Projection mapping: 5 questions to ask yourself before starting a project

Projection mapping is art on a massive scale – the transformation of a familiar object or structure in a way that makes people stop and stare. Great projection mapping projects are a successful combination of powerful ideas, the right technology and expertise, paired with flat or complex surfaces and structures to create a great effect.

The technology is primarily used to illuminate a building, sculpture, or 3D object without affixing any permanent physical components to the structure. As an example, a projection-mapped show on a church can highlight the building's beautiful architecture at night while leaving it untouched by technology during the day. This process can range from a single projector projecting onto a flat surface, like a building’s facade, to complex applications with multiple projectors on large, 3D surfaces, like a statue.

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Joel St-Denis

Joel St-Denis is Director of Product Management at Christie, a California-based global audio visual solutions company that specialises in innovative AV solutions and display products. With more than 20 years of experience in software, video and projection, he joined Christie in 2007 and has since successfully launched and supported several product and software releases, meeting the technical and business requirements for fixed and temporary installations. Christie projectors have been used to create numerous projection mapping shows around the world and the company excels at helping customers tell compelling stories through the medium.