Blitz creates son et lumière for Oxford college
2 October 2003
UK - AV rental specialist Blitz created a week-long son et lumière event in the atmospheric setting of Oxford's Oriel College. The show, entitled '1326 And All That', was a specially commissioned narrative of the college's history and featured a dramatic 100ft by 50ft projection onto the façade of Oriel's Front Quadrangle, combined with theatrical lighting effects, narrative voiceover and a cast of characters from the college's past.
Blitz project managed all technical aspects of the 45-minute show, using E\T\C UK to create scroll artwork with historical material from the college's archives. Projection onto the towers, turrets and arched windows of the 360-year old buildings was via two 6k PIGI projectors, each fitted with double rotating scrollers. To achieve the correct projection angle the projectors had to be manoeuvred into a room at the top of a narrow stone spiral staircase, with just 5mm of clearance in places. The image designer for the PIGI show was E\T\C's Ross Ashton with Karen Monid programming the projectors.
Peter Edwards carried out the lighting design for Blitz, creating a range of dramatic backdrops, including back lighting the college chapel's spectacular stained glass windows. A number of rooms in the quadrangle were also selectively lit to bring to life key moments in the narrative. Blitz partnered with Hawthorn Theatrical to provide lighting equipment, including four MAC 500s, four MAC 600s, 12 Studio Due City Colors and 40 ETC Source Four Zooms, driven by an Avolites Sapphire desk and Art 2000 dimmers.
The sound design for the event was handled by Blitz associate, Derek Zieba, who used eight d&b E3s, four C4 tops and two C4 subs driven by a Yahama 02R sound desk. Blitz sister company, Arena, provided temporary seating for 250 guests positioned in two tiered banks, with specially raised canopies to assist with lighting angles. The event was devised and directed by Avril Lethbridge and project managed by Blitz's Alan Macdonald.
Related Stories from LSi Online
23 May 2013
UK - 2013 has seen a constant stream of heart wrenching news stories being broadcast, many involving building collapses caused by natural disasters such as earth quakes. More often, it is by specific man made ... More >>
20 May 2013
UK - Recently re-opened after a three-year, £17m redevelopment programme, The Atkinson is Sefton Council's flagship arts and cultural venue. Housed in a grade II listed building in the heart of Southport, The ... More >>
22 April 2013
UK - Busy UK technical production specialist and rental company Pearce Hire has invested in 36 of Robe's LEDWash 1200 fixtures which have been added to its hire stock. It's the first Robe purchase for the ... More >>
18 April 2013
UK - Troxy, the East London vintage venue, has expanded its team following its most successful year to date. Will Fincher and Joe Mangara have joined as duty manager and wedding and events manager respectively, ahead ... More >>
19 March 2013
UK - Since 1984, Oxford Ice Rink has been a magnet for skating fans within and beyond the boundaries of the university town. In addition to being home base for National Ice Hockey League team the Oxford City Stars, ... More >>
The 10th LED Systems & LED Lighting Exhibition (25-28 September 2014)
Page 36: freelance crew as is Graham Cook who is also one of our Oxford University student customers Gilbert
Page 38: last year with the Stereophonics at Oxford Acadamy and that was shit so there you go When you do arenas
Page 38: to this support was the decision taken in 2007 to establish an RD centre in Oxford Thats Oxford Oxfordshire
Page 79: did it all start for AJ? Im a theatre boy I did an apprenticeship at the Oxford Playhouse for two
Page 80: at low tide to retrieve them All this for a 20 minute race The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is the most
Page 12: Production Events Ltd BNY Pro Bruce Rutter TA Vista Productions C V P Oxford Ltd Catalyst Event Production
Page 62: and Barrowlands for the vibe Most hated has to be the Oxford Academy Open air or under a roof? In a tent then you
Page 81: position in Helsinki downtown at the end of the city main street its a bit like being on Oxford Circus
Page 86: Mike Ohara by email only with CV: firstname.lastname@example.org 4 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex
Page 41: Angeles his daughter at Oxford University how did that come about? I was touring Prince in 1990 and we
Related Videos from LSi's Video Hub
We were unable to find relevant videos, but please visit LSi's Video Hub for our industry video content, such as product demos, training, interviews, backstage, seminars, events and more...