Recently, Production Designer Lenny Sasso and Singer Courtney LaPlante approached SUPERVOID to create a whole visual world to surround and reflect the music of Spiritbox for the Canadian heavy metal band’s tour of their debut album, Eternal Blue. The album’s title was the main inspiration for the band’s chosen colour palette and mood, but the creative team wanted to make what felt like a moving backdrop or physical room rather than simple abstract visuals.
To bring a sense of contrast to the stage, they began the show with a scrim covering the band and featuring the first look of the show: an intricate particle system slowly forming the band’s logo. After that, the scrim dropped, and the multi-tiered video wall behind the band members illuminated, bringing them to the front of the stage. By establishing a rare sense of depth, the team could create a dynamic look that evolved heavily over the course of the show.
The creative team’s workflow varied with each look. Sometimes, they began in Notch, Cinema 4D, or Unreal Engine and moved to After Effects for compositing. Other times, they built looks using stock footage with heavy effects applied. For the song “Holy Roller,” they even built a diorama, capturing footage of it with a Blackmagic 6K camera and using practical effects, like a fog machine and strobe lights. They delivered the final results with a SUPERVOID SVX-1 Media Server running Resolume 7.
The band, their management, and their fans were extremely happy, with attendees posting on social media specifically about the visual elements. As Creative Director and Notch Designer Drew Mercadante notes, it was a passion project injected with love and care from everyone involved. “For me,” Mercadante adds, “I feel that this project is the best work I’ve ever done.”