Film director Kieran Evans aimed for an epic impression when he produced the video content for the Manic Street Preachers’ Resistance is Futile tour, which used a 14.4 metre wide by 4.2 metre high screen as a backdrop.
While control and media servers were supplied by video manager Toby Vogel, the band chose UK-based Colour Sound Experiment to provide the screen from its stock of 5mm Roe LED, which the rental company purchased earlier this year as part of a £1 million ($1.3m) investment.
“The content is a mix of skilfully crafted footage and ambient textures, with a lot of text and song lyrics,” says Vogel. “The screen was fantastic. It was straightforward to rig, the clarity was impressive and it gave the images the required impact and presence.”
One camera was positioned at front-of-house, fitted with a long-throw lens, with two more in the pit, augmented with two Panasonic AW-HE60 and three AW-HE2 robo cams. As well as the central screen, the production featured two image magnification (IMAG) surfaces either side of stage, each measuring 3.6 metres wide by 4.8 high.
The Manic Street Preachers’ tour plays dates including Germany’s Veltins Arena (cap. 62,250), the UK’s Motorpoint Arena (5,000) in Cardiff, and Belgium’s Lokerse Feesten (15,000).