Artistic Direction & Creation, AV Integration: SDEI Spectacles
SDEI Spectacles relies on Modulo Player for new show at Terra Botanica
Specializing in show production, French company SDEI Spectacles relied on Modulo Player, a media server solution by Modulo Pi, for the latest creation installed in the Terra Botanica theme park.
Based in the French region of Pays de la Loire, SDEI Spectacles offers turnkey shows to its clients with artistic creation, direction, and audiovisual integration.
When working on new shows for Terra Botanica (“The Peddler of Dreams”) and Legendia Parc (“The Wolves’ Hostel”), SDEI Spectacles chose Modulo Player, the versatile media server solution developed by Modulo Pi.
For each performance where video projection, music, light, and machinery are combined, Modulo Player centralizes all elements of the show.
Clément Evans, Artistic Direction Assistant and Modulo Player operator, explains: “Some theme parks like to have an audio player for the audio, a video player for the video, a show controller,… but if one of these systems breaks down, it doesn’t change the matter: the show cannot run. In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense to have so many devices. Modulo Player, it’s the turnkey solution that allows the centralization of the entire show. I’m now using it for all the new shows I design.”
Looking at renewing its shows offer, the Terra Botanica park gave free rein to SDEI Spectacles.
Launched in 2018, “The Peddler of Dreams” is the 5th show created by SDEI Spectacles for the park based in Angers, and the 3rd relying on Modulo Player.
“The venue we worked in was already well equipped in terms of infrastructure with a pond, water jets,…” says Clément Evans. “However, we changed the entire scenography and audiovisual system.”
Artistic director and producer of the show, Christophe Dagobert created a 12 min performance, “The Peddler of Dreams”, to explore the theme of botany, with references to Grimm, Perrault and Andersen’s fairy tales.
A movie directed by SDEI is displayed through a Panasonic PT-RZ970 video-projector. Around this video projection and the music, a complete show was designed to plunge the audience in the plant life with lights, water jets, scent diffusion machines, machinery with 3 fly lofts for the scenery, and a big red curtain.
Modulo Player is the cornerstone of the installation. Modulo Pi’s media server was used to program the show, and to centralize the whole show control. Modulo Player sends music in 7.1 through an RME Fireface 802 sound card. An Enttec ODE Mk2 handling lights and water jets is controlled by Modulo Player through Art-Net. The media server also has control over the system that handles the curtain and fly lofts’ movements through a TCP/IP connection.
Finally, Modulo Player sends et receives requests from a WAGO I/O Systems interface through TCP/IP to control the doors, the scent diffusion machines, and other lights and alarms. An operator can launch the show every 15 minutes from a remote room, thanks to a camera feed.
Located in the city of Angers, France, Terra Botanica is the first amusement park in Europe devoted to plant life. With many different botanical collections and animations, the park brings a world of explorations and discoveries. It also highlights Angers’ world reputation for botany and horticulture.
More info: terrabotanica.fr