Today’s featured workspace has quite a few points of interest: it’s a temporary Mac-based rendering farm temporarily set up in a theatre to handle the heavy lifting of designing the visuals for a stage production.
Greg Purnell is a Lifehacker reader who is also currently working on a production of Galileo that involves quite a bit of technical wizardy. His team has set up a temporary camp in the theatre where Galileo will be shown, working right in the seats the theatre patrons will be sitting in when the show opens. The workspace is two banks of tables, the longest 7.3m in length, covered with computers including a miniature rendering farm. Check out the photos below and Greg’s interesting photo notes.
Left: This headset is for communicating with others during rehearsal. For instance, the projection designer, the lighting designer, or the stage manager.
Right: Once content has been created, it travels down to the other end of the table to be programmed and cued into a timeline that will run during a performance. Projections are programmed with Dataton Watchout software which is connected via midi to the MA Lighting GrandMA (light desk). During a performance, when the stage manager calls a cue, the GrandMA will trigger the Watchout projections computer to execute the next cue. The projections and lighting systems are therefore completely integrated with each other.
This is just one of the workstations on the projections tech table. Each of the three content creation workstations consists of a Mac Pro with dual 24″ Samsung SyncMaster displays, and probably a personal laptop too. These machines are loaded with the Adobe Production Premium CS4 suite and other relevant software.
Left: Much of the content was created, animated, and rendered using Adobe After Effects.
Right: You can see almost the entire 24′ length of this work area. Of course, this entire setup is temporary and is only setup for the week or so that the show is in tech. Once the show opens, everything goes away until the next production.
The Theater Rendering Farm [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]