Motion Management & Control

Motion Management & Control 2021-05-13T17:41:46+02:00

“Motion is the phenomenon in which an object changes its position over time. Motion is mathematically described in terms of displacement, distance, velocity, acceleration, speed, and time”

The Whole Sha-Bang means: Everything, including the extras. And that is exactly what we do, we can handle your full motion package or a part, design to load out and everything in between.  It doesn’t matter how big or small your project is, we are the right team for the job.

Motion realisable

Hard Bass

Motion in the entertainment is known in many forms, sometimes it’s something spectaculair like a person flying on wire during a theatre show. Other times you don’t even see the motion in action until suddenly you realise that there is a new setpiece on stage.  Prior to a show a lot of thinking and preparation is been put into it, what are we gonna move? do we have to move something? Do we have the space and budget?

This is where we come in, we know motion. When you get us in at an early stage we help you choose the right kind of motion, it has to fit the show, the location and of course the budget. We make motion realisable.

Due to our experience in the field with the different disciplines (like lighting, rigging, video, wardrobe and special effects) we brainstorm with you creatively and technically to achieve the maximum result.

Motion preparation and control

Once the motion idea has become realisable the next stage is to bring it in production. We can take care of every part of the proces, from preparation to load out and everything in between.


Part of the preparation is making the cable management and doing the calculations. We consult with production and the other disciplines about the cable management, schedule and working sequence. This all will result in the working drawings, load in schedule and network diagrams. To build the system we use our big group of motion professionals, crewchiefs, motion crew, fly crew, operators etc. We compile the crew for the project, order the equipment and arrange the transport. Load in is also part of the preparation, connecting all axis, getting the system up and running for the other disciplines can do their work in the objects. Current positions of the objects also have to be made, this way the control software knows where the object is in relation to for example the stage. When all this is done the operator can start programming positions, cue’s en cuelists.


Important part offcourse is controlling the system. We believe the operator is more than somebody who just pushes the button when the cue is called. Our operators are highly skilled with the systems we use and have a lot of experience in many different kind of projects. Not only motion, they are also familiar with the other disciplines, so they know what the difficulties, struggles and possibilities are and try to be of service when needed. We understand we sometimes have to stay a couple hours extra and run through the motion positions for the lighting operator to finish his positions. Bring a video wall down so it’s easier for the video crew to replace a panel. Or bring a axis down so the aerialist can practice her routine once more, it’s all part of the job.

Motion cue management

corporate event

Objects like for example trusses, setpieces and video walls are being prepared before repetition and show. The axis connected to those objects are ready for running cue’s (in theory). Objects like for example aerialists, performers and changeable decoration are being prepared during repetition and show, this is where motion cue management comes in.

The aerialists, performers and changeable decoration pieces can also be in the show without motion, or the axis are being used for something else. These cues are done by the showcaller. When a performer has a cue involving motion he or she has to be prepared a X amount of time before his cue. This timing can be done by the motion cue manager. He makes sure the performer and motion axis are ready in time for the motion operator to run his show cue. This way the motion operator and showcaller can concentrate on the show.

When there a multiple axis with changeable objects the motion cue manager is leading the fly crew team. He controls the communication with the fly crew. The motion cue manager only gives the information to the motion operator and show caller that is necessary for them. He will check if every fly crew member has his axis with changeable object ready for the show cue. The motion operator gets a ready from the motion cue manager. The motion operator only has to communicate with the motion cue manager and not with the whole fly crew team. This helps him to focus more on his cues and the show.