Singapore celebrates 48th birthday with Christie display
SINGAPORE: Singapore recently celebrated its 48th birthday with a larger, more animated display than ever before, using 30 Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD18K 3-chip DLP projectors as well as four Christie Spyder X20 video processors to display a slew of multimedia highlights, including 3D mapping across the floating platform at Marina Bay.
Revolving around the theme ‘Many Stories, One Singapore’, the show featured a collection of Singaporean stories told in nine conceptual segments. Presented in the format of a variety show, the show segment, which formed part of the National Day Parade (NDP) 2013, spotlighted energetic performances by a range of performers. This year, the stage was extended 8m closer to the audience, resulting in a total usable space area of more than 4,600sq-m to house the 6,000 performers. It took 34,000 man-hours, 400 tonnes of steel and 150 tonnes of plywood to create the three-tier stage.
Compared to last year, this year’s show increased the use of projection by 25 per cent to include other stage elements such as a vivid floor projection on the platform which covered about 60 per cent 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 use of projection allowed us to use the floor animations to transform the outlook of the whole stage to support the performance.’
Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd, Christie’s local 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 digital canvas as an ‘interactive’ stage floor.
‘Even though the projectors were elevated about 25m from the ground, the projection height remained a challenge,’ said Adrian Goh, managing director, Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd. ‘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. 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 honour 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.’