Our Halloween shindig with Percolate gave the team the chance to experiment with some new visuals which we'll be looking to develop further for more upcoming live shows. Below Hamish Newall-Watson shares us in with some of his designs and the set up process at Studio 338 whilst Sean Kennedy lets us into the secrets behind how the magic happens.
Oh and how you can use your old wedding veil to do the same in the safety of your bedroom Blue Peter style.
What is this type of visual effect commonly known as?
I'm not sure if there's an actual name for it. If I had to make one up I'd call it a Translucent Three Dimensional Layer Projection.
Where did you get the idea to create what you did?
The concept was shown to me by my VJing colleague Dan Harper, aka Badcodec. He showed me a test video where someone had set up a small sheet of Tulle Fabric in their bedroom and projected a spinning cube onto the mesh. The image was displayed clearly on the mesh but the screen was also transparent. This created an amazing hologram effect, the cube appeared to be a 3d object spinning in the middle of his room.
Can you explain a bit more about how it works?
As light travels through the mesh, it's reflected on the material which makes the image visible. When you use multiple layers, the light passes through the mesh and hit's the next layer, creating an echoed effect.
What material was used?
We used Tulle Fabric, the same material used to make the veils on a wedding dress. We ordered tons of the stuff, so if anyone is getting married in the near future, get in touch!
Can you tell us a bit more about the effect created and it why it is special / different?
I think there's still a lot of room for experimentation using this technique. Since we started developing the idea, I've found a few artists who have done some experiments themselves and the effects have been very inspiring. Even Flying Lotus used a similar setup for one of their live shows.
It's always fun when you discover a new technique as it opens up several possibilities. Everything is a learning curve in this industry and I'm excited to see where this might take us for future projects.