Professional Lighting & Production - Spring 2018 - Page 23

Background “When I started at Westbury, I had to inevita- bly learn video, and the projection projects started getting larger as our clients’ needs were getting larger,” begins John Coniglio, a senior account representative with Westbury who specializes in, among other things, pro- jection mapping applications. As one of Canada’s leading produc- tion technology suppliers and audiovisual integration firms, Westbury has an extensive background with projection and video and has been expanding its services in tandem with the evolution of display and processing technology. As Westbury’s Systems Installation Man- ager, Guy Wallace, explains, this trend as we know it started to emerge a little over a de- cade ago. “You started to see projectors with warping technology built in, which allows you to manipulate the image in a non-2D manner instead of the traditional keystone control of your four corners. You could actually start to adjust the image on a point-by-point basis down to some very fine granularity to map onto unusual surfaces,” he explains. “So it’s within the last 10 years or so that you’ve start- ed to see it; now, it’s becoming more popular and [the technology is making it easier to do.]” The company’s early benchmark pro- jection mapping project was the system design for Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place (now the Canadian Tire Centre) back in 2006. The NHL’s Ottawa Senators had approached the com- pany about on-ice projections to enhance the in-game experience for fans after seeing something similar at another arena. That system was put into action for the 2006/07 NHL season and was a significant showpiece for Westbury that led to other pro- fessional sports teams tapping their services. In fact, the Senators faced the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Finals that season, and the Ducks rented an identical projection system from Westbury for its home games at the Honda Center. Now, over a decade later, the company boasts a diverse portfolio of unique projection mapping projects. In addition to permanent or semi-perma- nent in