On August 16, 2012, Markey's Rental & Staging, the in-house audiovisual provider for the Indiana Roof Ballroom, had the exciting opportunity to transform this venue into the "Forgotten Realms" of Dungeons & Dragons fame. It was the evening before GenCon 2012, and Wizards of the Coast hosted the first-ever GenCon Keynote Address, discussing "The Future of Dungeons & Dragons." Working in partnership with the Zed Ink production company, this historical landmark built to look like an old European village became a magical landscape, to the delight of the 1100 D&D enthusiasts attending.
As a live event that was also being webcast and recorded for later placement on the D&D website, it was important that the event go smoothly. Markey's discreetly placed 32" confidence monitors on the ornately carved and draped stage, where the speakers for the event were comfortably seated in couches & plush chairs.
The different events of the evening took place as if experienced during the full course of a day in the Forgotten Realms, with the scenic and atmospheric lighting first set to a daybreak look, then progressing into afternoon, dusk, and night. Skilled use of Martin MAC 2k lights helped accomplish this simulation. A Martin heavy fog machine contributed to the other-worldly feel of the ballroom, especially with Martin MAC 700 lights shining through them for a textured look. Coemar LED Par lights, Arri Studio 1k lights and Ellipsoidal lights rounded out the look.
Markey's placed a 16' x 9' screen was centered below the draped stage, and was flanked by two of the same size screens flown on a draped truss frame. The center screen was live feed, with the two side screens showing graphics, pre-recorded video and live feed, aided by Christie Roadster HD projectors. A Sony HXC 100 HD camera was set on a jib to get sweeping shots of the audience and close ups, while more were used for live feed and for Webcasting to other fans in their homes.