Technical Theatre Developer Position

Technical Theatre Developer Position

Are you able to use creativity and imagination to explore what could be achieved when we incorporate multimedia and digital arts technology into physical set and/or prop design?   Are you artistic in your approach to story-telling?   We have a unique and exciting opportunity to work with Footprint Scenery Limited to develop a technology-enabled maker-space which blends display and multimedia technologies with traditional scenery set design. You will work with clients to explore their ideas around creating immersive environments to develop a set of requirements. You will then develop prototypes and evaluate the quality of immersion against these requirements. The ability to translate a client idea into a working/experimental prototype will enable you and Footprint Scenery to exert more creative control during the design and consultation process. This will enable Footprint to develop an immersive design agency as a service to its customers.   The role will challenge you to add value to a client brief by exploring cross media platforms, live event production, creative & digital design, through to production engineering. Supported by a team of academics at London South Bank University (LSBU), you will take the creative lead in determining how and when to embed technology into concepts as you push boundaries in the cross-over between the physical and digital. An appreciation that through trial-and-error will come new understanding will require you to work outside of your comfort zone (problem-solving). This role would suit a recent graduate or young professional with experience of the multimedia and digital arts sector. To apply, please upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet all the...
From Model Box to Stage – A technical Perspective

From Model Box to Stage – A technical Perspective

Footprint Reflects on Prism The summer saw Footprint’s return to Hampstead Theatre, building Tim Shortall’s set for Prism, starring Robert Lindsay and Clare Skinner. Terry Johnson’s witty and poignant play is based on the extraordinary life of Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, who was known as ‘the man who made women look beautiful’. Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of ‘painting with light’,  Jack is to complete writing his autobiography, which becomes ever more difficult as in later life Jack suffered from dementia and would rather live in the past than remember it. Designer Tim Shortall’s set was described by Ann Treneman, writing for The Times as ‘…a thing of wonder with a huge Technicolor photographic backdrop. The garage wall photos come alive and there are some beautifully lit paintings (Cardiff loved lighting in any form, including chiaroscuro)’. Footprint have worked with Tim previously on Max Stafford-Clark’s This May Hurt a Bit, and it was great to collaborate once more. The dream team was completed with Pam Nichol, Production Manager of Prism and Footprint’s Production Manager, Jen Patterson. Jen recalls the intricate, and technically challenging set, with this insightful case study, starting with working drawings which show the upstage wall consisting of a practical garage door and 10 practical TV screens. The wall had to be flown during the performance with the Garage door open and then returning with the garage door shut.     The garage door was the main challenge,  ‘First things first, we had to find an electric garage door that both aesthetically and practically met the brief. The opening scene involved the garage door being opened by the lead actor, stopping at specific points – a particular wish of the Director. Essentially we needed a good looking, made to measure garage door...

‘Global Local’ From Peckham to the World…

As part of this year’s Peckham Festival, creative production specialists Footprint hosted the third in a series of talks for 2017 exploring ‘The Value of Design’. In partnership with The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) an audience of creative minds spanning the breadth of the design industry convened at The Copeland Gallery, Peckham to discuss what ‘Global Local’ truly means today.   The evening brought together an eclectic mix of guest speakers in the shape of leading international Urban Artist Remi Rough, and global visitor attraction specialists Merlin Entertainments, Verity Treadwell – Display and Costume Supervisor, and Simon Casey – Senior Show Services Manager. Xchange opened with an enlightening perspective from the Theatre Design and Production sector by Fiona Watt – Honorary Secretary of SBTD. Fiona reminded us that the symbiotic relationship between ideation and production is as imperative today as ever before, no matter whether working domestically or on global projects. Fiona explained that for SBTD members the true commercial value of their work is still misjudged – particularly when we consider the wider influence design can have on business decision making; “We must recognise design as driving the quest and posing the questions, arguments, threats, and resolutions needed as catalysts to positive commercial change..”  Fiona Watt, SBTD Remi, Simon and Verity then shared stories behind and insights in to their work, along with the challenges and influences that come from working both ‘Home’ and ‘Away’. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion (facilitated by Fiona), where ‘Global Local’ was unpacked in more detail, along with inspired questions from the floor. Whether playfully incorporating the regimented windows...
From Peckham to the World!

From Peckham to the World!

This evening sees the third in the 2017 series of Xchanges exploring and debating The Value of Design all of which have taken place in partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers. http://www.theatredesign.org.uk/ Tonight we will explore the topic of Global Local, with local Peckham muralist and gallery artist, Remi Rough, and Merlin Entertainments, Europes largest entertainment company. Walk along the arches below Queens Road Peckham station, and amongst an eclectic mix of creative businesses you will find immersive production specialists Footprint. Established over 13 years ago, Co-founders (a Husband and Wife team) Danny and Agnes Lennon have built a fiercely ‘local’ company with a genuine global reach. Their team of skilled designers, craftspeople and technologists work with leading theatre, film, and TV companies and producers, creative agencies and designers, and a growing number of brands and retailers to bring bold, unique ideas to life. Over the years Footprint have seen many changes, not just in Peckham but in the creative sectors they work in.  “Every day brings new creative challenges and technical opportunities for the business. We are now are really able to deliver brilliant ideas in the way they should be”, Danny excitedly tells us. Footprint’s clients include the National Theatre, BBC, ITV, Secret Cinema, Merlin Entertainments, Liberty, and Baku international Islamic Games – each project building on Danny and the team’s experience and foundation in film and TV set production, and a huge opportunity that came with working on the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Footprint these days has a genuine global reach, and featured on a recent Netflix series, alongside international stage designer Es...
Footprint Xchange, Left Brain, Right Brain

Footprint Xchange, Left Brain, Right Brain

Footprint Xchange, Left Brain, Right Brain. Highlights of another fabulous Xchange.   Footprint Xchange is series of enriching events exploring future thinking within innovative design and technology.   Design is at the centre of our lives…but is its true value recognised? Throughout 2017 Footprint Xchange is exploring and debating these provocations across a series of events. Partnering with leading thinkers from the world of advertising, theatre, immersive technology, retail and branding, Footprint Xchange is at the forefront of the debate. Great News for Design   “Left brain thinkers, tend to be logical and analytical, compared with right brain thinkers who use their imagination to inspire their creativity.” Stephen Miller, Design Council. With Design as one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, we need to ensure that the design process is properly recognised. Stephen Miller of the Design Council explained that although creativity and imagination drive design, its intrinsic value is often lost in a ‘Left Brain Economy’. He says, “Like ‘dark matter’, design, and the processes that support it can be invisible, but we know it’s there, it’s fundamental importance, and the impact it has.” Whilst it was acknowledged that many creative professions are currently not accurately categorised or fully understood by wider society, it is predicted that by 2020 businesses will be looking for employees who show 3 main skill characteristics, these being; Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, these being fundamental components of the creative professions we all work within. Stephen suggested that society will look to Designers and the creative industry as a whole to develop this sought after skillset. Stephen Miller, Design Council A closer look at ‘the dark...