 27th April 2019. The program brought together 11 artists from Middle Eastern and South Asian communities in London for a 4-day residency to collaborate and create works that would be performed on the fifth day.
I designed and fabricated the triangular screens using a mixture of rear and front projection materials. I worked with the artists to create content for the triangular screens and use the design successfully.

Alexandria for Urban Projections

Bec Smith of Urban Projections contacted me to ask if I would like to go to Alexandria to do a projection mapping for her. It was a short trip but a pleasure to meet the team at Back Street Festival and display such a lovely piece of work. The piece was commissioned for DCAF festival (Cairo), and Backstreet Festival (Alexandria). Great to see it got some press too.

In Bec’s words ‘Fault Line’ transforms architectural facades in the beautiful Egyptian cities. The piece explores a continuing fascination with geology and local landscape. It explores the transience of energy release, associated with rapid movement of faults on the earths surface.’

Groucho Club for Max Cooper

My mates at As Described were busy so passed this tidy little job onto me. I simply needed to hire a big projector, place it in the window of a fashion stylists office across the street and projection map a beautiful video: Max Cooper’s Order From Chaos by Maxime Causeret.

The event was to mark the start of Frieze art fair. I went inside for a while and introduced myself to one gentleman at the bar, turned out he was Ian Emes, the animator of some early Pink Floyd visuals, what a great pleasure. I soon made my excuses and left with the projector before the night undoubteldy got a little crazy.

Cock and Bull Festival

The lovely Henry Trew whom I had got to know while he was running Dalston Roof Park had a big hand in organising this small but beautifully formed festival which raises vital funds for Jamie’s Farm to host outdoor education trips for inner-city children.

I helped out for a few years and really enjoyed adding some projections to an experimental space with a collection of artists from the studios where I worked the first year. In 2016 I designed the ‘main stage’ in the barn for the first time. I found some materials on site and constructed some organic shaped screens which hung above the stage to be mapped with projections.

In 2018 I was joined for the fun by Brendan from Insight Lighting, Gary Deepvisual and Hanzo of and we filled the barn and yard with lighting and projections for the whole weekend.

Splice Festival

In 2015 I was sacked from a job, dumped by my girlfriend and also given notice to leave where I was living, all within a week. Pretty bleak. I decided to turn all of that negativity into something positive, distracting and useful!

I wanted to realise a long held dream of organising an audiovisual festival. Initial plans were conconcted and emails went out to the people whom I wanted to help make it a reality. After a year of hard work and commitment from a small team of directors with huge contributions from the community of artists and volunteers Splice Festival was first staged from the 3rd to the 5th June 2016:

and one year later:

The final year of my involvement:

I remain very proud of what we created together and hope to see something rise from the ashes post covid.

Guinness Advert

Director Phil Good at Kash contacted me to provide projections and lighting for their shoot at a studio in East London. Insight Lighting supplied a van full of kit and I provided a pair of laptops with Resolume Arena to map the content all over the studio walls. It was a quick turn-around one day shoot and I think we made it look great. The editor did a lot in post!

The advert was for West African TV if I remember correctly, I can’t find it online anywhere…

Guerilla Advertising

I freelanced as projectionist and photographer on a series of jobs for Projection Artworks. Most of the jobs were guerilla advertising projections. We would set off in small teams with a projector and an electricity generator in a transit van and project onto landmark sites around London or in cities across the UK for lots of different commercial clients.

I had come to know the company via Richard Burns of who developed some great in-house projection mapping tools with Touch Designer as seen in the ‘Ad cubes’ pictured.

Pictet Projection Mapping

Konstantinos from Urban Visuals pulled me in to make some realtime 3D animation for this gigantic projection mapping in Switzerland. It was the 210th anniversary of this historic private bank. Working alongside Brendan from Insight Lighting and Tom Wall from Blinkin Lab to generate enough content for a long show we each made individual sections in our own unique styles to build a momentum over the duration of the night.

Range Rover Projection Mapping

One morning while relaxing by the pool in Beirut in 2012 I received a phone call from Jasmin Jodry in London, she had one question: ‘Was it possible to projection map a rotating car?’ I said yes but it was difficult, and I was unfortunately busy in the sunshine.

Out of the blue two years later I was messaged on LinkedIn by someone from Imagination and was invited to discuss an upcoming project. It turns out to be the second iteration of the project Jasmin had designed previously. This time it was for the Long Wheel base version of the same vehicle so as ‘Senior technical producer’ my job was really not too challenging.

The installation had been brilliantly created by Chris Plant of Colourburst and Elliot Woods of Kimchi and Chips with vvvv in 2012. New animated content was rendered using the LWB 3D model and a new white sock for the vehicle was ordered ready for Chris to update the system. We worked to service the installation at the factory visitor centre and install and test the new content. We also devised and tested a new callibration cube to align the projectors without requiring the vehicle.

You can watch a video of the original version here and to quote Jasmin’s Vimeo page: ‘Jaguar and Land Rover wanted a spectacular experience for VIP customers of the new L405 when they pick up their car in the Solihull factory. The 3D augmented projection mapping tells the story of the car and literally ‘builds’ it in front of the visitors eyes: from abstract factory processes via terrain simulation to the finale where each bespoke vehicle is revealed to its client. The complex mapping covers a car on a rotating turntable plus floor and back projections in real-time 3D, a world’s first.’

BFI Luminous Gala

For this inaugural year of the British Film Institutes fundraising gala event The Light Surgeons tasked me with programming a realtime filmstip video effect. Quartz Composer at the ready it would be a fun job.
The Light Surgeons raided the BFI archive for suitable short action shots which were converted into small image sequences. I used the composition within Madmapper which gave me the flexibility to place each strip where ever I wished on a four H.D. projector output.
This installation was part of the reception area and an even grander installation was in place for the main event upstairs. Working with Insight Lighting to install the system with projectors supplied by QED productions was great and the 16mm projections from David Leister set the whole thing off to a tee with the authenticity only found with the smell, grain and sounds of real film.

Derelicht Ipswich

Jim Horsfield of As Described lives in Ipswich, he was contacted by a local promoter who was planning something big. He had a warehouse to use and permission from the local authorities to hold a big music and art event otherwise known as a ‘rave’. It was a huge space and it needed a full treatment with projections and lighting.
I worked with Insight Lighting to put together a cost effective package of Solar 250’s, Kodak Carousels using some simple minimal designs. Jim supplied two 10k lumen video projectors with wide angle lenses which I used to projection map the roof and walls of the space. Madmapper line plugin was heavily used as were a lot of my sound reactive Quartz Composer patches.

Dome Projections in Delhi

Deepvisual called me up to be on the team for this exciting opportunity to fly out to India for 10 days and get to grips with an enormous dome. What adventures lay ahead?
I had done quite a bit of dome theory before but this was another league. 18 huge projectors and everything that entailed. There was a lot to learn. Gladly I was in good company, it was the first time I had worked alongside Richard Bagshaw of Digital Insanity and the talentented programmer Lawrence Ryan of 360 flicks who used software from 7th Sense Design.

We arrived to find the dome being assembled in a muddy field, not the best thing for a giant white projection screen…

That mud led to a big slip in the schedule…but the dome went up eventually and the gargantuan task of ‘cleaning’ some of the mud off ensued as we began installing the projectors.

We got it all cabled up and lined up after a few very long sweaty days and finished with hours to spare at four A.M. the night before show day.

Photo by Richard Bagshaw

We were just getting to sleep in our hotel rooms when the phone rang at 6am. Someone had put a nail through an electricity cable! We arrived on site to find two projectors blown and unuseable, we had to find a way to fill the gaps…and quick. A call went out and two underpowered projectors arrived by about lunchtime and we did our best, not perfect but holes plugged.

I rendered out some 2k pixel square videos of space and galaxies from some Quartz Composer patches I had hanging around, it was great so see content I produced with particle systems (and the addition of some Nasa image downloads) on such an impressive canvas.

I hope the millionaire couple who were to be wed are still happy. This was just the engagement party!

British Interactive Media Awards

For two years running Insight Lighting designed the stages for this commercial awards show. I created lots of Quartz Composer content, some rendered video clips and some realtime 3D. I also incorporated a live Twitter feed.
For the 2012 event Brendan programmed Madmapper with Artnet/DMX output to run a set of LED battons mounted within the staircase which came to life with pixel mapped animations as award winners climbed to the stage.

Full galleries including videos from 2011 and 2012 on Insight Lighting’s Flickr.

Elton John Aids Foundation

I was renting a desk in the studio of my good friends Insight Lighting when they asked if I could help create some of the content and be part of the technical team on the biggest show I had ever worked on at the time. Another great animator on the team was Pep Palau.

It was simply huge! It was held at Evolution Battersea which is a giant blank canvas for events. The set-up consisted of: 21 projectors, 12 for the 360º surround image, 8 for backgrounds visible through the wrap-around translucent mesh screen and 1 for the stage show. Main content was all delivered using Modul8 by Brendan from a MacPro with 2 GPU’s and some clever use of a matrix switcher.

Panoramic photographs by Pep Palau

Projection Mapping in Mongolia

My friend Gary (Deepvisual) had uploaded some projection mapping tutorials to Youtube and someone in Mongolia was watching them. Ulziibayar Nergui an Ulan Bator based DJ, budding projection mapper and dance music promoter soon got in touch with him. He was looking for a Projection Mapping artist to help him create a show. Gary was busy again on another job so he suggested me. Wow, Mongolia I had only dreamed of the chance to visit such a place!

This was the first big 3D projection mapping that I was technically and artistically producing. The pressure was on. I had been closely following and studying the techniques of projection mapping and had created some of my own tools with Quartz Composer to achieve many of the effects which were being used.

We used five projectors to cover three objects with projection, 2 cubist structures and an eye above the DJ booth. It was quite a push for our MacBook Pro’s but it worked smoothly using two Matrox Dual Head to Go devices to feed the outputs.

Mongolia was an amazing experience even though I was only there for 10 days, working with the local crew was fun and challenging due to the language barrier, our interpreter Zolboo was not always around. It turns out Zolboo was also ‘the only drone musician’ in Mongolia’ and some damn fine sounds he does make:

Wedding Party Illustration Mapping

My friend and collaborator Ojah worked at a Music School and his boss wanted something special for his wedding. A bit out of my usual but I was happy to oblige.

I knew the work of a great illustrator Martin Wollerstam and he came along and ‘drew’ directly onto the architecture with a graphics tablet piped into my projection mapping software. I put together a soundtrack of suitable music with choices from the happy couple and as the guests digeseted the meal a panorama of designs emerged around them on the walls of a beautiful 17th century barn. The images came to life with colour and animations as the evening disco kicked into life.

Deltaprocess Projection Mapping

An Italian friend and colleague who lived in London was part of a successful projection mapping collective back home called Deltaprocess and they had a show coming up for Kernel Festival. He asked if I would be interested in helping out and I jumped at the chance, a paid trip to Italy in the summer for an mapping festival, what’s not to like?

At the time I had a bee in my bonnet about narrative in projection mapping of which there was very little that I had seen so I really pushed for this to be an aim of the project.

A national referendum was held in Italy in June 2011, there were questions concerning the repeal of recent laws regarding the privatisation of water services, building new nuclear energy plants and criminal procedure, specifically a provision exempting the Prime Minister and the Ministers from appearing in court. We took these themes and created our show. The results of the referendum were spectacular in rejecting the privatisation, new nuclear power and Berlusconi’s attempt to create a get out of jail free card.

The show was 30 minutes in total. We used Quartz Composer, Max/MSP/Jitter and Isadora. A lot of the content was generated in realtime and triggered with OSC sent over a wireless network from the musicians on stage. Other clips were created in Cinema4d and After Effect.

We created the entire show in 48 hours from arrival on site in Desio. We were accommodated in a junior school classroom where we set-up our studio and worked through the night animating and programming for the following day.

Deltaprocess are a talented, hard working and extremely creative team with which to work and have gone on to create many spectacular shows and stages around the world.

It was a hot summer!