UP debuts Epson's EB-L20000U with the National Theatre

My Brilliant Friend - an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels - ran at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre between November 2019 and February 2020.

30th January, 2020

With the production covering a 60-year period, set designer Soutra Gilmour devised a blank canvas backdrop which acted as a projection surface for the three Epson EB-L20000U projectors supplied by Universal Pixels - answering the requirement for a projection solution that wouldn't require a dedicated video operator during the show and delivers colours that cut through the entirely black backdrop.

Max Spielbichler, Video Supervisor on My Brilliant Friend, said: “The image quality and lens range made Epson stand out in the side-by-side tests, and the desire to try something brand new and different was a factor that Universal Pixels satisfied with the brand new Epson EB-L20000U units. The availability of technical assistance from Epson should something go wrong was extremely promising and this wasn’t something I’ve come to expect from other projector manufacturers.”

UP’s Operations Director, Oliver Luff, said: “Epson, along with the industry's designers and technicians, have been fantastic in supporting us with the existing EB-L1755U (15k) range, so we were confident that being first to market with the EB-L20000U would pose minimal risk. Epson has proven its commitment and investment in our sector, and makes shrewd technological developments - such as the addition of the mechanical shutter to the EB-L20000U - so this is a natural progression and obvious investment choice for us.

“Discussions with the National Theatre began early and led to shootouts between Epson and other products on the market. It was obvious to everyone that there was only one winner. We explained the potential risks involved in a new product, but Max and his team understood and, fortunately, the industry-leading support from Epson was barely needed at all, which is a real testament to the design and build quality of these units.”


Photo credit: Marc Brenner