Thursday, 7. June 2012 - 1:02 pm
There were performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Cole, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, Tom Jones… and a hula-hooping Grace Jones. But by widespread general consensus the standout, show-stealing moment of the Diamond Jubilee concert in London on Monday (June 4th) were the visuals projected onto Buckingham Palace during Madness’s performance of Our House and It Must Be Love – in particular the transformation of Buck House into a London terrace, with partying families within, during Our House.
Conceived by the BBC’s Geoff Posner, supervised by Sam Pattinson at Treatment – who commissioned all the visuals for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert – the animations were completed by a group of animators on the Trunk roster: Rok Predin and Layla Atkinson directed the Our House animation, while Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney – created the It Must Be Love visuals.
Richard Barnett, MD of Trunk and producer of the Madness/Diamond Jubilee animated projections, was interviewed on the BBC’s Breakfast programme yesterday morning (June 6th), and admitted that the projections had “slightly embarrassingly” stole the show – which was watched by a 20,000-strong crowd, and on TV by up to 17 million viewers. He explained exactly how they did it – and also revealed that once confirmed, his team had just three weeks to do complete the job.
See Trunk’s Richard Barnett being interviewed on BBC Breakfast here
The ‘Our House’ projection, directed by Rok Predin and Layla Atkinson, showed Buckingham Palace falling to the floor as though on a stage curtain, revealing rows of terrace houses and council flats which opened up like dolls houses to reveal big jubilee parties inside. Layla created the architecture for the collaged streets which were taken from a multitude of different locations to build the terraces, whilst Sara Savelj worked alongside designing characters. Rok Predin built all the 3D rooms and projected Layla’s terraces onto geometry before creating the dropping motion in C4D. Rok then went on to composite everything together adding detailed effects and grading the overall piece.
It Must Be Love – directed and designed by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney – turned the Palace into a colourful romantic setting, adorned with heart shaped hot air balloons, swans, cherubs and even palm trees all forming love hearts, as they emanated from the palace. Their animation started as line drawings scanned and coloured using Photoshop. These were then traced and animated using Flash before being taken into after effects and heavily composited.
Both videos were set at a huge resolution at double HD (4096X1046). The videos were projected by d3 control system and crew, using an array of 36 projectors set just inside the gates of Buckingham Palace. Geoff Posner, the BBC show director and Sam Pattinson, Treatment Studio’s Producer and Art Director came up with the initial “Our House” and “It Must Be Love” concepts, with Trunk producing each piece in just under four weeks.