The industry veterans at LifeFormations in Bowling Green, Ohio were tasked with developing a twenty-four minute multi-media theater show, Kalila Adventure, at the Ancol Dreamland in Jakarta, Indonesia.
LifeFormations’ scope included the design and production of twenty-three animatronic characters. It includes a Weigl based control system for the pre show and main show lighting (which included 75 fixtures), video (with 12 track audio) and 256 digital outputs for the animatronics, rain and wind effects, curtains, and mechanical lifts.
Utilizing the open Weigl protocol, they deployed a user control interface via touchscreen to provide easy operation for the theater staff.
A single WEMC-1 ProCommander and eight DIO-32 D-Commander output modules were leveraged to create a unified control system. The solid-state architecture of the ProCommander allows for reliable playback and easy updates.
Animatronics and other effects were were designed and tested using VenueMagic SC+ and then downloaded to the WEMC-1 for standalone operation.
Alien IQ features a highly interactive alien that plays Sci-Fi trivia against a human opponent. The challenge for Character Dynamics was to create seamless audio and show transitions to simulate the alien’s reactions to various outcomes throughout the game.
Character Dynamics created a custom game logic board for the project when they were planning on using a different show controller. However, they were pleased to find no extra equipment was required to create the game using a WEMC-1 ProCommander, which supports variables and conditional logic-based control.
The project used one WEMC-1 ProCommander and one DIO32 D-Commander to control 35 digital channels, 7 digital inputs and 16 DMX channels. Character Dynamics used VenueMagic SC+ to program 45 minutes of continuous show data in, what they estimate as, “about half of the time it would have taken using other show control software”. They attributed this to the intuitive editing tools and tight integration with the hardware.
The wealth of features and ease of use of between Weigl hardware and VenueMagic SC+ enabled Character Dynamics to design a truly “out of this world” interactive experie