Projection in Theatre – Special Effects

So you’ve been doing projection in your theatre for a few years, projecting some photos and a video or two onto a cyc at the back of the stage, but now you’re looking for something a little more impressive – what can you do? Here’s a few ideas. Continue reading “Projection in Theatre – Special Effects”

Projection in Theatre – Projectors

Update 24/07/16: Corrected light sources section


The selection of projectors can be daunting. There’s the choice of the engine used to create the images, various light source technologies, the brightness of that light source, and long, standard, short and ultra-short throw lenses. This is a brief guide to help you understand these options when you’re looking to use projection in a theatre. Continue reading “Projection in Theatre – Projectors”

Projection in Theatre – Running the Projectors

If you’ve only got one projector or TV at your disposal, be it on stage or in a presentation, then you can probably quite safely run it off a modest laptop unless you’ve managed to get your hands on a 4K model. Just hook it up to the HDMI output, maybe via an adapter, fire up your video or presentation and you’re good to go. You could even get away with multiple displays, provided they are separated from one another and you are happy with displaying something different on each one.

Beyond that, though, some minor challenges pop up and one has to start seriously thinking about the hardware and software required to do the task well. Continue reading “Projection in Theatre – Running the Projectors”

Virtual Theatre

About a year ago I started investigating if it would be possible to create an immersive, engaging and realistic virtual presence experience for live theatre. The general idea would be to construct a live 3D representation of a stage, then allow a remote audience to select where they would like to see the show from. Perhaps virtual cameras could be used by a live video production team to broadcast a show with pre-defined edits, but without cameras interrupting the view or distracting the audience that is physically present in the theatre at the time. Those viewing remotely could use a Virtual Reality headset to watch the show, looking around them as they wanted, or even getting up and moving around without the risk of verbal abuse and projectiles being thrown at them. Continue reading “Virtual Theatre”

Projection in Theatre – The Challenges

As I have discovered, if you search for information on how to apply video projection in a theatre context, there’s not a lot of stuff out there. To be clear, I’m talking about live performance theatre, not movie theatres … because for the latter it’s pretty clear that projection is a major part of the whole thing. In the spirit of sharing a little, but also to put my own thoughts into some form of order, I’m going to write a few articles on what I’ve found, and some ideas of how to apply video projection to amateur theatre productions. Continue reading “Projection in Theatre – The Challenges”