The Venetian Macao, Macau

Concept

The Venetian Macao Luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau, China, is regarded as the largest casino in the world and the largest single structure hotel in Asia. Located in Macau’s premier tourist and entertainment hub, the Cotai Strip , the hotel plays host to a number of special events throughout the year.

Engaged by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Laservision set out to design and implement a large scale, video mapping, mega media event, transforming the facades of the iconic Venetian Hotel in Macau into a digital canvas.

The concept was well received by the client and the public with Laservision producing an additional nine (9) video mapping events for The Venetian Macao.

Creative

Laservision’s creative team produced nine (9) separate unique productions catering for the Venetian’s special event requirements throughout the year. These productions included ‘Winter in Venice’, ‘Seasons of Prosperity’ , ‘The Magical Masks of Venezia’ and New Year’s Eve Countdown events.

Winter in Venice

Marking the beginning of the festive season, Laservision launched The Venetian Macao’s, ‘Winter in Venice’ event with one of the World’s Largest Architectural 3D Light and Sound shows – ‘The Magic of the Seasons’.

‘The Magic of the Seasons’ takes audiences through a journey of the four seasons evoking the joy and wonder of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring through stunning imagery, an orchestral sound score and an array of special effects.

Seasons of Prosperity

‘Seasons of Prosperity’ was launched to mark the start of the festive holiday season and herald in the Year of the Horse. Crowds amassed at the resort’s expansive outdoor lagoon area, transformed in keeping with an equine theme, featuring 18 fibreglass horses uniquely hand decorated by local Macau artists. Visitors were also enchanted by a beautiful carousel, a traditional Chinese archway, a gigantic 40-foot high peach blossom tree, game booths featuring fortune telling, lucky draws, lucky banner calligraphy and balloon twisting, a real ice skating rink, and more.

The Magical Masks of Venezia

‘The Magical Masks of Venezia’ Sound and Light show transports audiences into a magical, mystical and colourful world celebrating the historical Venetian Carnevale which has its origins dating back to the 12th century.

Audiences are taken through a magical journey of a couple who discover the magic of life through the Venetian Carnevale. The couple’s shared experiences of the wonder, mystery and magic of the imagery of Carnevale in its full glory are accompanied by a renaissance inspired sound score.

Technical

Engaged by the leading developer and operator of integrated resorts in Macau, Laservision projected over half a million lumens of light power onto The Venetian’s vast façade. The show combines Large Scale 3D Video Mapping technologies with Special FX with an original sound score.

The complexities of the buildings architecture, limited projection locations, ambient light levels and reliable alignment of the projectors across the 4,000 square meter façade provided technical challenges however, the Laservision team consisting of 35 crew members from six countries produced one of the World’s largest architectural 3D Video Mapping sound and light shows.

TECHNICAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • One of the world’s largest architectural 3D video mapping projects ever created
  • The show spans over 4,000 square meters or a staggering 1 acre – 5,000 times bigger than the average TV
  • Over half a million lumens of light power, projected onto The Venetian’s façade, provided by 35 high powered, liquid cooled, super High Definition, quad-lamp, large format video projectors
  • Combines over 12,000 production hours and 35 crew members from six countries to create the unique, customised, Sound and Light Show ‘The Magic of the Seasons’
  • All the mediums are controlled and synchronised down to the millisecond by Laservision’s proprietary Digital~Data Pump Series III (DDP III) Media Servers.
  • A plethora of special FX have been incorporated into the show to increase the ‘The Magic of the Seasons’ spectacular including Sound FX, architectural illumination, rolling fog, snow, live actors and one of Macau’s biggest Christmas trees.

“World’s Largest Architectural 3D Light and Sound Show”

Entertainment Technology Asia

Research and Development

Implementing one of the world’s largest architectural 3D video mapping project required a unique technical solution. Laservision’s Research and Development department worked closely with equipment manufacturers to provide a customised engineering solution capable of withstanding the extreme weather experienced in Macau. From tropical humid environments to typhoons, the technical design was developed to provide a reliable, repeatable and reprogrammable video mapping solution all year round.

Management

Management

The video mapping events were implemented by Laservision’s Project Team consisting of 35 engineers and technical crew from six different countries. Laservision’s Creative Team worked closely with the Client to generate creative content for each show, ensuring the visuals supported and enhanced the event’s marketing strategy.

Show

Supported by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), the nightly events highlighted the unique architecture of the The Venetian’s Macao’s façade when amplified with light, creating a stunning vista for patrons to enjoy.

To enhance the audience’s experience additional activities were made available during the special event including ice skating, aerial dance performances, street entertainment, a magical carousel ride, traditional Venetian mask and face painting, glass blowing, plus various wine and dine options.

Run for months at a time, the video mapping events proved to be a key factor in increasing the profile of the events and the number of guests visiting the property to partake in the festive celebrations.

Support

Activated nightly, Laservision provides a skilled technical team to operate and maintain the video mapping shows. Supported by the locally based Macau and Hong Kong Laservision offices, over 2,000 individual shows have been triggered with a 100% success rate.

“’Winter in Venice’ will be the ultimate destination and an iconic event creating an unforgettable holiday experience for all.”

President & CEO of Sands China, Edward Tracy

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