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Presented in the format of a variety show for the first time, the show segment, which formed part of the National Day Parade (NDP) 2013, spotlighted energetic performances by Singaporeans from all walks of life. This year, the stage was extended 8 meters (26 feet) closer to the audience, resulting in a total usable space area of more than 4,600 square meters (59,512 square feet) to house the 6,000 performers. It took 34,000 man hours, 400 tonnes of steel and 150 tonnes of plywood to create the 3-tier stage.
Compared to last year, this year’s show increased the use of projection by 25 percent to include other stage elements such as a vivid floor projection on the platform which covered about 60 percent of the entire stage, the largest in NDP’s history. “This year, we aimed to create a completely different world for our audience on the floating platform as we augmented the show segments and made the stage come alive through the use of multimedia," commented Edward Chen, chairman of the Communications and Multimedia Committee Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). “This (the use of projection) allowed us to use the floor animations to transform the outlook of the whole stage to support the performance.”
The nine segments in the show were Play, Build, Reinvent, Express, Represent, Aspire, Embrace, Love and Party; and each required a different aesthetic treatment. To create a stunning and an engaging visual spectacle, Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd, Christie’s local Business Products partner, constructed 10 projection towers around the stage platform to individually house the triple-stacked Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD18K 3-chip DLP projectors. These projectors together with the Christie Spyder X20s were used to create a visually-captivating digital canvas as an “interactive” stage floor. For instance, during the Represent segment, the local athletes came on stage to show off their sporting skills and “interacted” with the animations of a virtual basketball court and a football field projected onto the floor.
“Even though the projectors were elevated about 25 meters (82 feet) from the ground, the projection height remained a challenge. We did numerous experiments to ensure that each member of the audience could see the floor projections with the pop-up 3D effect that we wanted to achieve,” commented Adrian Goh, managing director, Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd. “To overcome the challenge, we had to use massive warping and blending. Christie Roadster HD20K-J’s embedded Christie Twist™ and the Christie Spyder X20 provided us with the flexibility in image warping and edge blending with minimal fuss. Over the years, we’ve been a faithful Christie user as we’re comfortable and familiar with the Christie technology and product features.”
“It has always been a great honor for us to be associated with national celebrations and this year’s show in Singapore was even more exciting than before as performers interacted with the various multimedia contents to create an engaging experience for the viewers,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “2013 marked the fourth consecutive year that the Singapore NDP used our visual solutions and it was great to see that the use of projection for the event had increased over the last few years with the global popularity of the projection mapping technology.”
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.