For the classic jukebox musical “All Shook Up” our projections are the perfect blend of actor interaction and audience engagement. Originally the third show produced by BMD, we’ve released a new version, featuring our first foray into a unique combination of 2D and 3D animation. The show’s color palette plays off of a romanticized view of the 1950s with a modern 3D motif. The townscape’s flat buildings are highlighted with glowing neon from Brendan’s Drug Store and the Pink Flamingo Motel, contrasting the still desert sky as the sun sets. The design even includes a civic site plan to show building locations throughout the show.
For the show’s iconic “Jailhouse Rock” scene, our projections feature the same illustration as Elvis’ original music video. Motorcycle elements interact with the actor onstage making it look like he’s riding the motorbike into town, as dirt and exhaust are kicked up behind him. This projection design features incredible attention to detail for a truly phenomenal look. The car lift at the town’s garage is modeled after a 1950s apparatus, while 3D statues bring life to the museum garden. Stunning lights adorn both acts of this lively show as beautiful lights shine through the town’s windows and bright neon illuminates the town garage and motel at night.
The second act features a completely different setting, starting in an abandoned, colorful amusement park with party lights strewn throughout. With the scope of our projections actors can travel from one attraction to another, including the moving Ferris wheel. Achieving this can be difficult with a limited stage size or budget. Our projections eliminate or reduce the need for multiple sets or large-scale fairground pieces. The design for “All Shook Up” was intended to be a full set replacement. However, many theatres have found success in using the projections as a backdrop with built-set pieces integrated throughout the show. Small companies cling to this show for the production aspect, enjoying the limited needs for sets due to our high-quality projections. Notably, Indiana’s Clarksville Drama Department used our scenic design as a full set replacement, projecting the animations more than 60 feet wide.