Lawrence is a creative and experimental 3D Designer and Animator who has been working with 59 Productions since October 2011. As an illustration graduate and with 8 years broadcast television experience behind him, he brings a combination of artistic flare and keen technical knowledge to all his collaborations.
The first show he worked on for 59 Productions was 'The Enchanted Island' which opened at the MET opera in New York in December 2011. Lawrence was responsible for creating tropical forests, underwater scenes and magical effects, which helped to bring the stunning set (designed by Julian Crouch) to life in beautiful and inventive ways. The most notable sequence was a transition of vines that grew onto the stage scrim to create a forest of flowers, which then opened up to a flock of flamingoes that took the audience on a journey first up into the clouds and then plunging into the sea, eventually arriving at the kingdom of Neptune.
In February 2012 Lawrence worked on the National Theatre's War Horse in Toronto. Later that year he continued to develop the set animations for the US Tour which opened in Los Angeles In July. For this project Lawrence created new animations for some of the show's most exciting visual sequences. Many of these new dynamic animations have since been adopted by other War Horse productions across the world.
At the end of July 2012 Lawrence was one of the animators that helped to create the Olympics Opening Ceremony in London. He worked across the show with the main focus being on the 'Thanks Tim' section which involved a giant house that was projected onto from all angles of the venue. He created an explosive animation for the Muse music video and also a colourful and querky graffiti animation to the Tinie Tempah track 'Pass Out'. At the end of the Thanks Tim montage Lawrence's animations brought the piece to a dramatic close as Tim Berners-Lee was shown alone with a computer typing the message 'This Is For Everyone' and setting off a digital implosion of millions of tiny networks which grew to an explosion of information that spread away from the house and all over the stadium.
In February 2013 Lawrence worked with Leo Warner, Designer Mia Stensgaard and Director Kasper Holten to create Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House. The set was essentially one main wall which incorporated 4 large doorways that opened out to a series of large paintings. The challenge here for the 59 team was twofold: Firstly to bring the foreground architecture to life and secondly to project over the paintings themselves and bring movement to these already highly textured backgrounds. The most dramatic moments saw the architecture completely dissolve into painterly abstractions like in the letter writing scene or in the choreographed Polonaise at the beginning of act 3.
Lawrence is currently working on a Broadway musical version of Big Fish which is being directed by Susan Stroman and has been designed by Julian Crouch. The show previewed in Chicago in April 2013 and is due to open in New York in September. The story is full of fantasy and make believe, so Lawrence has been busy creating a host of fantastical backgrounds and animations in order to help tell the larger than life story. The giant's cave, witch's swamp and circus are a just a few of the many scenarios which are brought to life on stage with the help of Lawrence's skillful animations.