The Sand of Light – Qatar 2022
The Sand of Light
Music,production concept, art direction , design and animation
Credits of Content
Production and project management: Limelight
Producer: Zsuzsanna Benkó (Limelight)
Production Concept : Kento Tomiyoshi (FLIGHTGRAF), Makoto Shozu (FLIGHTGRAF)
Production management of FLIGHTGRAF : Ryuta Hoshi (SIGNIF inc)
Animation and Art direction: Kento Tomiyoshi (FLIGHTGRAF)
Animation : Nanami Tsuzuki (FLIGHTGRAF)
3D modeling : Kazuki Kuroiwa (1inc.)
Simulation : Akira Kondo
Layout : Naoto Hiroura (SAZABI Inc.)
Music and sound design : Makoto Shozu (FLIGHTGRAF)
Music Choir : Haruka Koroyasu
Music Choir : Mana Abe
Executive Producer: Bush Cherroud (Nexxt)
Head of Production: Grimm Van Gestel (Nexxt)
Engineers: Joris Beel, Edouard Chbata, Nico Lemaitre, Kjell Rijntjes, Jurgen Vandewalle (Nexxt)
Local Production Director: Yasser Alattar (Dar Al Sharq)
Technical Manager: Hassan Elwakel (Dar Al Sharq)
Operation Manager: Ahmed Fouad (Dar Al Sharq)
Special thanks to
Alexandra Oikonomidou, Dressing Manager
Ghada Al Khater, Artist
Fawzy Semsem, Dressing and Signage Director
The theme of the show is guiding lights and navigation. Nomadic people of the Qatari region used the stars as a tool to navigate at night – the Middle East is the birthplace of astronomy. A falcon made of constellations and stars flies above Qatar, eventually transforming into a football, and all the stars are descending on Qatar and the Lusail Stadium – an allegory for one of the most important sports events of the world travelling to the Middle East for the first time, and the story of teams and fans finding their way to Qatar.
Five plus two amazing artworks on two spectacular buildings in Qatar: the Ministry of Interior and the National Archive. 205 people worked on the study, preparation, and execution of the project. A wide variety of video artists, video programmers, IT specialists, audio specialists, and production people worked for 2 months to make this fantastic production happen.
The Ministry of Interior projection mapping installation consisted of 40 latest generation 32k and 40k lumen 4K resolution projectors. This created a total of 14080000 lux. The total addressable pixel resolution of the installation was a whopping 369 million pixels!
To ensure the best possible experience, the audio system had to be the best. 5 LA acoustics line array systems produced more than 120dB at a distance of 200 meters and crossing the busy street in front of the Ministry.
The NA projection mapping installation consisted of 30 latest generation 35k lumen 4K resolution projectors, while for the audio, 2LA acoustics line array systems produced more than 120dB at a distance of 120 meters.
To have the best possible redundant system, all projectors were installed in air-conditioned projection containers. To ensure safe operation, all power installations, projectors, and servers were set up to be redundant.
Total technical crew: 205, approx. 1,000 m2 of fabric used, 200m fencing, 350m of yellow yack. More than 150+ permits, 2000+ of generator hours, 135,000+ liters of diesel, 4 TPS, 40+ ACs, 500m of power cables, 10+ km of data and video cables, 10 containers.
For the content part, 5 teams in 5 countries on 2 continents worked more than 10,000 hours to produce 7 artworks with 45 scenes, altogether 32 minutes of content, including 2 artworks of 7 minutes of the most creative, amazing stories for the Qatar National Day.