Show Case  Lord of the Rings Symphony

In June 2004 The Sydney Opera House produced the Australian premier of Howards Shore’s acclaimed work “The Lord Of the Rings Symphony” a six movement piece written by Howard Shore for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.

Lighting designer Damien Cooper had the brief to transform the Concert Hall using moving lights and theatrical effects to enhance the mood of the various movements of the Symphony.
Damien achieved this through subtle and effective use of moving lights and
32 X Pacific 23/50’s loaded with Long Life.

There were 4 separate images used: Lava, Ice, and twoTree images, a positive and an inverse each used to convey an aspect of Middle Earth. All images used were stock fergos.

The entire roof of the concert hall was covered with each of these images by 8 X Pacifics per scene, each image was stitched together to achieve a consistant join so the overall effect was of one of a complete scene. Damien enhanced these looks by overlaying multiple images and using moving lights to create movement in the Lava scene.

Lighting Design: Damien Cooper
Fergo Design and implementation: David Ferguson