Qmotion: From Humble Beginnings
Created entirely from the concept drawing, we constructed a pub of the future, the ‘Star and Crater’, within the 15m diameter by 10m high drum shaped theatre at Tetley Brewery Wharf Visitor Centre. Initially concealed behind a rather dull and pedestrian lecture theatre façade, the auditorium and audience revolved while the walls opened to reveal the large fiberglass and steel set.
Traveling around the set was barmaid Bev. D. Spencer who was built with eight axes of computer control positioning and who interacted with the video footage shown on two different screens.
Working collaboratively with producer Phil Hartley and creative team of Andy Bass and Warren Osborne, all then of Lightworks Entertainment, this project took our first forays into motion control a step further. Little did we know that just ten years later, we’d be undertaking huge and complex motion control projects such as the 18 piece, 17 metre high Cycladic Head sequences for the Athens Olympic Opening Ceremony.