Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a dark musical re-interpretation of the 1996 animated film, presented Eagan Summer Community Theatre with many design challenges, but one in particular stood out: Creating a looming, oppressive, always-present institution that could, at times, transform into something magical. In the process of overcoming this challenge, we decided to construct a large, looming set and light it up with high-contrast lighting and projection.
Projection in this show was used to substitute certain scenic elements, add ambient texturing and effects to scenes, add virtual spotlights, and amplify existing moving light effects.
Hellfire, the emotional climax of the first act, was one of the most cue-heavy scenes in this show. It also took the longest to render.
Lighting and video effects for this number amplified Frollo's lust for and hatred of Esmerelda. Through footage of Esmerelda acting as Frollo saw her, a temptress, audiences got a glimpse into Frollo's flawed mind.
To accomplish this, I shot footage of Esmerelda dancing in front a chroma wall and used After Effects and Trapcode to create a moving Esmerelda-shaped fire particle generator. I also strategically composited other footage of her over projected set pieces in the scene.
Hunchback was less family-friendly than Eagan's previous shows, forcing the team to take a more proactive approach to marketing. To get Eagan Summer Community Theatre's target audiences in the seats (older Gen-Z, Millenials, Gen-X, and Boomers), I flighted Snapchat geofilters (pictured above) and targeted Facebook video ads.
This ad, released before the last weekend of runs, got 26,000 impressions, 11,000 views, and 1,096 reactions (including reactions from shares).
Software + Hardware
Final Cut Pro X
After Effects CC 2017
Photoshop CC 2017
Illustrator CC 2017
Trapcode Suite 13
Epson WUXGA 12K lumen (laser)
Epson WUXGA 7K lumen
2x Epson FHD 4.5K lumen
Panasonic DVX200 4K Camera
2x Mac Pro 3.5 GHz 6-core, dual AMD FirePro D500 3GB