Typical day starts at 8am with the creatives meeting, when the schedule which has been carefully crafted by Guy, with input from all departments, is ‘modified’, to take account of what’s possible, given the current state. Yes, the strands are coming together, but not necessarily in the order that was originally planned.
Acrobatic aristocracy, Yan Yan Zhao – loves to play, “…make it something worth coming to see… right?” Her strands are coming together nicely.
…there are so many strands –
The flying rig, which in and of itself would be more than enough of a gag for most shows, has layer after layer, winches, travels and drops – pushing the technology and the ability of the programmer, right to the edge.
The motorised motion control stage platforms… now called Earth, which form and reform (millimetre perfect), around creatures who mount and dismount blind in time with the score.
The video screen proscenium wall… which creates the glacial backdrop, forms the scenery, and splits to allow through passage of hefty mammoth family on chord cue.
There’s more of course… but you can imagine, that any one of these mentioned stage effects, might sometimes take just a tad longer than was originally allotted.
And then there’s me… who gets so carried away in a Scrat movement workshop, that I loose track of time and cause a schedule pile up.
But it’s all taken in good spirit and the spreadsheet gets adjusted once more.