Professional Lighting & Production - Spring 2018 - Page 25

Staying Ahead of the Curve “There’s a limited number of manufacturers producing tools that can do this, so it’s a matter of keeping in touch and keeping track of new features and products,” shares Wallace about keeping West- bury at the cutting edge of industry innovations. “Then, it’s about figuring out which tools we should be bringing into our workflow and how.” He does note that while new technologies are consistently hitting the market, there haven’t been any significant game changers in recent years in terms of the product the audience gets to see. “Other than getting into motion tracked/generated video, nothing’s really changing with the end results,” he notes. “It’s more about making it easier to get there. The physics of what we re doing don’t change, though the content itself and how you’re taking that and manipulating it with a 3D image, that’s happening faster and faster.” Trade events like Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and Info- Comm are good opportunities to keep in touch with manufactur- ers and developers and get first-hand looks at their current and upcoming products and solutions. “There’s also a level of experimentation to it,” Coniglio adds. “We want to test the capabilities of what the manufacturers are pre- senting ourselves, so if they’re showing something that produces a certain number of lumens, for example, we have to do our due diligence and make sure we can stand behind it before incorporat- ing it into our work.” Of course, the best way to get good at something is to do it again and again, and over the past decade, Westbury has proven its ability to deliver one-of-a-kind multimedia experiences that continue to evolve in size and scope for a wide range of clients. “We’re always open to looking at new challenges,” Coniglio says in closing. “Our clients are becoming more and more creative, and that opens the door to a lot more ways of doing projection, which is amazing.” Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief of Professional Lighting & Production. Winter Wonderland Oakes Hotel for the Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls, ON For the past several years, the Oakes Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard in Niagara Falls, ON has been one of the main attractions of the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights. The most recent edition ran from November 2017 through to the end of January 2018, and featured a 3D projection-mapped spectacle that combined imagery related to the city and community with animated content and a kaleidoscope of colour and texture treatments. Because the attraction is so close to the actual falls, special measures were taken to address the atmospheric issues like mist and ice. Projection System • 8 x Christie HD20K-J Projectors • 8 x Christie ILS 1.8-2.6:1HD Lenses • 8 x Tempest Cyclone 8200 Outdoor Projector Enclosures • 4 x Westbury National Custom Outdoor Projection Racks • 1 x Green Hippo Karst Media Server • 1 x AMX NX1200 Control Processor • 1 x AMX NVX Touch Panel Server • 1 x HP Control PC • 1 x Middle Atlantic RM-KB Pull Out Keyboard/Trackpad • 1 x CISCO SG300-20 Ethernet Switch • 1 x BSS BLU-100 DSP • 2 x Lab.gruppen E12:2 Amplifiers • 1 x Middle Atlantic BGR19SA-27 Equipment Rack • 2 x Community R.5COAX99 Loudspeakers • 1 x Community R694Z Loudspeaker Spring 2018 | 25