TDC wraps Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge Pylons in projection for Australian Naval Spectacular

Australia was celebrating the first entry of the national Australian fleet into Sydney Harbor one hundred years ago and re-telling the story for The Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review. Imagination Australia was the Creative team and Producer of the event, who engaged Technical Direction Company (TDC) as their video technology partner.

2013 Sydney Fleet review. Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company
2013 Sydney Fleet review.
Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company

An evening spectacular involved video projection that was combined with stunning fireworks launched from seven warships. There was lighting from 28 land and ship locations plus live action on board ships culminating in an aerial fly past from the Royal Australian Air Force that was enjoyed by the millions lining the foreshore.

"The spectacular was created in seven acts, from introducing Australia's original fleet, through 100 proud years of service to Australia, current capabilities, a moment of reflection for the fallen and a finale to rival Sydney's New Year's Eve,” said Heath Campanaro, Project Director at Imagination Australia. “The show was a once in a lifetime project and will go down in history as one of the most inspiring, moving pieces of creativity at this kind of scale."

Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company

We make it happen

Digital video projection onto both sides of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge pylons was a first. To create such a visual spectacular, TDC worked for months of planning and testing with Imagination Australia to design and realize the brightest projection ever delivered.

Achieving the very first projection onto both sides of the epic proportions of Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbor Bridge was by no means a small challenge for any technology company.

Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company
Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company

TDC deployed a total of 56 Barco projectors including models FLM-HD20, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 that were positioned at great distances and angles, including projection towers located up to 700 meters away from across Sydney Harbor. It was vital to that the projection was visible from all sides of the Harbor - which had not been done before.

TDC ensured that the content created by Imagination Australia was managed usingDataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and display software and 26 computer servers. The entire proceedings were synchronised by timecode and transmitted across Sydney Harbor using  Reidel MediorNet fibre optic media signal distribution and processing.

"The project took months of planning and days of painstaking projector alignment and positioning to get every pixel lined up and just right across various projectors,” enthused Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC.

"Rarely does a project of this epic scale take place in Australia. Our team of projection experts did a great job and we're very proud of what we've delivered," said Michael Hassett, MD at TDC.

Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company
Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company
Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company
Photo Credit: Technical Direction Company

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The TDC project team members:

Project Manager: Kain Jones

Technical Manager: Olin Winton

Head Technician: Steve Cain

Projectionists: Drew Ferors, Matt Teale, Anthony Pellizzari, Isaac McKenzie

Projectionist Assist: Max Rowen, Gareth Marsh

About Technical Direction Company (TDC)

Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.

Media contact:

Katinka Allender, Publicist, K-Communications & Associates, +44 1491 571402, k.allender@k-communciations.com

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