Vilnius Cathedral will transform into a massive white screen during Christmas for a 3D projection of 'The Snow Queen' fairy tale.
“Vilnius has a special tradition: every Christmas, we present a 3D fairy tale that is seen by 100,000 residents and guests of Vilnius every year,” Mayor Remigijus Šimašius says in a press release.
The entire Katedros Square will go dark for the 15-minute projections that will play four times a day on December 25–29.
The animated story, based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, was produced by an eight-person crew of Video Architects.
“When making this 3D fairy tale, we were looking for new animation solutions, since we had to animate with the view to the requirements for 3D projections,” says the group's leader Linartas Urnienis.
“We were seeking to maximise the 3D effect and theatricality of the characters.”
All details have been animated by hand, he says, each of the 15 characters are “distinctive, positive, often witty”.
The crew started working on the story in the summer. Unlike previous Christmas tales projected on Vilnius Cathedral, some of the scenes in ‘The Snow Queen’ have spoken dialogue, in addition to the festive score composed by Vygintas Kisevičius.
‘The Snow Queen’ will play in the Cathedral Square of Vilnius on December 25–19 at 17.05, 18.10, 20.05 and 20.45.