Event TV: Standard Life Edinburgh International Festival opening event

The 2016 Edinburgh International Festival launched on Sunday evening with a projection mapping display at Edinburgh Castle combining animation, lighting and sound.

Projection mapping marks start of Edinburgh International Festival
Projection mapping marks start of Edinburgh International Festival

The Standard Life Opening Event, named Deep Time, celebrated the geological history of Edinburgh, using the western side of the castle as the canvas for the video projected narrative. Agency mclcreate partnered with Blue-i Theatre Technology to provide additional projectors and technical support for the event.


A capacity audience of 27,000 people gathered on Castle Terrace in the centre of Edinburgh to watch the castle transformed with video projection work incorporating 42 projectors, 160 hours of pre-production and programming and more than 840,000 lumens of light output. 

Created by 59 Productions, Standard Life: Deep Time animation explored Edinburgh’s 350 million years of history. Inspired by the work of the geologist Thomas Hutton, the event signalled the beginning of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival.

The 18-minute spectacle was sound tracked by Scottish rock band Mogwai, who produced a recording to accompany the event. 

Ross Blair, operations manager at mclcreate, said: "This was a fantastic project to be involved with. Everybody that was lucky enough to attend was able to see the culmination of planning, coordination and hard work between Blue-i Theatre Technology, 59 Productions and mclcreate."

Ed Cooper from Blue-i Theatre Technology added: "Projection is a powerful tool for engagement at these type of events. Working alongside mclcreate has allowed us to effectively support this show-stopping display at the iconic Edinburgh Castle."

A number of brands are activating at this year's Edinburgh Festival, including bourban brands Jim Beam and Buffalo Trace. 

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