Blockhouse Studios brings history to life with immersive projection mapping app

The Columbus Area Bicentennial Commission recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of Bartholomew County, Indiana with an immersive light projection show by Blockhouse Studios.

The company used seven Epson Pro Series laser projectors to create “200 Years Together: Our Stories Illuminated on Fourth Street.” The project celebrated the bicentennial with visuals that captured the history and culture of the past 200 years.

Project idea

Image courtesy of Blockhouse Studios.

“When the Columbus Area Bicentennial Commission came to us with a vision for their enlightenment event, we knew we could make it special for this unique city,” said Kevin Winkler, owner of Blockhouse Studios.

He revealed that there are many details that went into the visual art of the store window to make it unique and provide historical context.

“[This included] radios, televisions and clothing made in Columbus from each of the eras. Because of this, we knew we needed a projection solution that would provide the advanced resolution needed to reproduce every detail and even read the text in each of the store windows, ”said Winkler.

Integration of the Epson Pro series

Blockhouse Studios used seven Epson Pro Series projectors to create the event. According to Blockhouse, projectors are designed for virtually any large room application. The projectors offer innovative advanced 3-chip 3LCD projection technology, interchangeable lenses, extraordinary image quality and incredible brightness.

Thus, the event portrayed a historical story with defining moments, ranging from giant 3D images of local characters to a mix of swirling and dancing Cs. The Cs, which is part of the City of Columbus brand, appeared to spill out of the building’s windows towards the crowd.

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Blockhouse also applied their cinematography background to create the eight-minute show by filming the content using a green screen.

“We’re trying to create more of a theater-like performance on a three-dimensional structure,” Winkler continued. “In addition, we produce these shows in very high resolution, which requires more projectors than those traditionally used to cover the same space. But the result speaks for itself – it’s an important part of the magic that leaves our audience wondering how we created it.

Person seated in front of a window.

Image courtesy of Blockhouse Studios.

Winkler also said they wanted to make the project accessible to visitors. This meant allowing visitors to approach without overshadowing the projection.

“We were able to do this by getting creative and aiming the projectors across the street, which is another reason we relied so heavily on the brightness and image quality of the Epson models. Pro L, ”he revealed.

“Epson’s laser projectors are designed to empower imaging professionals to create memorable events, which is exactly what Blockhouse Studios has done for the Columbus community,” said Ramzi Shakra, Product Manager, Epson America, Inc .. “As visual artists find exciting new ways to harness projectors, we’re always excited to see how Epson’s technology is being used to bring people together around a shared experience. “

Describe the end result

The immersive show shed light on the past, present and future of the city and county through the awe-inspiring projection onto the historic Ulrich Building in downtown Columbus. The experience brought the community together in a two-day celebration.

Building with projection displayed on windows

Image courtesy of Blockhouse Studios.

“We were looking for an opportunity to demonstrate the rich history of the Columbus area and connect the community in a unique and safe celebration,” said Tobi Herron, Co-President of Columbus Area Bicentennial. “The creative skills of Blockhouse Studios and the cutting edge technology they were able to bring to the project were the perfect combination. Their design and technical delivery of the show was a huge success. They did something our community will be talking about for years to come. “