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Protec ‘tracks’ the NAS Sports Tournament Opening Ceremony using BlackTrax

September 2015

Protec supplied its client HQ Creative with lighting, video and rigging for the recently held Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2015 Opening Ceremony in June 2015. Protec used the BlackTrax real time motion tracking solution to track extreme stunt performers, spot lighting them and stage sets.


“We needed the show, to look good for the live audience, as well as on television,” explained Aaron Russ, Lighting Designer at Protec.


The opening ceremony used a riot of colour and light to depict the central theme of urging youth towards core sporting principles of determination, perseverance, stamina and the will to achieve. This was explained through a narrative and skit that was inter-woven in a film that depicting the history and culture of the UAE. 


In the tight confines of the performance space, Protec used BlackTrax to drive their Clay Paky lighting fixtures, using unlimited spot positions, to follow multiple stunt performers in real-time on BMX bikes, skates, trampoline acts and even a back-flipping wheelchair. 


“This had to be all achieved without using or having to think about calling follow spot operators. One of the challenges was to light up the moving stage scenery including a 3-metre high BMX ramp, which was all achieved flawlessly with a very limited rehearsal time,” added Russ.


BlackTrax is a fully customisable real-time motion tracking solution that has revolutionised the entertainment industry by empowering productions with an unprecedented creativity and cutting-edge technology. Set up is easy and fast using an advanced automated calibration system.


“By using BlackTrax, no one missed a cue. All stage elements were covered and thanks to BlackTrax everything was where it needed to be, on time, every time, without the possibility of human error. The stage was bright and vibrant and we were given very positive feedback from both the client and the customer,” said Russ.


Protec is the first company in the Middle East to acquire the BlackTrax system. Having taken stock late last year, the company uses BlackTrax to deliver efficient and creative show solutions, whilst at the same time saving on production costs whilst exceeding its clients’ expectations.


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