Steve approached me to be a judge for the competition,
and I thought it would be rude not to bring a display with me!
Our firing systems are made just a few miles away
so I travel down to that area quite a bit - this made it convenient
for us to do a site survey and fire a display.
The design of the show began after Valencia last
year, it was based on a heavily edited piece of River Dance music
that I'd wanted to use for some time now - it is one of the most
difficult pieces I've had to choreograph, but one of my favourites.
Choreographing a show requires listening to the music again and
again (ask anyone who's been in my car) and when it's hard to work
on a particular section I cut the music and isolate just a particular
sequence to work on.
MLE shell racks
We fired the show from three sites using a Linux
FireByWire firing system - with approximately 300 cues. All material
was MLE brand and included Yung Feng shells and some items made
in the UK.
Largest shell size used: 150mm
Smallest single shot: 25mm
Largest single shot: 50mm
Racks used: 22 (75mm to 150mm)
Music: River Dance, Pirates of the Caribbean, Russian
Duration: 6 minutes
MAIN CAMERA: View from right at the
front of the spectator area. Windows Media format, 960x540
(widescreen format), 98Mb, click on the image to the left.
Please download it all before playing. Stills from this video
are shown above and below.