The image below shows the screen configuration of a major audio visual production for a Halifax based mining company with gold mines in Mexico. Five high definition video projectors were used to fill the 75-foot wide conference room. The visual treatment was created by my son Christopher and myself through Wave Productions, our jointly-operated AV production company. This was a far cry from my first audio visual show, if you could call it that, using a single Kodak Extagraphic slide projector on a single screen.
That was in 1969 when I was working in Vancouver as a public relations consultant for a large Advertising & PR firm and the show, for a British Columbia forestry company, was produced for presentation to Vancouver school classes. When I think back on it, it was a pretty lame production, but this was a time when video was confined to television stations; computers were giant contraptions housed in specially air conditioned rooms and equipment to allow slide projectors to work together was rudimentary. Starting with that single slide projector in 1970,
I graduated to using six to nine slide projectors on three screens throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. In the mid 80s, after I began doing contract photography for Nova Scotia Tourism, I teamed up with Halifax musician Bob Quinn and we began to jointly produce AVs for tourism marketing. Bob wrote original music to go with my photography and I shot colour slides to go with his music. For nearly 20 years we travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and to Europe and Japan staging shows that often included an assortment of live performers. Our largest production was for 3,500 travel agents and was shown with 21 slide projectors on 15 screens. It included a cast of nearly 70 of Atlantic Canada's top musicians.
Today Bob and I are still working together to produce AVs large and small, but now digital photography has replaced slide film; slide projectors have given way to HD video projectors and control has been turned over to computers and specialized software. Despite this, the shows we design to reach the hearts and souls of audiences everywhere still work their magic. As U.S. visitor remarked after seeing one of our shows last summer in Cape Breton "that was remarkable. If you took that to New York, people would pay big money to see something of that calibre." If you would like to share the Magic of Nova Scotia with your audience, contact Wally Hayes about the one to four screen AVs he has in his library. These are being constantly updated with new photography so they remain fresh. If you need something produced specifically to convey a message or idea to your group, we can help too. Check out our website: waveproductions.ca or email us at: email@example.com
NOVA SCOTIA AVs
Below is the first of what will soon become a collection of audio/visual presentations typical of shows musician Bob Quinn and I produced and took to audiences around the world since the mid 1980s. All the music in these presentations was written by Bob and the images are mine.
Most of the original presentations were designed to be projected on three or more screens, but because of limitations of the web, I've reassembled them to be shown on a single, high definition screen with both original and new photography. When presenting to live audiences we continue to use the multiple screens because of the strong appeal of that panoramic format, especially with still images. Multiple screens showing simultaneous videos would be too confusing and not work. Occasionally we will use video clips, but always limit it to a single screen with little or no activity on adjacent screens while it is playing.