ETC Projects for London 2008

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For the fourth consecutive year, large projection specialists ETC London projected a series of giant sporting images and related inspirational text messages onto London’s 352 ft high Shell Tower as the metropolis rocked in to 2008. As in previous years ETC was appointed by event producers Jack Morton Worldwide. The spectacular, which included the projections, was organised by the Mayor of London in conjunction with Visit London. The images were part of a memorable pyrotechnic, lighting and visual extravaganza designed to capture the spirit and inclusiveness of 2008 the Olympic year, and also looking forward to London’s own hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. The New Year event took place along the Thames, encompassing the South Bank between Jubilee and Westminster Bridges, including iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben. An estimated 700,000 people went to central London to bring in the New Year, with an estimated 180,000 watching the event live from the banks of the Thames, while BBC 1’s live broadcast reached several million additional viewers. The projections started at 9 p.m. and ran up to a 60 second countdown just prior to the midnight lighting and firework show kick off. Artwork for the slides - including the countdown and the 'Happy New Year' finale image - was co-ordinated by Jack Morton's Creative Director Dan Colborne, while ETC undertook all the camera obscura and perspective correction work required to fit the images to the building. ETC London's Ross Ashton designed the projection format, covering the full surface of the building with eight PIGI 6Kw projectors to produce mega bright images. The projectors were sited 150 metres away on the edge of Jubilee Gardens, in a curtain-sider truck in a 4 top/4 bottom arrangement, complete with 40 cm lenses. Each machine produced a 50 x 50 metre image - and these were overlaid for optimum brightness. The truck was specially accro'd stabilised in case of high winds. The get-in was on 28th December, followed by overnight programming and rehearsal sessions before the impressive show which was operated by Karen Monid using a PIGI OnlyCue system. ETC London’s chief engineer was Andy Murrell, all the project's logistics were handled for them by Paul Highfield. Ross Ashton comments, "It was great to be working with Jack Morton on this seminal event again, and to be part of such a stunning and successful start to the year". The evening culminated in a breathtaking fireworks and pyrotechnics show - detonated from the London Eye and a series of barges, designed for Jack Morton by Christophe Berthonneau of Groupe F. The Eye itself was specially lit for the occasion by Durham Marenghi and Paul Cook, and the show was produced for Jack Morton by Jim Donald.


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