Universal CityWalk Cinema Rotunda

Universal CityWalk Cinema Rotunda

Yesterday morning the installation work was completed on the new Universal Orlando CityWalk Cinema Rotunda lighting system so last night became the first nighttime showing.

This project was programmed in pre-visualization by Sam Skwirut in our Chicago office, so I felt confident enough about how it would look to allow it to run for guests that evening. However, I decided to head out there with my wife for some dinner and take a look and ease my apprehension.

It looks fantastic in person with color and depth that cannot be captured effectively in video. I saw several people having their photos taken in front of it. I always find it interesting when a project like this affects people in a way that is unexpected. While we felt it would be a major visual element and would draw more guests to the upper level (which it did last night), I had not anticipated the photo op aspect. I think we might need to add a key light to support this aspect. We look forward to reviewing all the previsualized looks on the structure and to creating more elaborate looks on-site in the next couple of weeks.

The concern with any installation that is in view of guests is always the quality of how the installation is executed. This is a major element in the daytime as well and a less than perfect installation would be unnerving. That is certainly not the case in this installation. Much planning, discussion and mockups of every aspect of the installation by Robert Frazer and Scott Lewis of Universal, the integrator (Murphy Lighting Systems) and the electrical contractor (ERMCO Electric) streamlined the look. Both teams did a phenomenal job and everything in the installation, down to the consistency of the cable dressing, is flawless.

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