Chairman Mao’s history brought to life in spectacular 3D show
On 26 December 2013, China commemorated the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. For this occasion, producer Shaoshan Runze Orient Group set up an immense 3D spectacle—China’s largest-ever outdoor 3D pixel mapping project. Over a projection area of more than 6,000 square meters, highlights of Chinese history were brought to life. Barco’s simulation software and projection technology were key in creating the show’s immersive experience.
• 35 FLM R22+ projectors and 7 HDF W22 projectors
• SIM CAD software
• Premium image quality
• Ultra-bright (22,000+ lumens)
• Accurate calculation of stage design
The show was entitled Mao Zedong, A Great Man in China and directed by the famous Li Hanzhong and his design team. On a stage in the shape of a Chinese map—mountainous backcountry included—the audience could relive historical events such as the People’s Liberation War with mind-blowing realism. 42 premium Barco projectors, each with a brightness of 22,000 lumens plus, were used to enable cutting-edge 3D and holographic images.
4D-Vision was responsible for the delivery and installation of the projectors on site. “This large-scale live-action show combines live scenes with stereo stage settings and a wide range of performance elements, such as song, dance, drama, acrobatics, and water and fire effects,” says representative manager from 4D-Vision. ”That’s why we needed to use innovative stage technology, and the best projection technology we could get our hands on.”
The show debuted on 26 December in Shaoshan, in China’s Hunan province, and was attended by many officials from both the state and the province. To provide an immersive and interactive experience, the show’s creators combined a variety of technologies and methods. For instance, when in the movie the People’s Liberation army crossed the Yangtze River to take Nanjing, the audience seats became boats approaching the Presidential Palace, and explosions could be heard overhead.
To determine the exact locations for the projectors, Barco conducted a complete measurement and evaluation of the scene and the lighting environment using its exclusive SIM CAD software. The computer simulation program’s three-dimensional roaming mode allows users to view, evaluate, and experience the 3D and stereoscopic images to be shown. “By applying our simulation technology to the stage design, we gave the designers all the tools and space they needed to let their imaginations and creativity run freely,” says Tang Feng, global VP and managing director for Greater China at Barco.
“We needed to use innovative stage technology, and the best projection technology we could get our hands on.” Qin Yanming, vice general manager, 4D-Vision
“By applying our simulation technology to the stage design, we gave the designers all the tools and space they needed to let their imaginations and creativity run freely.” Tang Feng, managing director for Greater China, Barco