We got official confirmation from the EMPAC folks today that we are on their calendar for our Spring tech week and performance dates in March 2017! Wow!!
We had a really productive technical planning meeting with the very talented staff at EMPAC today. Great discussion about technical constraints, calendar, personnel, and expertise needed. It should be possible for Marc to model the whole performance space, including the 360-degree screen in Maya, and the EMPAC folks even have a model of Studio 1 already that we can work from. The really major innovation in design from this meeting is the idea to suspend the 360-degree screen from above, allowing the screen to hang at about 8 or 10 feet, so well above the actors' heads. This solves several problems for us - not only about performers and audience members occluding the screen, but also provides us with more flexible staging possibilities in terms of blocking. With the screen on the floor, we would have access to only one entrance/exit, lousy for blocking and also restrictive in terms of fire code and number of people who could be in the audience. So this is very exciting! And we also had a chance to begin to discuss strategies for theatrical lighting, given the presence of the 360-degree screen, as well as possibilities for producing video documentation of the performance. One other exciting piece of news - we learned from Sr. Research Engineer Eric Ameres that he has developed a much smaller version of his CampFire interface. This smaller version is about 1.5 feet in diameter, and is called the CandyDish - this would be fantastic as an interface for our Stage Manager for using gesture to control the images on the large screen.