d3 at the Diamond Jubilee

We see a lot of palaces getting projected onto these days, but when you get to project onto THE palace- Buckingham, that is, it’s a big deal. d3 Technologies was out in full force with Sam Pattinson (yes- of U2 and Elton John fame…) for the Diamond Jubilee last week and did a massive mapping onto the facade of Buckingham Palace as the highlight of the festivities. The event featured such celebrity acts as Kylie, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Madness and Sir Paul McCartney. A full detail of the event and breakdown of the gear is available at their website, but here’s an excerpt:

“Treatment Studios were hired by the BBC to produce the content to be projected onto Buckingham Palace during the highlight of the live Jubilee concert. Sam Pattinson, Creative Director of Treatment Studios, has a long-standing relationship with d3, having used it on U2 tours as well as Elton John and Take That. Pattinson mentions that d3 is Treatment Studio‚Äôs preferred system to work with, due to its abilities to accurately simulate the event in 3D before even going on-site.

Using 36 20K Barco HD projectors, provided by XL Video UK, d3 provided the video mapping and playback, of video on the Palace. The show as a whole was directed by show designer Durham Marenghi, with architectural lighting provided by Neg Earth.

A laser scanner was used to create a highly accurate 3D model of the building, and then prepared by 3D modeler and artist Nils Porrmann in order to set up the d3 stage, providing Treatment Studio with a content template to work on.”

Be sure to check out d3′s site as it goes into great detail about the power and flexibility of this system.

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