The 88th Annual Academy Awards, now officially referred to as “The Oscars”, featured the expertise and technology of SenovvA, yet again. This year’s show was hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, on February 28, 2016 on ABC. SenovvA’s highly skilled team included Frank McMinn, Dave Taylor, Eric Leverton, Joe Sebenius, Jim Agnor, Bill Starnes, Luke Frey and Scott Goegebuer. SenovvA Executive Producer, Dave Taylor celebrated 27 years as lead projectionist on the show, along with SenovvA President, Frank McMinn in his 23rd year.
Projection systems integrated into the Oscars broadcast included five 40K Barcos, five 30K Barcos, three 22K Barcos and two 20K Christie projectors. A highlight of this years show featured a stunning circular screen displayed during Sam Smith’s performance of “Writing’s On The Wall”, which went on to win Best Original Song. That content, and more, were distributed to the displays via Green Hippo’s Hippotizer V4 Taiga Media Servers. Dave Taylor reported, “With the team and the system we had in place, we were able to deliver a quality product exactly as the client envisioned it.”
The LED systems included 825 tiles of Black OnyX 3.47mm LED along with 595 panels of WinVision 9.75mm LED for the 70’ wide x 35’ tall cyclorama screen. The high-resolution displays supported Set/Production Designer, Derek McLane’s vision of infinite depth. “We have altogether 12 big LED screens, with one large screen and then more slender screens placed around,” McLane said. Projection was utilized to highlight the Swarovski Crystals incorporated throughout the set. The crystal stage décor took over 1,600 man-hours to create, which included 200,000 Swarovski Crystals and 35 design elements.
Prior to load-in at the Dolby Theatre, SenovvA had the opportunity to collaborate with Supervising Producer, Michael Seligman, Bob Dickinson and Bob Barnhart of Full Flood, Inc. and Nigel Sadler from Green Hippo, with creative guidance under the watchful eyes of Art Directors, Matt Steinbrenner and Gloria Lamb.
“The Oscars are always a source of pride for us, but the real satisfaction comes from working with the best in the business.“ said SenovvA CEO, K Lee Harvey
Watch Highlights from the 2016 Oscars
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