Back at home

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So I got back to Victoria from Toronto 5 days ago, but it still feels like I just got off the plane. I was working there on a large corporate show for London Drugs, and shows like that frequently ramp up in intensity as time gets closer to the point when the house doors open. It really was pretty intense towards the end.

The setup was very cool. we had 7 screens in an arts centre theatre. Each screen was 16’ by 12’, and they were set up with 4 in a row across the top and 3 in a row underneath. The system we were working with allowed us to run these 7 screens as if they were one canvas in full motion and at high res. The result is a projected image that uses about 3 or 4 times the number of pixels than there are on a hi-definition tv.

It looked awesome. As a motion graphics designer, it’s hard to describe what it’s like to see your work projected over 60 feet wide and 30 feet tall in a big theatre. Even at a shlocky corporate gig, you feel like a big movie star.

Changes from the client included making what was originally a slide show with about 20 cues into one with around 400, which we had to collect assets for, storyboard, and program in the space of 48 hours. There wasn’t much sleep involved in that time. On the show day, however, when the last spacebar press put the last image on the awesome collection of screens in front of 1200 pairs of eyeballs, the high of knowing everything we’d worked for executed the way it should is hard to describe. This effect is heightened with the relief one feels when turning attention from the next task at hand instead to the flight home.

Show biz.

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In other news, check out my awesome new phone! I needed a phone for my desk. I always misplace the cordless one, so here is the opposite. Picked it up on eBay, cheap like borscht!

It’s amazing how refreshing it is to hear a bell ring instead of a digitally generated ring tone.

I am also ashamed to admit how many phone calls I realize I don’t need to make in the extra time it takes to dial a rotary phone.

And it looks cool and iconic. It’s a small thing, but I am taking pleasure in it.

You might find it interesting to note that I took the photograph above with a phone. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to take a photograph of a retro toaster with a new wireless toaster. Better yet, make toast with a new cell phone. Who knows? The wonders never cease.

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