Canadian based company, Moment Factory, will soon be launching a spectacular show on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It's going to take place between the 21st and 23rd of September and I managed to talk with the Multimedia Director, Nelson de Robles and Lighting Designer Gabriel Pontbriand who are behind this show.
Vincent Laganier: how do you plan to use light to reveal Sagrada Familia?
Nelson de Robles : we're using 3D video mapping, original music and lighting to create a unique spectacle on such an iconic building. We also have a nice surprise at the end of the 15 minutes show.
Vincent Laganier: How will the light play together?
Nelson de Robles : The façade is so big that we are covering 2/3 of the building with projection. The rest of the tower will be completed with lighting, gobos and texture. The combination of these techniques will compliment each other and create an amazing experience.
Vincent Laganier: Which lighting effects will be achieved?
Gabriel Pontbriand : we were not allowed to project on some areas of the Sagrada Familia so we decided to project light to achieve some texture on these parts.
- The first part is the four towers at the back of the Sagrada Familia, where we'll be using video. We'll use moving lights, with a high impact picture, to create textures on these towers. We've done research on the gobos and they will be treated with the video.
- For the second effect, we are using twelve sharp beam moving fixtures to create beams in the sky. They will be located on certain parts of the towers to create a 'light call' for the audience.
- The third effect is the biggest for us. We will light the tower from the inside. The first fixture we will use is a height strobe that will create some sprinkle and embrust of light. The second effect is RGB twelve fixtures on each tower.
Of course, we will try to match the video content and the lighting effects. For example, we can have a blue from the inside and project a green texture on the outside. We will have a great contrast between the two textures.
Vincent Laganier: How will multimedia and light play together?
Gabriel Pontbriand : This is always a question of creating a symbiosis between architecture, video and sounds and making sure that we create one intervention mix together. I think the mix between light and video surface will create a truly magical moment.
Vincent Laganier: What are we going to see?
Nelson de Robles : We have a 3D scan of the façade that allows us to work in 3D. The key story we're trying to represent is the creation of the universe. In the end, we would like to achieve Gaudi's dream that was to have the façade in full color. So we are covering the façade in a color mosaic with light covering the rest of the tower.
Vincent Laganier: What is your ultimate dream with this project?
Gabriel Pontbriand : to create a visual impact that elicits an emotional response from the public. Also to make sure that we represent Gaudi's vision that he had 100 years ago and make sure we can create a goz ban from the audience.
Nelson de Robles : we really want people to enjoy the moment. With all the worry and difficulties facing the country we'd be happy if we can give them 15 minutes of joy! That would be great. It goes without saying that everybody involved in this project wants to do their best in respect of Gaudi.