Students adding video to original multimedia production

imageStudents and faculty in SUNY Oswego’s art, theatre and music departments continue to create and collaborate on the original multimedia production “Lost in a Viral Paradise.” The show will open March 2 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Original video footage, shot by graphic design students, will be projected onto costumes, props and scenery during the show to supplement themes portrayed in different segments. It will provide additional visual spectacle for audiences, organizers said.

Most initial video has been captured, and final video sequences are being edited, according to Cara Brewer Thompson, an assistant professor of art at SUNY Oswego.

“It was an interesting process,” Thompson said. “It was very experimental and ended up affecting the script as well.”

Students and faculty working on the video did not receive a script until late in the project cycle, Thompson said, adding to the creative challenge.

Thompson said the artistic directors from the Squonk Opera troupe advising on the project, Steve O’Hearn and Jackie Dempsey, were quite impressed by some clips they saw.

“They really enjoyed the ‘Gravity’ segment by Ben Hance,” Thompson said. “This is actually being used to add effects to other videos in the show.”

The crew for “Lost in a Viral Paradise” uses a projection program called Isadora to organize the show’s visuals, said Johan Godwaldt, a technical director in SUNY Oswego’s theatre department. They have started to incorporate the videos and, with students settling into the start of the spring semester, the work will continue moving, he said.

A preview of “Lost in a Viral Paradise” will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, with all tickets $5.

The run will include 8 p.m. performances March 2, 3, 9 and 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 11.

Tickets for the regular run cost $12 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). Tickets are available through Tyler box office by calling 312-2141 or e-mailing

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PHOTO CAPTION: Ready to shine—Students rehearse a segment of “Lost in a Viral Paradise,” an original collaborative production created by SUNY Oswego’s art, theatre and music departments.

(Posted: Jan 31, 2007)