FIX8Group shortlisted for both the AV and ET Awards 2016

FIX8Group has been shortlisted for three awards at two of the Entertainment Technology sector’s major awards ceremonies; the AV and the Entertainment Technology (ET) Awards 2016.

Shortlisted for ‘Production, Rental & Staging Company of the Year’ at the AVs in September the group is also nominated for ‘Best Projection Mapping’and the ‘Best Technology Partnership’in the ET Awards in November.

“We are proud to be nominated by two separate Awards bodies,” says John Montague, Production Director at FIX8Group. “FIX8Group has been in constant development and growth for for the past few years and the nominations for these awards are for us a strong indication of the dynamism we bring to our work.”

The AV Awards celebrates best practice, innovation and excellence across the global audio visual industry. Running for 18 years, the Awards are hosted by international press giants AV Magazine. The ‘Production, Rental & Staging Company of the Year Award’ is one of the award categories debuting in 2016.

“FIX8Group is always striving to bring our ethos of technical excellence in both design and execution to all our events,” says Montague. “Our shortlisting is an amazing sign to all our designers, programmers and technicians that we’re on the right track.”

As ever the AV Awards will be held at London’s famous Grosvenor House on the 30th of September, more information can be found about the awards at www.avawards.com.

For the 2016 ET Awards FIX8Group has been nominated for both ‘Best Projection Mapping’ and ‘Best Technology Partnership’ Awards, demonstrating the group’s strengths in both its individual product and collaborative enterprises.

For ‘Best Projection Mapping’, FIX8Group is shortlisted for the team’s 3D work on the 2015 Annual TRT International Children’s Festival Gala in Antalya, Turkey.

“For the Children’s Festival Gala we helped transform a large and uninspiring sports stadium into a dynamic performance space for the 31 countries taking part in the festival,” explains Nick Charalampidis, FIX8Group’s Technical Director and lead programmer for the event. “The design was for a wrap-around projection surface around the centre of a basketball stadium. The surface comprised of 250 Polygons each of which was individually video mapped in 3D.”

The sheer scale of this project paired with its design ingenuity is what made it stand out. “We were working with over 140sqm space in total,” continues Charalampidis. “The scale was reflected in the pixel count resolutions for each section – the floor was 3992 × 516, 4930 x 720 pixels each for the North and South Polygons and that didn’t include the two other sections. We created a giant triangular jigsaw puzzle of moving pictures with which the performers interacted.”

The company is also up for the ‘Best Technology Partnership’ – along with virtual reality and creative production agency REWINDFx and experiential marketing agency TRO – for the UEFA UCL Champion’s Final 2015 in Berlin. The partnership designed and delivered three immersive experiences and control apps at the event, as follows:

  1. Test Area: A fully interactive motion-simulated virtual reality game designed to test fans’ football skills within a projection cave.
  2. Football Cage: A responsive, transparent LED cage in which football fans compete in 2-a-side tournament, delivering high energy goal celebrations for players and branding opportunities and teaser content for passers-by.
  3. Performance Maze: A quick-response challenge set within a maze of touch sensitive LED wands where players test their reactions and speed.

“For the UEFA project we consulted on the technical solutions and productions of the three immersive experiences,” details Montague, Production Director for the activation. “Collaborating with REWINDFx’s virtual space knowledge and TRO’s creative designers we shaped the immersive, virtual-reality aspects and structures for the Test Area. For the Performance Maze we designed the custom-made sensors and software for the interactive wands. Lastly for the Football Cage we produced the transparent and scenic LED and integrated, interactive system set-up responsible for the programming and content management of the project.”

This year the ET awards are to be held at Supernova on London’s Embankment on the 9th of November. More information can be found at www.eventtechnologyawards.co.uk.