Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Tantrum brings Canada’s Wonderland to Life

Canada’s Wonderland 30th Birthday Starlight Spectacular from Tantrum on Vimeo.
As part of the 30th Birthday Celebrations for Canada’s Wonderland, artists at Tantrum Design created “Starlight Spectacular”, a vibrant display of stunning visuals that bring an entire mountain to life.
“Starlight Spectacular is wowing our guests and is being called one of our best shows in our 30 year history.” Says Dave Phillips, Vice President, Marketing & Sales at Canada’s Wonderland. “It’s the perfect way to finish off a great day of thrilling rides and water park fun.”

The innovative show, unveiled on June 25 and running throughout the summer, dazzles the senses as Wonder Mountain is transformed by a colourful combination of 2D motion designs and 3D animations that are precisely mapped and projected onto the mountain providing the illusion that events are unfolding in front of a live audience. The experience is further heightened by sound effects and an incredible original soundtrack created in association with Apollo Studios.

As the primary goal of this project is to entertain, the team at Tantrum was able to showcase their broad skill set and have fun at the same time. The segments that make up the 10 and a half-minute show range in approach and complexity.

“Our team worked closely together to develop techniques that would deliver the biggest wow factor,” says Dominik Bochenski, Creative Director, Tantrum. “Wonder Mountain became our canvas and we worked closely with its form to ensure that each effect felt as if it was happening in real-time in front of the viewer’s eyes.”

This project has also been a rewarding one for Tantrum. “As we typically work on television commercials, people watch those at home so there’s no immediate gratification,” says Bochenski. “But to be there at the park in the crowd while they are cheering, whistling and applauding is truly special.”

About Tantrum:
Tantrum Design & VFX is a design based production studio located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are an eclectic team of creative individuals consisting of motion graphic designers, 3D animators and visual effects artists. Since 2008, we have been collaborating with our clients to create stunning visuals for the advertising, feature film, television broadcast and online markets.

Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Canada’s Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Photo: Tantrum Design & VFX

Starlight Spectacular show credits

Client: Canada’s Wonderland Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Manager, Technical & Event Services: Doug McBoyle
Area Manager, Technical Events and Services: Danusia Rogacki
General Manager: Raffi Kaprelyan

Production Company: Tantrum Design
Creative Director: Dominik Bochenski
Executive Producer: Cheyenne Bloomfield
Technical Directors: Kyle Sim, Dominik Wojtarowicz
Lead 3D: Bill Davidson, Kyle Sim, Dominik Wojtarowicz, James Higuchi, Edward Deng
Lead 2D: Vanessa Chia, Luca Rocchi
Editor: James Reid
Dragon Animation: Kim Leow, Jimmy Gill
3D Artists: Andrew Chiu, Ray Faenza, Gabriel Lopez, Ralph Sevazlian, Peter Mai
Additional Compositing: Mike MacInnis
Production Co-ordinator: Caitlin Schooley

Sound Design/FX: Apollo Music, Brad Nelson and Harry Knazan
3D Tricks Music: Dirty Deeds, Didier Tovel
Seasons, Light Show and Finale, Music: Graeme Miller

Lighting Designer: Joel Weiss

Projection Supplier: Christie Digital
Dave Muscat, Geoff Chick and Kyle Killing

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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