Live Design Magazine has published a four part series about the new immersive theatrical experience that’s now found a permanent home in New York’s Times Square, Pip’s Island. The experience combines innovative puppetry, digital animation, cutting-edge technology, and live actors to create an immersive theatrical adventure for young audiences and families. And it looks great!
Live Design describes the experience:
“On each expedition, children are equipped with a vest and a legendarium, a custom watch built with LED integration. The kids, called explorers, and any accompanying adults, dubbed assistant explorers, then embark on the maze-like journey, encountering electricity and light-inspired characters that help them earn their sparks to defeat the villain Joules Volter, who has stolen the light from the island. Different bespoke scenic environments present new challenges, and each one completed is one step closer to helping the island get its light back.”
And award-winning lighting designer Al Crawford continues:
“It's about creating a fantastical place where light is the pulse of the island, it’s energy source, and in many ways, is connected directly to the explorer’s personal energy, what we call your Spark energy”
Throughout the experience, the participants interact with the space to complete tasks to gather more spark, and as they do, the experience reacts.
The magazine articles cover all the different technical and design aspects that brought this engaging hero’s journey to life:
Part One: Covers Al Crawford’s lighting design.
Part Two: Covers the details of set and scenic design.
Part Three: Covers the video design.
Part Four: Is all about the sound design.
Part Five: And finally, show control brings it all together.
There’s so much to learn from these articles about how each of these areas engage the senses and add to the experience. And it supports all four of the points that the 007 Elements designers drove home at EMS.
The only question: if you buy an adult ticket, do you have to have a kid in tow because I’ll be in NYC next week!
via Al Crawford