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“BL&S’s new video screen blending technology and always stellar presentation raised the bar to another level. The ‘Wow Factor’ was off-the-charts!"”
– Christine Kunewa Walker CEO/Executive Director, Provincetown Film Festival
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Provincetown Film Festival
20th Anniversary Celebration ::

Held on the lawn of the iconic Provincetown Pilgrim Monument overlooking the historic town and waterfront, the Provincetown Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Celebration featured innovative video screen blending to set the mood in a 200-person tent.

 

A visionary partner

The Provincetown Film Festival wanted to make its 20th anniversary gala dinner and fundraiser a memorable night, and reached out to longtime

PIFF 20th celebration video screen blending - Cosmic

partner Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) both for creative insights and technical oversight. As the technical lead and a collaborator on the Provincetown Film Festival since its inception, BL&S was a natural choice to support the special event. BL&S proposed a cost-effective way to implement the client’s request for a distinctive video screen blending technique to dramatic effect. Using a combination of projection technologies, the ceiling of the tent would become a spectacular 80-foot canvas displaying colorful abstract backgrounds and a tribute video.

 

The festival organizers loved the idea, and hired BL&S to execute on its vision, and oversee all audio, visual, and lighting needs for the event.

 

A one-stop-shop for live events

The Live Events team at BL&S provided a complete solution encompassing extensive pre-planning support, site visits, event setup, as well as hands-on technical support throughout the evening. This freed the festival organizers to focus on their special guests.

 

Services included:

 

  • Creative and technical guidance. BL&S collaborated on the creative vision for the memorable event, and served as the technical lead for the project, including product selection, installation, testing, and support.
  • Video screen blending. This innovative technique involved screen blending striking backgrounds with picture-in-picture sponsorship logos and a tribute video from four projectors via a Barco S3 switcher and a screen blending system to display on the ceiling of the tent.
  • Audio support. Guests enjoyed live presentations as well as dancing throughout the evening. BL&S worked on-site to ensure the music and presentations came together smoothly. They also carefully orchestrated the audio, synchronizing the music to the images and videos being displayed in the tent. The Live Events team provided just the right balance of sound, delivering sound clarity for the 200+ guests in the tent, while ensuring sound didn’t carry beyond the grounds where it could disturb neighbors.
  • Lighting package. BL&S selected, tested, and installed high-end lighting throughout the tent and surrounding grounds to create an elegant ambiance for the special evening.

 

The festival organizers and their guests were impressed with the inventive display and how seamlessly the technical details came together under the direction of BL&S. Based on the success of this special event, HBO, the event sponsor, has since tapped BL&S to provide live streaming for an LGBTQ panel the company hosted in Provincetown.

 

 

Video screen blending makes the most of motion and audio

Behind-the-scenes preview: Dreamy audio plays while beautiful footage of regionally-appropriate waves and whales flows across the ceiling of the event tent to set the mood for the Provincetown Film Festival's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

 

 

PIFF 20th celebration video screen blending - speeches

 

PIFF 20th celebration video screen blending - HBO logo

 

PIFF 20th celebration - dance

 

PIFF 20th celebration video screen blending - abstract

 

 

“The ‘Wow Factor’ was off-the-charts!”

BL&S has always delivered a quality product and stellar screening experience enabling us to distinguish our event as one of the top regional film festivals in the country. This year, with their new video screen blending technology and presentation, Chapin, Jon and his stellar team raised the bar to another level. The ‘Wow Factor’ was off-the-charts!"

— Christine Kunewa Walker CEO/Executive Director, Provincetown Film Festival


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Boston College Arts Festival ::

Boston College was looking for a creative way to celebrate student and faculty artists during the 2018 Arts Festival. BL&S helped the college elevate the celebration with a unique HD video screen blending system featuring still video, screen washes, and live camera shots. This gave artists a dynamic canvas to present their work.

 

The intricate video system included dual projectors, carefully synchronized to provide a seamless screen blend. BL&S worked closely with the students, providing them hands-on experience with content creation as well as video

Boston College Arts Festival

mixing. The students were excited to give people a new way to experience their art. Throughout the evening, festival guests enjoyed distinctive artwork as well as a jazz band throughout the evening.

Boston College Arts Festival

 

 

 


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Provincetown Fourth of July Concert
at the Pilgrim Monument ::

Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) was the first and only team entrusted with managing a live event at the Pilgrim Monument. This historic landmark commemorates the pilgrims’ first landing in the new world in Provincetown in 1620.

 

On the heels of BL&S’s success at organizing all audio-visual aspects of the Provincetown Film Festival, the event sponsor, HBO, recommended the team to handle the sensitive details involved with a Fourth of July concert at the Pilgrim

Ptown Fourth of July Concert Pilgrim Monument

Monument. Installing audio-visual equipment for a live concert at a historic monument like this took extreme care. BL&S worked closely with all stakeholders, including HBO’s creative consultant, the Gathery, to ensure compliance with local ordinances and preservation of the important site.

 

BL&S was responsible for all equipment necessary to pull off this first-of-its-kind celebration, from building two truss arches to bringing in staging, to providing high-end lighting. Due to the harbor front venue location, high wind speeds presented a challenge. Accustomed to handling installations in extreme conditions, BL&S was well prepared, battening down the truss structure to ensure its stability. To provide an exceptional audio experience for the audience, BL&S installed a state-of-the-art KARA line array audio system.

 

The Fourth of July celebration was a fabulous experience for concertgoers, and the event coordinators were impressed with how the concert looked and sounded.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boston College Athletics Fish Fieldhouse
Celebration Event ::

Longtime client Boston College hired Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) to create an LED wall as the signature piece in its donor recognition event for the new indoor athletics center, the Fish Field House. BL&S arranged for 9x16' 3mm LED walls displaying striking player images as well as screen washes across both sides of the tent.

BC Athletics Fish Fieldhouse LED Wall

 

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Jansport Celebration on the Greenway ::

Jansport closed out the summer with its Bonfire Session in Dewey Square Park on Boston’s Greenway, complete with live performances by Zola Jesus and Deem Spencer, a festive campfire, and promotional giveaways. Based on the recommendation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservatory, the brand experience firm Bagavagabonds hired Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) to turn a portion of the park into a concert venue.

 

BL&S handled all technical aspects of the live event, including:

Jansport Bonfire Celebration Event

  • Sourcing and installing a temporary stage, a KARA line array audio system and a generator with a full distro package
  • Producing a dramatic light show for the headline act’s entrance
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    The event came together seamlessly and proved to be a success for Jansport.

 

 

 

Jansport Bonfire Celebration Event set up

 

 

 


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Special Events at Fenway ::

BL&S provides pre-event planning as well as on-site support to ensure the sound system performs optimally during a wide array of special events at Fenway.

 

Opening Day

The Red Sox often have multiple activities, from ring ceremonies, to
individual performances, to marching bands, occurring within moments of
each other on different parts of the field. For these multi-faceted events,
BL&S helps manage logistics ahead of time and provides multiple

Opening Day - Fenway Park, 2014

Opening Day - Fenway Park, 2014


crews during the event so performances can flow from one to the next seamlessly.

 

Christmas at Fenway

Broadcast live on NESN every year, Christmas at Fenway gives fans a chance to enjoy holiday festivities, including music and player interviews, at the park and an opportunity to purchase tickets for the upcoming season. To support the event, BL&S provides sound systems of various sizes at different locations across the field, connects them together from their mix position, and distributes the audio to various media outlets. In addition, BL&S sets up an audio interface to enable NESN to conduct interviews with players who aren’t able to be on-site.

 

Red Sox Foundation Events

Each year BL&S donates audio equipment, including “presidential style” teleprompters, for several Red Sox Foundation galas. They also donate equipment and provide on-site support for the Foundation’s Yoga at Fenway fundraiser to assist financially disadvantaged students. The BL&S team sets up a wireless mic, connected to the house sound system, so that attendees can hear the instructor as well as background music throughout the park.

 

In addition to installing and monitoring the audio equipment, BL&S overcame numerous technical challenges associated with live broadcast and performance. For instance, the lengthy time delay from the main loudspeaker cluster to the performer at home plate necessitated the use of in-ear monitors to assist the performer’s concentration so they would not become distracted by the echo effect.

 

Frozen Fenway

Every two years, Fenway hosts exciting hockey matchups and community skating events at an ice rink built right inside the park. BL&S configures the sound system for these festivities. They uncovered an interesting conundrum, however. In an outdoor setting, it’s hard to hear what’s actually happening on the ice. To give fans the experience they were accustomed to hearing at an indoor rink, BL&S clamps omnidirectional microphones to the tops of the boards surrounding the ice so fans can easily hear all the skating and crashes.

 

Fenway Park’s 100-year anniversary

To commemorate the park’s 100-year anniversary, John Williams conducted a special “Fenway Fanfare’’ and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart took the baton for the national anthem that was punctuated by a flyover of a vintage P-51 Mustang flying wingtip-to-wingtip with an F-16 fighter jet.

 

BL&S worked to ensure that everything went perfectly for this historic event. This involved coordinating wireless microphone frequencies with numerous other frequencies being used in the park, and organizing crews to provide hands-on support for multiple performances throughout the ceremony.

 

International Press Conferences

Managing audio for Red Sox press conferences can be a challenge, with myriad audio feeds taking place simultaneously. BL&S works on-site to ensure equipment is working smoothly. When Daisuke Matsuzaka signed on with the team, for example, BL&S was on hand to ensure that the 40+ live feeds were distributed to media outlets around the world.


 

James Taylor and family rehearsing - 2013

James Taylor and family rehearsing - 2013

 

Christmas at Fenway - 2013

Christmas at Fenway - 2013

 

Yoga at Fenway - 2013

Yoga at Fenway - 2013

 

Frozen Fenway - 2014

Frozen Fenway - 2014

 

Frozen Fenway sound on boards  - 2014

Frozen Fenway sound on boards - 2014

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearses for Fenway’s 100th Anniversary - 2012

Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsing for Fenway’s 100th Anniversary - 2012

 

Chorus rehearsing at Fenway - 2013

Chorus rehearsing at Fenway - 2013

 

“I never have to worry”

“With BL&S, ballpark audio becomes the easiest part of the game. I never have to worry – they’re the best guys around.”

 

— Su-san Lancoon, Ipswich Associates Project Manager, Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park


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Boston College: Indoor and Outdoor Masses ::

Parents’ Weekend Indoor Mass, Conte Forum

Parents’ Weekend has become a popular autumn tradition at Boston College for parents to experience campus life and socialize with other families. The Parents’ Mass is a highlight of the weekend. BL&S provides sound equipment and support for the annual Mass, which draws more than 3,500 students, parents, and faculty members. In addition to making the liturgy audible, BL&S was charged with providing full sound for the student choir and band performing inside Conte Forum.  

Boston College Parents' Mass - Conte Forum

In a venue designed for hockey games, the space is extremely reverberant. To accommodate the forum’s acoustical challenges, BL&S set up a sound system that was positioned appropriately to deliver sound effectively throughout the large arena.

 

Mass of the Holy Spirit, O’Neill Plaza

The area outside the library where this Mass is held includes seating and a series of steps on all sides. The odd-shaped space is made almost entirely of concrete, making sound particularly reverberant. To alleviate this problem, BL&S provided a distributed sound system, including line arrays, as the main reinforcement and delay speakers mounted on stands to accommodate the large audience.

 

The BL&S team’s innovative approach provided clear sound in each challenging environment.


 

Boston College Parents' Mass - Conte Forum

 

Boston College Mass of the Holy Spirit - O'Neill Plaza

 

Boston College Mass of the Holy Spirit - O'Neill Plaza

 


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