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What does a Projection Designer do?

The projection designer is responsible for producing all moving and still images that are displayed during a live performance; this includes acquiring stock photos and video, as well as creating original material.

This content must then be edited together in the designer’s software of choice, and loaded to the media server that will deliver content to the projectors, led wall, monitors, etc. 

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Who is responsible for PROGRAMMING THE MEDIA SERVER?

If the production calls for it, the designer may be responsible for programming the media server, or this task may be delegated to a specialist who serves under the designer. Together with the technical director, the projection designer will spec out the necessary media equipment and establish a budget. He or she also lays out the plan for hanging or mounting projectors, led walls, cameras and sets projection angles and parameters.

Many productions use the lighting or sound console, networked to the media server, to initiate video and some audio cues. 

How projections, SET, COSTUME, sound AND lights WORK TOGETHER?

Working under the supervision of the director, the projection designer collaborates closely with audio, scenic, and lighting designers to ensure fluidity of projection during the show and to see to it that the various technical elements work together, not in competition. The lighting designer must create an environment where stage lighting does not obstruct the clarity of projected images; the set designer must provide a surface conducive to video; the audio designer will provide any necessary accompanying sound cues.
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How is the designER process?

The production process usually includes the following activities: researching, story boarding, acquiring images or moving footage, editing, manipulating and compositing.  The specifics of each activity are very diverse and differ from project to project.

The designers and the director have a Concept Meeting, where they share ideas and discuss the concept. Then they have a Design Meeting, where designers present their proposals for approval. Finally everyone's work is unified during the Technical Rehearsals.


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