The Watsons Go To Birmingham -1963 is on SCT's Eve Alvord Theater from May 3 through May 22, 2022. This production is recommended for patrons eight and older. Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased online or by calling the Ticket Office at 206.441.3322.
A projection designer creates at the intersection of scenic and lighting design, essentially creating digital animations and scenic elements that paint the worlds the play exists within.
My inspiration for this particular play comes from two places. First, the “liberatory consciousness” of the Watsons family in that era, in many ways, reflects my personal family history, with roots in the south and the coming-of-age story of the young characters that everyone can relate to, regardless of background. Second, visually as a child of the 60’s, my favorite toy was called a View Master, glasses you looked through that created 3D stereographic, photographic, images on a disc that were truly magical. I’m hoping that the 3D animated worlds the Watsons navigate through inspire this generation the same way I was inspired!
My design process is to build 3D modeled worlds that are then projection-mapped onto stage panels to build live environments. It involves a lot of drawing and visualizing and math! My favorite part is bringing magical, cinematic techniques to live stage performance and seeing how the worlds transport us into the story, in ways not imagined before.
My advice is to study art, study animation, study physics and math, study theatre, film, and storytelling, go on YouTube and learn to be a creator of computer graphics rather than just a consumer of video games. There are a lot of free tools to begin with online. And finally, I would recommend seeking out and studying the work of artists that inspire you. Follow them and learn from them in every way possible.
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