ZSOLT BALOGH - DESIGNER AND ANIMATION DIRECTOR

Zsolt is a video designer and animation director based in London, and a long-term associate of 59 Productions. He has worked on a number of high profile theatrical, film, and animation projects in the UK and abroad.

In 2009  Zsolt was awarded a Hammer Films Scholarship to study visual and special effects at the National Film and Television School and received his MA from the Royal College of Arts in 2010. He worked as the visual effects supervisor on “Cooked”, an animated short selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

After spending a year in London's high-end commercial and film production world, he began creating animation content for live events and installations for various companies.

In 2011 Zsolt began working with 59, creating animations for the Les Miserables World Tour and designing several scenes for the War Horse US Tour. He also designed enchanted forests, rolling painterly skies,  underwater caves and raging scenes for The Enchanted Island - a new piece created for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, subsequently revived in repertory, and broadcast live to cinemas worldwide.

In 2012, 59 Productions was commissioned to design and produce the video and projected content for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and Zsolt was the lead designer on the ‘Projection House’ element, a 7-minute projection-mapped sequence celebrating the last 50 years of British art, culture and entertainment. The segment included custom animations for 15 different musical tracks charting the evolution of British music, interwoven with breakthroughs in technology, fashion, art, film and graphic design. Zsolt’s design was projected onto an inflatable megastructure erected in the centre of the Olympic stadium. It was viewed by 160 000  live audience, as well as broadcast to worldwide audience of over 1 billion, it also exists as a stand-alone bonus feature on the official DVD release of the ceremony.

Other projects with 59 Productions include sculptural video installations for the critically acclaimed David Bowie is exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, now touring worldwide. These  included a cross-over of documentary, animation, video and sculpture, projected into a life-size rendering of  Bowie's imaginary bedroom. Zsolt also designed the panoramic and mapped projection content for an immersive installation at Hampton Court Palace, called The Baroque Story, telling the story of the palace's transformation under the reign of William III and the guiding hand of architect-to-the-royals Sir Christopher Wren. 

In 2013 he designed animated projected backgrounds for the National Theatre’s production of Emil and the Detectives. His version of 20’s Berlin was inspired by grandiose American Art Deco and German Expressionism, and won wide critical praise for its seamless integration with the physical set.

Zsolt is passionate about exploring innovative and experimental approaches to story-telling, and bringing cutting edge design and technology into the realms of theatre, live performance  and exhibition design. He continues to lead the design and animation on many of 59's flagship projects.

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Associated Projects

David Bowie is - Groningen

David Bowie is - Groningen

59/Real Studios/V&A

Current Project

fabulous wonder.land VR

fabulous wonder.land VR

National Theatre, 59 Productions, Play Nicely

Current Project

The Baroque Story

The Baroque Story

Historic Royal Palaces/59

Current Project

wonder.land

wonder.land

National Theatre, Manchester International Festival

wonder.land

wonder.land

National Theatre, Manchester International Festival

Hampton Court 500 REWIND

Hampton Court 500 REWIND

Historic Royal Palaces

David Bowie is - Paris

David Bowie is - Paris

59/Real Studios/V&A

David Bowie is - Chicago

David Bowie is - Chicago

59/Real Studios/V&A

Great Britain - West End

Great Britain - West End

National Theatre

Great Britain

Great Britain

National Theatre

David Bowie is - Berlin

David Bowie is - Berlin

59/Real Studios/V&A

David Bowie is - Sao Paolo

David Bowie is - Sao Paolo

59/Real Studios/V&A

Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives

National Theatre

David Bowie is - Toronto

David Bowie is - Toronto

59/Real Studios/V&A

Two Boys

Two Boys

ENO/Metropolitan Opera

War Horse - New York

War Horse - New York

Vivian Beaumont Theatre



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