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Projections for Assassins

By Chet Miller

Ohio Universities second main stage this season was the show Assassins. Sondheim has the play structured to build up to the killing of Kennedy by Ozwald. Traditionally, the Zapruder film is shown at this moment. Our set was designed to show the fil on the back window of the book depository. I wanted to explore the moment as a frozen moment in time. The zapruder film actually loops in the background, as commentary about the cyclical nature of tragedy. On the floor and the wall, Walter Kronkite announcing that the president has been shot is projected. The floor projection is the primary way that Ozwald is lit in this section. Finally the floor projection and the windo projection shift to be scenes of Ozwald being paraded up and down the halls of the Dallas Police station. The @Lab provided both of the projectors used in this project. The window is a rear projection using one of the wide...

Eurydice

By Chet Miller

For the first mainstage of the season, the OU School of Theatre performed Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. The @Lab was essential for all aspects of the projection design. At one point, the title character falls down a flight of stairs, tumbling all the way to the underworld. This was filmed in the Ohio University Pool, edited in the @Lab and then projected onto plastic drops all over the stage during the performance. A few of the other projections are the high rise apartment of the Nasty Interesting Man and the falling petals of Eurydice’s wedding.

Marisol

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The @lab is currently lending the Ohio University School of Theatre technology to put on a production of Marisol by Jose Rivera. Using a webcam that we borrowed we have been able to do time lapse video of the set painting and lighting focus of the space.

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