Raymond St-Jean

PORTFOLIO – FILM AND MULTIMEDIA

Zarkana

Published on August 1, 2012   |   Category Multimedia Designer

Zarkana is an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange. The story follows the magician Zark in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained.

A breach in the set reveals the animated view of a gothic metropolis.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

A breach in the set reveals the animated view of a gothic metropolis. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

A video light storm is synchronized with pyrotechnics on stage.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

A video light storm is synchronized with pyrotechnics on stage. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video transforms the set in a gigantic jewel box. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video transforms the set in a gigantic jewel box. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Virtual voyage in the Jovians universe. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Virtual voyage in the Jovians universe. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are integrated to the set.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

Video acrobats are integrated to the set. (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

The sand painting is projected live. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The sand painting is projected live. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The sand painting is projected live. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The sand painting is projected live. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video adds an infinite perspective to the set. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video adds an infinite perspective to the set. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video interacts with the live performance. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video interacts with the live performance. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Trapeze in Spider Ladys' nest. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Trapeze in Spider Ladys' nest. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The movement of the 3D video machine is controlled in real time by the wheel of death. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The movement of the 3D video machine is controlled in real time by the wheel of death. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation.  (Image: Fly Studio)

Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

3D model of the wheel of death video animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

3D model of the wheel of death video animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

Final design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

Final design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio)

Immersive video environment for the Pickle Lady. (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

Immersive video environment for the Pickle Lady. (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

Pickle Lady sings a live duet with the magician Zark.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Pickle Lady sings a live duet with the magician Zark. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

3D studies for the design of Pickle Lady.  (Image: Fly Studio)

3D studies for the design of Pickle Lady. (Image: Fly Studio)

Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence.  (Image: Fly Studio)

Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence. (Image: Fly Studio)

Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence.  (Image: Fly Studio)

Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence. (Image: Fly Studio)

Final design of the Pickle Lady.  (Image: Fly Studio)

Final design of the Pickle Lady. (Image: Fly Studio)

The audience can see through the video water tank.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The audience can see through the video water tank. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The 3D eyes follow the action on stage.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The 3D eyes follow the action on stage. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Video acrobats are added to the set. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The silhouette of the acrobat is projected with a live fluid dynamics effect.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

The silhouette of the acrobat is projected with a live fluid dynamics effect. (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

A rain of video petals.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

A rain of video petals. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The massive 10mm video walls in full display.   (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The massive 10mm video walls in full display. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The angels in the background were filmed in studio and composited with the video animation.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The angels in the background were filmed in studio and composited with the video animation. (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music.  (Photo: cirque du Soleil)

The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music. (Photo: cirque du Soleil)

The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music.   (Photo: cirque du Soleil)

The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music. (Photo: cirque du Soleil)

Video roses are blossoming.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

Video roses are blossoming. (Photo: Simon Pelletier)

A breach in the set reveals the animated view of a gothic metropolis.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
A video light storm is synchronized with pyrotechnics on stage.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The animated snakes are designed to interact with the live performance.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video transforms the set in a gigantic jewel box.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Virtual voyage in the Jovians universe.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video acrobats are integrated to the set.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier) thumbnail
The sand painting is projected live.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The sand painting is projected live.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video adds an infinite perspective to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video interacts with the live performance.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Trapeze in Spider Ladys' nest.   (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The movement of the 3D video machine is controlled in real time by the wheel of death.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
3D model of the wheel of death video animation. (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Preliminary design for the wheel of death 3D animation.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Final design for the wheel of death 3D animation. (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Immersive video environment for the Pickle Lady. (Photo: Simon Pelletier) thumbnail
Pickle Lady sings a live duet with the magician Zark.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
3D studies for the design of Pickle Lady.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Concept art for the Pickle Lady video sequence.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
Final design of the Pickle Lady.  (Image: Fly Studio) thumbnail
The audience can see through the video water tank.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The 3D eyes follow the action on stage.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video acrobats are added to the set.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The silhouette of the acrobat is projected with a live fluid dynamics effect.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier) thumbnail
A rain of video petals.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The massive 10mm video walls in full display.   (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The angels in the background were filmed in studio and composited with the video animation.  (Photo: Cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music.  (Photo: cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
The video clowns in the LED arch are synchronized with live music.   (Photo: cirque du Soleil) thumbnail
Video roses are blossoming.  (Photo: Simon Pelletier) thumbnail

 

Read the Live Design Magazine interview with Raymond St-Jean

Watch a preview of the show

 

THE MULTIMEDIA TEAM OF ZARKANA

Image Content Designer: Raymond St-Jean
Multimedia Project Manager: Alexis Laurence
Video Integration: Simon Pelletier (Fly Studio)
3D Animations and compositing: Fly Studio
Artistic Director for Fly Studio: Gervais Deschênes
Interactive FX: VYV

THE DESIGNERS OF ZARKANA

Writer and Director: François Girard
Director of Creation: Line Tremblay
Production Manager: Robert Lemoine
Set and Props Design: Stéphane Roy
Lighting Designer: Alain Lortie
Costume Designer: Alan Hranitelj
Composer and Musical Director: Nick Littlemore
Choreographer: Debra Brown
Sound Designer: Steven Dubuc
Acrobatic Performance Designer: Florence Pot
Acrobatic Equipment Designer: Danny Zen
Makeup Designer: Eleni Uranis

 

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