Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Battle in the Bubble.
Last Saturday I put to rest a special nine month project. I was hired as the Director of Audio/Visual/Live Streaming for a huge bouldering competition, called "Battle in th4 Bubble", held out at the Boulder Reservoir last Saturday. Coordinating an outdoor production of this size was no easy task! The AV team I assembled for the event was the best I could possibly imagine.
We were consistently faced with logistical road blocks and problem solving along the way, but always seemed to put our minds together for a solution. (First off, the grounds had no power and no internet and the event streamed live all over the world!) The competition, a first of it's kind, was an overall success and it is estimated that over 2000 people attended the event. There are many things to improve upon and iron out for next time, but that is part of what makes the learning experience so special.
I gotta say, seeing a conceptual project like this one make its way from a satellite image, to the chalkboard, to one of the biggest climbing events ever held in America, is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding jobs I have ever done. It was nice to focus on something other than photography for a while. Thanks to everyone involved!
Looking momentarily unstressed for a photo. Crew trouble-shooting behind. Photo: Ben Alexandra
View from within the AV Booth: A link of technicians running Macbook Pros, video switching boards, graphics machines, soundboards, lighting boards, flash encoders, projectors, etc...
Two beautiful bouldering walls installed right on the water of the Boulder Reservoir and a 24 foot inflatable projection screen between them. Photo: Keith Lazinski
Angie Payne, local favorite, almost pulling off the big upset! photo: Keith Ladzinski
The sun sets over "The Battle in the Bubble." Photo: Ben Alexandra