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.

Zarkana is the resident show at the Aria Resort And Casino in Las Vegas.

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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