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Production Designers Create Earth, Wind and Fire

A group of Cinema Art + Science alumni worked with adjunct faculty member Margaret Goddard-Knop on Opera-Matic’s New Moon Lagoon.

This was a large scale multimedia performance installation with a lot of technology, sculpture, and moving parts that demanded collaboration and problem solving skills similar to those learned in film production. New Moon Lagoon was a group effort with over thirty artists, performers and community participants, including adjunct faculty member Matt Binns, video projection designers Luftwerk, and Mucca Pazza founder Mark Messing. CCC alum worked in art department and crew on a 15 foot diameter floating moon filled with video projection, a crashed dirigible, sculpture bikes, and a beached whale. Over 500 people attended this magical event. More New Moon Lagoon images are available here.

 “Columbia production students are trained to do the kind of troubleshooting in the field that makes them a great asset to both aesthetic and technical challenges. They are able to connect the dots from their classroom experience to the industry beyond through immersion in pre-production paired with practical hands on application classes so the mind and hands are both brought into a greater level of understanding," says Goddard-Knop.

This summer, Goddard-Knop joined John Milinac's SPFX crew on Chicago Fire. The Local was looking for welders with experience in other specialty fields.

"In addition to welding and metal shop experience, I brought mold making, casting, and an understanding of rigging to the team and was charged with a breakaway window ledge gag and a prosthetic arm device," said Goddard-Knop.

Always busy, Goddard-Knop was recognized for her prop designs for Northwestern University and Roosevelt University and was named the Prop Coordinator for Chicago Opera Theater on its production of Joan of Arc opening September 20 at the Harris Theater.