"It's all mapped," said Lindsey Fuller, project manager. "During our site visit, we took measurements and photos, and essentially, our team built that building in a 3-D space on their computers. The content was customized to that."
Hattingh and his team used the building as a canvas and created the content, with 3-D effects, through a series of computer programs, making sure to adhere to the parameters of the space limitations.
Fuller said to get the 3-D effect, certain items are on different planes - like the columns, for example. Nine to 12 projectors will be placed on scaffolding in front of the Capitol at precise angles to make sure the imaging syncs with the building.
While one projector has the same brightness one would expect in a cinema, Hattingh said, the show will use many of them to accommodate the expected 30,000 people who will watch the show at the Capitol, from the Kanawha River and from across the river.
The projectors will put back together 200,000 to 300,000 pieces of the puzzle and move them in sync with music. If a projector is moved an inch, its image will be off by a foot on the building, Ruby said.
Hattingh said the short film will include about 24 brief scenes and a fair amount of character animation - something they haven't included extensively in prior productions.
"We also have some likeness. We have Lincoln - which we've recreated - walking around. Not just a photo," Hattingh said. "I've never seen anyone 3-D walking on the building."
The company hopes to have a finalized version within the next couple of days and will make adjustments on the actual building early next week.
Fireworks will accompany the last minute or so of the film and will continue for an additional 19 minutes. The piece will be shown at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 20; Friday, June 21; and Saturday, June 22.
The projection show will not change, but the fireworks display will be different each night.
The cost of these projects will be released after the event, Ruby said.
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