Guy Sebastian is on his biggest tour to date, traveling Australia with nearly 50 shows of his ‘Get Along’ tour, the latest stage in his impressive career, which has been nothing less than supersonic since winning the first Australian Idol back in 2003.
The tour’s lighting and visuals design has been created by Bruce Ramus, who has worked with Sebastian for about two years. He was given an open brief to come up with a flexible and dynamic scheme to help make the show rock. Ramus had used VuePix screens on the last two of Sebastian’s tours and decided to specify these again.
Simon ‘Junior’ Johnson has been again appointed as a Lighting Director / Operator on the road. The lighting and video equipment is being provided by Melbourne based POWA Productions.
Central to the visuals are the eighty-four VuePix M10 mesh LED screens, running content via an ArKaos media server. All images are custom made by Bruce including hand drawn animation, photo montages made into videos, folded paper montages and animations using particle generation as well as more traditional video.
“It’s a wide range of imagery from figurative to narrative and it’s as diverse as Guy’s music,” remarked Bruce. “There are nine video pieces in the show whilst the rest is lighting and some set pieces we designed for the acoustic section.”
Junior has been working with VuePix on previous Guy Sebastian tours. He comments on the visual flexibility when using VuePix Screens. “…VuePix Mesh screens give you endless possibilities for creating lighting designs.”
The main challenge has been dealing with the different sizes and eclectic nature of the venues, which have varied greatly. They are playing all the capital cities and numerous regional centers over the tour¹s 14 week duration, for which the design has proved itself to be flexible and adaptable, able to scale up or down to suit the space.