Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (SGCM) has adopted Christie 4K projection and auto calibration solutions for the “digital curtain” of its new theater, named MUSIC POOL CINO, which opened on Aug. 17.
SGCM chose to use a “digital curtain” instead of installing a traditional Japanese tab curtain – made from a single or several pieces of fabric with elaborate embroidery widely considered to be a work of art – to provide entertainment and boost MUSIC POOL CINO’s public image, as well as to surprise, impress and uplift audiences before a performance.
This “digital curtain” is the first of its kind to be installed in an educational institution in Japan.
The large curtain measuring 19 meters wide and 4.84 meters high is used to project digital content. Projector delivery and control is accomplished by Ushio Lighting Inc. using two Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP projectors installed at the rear of the theater.
Both projectors are equipped with Christie Mystique, an automated camera-based alignment and recalibration solution that enables quick installation, alignment, calibration and maintenance of multi-projection systems.
“When audiences enter MUSIC POOL CINO for a performance, a still image is displayed so it looks like a normal stage curtain” said professor Makoto Shinohara, head of the musical theatre course at SGCM.
“The surprise comes when visuals on the curtain begin to move a few minutes before the show starts,” said Shinohara.
“Since images are projected on the curtain, its edges may shift back and forth under the influence of air conditioning or atmospheric pressure, resulting in distortion or deviation of the portion where two images blend,” said a Ushio Lighting spokesperson.
“Christie Mystique software has been introduced to overcome these misalignments. The ability to quickly adjust and maintain multiple projector projections makes troubleshooting easy for the user,” the spokesperson said.
Content was produced for the digital curtain by Naked Inc. and is based on “Nanban Byobu” by renowned 15th century Japanese painter Naizen Kano.
This “Byobu,” or the folding screen itself, is from the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the late 1500s, which depicts colorful Nanban (foreign) ships, buildings and people that arrived in Japan from ports in places such as Spain and Portugal.
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Shinohara noted that the digital curtain of MUSIC POOL CINO has been designed to draw attention to art, not only for visitors but also for current students of SGCM, students preparing to enter the university, and international students.
“Musicals are a stage art that originated in the West and are often performed around the world,” he said. “In addition to traditional musicals, we are also creating original musicals in Japanese.
“This is why we selected ‘Nanban Byobu,’ which is a mixture of Japanese and Western styles, and the projector reproduces the details of this elaborate work brightly and vividly,” said Shinohara.
“We are delighted that SGCM has chosen our Boxer 4K30 projectors and Mystique to deliver extraordinary digital projections on the stage curtain of MUSIC POOL CINO,” said Christie executive VP of enterprise Michael Bosworth.
“This is a brilliant demonstration of how Christie’s various technologies can breathe new life to a traditional art form and enable our partners and customers to transform their creativity into reality,” he said.