At the beginning of 2022, the management and production teams for Leon Bridges reached out to Lüz Studio, looking to take their production value to the next level for the artist’s first-ever amphitheatre and arena tour through the US and Australia. Wanting something grandiose, the teams were especially interested in the studio’s past work merging virtual set extensions and lighting with practical stage lighting to add depth and create mesmerising effects.
The Lüz team wanted to strike the artist’s signature balance between retro and contemporary. They also wanted to ensure Bridges, as someone new to the large-scale arena environment, would be able to connect even with the audience members furthest away. As the studio wanted Bridges to give his most authentic performance, they knew they’d need to guarantee he could move freely. To achieve this, they pushed the limits of the NVIDIA AI Background Remover, spending many hours in R&D going back and forth with tests to lock down their live keying.
They also created real-time ray tracing scenes to achieve an even more accurate image in their refined 3D look. With this show, Lüz Studio successfully covered their tracks and made the heavy technology driving things inconspicuous. The final, fully integrated results flowed naturally with the performance, following the artist’s vision rather than weighing down the show with unnecessary distractions.