ABOUT

"the most sought-after video designer for the stage in Queensland"

MATILDA AWARDS, 2022

We are optikal bloc, an award-winning video projects company, that delivers unique experiences transforming stages, spaces and socials through live performance video design and video marketing campaigns.

Based in Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia, optikal bloc has amassed an extensive portfolio in it's ten-year history and has enjoyed collaborations with some of Australia’s leading artists and arts organisations, touring their work nationally and internationally.

optikal bloc acknowledges the Turrbal and Jagera people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which they gather, we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

  • Credits

    As Video Designers

    Broadway Entertainment Group: Dein Perry's Tap Dogs (international tour 2018/19)

    shake & stir theatre co: Fourthcoming, Green Day’s American Idiot (Australian national tour 2018), Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, A Christmas Carol, Wuthering Heights (Australian national tour 2016), 1984 (Australian national tour 2014), inschool productions

    Queensland Theatre Company: Boy Swallows Universe (Brisbane Festival / QPAC), Country Song, Gasp!, The Mountaintop;

    Circa / Aardman Animation: Shaun the Sheep's Circus Show;

    Ocean Park Hong Kong / Aerial Angels: Viva Tropicana, Cyber Illusion Spectacular;

    La Boite Theatre Company: Blackrock, Prize Fighter, Pale Blue Dot;

    HOTA: 2021 Gallery Opening Launch, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar;

    Opera Queensland: Hansel & Gretel, Candide,La Bohème(projection realisation),FiZZ!,Dirty Apple;

    Queensland Musical Festival: Voices of Remembrance, Frank & Fearless, The Night Parrot, Help Is On Its Way, One Hundred and One Years;

    Empire Theatre: We Will Rock You, Wicked, April’s Fool (national Australian tour 2012), We Sat in the Dark;

    Leah Shelton: Terror Australis;

    Anna McGahan/Melanie Wild/Metro Arts: He’s Seeing Other People Now;

    The Good Room: Let's Be Friends Furever (Brisbane Festival), I've Been Meaning To Ask You, I Should Have Drunk More Champagne;

    Polytoxic: Snapshot, The Long-Toothed Devil;

    Counterpilot: Avoidable Perils;

    HHO Events for the Canberra Centenary: Seven Sisters Songline.

    As Video Producers

    We've worked with organisations such as: Brisbane City Council; Brisbane Festival; Brisbane Marketing; Brisbane Powerhouse; Empire Theatre; Event Cinemas; Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art; Metro Arts; Opera Queensland; Queensland Theatre; shake & stir theatre co; Sydney Theatre Company; The Good Room and more.

    Television

    as Social Video Editor: Big Brother (Endemol Australia / Nine Network)

  • Awards

    2021

    Matilda Award for Best Video Design – Boy Swallows Universe

    Matilda Award nomination for Best Video Design – Fourthcoming
    Matilda Award nomination for Best Video Design – Avoidable Perilse

    2020

    Australian Production Design Guild Technical Direction Company Video Design for a Live Performance Award– Avoidable Perils

    2019

    Australian Production Design Guild nomination for Video Design / Visual Effects for Live Performance or Screen – Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox

    2018

    Matilda Award for Best Video Design – A Christmas Carol

    Matilda Award nomination for Best Video Design – I've Been Meaning To Ask You

    Del Arte Chart Favourite Lighting / Video Design (with Jason Glenwright) – A Christmas Carol

    Absolute Theatre Scottie Awards Best Technical Design (with Jason Glenwright and Chris Perren) -A Christmas Carol

    2017

    Darwin Fringe Festival Golden Croc – Terror Australis

    2016

    Del Arte Chart Favourite Lighting / Video Design (with Matt Marshall) – Green Day's American Idiot

    Matilda Award nomination for Best AV Design – Terror Australis

    Adelaide Fringe– John Chataway Innovation Award –Terror Australis

    2014

    Gold Matilda Award – optikal bloc for projection and video work on Pale Blue Dot, The Mountaintop, Wuthering Heights, Gasp!and1984

    Matilda Award Best Technical Design –Pale Blue Dot

    Matilda Award nomination forBest Technical Design –The Mountaintop

    Del Arte Chart Favourite Lighting / Video Design (with Jason Glenwright) – Pale Blue Dot

    2012

    Matilda Awardnomination for Best Design –1984

 

REVIEWS

  • Then there are the TVs – a great wall of black glass, masterfully programmed by media producers optikal bloc to drive the story in innovative, unexpected ways.
    THE COURIER-MAIL ON 1984
  • One of the most visually impressive pieces of theatre I have ever seen.
    STAGE WHISPERS ON ROALD DAHL’S FANTASTIC MR FOX
  • More than anything, however, it serves to showcase the work of optikal bloc, whose projections combine with the staging and soundscape to produce a hyper-reality highlight.
    BLUE CURTAIN BRISBANE ON PALE BLUE DOT
  • Lighting designer Ben Hughes has collaborated with media designers optikal bloc to create something truly transformative, even dreamlike.
    ARTSHUB ON THE MOUNTAINTOP
  • Video projection enhances the detailed set and creates some amazing sequences. 
    ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE ON GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT
  • The use of digital theatre backdrops and holographic projections was breathtaking
    SCENESTR ON A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • A masterpiece of combining live performance with animation
    THE COURIER-MAIL ON ROALD DAHL’S FANTASTIC MR FOX
  • “Video genius... a visual delight”
    ABSOLUTE THEATRE ON ROALD DAHL’S FANTASTIC MR FOX