2013 Broadway Projection Master Classes

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NYU Tisch School of The Arts
721 Broadway, NYC


9-9:30am: Registration and continental breakfast

9:30-9:45am: Opening remarks, David Johnson, publisher, Live Design, and Zachary Borovay, BPMC creative consultant

9:45-11:15am: Focus on Broadway: Zachary Borovay (Elf and Ann this season) and Daniel Brodie (Jekyll & Hyde and Motown this season)—These two projection designers will discuss how they approach a theatre project, from initial concepts and system design to final product. Daniel Brodie will discuss the unusual process for retrofitting a touring version of Jekyll & Hyde for a Broadway sit down and dealing with scenic tracking for the new musical Motown. Zachary Borovay will discuss updating the Christmas musical, Elf, for a new audience and creating the story-within-the-story for Ann.

11:30am-1pm: Come Prepared: Understanding Media Formats: Michael Kohler, technology specialist at WorldStage: Join technology specialist Michael Kohler as he discusses the ins and outs of how digital media works. What are the different formats and why it is important to know which one you should be using for your project? Kohler will discuss how the content was prepared for various projects he was involved in, including the ESPN LED installation, mapping projections 360 degrees around the Hirschorn Museum and the Bell Helicopter Launch at the Heli Expo.

1-1:30pm: Presentation of Live Design Projection Products Of The Year Awards

1:130-2:15pm: Lunch

2:15-3:45pm: Hacking Your Media Server: Workarounds, magic tricks and happy accidents that make the impossible possible: Daniel Brodie, Michael Kohler, and Zachary Borovaywill discuss several recent projects where the only solution was to make the systems do what was thought to be the impossible. Scenery tracking tricks, converging multiple projectors on multiple focal planes on the cheap, using computer gaming and music software to control media servers and more will be covered. Don't miss this one!

3:45-5:15pm:  Telling Your Story: Applying a Theatrical Approach To Your Project:  Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri of Batwin+Robin Productions (Lucky Guy this season and Normal Heart (pictured below) in 2011)—Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri will discuss their approach to various projects including this season's Lucky Guy, their Hewes award- winning design for The Normal Heart, creating 3D scenic backgrounds and projection mapping for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Passport To The Universe at the Hayden Planetarium, and several museums including the Walt Disney Family Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Smithsonian. 

Register for the BPMC and combine with the Broadway Master Classes in lighting, scenic, and sound design and make it a week to remember!