Customer Story

Quebec City's 400th Anniversary

Ex Machina and E/T/C Paris use Christie digital projectors to create the world's largest video projection display wall for Quebec City's 400th Anniversary

Christie projectors played a key role in festivities marking the 400th anniversary of the city of Quebec, the birthplace of French civilisation in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

From June 20 to August 24 Christie participated in The Image Mill (Le Moulin à Images) – a sound and image spectacular created by Robert Lepage and Ex Machina. The Image Mill recounted the history of the city with what is believed to be the world’s largest video projection.

Each evening at 10pm, E/T/C Paris, a specialist in the creation and implementation of technical solutions for automated image projection, transformed the Port of Quebec’s 81 monumental Bunge company grain elevators on the banks of the Bassin Louise in the Old Port into an immense projection screen – the ultimate in widescreen viewing.  The Image Mill was visible from many vantage points, including across the St. Lawrence River.

“The Image Mill was a magnificent gift from Robert Lepage to his city - an event that thousands of people will enjoy night after night during this summer. They will discover the history of Quebec City through Lepage’s eyes and famous creativity, which is a real privilege”, says Luci Tremblay, director of communications for the Society of the 400 anniversary.

To accomplish the feat, E/T/C Paris installed 27 Christie Roadster S+20K DLP® projectors to create a continuous image measuring 657m (2/3 km) long by 33m (108 feet) high.  E/T/C’s Onlyview®, a multimedia control platform, operated the programming, transmission and broadcasting of more than 400 images, animations and videos in the 40-minute show, as well as handle the synchronization of the soundtrack which will be simulcast on local radio station 88.3  (CKIA-FM) or 100.1.

Patrice Bouqueniaux, E/T/C’s sales and marketing director comments, "E/T/C is proud to participate in such a ground breaking event. Associating the flexibility of Onlyview and the reliability of Christie has certainly helped us to achieve such a great technical feat”.

The project, which was two years in the making at E/T/C and Ex Machina, was Lepage’s four-part vision of Quebec history.  Each part is devoted to a century from the 17th century-themed Water Highway to today’s telecommunications-fueled Air Highway.  Lepage has said his idea was to make the grain silos transparent, to make the immense structures move with the fluidity of the projected images.

Christie’s Roadster S+20K is used internationally for major high-profile events.  With 20,000 ANSI lumens and 3-chip DLP technology, the Christie Roadster S+20K is the de facto standard for rental/staging worldwide.  Its high bandwidth supports Picture in Picture, HD 4:4:4 and seamless switching between sources.

E/T/C’s Onlyview software is a revolutionary tool for the easy, dynamic creation of multiscreen video projections with automatic control of edge blending and real time programming. It is used for live events such as rock’n’roll concerts, theatre and corporate presentations and for television productions.

Quick Facts

  • Customer:
    Ex Machina with the Society of the 400th Anniversary
  • Partners:
    Ex Machina & E/T/C Paris
  • Location:
    Quebec, Canada
  • Configuration:
    27 x Roadster S+20K