The perfect backdrop
Contra Vision BACKLITE, supplied by Antalis UK, helped to provide a spectacular backdrop for an emotionally charged outdoor event that marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The Contra Vision backdrop transformed one of the MediaCity buildings at Salford Quays, Manchester into a giant projection screen that became the focal point for the event, which was inspired by WW1 poets and the memories of the men and women affected by the conflict.
The challenge of transforming a working studio building into a purpose-built outdoor stage and cinematic venue fell to multi-service design and production company The Creative Place and presented it with a challenging problem. As the majority of the building’s external structure features glass, the use of a solid substrate would have blocked out all natural daylight and obscured the view, but Contra Vision BACKLITE, a highly durable translucent white perforated film, which allows full vision and natural daylight to filter through, while using existing sources of lighting to ‘back-light’ the graphics when it is dark outside, provided the perfect solution.
In total, 16 rolls of Contra Vision were used for the installation, which were left unprinted and applied in vertical strips across the building’s façade. Graphics and text, featuring carefully curated imagery and animations, were projected onto this Contra Vision ‘screen’,depicting the battlefields of the Western Front, to the accompaniment of music provided by a ‘super-choir’ of choral groups drawn from across the region.