The 2017 NHL postseason was a whirlwind of experience for me, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything. The Nashville Predators, as the last team into the playoffs, miraculously found their way across four rounds and into the Stanley Cup Finals. For the final three rounds of the postseason, Bridgestone Arena did a pregame ice projection show immediately before puck-drop for each Predators home game.
Because of this, Moo Creative was selected to create a custom ice projection show for each round. This resulted in three unique ice projection shows by the end of the season, with my team and I operating on deadlines that were moving targets. Without knowledge in advance of when the next round’s games were – or if they’d end up happening at all – our team had to adapt on the fly and create high quality visuals with basically no turn around. I worked with my creative director to storyboard each segment of each show before delving deep into the world of Trapcode Particular, Saber, and Element 3D all within After Effects to create each piece. Weeks of sleepless nights, coffee, existential crises, and a whole lot of Preds wins later and suddenly we had created over nine minutes of custom projection mapping content to play in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
In March of 2017, I worked to create custom graphic elements for projection mapping in the lobby of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for TedX Nashville. Throughout the duration of the weekend, we blended visuals over the curves and bends of the lobby wall to help bind the entire TedX Nashville experience together between the extensively decorated lobby and the James K. Polk Theater wherein the speakers presented their lectures for the event. We made a variety of perspective-based 3D projections as well as abstract TedX stylized pieces to give the lobby a polished and client-specific look with serious production value. For this piece, I used Trapcode Tao and Shine inside of After Effects. I was also tasked with creating and altering the graphic presentation of each speaker throughout the weekend, working with a variety of talented professionals across the country to fine tune each Ted Talk to their liking.
The chance to project our work over a unique matte is always a thrill, and working to create looks that compliment a three wall, two room palette was a fun challenge. Collaborating with the TedX speakers was an added bonus that helped fuel the creativity of the entire event and it was very satisfying to be integrally involved in each aspect of what turned out to be a really interesting weekend of eye popping visuals and intriguing discussion.