London, UK, based Ross Ashton from The Projection Studio was asked by Maltese President George Abela to design and execute a stunning video projection show for the Rockestra spectacular - a high profile fundraising concert for the Malta Community Chest charity. It was the second time that Ashton has designed visuals for the show which was last staged in 2009, returning by popular public demand. Ashton also has a previous history of displaying his unique brand of visual art to large-scale productions in Malta. Says Ashton, "It was an honour to be asked back to work in Malta on this event."
Ashton created all the video artwork for a 20m x 16m wide upstage projection screen, with bespoke content tailored to each individual number. This process took about 3 weeks. He then spent two days in a studio in Malta filming green-screen footage to edit and cut into various sections of the show. Ashton also specified the equipment, which consisted of a double pair of Digital Projection "Lightening" projectors, flown in the apex of the MFCC roof, giving a WUXGA output of 1920 x 1200 HD resolution these were supplied by Studio 7, engineered by Franco Kurmi. The Watchout control system came from Nexos, and was programmed and run for the show by Karen Monid.
An enthusiastic 10,500 capacity audience packed into the Malta Fairs & Convention Centre (MFCC) to experience the two hour Rockestra show, with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Sigmund Mifsud performing a selection of classics made famous by a variety of popular artists like U2, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Metallica, Kings of Leon and many more. The 65-piece orchestra played several instrumental pieces and was joined on stage by leading local artists including Mike Spiteri, Gianni, Ivan Filletti, Aerol of Airport Impressions, Paul Borg Boanci of Fakawi, Glenn Vella, Kenneth Calleja, Mikaela of Xirka Rock, and others.