City Hall has been surveyed and 3D modelling techniques applied to produce the backbone for the new City Hall animation.

The newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall is set to come to life with the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular appearing for the first time ever from 13 December right through until Christmas Eve!

Brisbane’s grand dame will be agleam and aglow with the magic and beauty of Christmas.  Brisbane City Hall’s clock tower will sound across the City signalling the start of a spectacular 3D animated show. Magically projected onto Brisbane City Hall will be a fantastical Clockwork Christmas Toy Factory and we spoke with Peter Milne from The Electric Canvas about the design.

1) This is a never-been-seen concept for Brisbane. Where did the idea come from?

The “Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular” is a new initiative, which I understand is the vision of Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. We’re very excited and honoured to have been appointed by Brisbane Marketing to create and deliver the show, which will be presented in conjunction with the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime each evening.

2) What is your background in creating such exciting events?

After more than two decades of working in the entertainment and event industry, I established The Electric Canvas in 1997 to specialise in large-scale projection. Since then we’ve had the privilege of producing architectural, field of play and immersive projections all over Australia and around the world. The company is a complete solution provider with a multidiscipline in-house art department and specialist technical staff. Not only is large scale projection The Electric Canvas’ core business, it is our sole business, with one hundred per cent of our resources dedicated to this specialised field.

3) How much work has gone into this/size of team?

This is a sizeable and challenging project – one that we’ve enjoyed sinking our teeth into. We began working on the pre-production phase over two months ago, with a meticulous on site projection survey of Brisbane City Hall to capture the ornate architectural detail of the building. This data was combined with 3D modelling techniques to produce highly accurate architectural templates, the backbone upon which the animation is created. We’ve dedicated a team of nine illustrators, animators and 3D digital artists who are working tirelessly to deliver an amazing projection show for Brisbane. With regard to the on site technical delivery, our specialist crew of six projection technicians will oversee the installation, programming and operation of the projection system in King George Square.

4) Is it a design unique to the City Hall?

Absolutely! In fact, each and every show we create is custom made for the building it’s projected onto and for the event in which it’s presented. We believe that building projections should be an immersive theatrical experience and we always try to integrate our work into the precinct and the overall event creative. We love to engage the public and stimulate interaction with familiar buildings – such as Brisbane City Hall – in emotional and imaginative ways.

5) What can the viewers expect?

All the elements of a great show – a bit of suspense and drama, a few surprises and mostly a lot of fun. We’ve taken inspiration from Queensland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, and you’ll see some of those characters making cameo appearances in the projection show. It’s a show that the whole family can enjoy and we’ve had a lot of fun creating it.

The 3D animated projection will take place every fifteen minutes from this Friday 13 December until Christmas eve at 7.30pm to midnight.