Box of Delights
Posted on 20th November 2023 at 16:00
PixelLux box up some Christmas magic at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"A stunning projection towards the tail end of the show involving water is mesmerising, without giving too much away.”
- Birmingham Live
Nina was invited back for her 6th show at the Royal Shakespeare Company to reinvent a production of The Box of Delights, based on John Masefield’s novel adapted by Piers Torday and directed by Justin Audibert. She joined forces with Matthew Brown to bring the imagery into a new and exciting realm harnessing both the power of Unreal Engine and AI to elevate the design on Tom Piper’s reimagined set.
Projection is used in the show to conjure magic spells, imagined locations, transport cast members and to add to the narrative. The team worked closely with the Puppet designer and director to pre-film and integrate both shadow puppetry and physical puppetry in the space. They used camera tracked notch to activate magic effects around moving cast and puppets and created worlds that leant extra depth and dimension to the space and with music and the movement director to animate and embellish physical changes in the space.
"The sequence in which the trio experience the world as different animals, amid Nina Dunn and Matthew Brown’s resplendent video design, is beautifully achieved.”
Nina and Matt worked with the in-house team alongside Harrison Cooke from PixelLux to achieve almost full stage and surface coverage - a challenge when the space extends right out into the auditorium in mid air at times - using a total of 6 projectors run from Pixera media server with two live cameras.
The show has really come to life at the RST with its new imagery across the adventure playground of a set and provides the perfect Christmas adventure story for families.
Creative Team Credits:
Director: Justin Audibert
Writer / Stage Adaptation: Piers Torday
Set and Costume Designer: Tom Piper
Movement Direction: Simon Pittman
Video Designers: Nina Dunn and Matthew Brown
Puppet design and direction: Samuel Wyer
Composer: Edward Lewis
Lighting Designer: Prema Mehta
Associate Video Designers: Libby Ward and Nathan Fernée
Video Engineering: Harrison Cooke / Oli Quinterell
Video Programmer: Luke Collins
Video Technicians: Jon Ryan and Reuben Cohen
2D artists: Nina Dunn, Nathan Fernée, Libby Ward
3D artist: Matthew Brown
Shadow Puppet Shoot direction and DOP: Nina Dunn
Live Action Shoot direction and DOP: Matthew Brown
Notch Artists: Nina Dunn and Reuben Cohen
Equipment Supplier - RSC and Blue-I
Media Server: Pixera
"The RSC has revived this version and expanded it substantially in terms of cast and musicians, retaining the same creative team of director Justin Audibert, designer Tom Piper, composer Ed Lewis, video designer Nina Dunn (here working with Matthew Brown) and puppetry director Samuel Wyer. It’s only fitting to record all their credits as this feels very much a team effort, both on-stage and off."
"Video backdrops designed by Nina Dunn and Matthew Brown establish the play’s many locations with pretty, chocolate-box landscapes featuring snowy fields and red winter sunsets. At times, the performers interact with animated projections; rippling green coils and explosive bursts of fiery orange sparkles help to visualise the spells being slung around by clashing magicians."
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