The very first Sama-Sama Live Experience was held at the Madrid Arena in late
2015. It was developed by Roy Offer in conjunctionwith Cirque du Soleil that
combines elements from live shows, theme parks and interactive events.
Sama-Sama is a unique type of entertainment, showcasing the ability and creativity
of its participants, merging the spectator and performer into one. The idea is that
using the variety of technology available people can create their own entertainment
in the space around them. The space used is a mixture of a dance studio, rhythm
gaming, green screen and motion tracking technology aswell as a stage.
Eli Cochavi, Eran Klein and Omer Israeli from expert lighting design team, Cochavi
& Klein used wysiwyg lighting design and previsualization software to programme
an incredible volume and complexity of lighting, video and control for each
experience area working with key stakeholders, artists, collaborators and
“Each experience had to be fully programmed with lights, sound, automation,
performers, stage sets and video. As well as designing the show we also had to
programme the technology elements including cable runs and network
infrastructure. We used the great benefits of wysiwyg previz software to accurately
represent how each area would work,’ said Eli Cochavi, CEO at Cochavi & Klein.
Cochavi & Klein used a lot of custom and existing virtual lighting fixtures contained
within wysiwyg’s library. “We worked with CAST library manager to create many
new lighting fixtures. In total, the set had over 2,000 lighting fixtures and was
connected to 22 DMX universes. It was controlled by 4 GrandMA2 desks and 4 NPU’s
as included lamps and props that were required in this project and that enabled
everyone to see the full picture with accuracy of details. That’s even without
counting the 40,000 pixels used for control and programming in MADRIX as part of
the scenery!’ said Eran Klein, senior light designer at Cochavi & Klein.
Specific stage parts and sceneries were created byKeith Greco, studio set designer
and team at Greco Decor, Los Angeles using Sketchup 3D modelling and these were
imported into wysiwyg. “The ability to import Sketchup into wysiwyg and export
back to Sketchup helped us to communicate and explain our lighting design to the
design team located 13,000 kilometres away from our offices in Tel Aviv,’
explained Eran Klein.
This feature has been greatly improved in wysiwyg version R36. Users can import
drawings directly from Sketchup into wysiwyg and textures, layers, surfaces and
object groupings are preserved as they were created.