Technical Rider – Living Cinema

Living Cinema: Shadow Boxing Technical rider
(updated Dec. 2015)
Bob Ostertag :
Pierre Hébert:
• Highest quality video projector possible. A HD projector with a HDMI connexion is
preferred. If you don’t have access to this new generation of beamers, a standard resolution
projector with a VGA connexion would do.
• Projection screen or surface, as large as possible, at rear of stage. The bottom of the projected
image should be above our heads when we are standing on stage (about 7 feet/2 meters above
the stage floor).
• Projection can be front or rear, as you like.
• Cabling to send HDMI (best) or VGA video signal from an on-stage computer to the video
projector (wherever the projector is). Note: all video comes from an on stage computer.
• Highest quality sound system possible.
• We do not play loud. Large systems designed for rock bands are generally not appropriate.
High-end systems designed to minimize background noise and maximize sound clarity are
• Both house sound and stage monitors MUST be in stereo.
• Cabling to send the audio signal from an on stage computer to the sound board, wherever that
is. Note: all audio comes from stereo, balanced line-level output on-stage (1/4” jack
• Note: there is no live mic, and there is no need for any sort of “mixing”. We send Bob’s stereo
signal to the speakers, set a level, and that is it as far as sound is concerned.
• 2 very focusable light which can be cut extremely tight to cover an area on the table
approximately 16 inches x 16 inches, no color. If the venue does not have a lighting grid, a
light board and focusable lights, it is important that Pierre be advised in advance. But
focusable theatrical lights are much preferrable.
• 15 AC outlets for each of us, on stage where we sit.
• 2 piano benches or chairs without arms.
• 2 tables approximately 3’x 2’ (1m x .70m)
• 4 sturdy mikes stands with boom (to hold our cameras, not mics).
• In venues where theatrical lighting is not available: 2 extra sturdy mike stands to hold small
LED lamps
• 200 sheets pf standard printer white paper.
Notes on staging:
• Ostertag and Hebert sit downstage facing the audience (center or on each sides of the screen
depending on the screen configuration).
• Projection screen is upstage, as large as possible. From the point of view of the audience, the
projected image should appear to be suspended just above their heads.
• It is very important that the area behind Bob’s set up is dark/black. In some cases it may
be necessary to place a black cloth or curtain behind him. The black space needs to be
approximately 10 feet x 10 feet (3 meters x 3 meters).
• If there is a choice between a concert venue in which the seats in the house are sloped upward
from the stage, and a venue in which the seats on on a flat floor and the performers on an
elevated stage, the venue in which the seats in the house are sloped upward from the stage is
by far better. This arrangement permits the audience to actually see what the performers are
doing on the tables.
• The set up for Shadow Boxing is quite complex. We need al least three hours of set-up time.
ANY WAY BETWEEN SET-UP AND PERFORMANCE. Our performance requires a very
tight connection between stage lighting levels, camera placement, and the settings of our
onstage computers. These settings are far more delicate than in a more conventional show.
Once these has been set, nothing can be moved, the computers cannot be powered off and,
most important, cannot be disconnected from an active video projector. If moving our
things between set-up and performance is unavoidable, please be advised that we will need
time to recreate the proper arrangement, and an intermission much longer than the standard
15 minutes.
• If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us in advance. It is far better to
answer questions in advance than just before the concert.