Image projections enhance set of End of the Rainbow

Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre’s hit show ‘End of the Rainbow’ based on the last months of Judy Garland’s life recently played to full houses opening at the Sydney Opera House, moving to the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne followed by a return Sydney season. Set designer Brian Thompson staged the piece before 5m high letters spelling out J-U-D-Y, with the Y lying on the floor to create a performance platform.

Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane turned to David Ferguson (Ferg), the originator of the Pacific plastic image projection technique to collaborate on a series of images to locate the action.

Four different images were projected onto the letters to provide a simple and effective backdrop: pink clouds, regular clouds, crowd scene and backstage.

Using 16x Pacific 23º-50º Zoomspots, the images were overlaid on a mask of the letter. Keystone corrections compensated for the height of the lighting bars and for working around the inevitable set pieces that would have got in the way.

Photos courtesy of David Ferguson


Production End of the Rainbow
Theatre Company Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Plastic Image Creation and photos courtesy of David Ferguson
Set Designer Brian Thompson

Products used

16 x Pacific 23°-50° Zoomspot

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