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Shawn Mendes: World Arena Tour 2019

Worldwide – For the hugely popular Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes Arena World Tour, VSS was tasked by the 24/7 Productions team of John Pryer and Andrew Thornton to work with creative director Paul Caslin and lighting designer Louis Oliver to provide a high resolution LED screen that was integral to the show, together with associated video equipment. The first stage of the tour visited major venues across Europe and the USA, before departing for Australia, Asia and South America.

Having run through various concepts, the design team developed the 'look' of the Arena Tour to utilise a circular 10m diameter 5mm high resolution LED screen. From this point on, VSS sourced the best possible product for the purpose. This made for the purchase of 120 sq.metres of ROE carbon fibre CB5. An important reason for using this product was the short 0.1mm louvre as during the performances, the screen was variously set between vertical and horizontal planes, which required a very tight viewing angle.

The next request for VSS to provide a solution was for director Wannes Vandendriessche’s requirement for lightweight and low-profile automated cameras.

Wannes had been researching products on the market, and the stand-out system was supplied by Pinewood studios based Luna Remote. The tour management did not want camera-men in front of the stage or the artist and were looking for a minimalist look to the set. VSS supplied a four-camera HD PPU and also invested in the latest media servers from Disguise. Supplied to the tour were three GX2 servers (one main, one slave and one back-up).

11th November 2019

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