“Star Wars” Fireworks – New Brighton Pier, Christchurch.
For the 40th anniversary of this genre defining classic we designed this year’s Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular pyromusical with a “Star Wars” theme.
There are a lot of logistics to consider when producing pyromusicals. The venue the most important. With post-earthquake repair work to the pier underway, set up space was limited by scaffolding and other obstacles, and high winds throughout the day made the rigging more challenging than usual. But as is often the case – certainly in Canterbury – the wind dropped considerably as night fell.
The 11 minute show, choregraphed to a soundtrack from the first of the movies, was simulcast via The Breeze for the benefit of spectators at greater distances. Those on the beach were treated to twice the show, with beautiful reflections from the wet sand. Reflections are a great advantage that barge and shows over water offer over land based displays.