If you are a Vancouverite, you can take a free one hour guided tour of the Vancouver Convention Centre, just call them to check for available times. Team of designers from my company recently used the opportunity and visited this quite spectacular building in our neighbourhood. Many things are cool about the building: the architecture, the interior design, the sustainability factor, the selected art, the materials, the colours - but the scale is THE element that will for sure amaze anyone. The ballrooms are the biggest enclosed spaces I have seen, yet they still feel very intimate. Good job LMNArchitects, MCM Architects and DA Architects
Made in Canada segment of the Closing Ceremony featured Canadian ephemera, souvenirs, symbols but BIG... and loud. Yes, these are all "beloved" Canadian stereotypes in Vegas/Monty Python kind of fusion. I did the design, directing (with choreography team) and a part of animation of the projected media for this segment that featured Michael Buble as star performer. Most of the animation is done by Simon Piniel, additional artwork from Cyril Meusy, Elli Bunton and Kevin McAllister.
This is an act that, although well designed, directed and choreographed, didn't get into the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony. It is based on Gilles Vigneault's song Mon Pays. The look of the motion graphics for the piece is inspired by Quebec painters Lemeiux, Barbeau, Borduas as well as NFB animators McLaren, Larkin, Leaf, Bochner etc. Here are the storyboards for the song (design frames at the same time) that were supposed to be projected on the central Field of Play.
Work on the Olympic Opening Ceremony has been one of a kind experience. The volume of work on each member of the team has been massive, the formats are on mega scale and the level of quality of work so high... My role in the production was related to informing and visualizing, sometimes producing, content for the massive projections across the stadium. Variety of moodboards, storyboards, design references, motion references, painting styles etc... It is hard to find larger canvas to paint on. Here are just a few images from few segments in the Cultural part of the show. (more…)
I am glad I was given a chance to design the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony Program Book. The book is printed in black only with about a dozen spreads in black and silver. The motifs of each spread are graphically abstracted versions of any given segments, inspired by either the mood or the story of the segment itself, as well as the quotes, narrated during the show by Donald Sutherland. Two distinct graphical look serve, first, Protocol part (shallow relief, impasto painting with white/grey paint on white canvas) and second Cultural part of the show (futuristic mystical 3D strokes printed
In early 2009 I created a set of photoshop illustrations to describe daily medal ceremonies from BC Place. Overview of the stages and the lower and upper seating bowl. (more…)
Cauldron is always the best kept secret during the preparation of the Olympic Ceremonies. Hopefully.. Here is the concept illustration... (more…)