The Projection Studio has returned this year to Edinburgh for the Royal Military Tattoo, where the company is producing projections mapped onto the Edinburgh Castle walls every day throughout August.
This year’s theme, chosen by the Tattoo’s chief executive and producer Brigadier David Alfrey, is ‘Our Home, Friends and Family’ – tying it in with the just-finished Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The projections and live action – featuring a 1,200-strong cast that includes Commonwealth Games players – takes audiences around the world to New Zealand, the South Asia Seas, South Africa, and India’s Nagaland.
The Projection Studio team, lead by projection artist and company founder Ross Ashton, used original content for the projections, produced by students from the City of Glasgow College. Ashton and his team specially commissioned these students to create materials that could be projected onto the castle walls by the White Light PIGI projectors.
It is the second year in row that Ashton has turned to the City of Glasgow College students for the Tattoo’s content.
“Having access to the students’ work brings a fresh and new dimension on which I can draw, merge and integrate my own work and ideas for the programme,” Ashton said.
More than 217,000 spectators will witness the daily Tattoo’s 85-metre long projection throughout August. It takes place on the Esplanade in Edinburgh, below the castle walls in the centre of the new, purpose-built amphitheatre.
“I always enjoy working on the Tattoo,” Ashton said. “This year features another interesting storyline that has given us plenty of creative freedom to develop.”