The perfect backdrop for pipes and drums
The Projection Studio utilises high brightness Panasonic projectors to accompany world famous military spectacle.
Standing on an extinct volcano cap, Edinburgh Castle is a fortress that dominates the skyline for miles around.
“I always ask the audience what they’ve enjoyed about the show and this year it’s been very noticeable because of the improvement in the images that these projectors provide. Those who’ve seen it before notice the difference, particularly because the images are much brighter and sharper and there’s a lot more light from these projectors. It’s added immeasurably to the audience experience.”
The modern projection system has given the opportunity for the 3D video projection mapping experts at The Projection Studio to incorporate more complex visual elements into the show, such as geometric sequences, image montages and stone cracking effects, which all display brilliantly on the castle façade.
"Probably the most difficult surface I’ve ever had to work with"
“We’ve got waterfalls, we’ve got Mordor, we’ve got the castle cracking and exploding, so it’s much more exciting from that point of view," said Ross Ashton.
Stretching 90 metres wide, the projection area covers the full width of the castle walls as the live performances play out on the esplanade below.
The show lasts under two hours in total and brought with it challenges, in particular in relation to the projection surface.
“The Castle is entirely asymmetrical and features multiple exterior walls and ramparts that were up to 60 metres further away from the projection stack in places. I think it’s probably the most difficult surface I’ve ever had to work with, it’s dark, it’s even darker when it’s wet,” he added.