When director Max Minghella presented the script for popstar coming of age tale Teen Spirit to his production team, they knew they would need serious support and guidance - particularly for the pivotal scenes in which Elle Fanning’s lead character performs to thousands as part of her rise to fame. Enter SXS as the industry insiders with an overview of all aspects of the events world.
SXS provided consultancy, show design, and full technical production for the filming of the final and semi-final stages of the singing competition that takes place in the film. This included developing time-coded shows to ensure that if the team needed to go back to any point in the show and re-shoot, the lights and video would be doing exactly what they were doing before. This also allowed the production team to view renders of how the show would look in real-time, offering feedback and tweaks along the way.
The semi-final filming took place in a theatre, where we provided transparent staging sections to light up underneath the contestants during the elimination phase of the competition. We also provided stage lighting and an LED video backdrop with custom visuals designed by the SXS studio.
For the final of the competition, we rigged a rock-n-roll style 210 lamp ceiling grid above the stage for the ultimate old-school effect. Each fixture was controllable individually which allowed the creation of ‘pixel-mapped’ shapes, patterns, and even words. Again, the backdrop to the stage was LUMIO LED video wall with custom visuals.
The film was released in early 2019 to an overwhelmingly positive response from critics.