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Dead Puppet Society reimagines Moby Dick with Christie

Dead Puppet Society reimagines Moby Dick with Christie

Dead Puppet Society reimagines Moby Dick with Christie


Christie has announced an ongoing collaboration with the Dead Puppet Society production house and design company, providing projection and content management support for its latest theatre performance, Ishmael.

Based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, Ishmael premiered on 3 September at the Cremorne Theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) as part of the annual Brisbane Festival, featuring a Queensland cast and creatives, state-of-the art technology, puppetry and an original score. Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projectors are being used to created visuals, with content management and processing accomplished by Pandoras Box Version 8.

“One of the key elements of Ishmael is the creation of a realistic realm that’s not only captivating to watch, but also for how the story is told,” said Nicholas Paine, executive producer, Dead Puppet Society and creative producer of Ishmael. “We are absolutely delighted that Christie has supplied us with its GS Series laser projector and Pandoras Box Version 8, which have elevated our show to an entirely new level. Not only does the projector provide astounding visuals that augment the storytelling process, the displayed contents also blended seamlessly with live performers, miniaturised landscapes and models to tell this fascinating story about personal redemption and the grace of humanity, with hope and humour.”

David Morton, creative director of Dead Puppet Society and director of Ishmael, added, “The throw distance that we have between our 7m screen and the Christie GS Series projector is ridiculously narrow. But the moment we turned it on, we were blown away by the enormous, phenomenal images that it produces. And what’s so amazing about Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 is that in addition to its impressive content ingestion functionality, there is also Z-depth compositing that allows us to compose animation content both behind and in front of the live feed of models and animation with zero latency. The level of visual integration that it enables us to achieve is just awesome.”

Ishmael is set in a not-too-distant future where the earth’s oceans have been recast as the vastness of space and the titular character as a young climate refugee trying to build a new life. The 80-minute performance is being staged daily from 3-18 September.

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