The year was 2020 when the unthinkable occurred, this was the beginning of the great gathering.
The time had been spoken of and set years past by minds of great vision, wisdom, and hope but it was never spoken that this day would come, or that it would have started like this.
The three agreed and the wheels of time were set in motion.
As gatherings go, this was like others, the normal excitement and fear mixed as the vision of what was to come imparted in the hearts and minds of those that would play a part.
As our Patron Aleksandar Vass OAM states; ‘there is nothing like a good story!’ and as stories go during the second lockdown in Melbourne during the 2020 COVID outbreak we created a history-changing project… this is the story that was until now hidden within the Alex Theatre located in the heart of the City of Port Phillip.
A project that was set up to give technical creatives a purpose to focus on and hope that by collaborating together opportunities would be created.
Our story is one of perseverance, comradeship and hope. This is not to say all the normal components were not present, disappointment, loss and fear always play a part.
Like all good story’s we have our;
Characters | Plot | Settings | A point of view | Conflict & tension | Hope for a better tomorrow
Every project requires a spark of energy that starts the thought process, and ours dates back to a dark night on highway 29 just out of Te Poi at a deserted t-intersection at the base of the Kaimai's in the Waikato New Zealand.
On this night as our first characters in this story were returning home they witnessed a red brick wall appear on the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped suddenly and when their gaze refocused on the road ahead of them the red wall had disappeared and their car had come to rest at the edge of an embankment where the t-intersection crossed.
Their lives were saved and the story begins...
This project is based on a true story.
Experimental development of 5G technology to enhanced re-mastering Analogue Theatre technologies with Augmented Reality & Digital Prototyping Test-bed systems.
The core objectives of the project were developed with an ambitious desire to amalgamate technologies designed for the telecommunications and emerging systems sectors into theatre practices.
This was the beginning of IP development within the project.
This was scoped and designed by Enhanced Business Solutions Limited (NZ) and EPA International.
The first project scope was created based on the core objectives.
A start-up team was moved to Melbourne from Sydney and set to work within the Alex Theatre Project in the City of Port Melbourne.
Detailed documentation of the project begun and review protocols were set in place.
In March 2020 COVID broke out in Melbourne impacting the operations of the Alex Theatre Project.
With extended lockdowns causing growing concern within our sector the focus on broadcast development was scoped, and then the second lockdown occurred and the technical creative team expanded.
Members joined the project in both Sydney and Melbourne across a wide range of technical disciplines.
The project became a technical creative hub.
Our founders were set in place:
Others gathered like moths to a wall of 4k LED screens.
Lead by Etainment, Theatre 2 of the Alex Theatre was converted into a live broadcast studio.
4k LED screens were built like a red brick wall to allow creative backdrops to be designed to enhance studio staging.
5 x 4k Blackmagic camera and a broadcast studio system was designed and then installed, lead by Tim Barnett the Founding Executive Director of Dockland Studios.
Mentoring and knowledge with passion is at the heart of this build and the development of art-based programming followed.
This is managed by Simon Barnett our Executive TV Producer.
Research and development into gaming integration started with larger 4k studio testbeds being built and the testing of Unreal Engine and other technologies started, focusing on reverse engineering film projects already using this technology.
The team moved into the main studio and a full 360 4k LED test studio was built.
After film testing was completed in the virtual studio this was dismantled and rebuilt into the impressive virtual Pro Screen studio for testing and development of film and theatrical augmented production content.
Extraordinary Learning Experiences (XLX) and the Bad Idea Factory joined to further work into VR/AR/XR/MR development.
Sorry, you will have to follow the development of our secret source coding via the London Tech Week. Monitor advances being made in 5G tech, and as a matter of interest make sure you are across Li-fi Technology also.
The light switch will go on and our first photon will be fired to create the framework to return to the beginning of our story, our spark so to speak.
Integration of new tech into theatre productions requires theatre productions to be developed and staged.
Our platform will be within the Alex Theatre Company, the professional repertory musical theatre company supported by Alex Read Theatre Performances Inc and Vass Productions to stage commercial Off-Broadway & Westend styled shows.
New theatrical work requires to be developed and an incubator for the translation of stories into our theatrical staging will be set up.
Part of the vision of developing new tech in theatre is to ensure the cost-effective ability to tour shows to regional locations for the enjoyment of those who can not travel to capital cities within the States of Australia.
We want to ensure we document and share what we create with the wider performing arts community for the economical development of this sector of the industry. Increasing employment and the return on investment for the producers that invest into shows without whom our industry will not grow.
We firmly believe in the BUSINESS of Show Business. Without great story's and an audience, we are not part of the entertainment industry, so we are investing in research and development and our end goal is a vibrate commercial sustainable sector for all those working within it.
We have a plan... but can't share this just yet outside of our investors but we believe it is a game-changer.
As with sharing documentation, we will share information to set up training programs within our sector.
Theatre is a changing platform to tell stories. Stories of things that were, and are to come. For a brief moment, the story sits in the now. We connect to remember and to dream of what could be or of worlds that are by nature impossible to reach.
Theatre is a time machine and although this is an analogy of time travel we believe we will also be the catalyst for the real thing at some point in the not-so-distant future.