King St. Stephen's Day, August 20, 2021
The largest fireworks and light show ever taking place in Europe was presented for large audiences celebrating the founding of the Hungarian state in Budapest on the 20th of August, 2021 in which drones played a prominent role. Drone displays provided a framework for spectacular fireworks and projection mappings in The New "Game of Fire and Lights" presentation, the highlight of the series of programs organized in memory of King St. Stephen of Hungary.
The spectacle was started by a constantly moving horse and rider designed by CollMot Entertainment and sculptor Ágnes Előd using 3D animation techniques. The program, which portrayed the history of Hungary, was closed by the image of The Holy Crown and The Holy Cross painted on the sky to the music of the anthem as a result of the coordinated flight of the drones.
The real challenge of the production was to develop and present formations that could be interpreted by all audiences located in every direction, although looking different from every angle, yet they needed to be similarly awe-inspiring for everyone. With this in mind, truly 3D, unique drone sculptures were created with dynamic animation that required the drones to fly at speeds of up to 30 km/h with a distance of only a few meters.
The fleet took off from a special location, the quay in front of the Parliament, to fly up to 40-200 meters above the Danube. All the conditions were in place for 700,000 spectators located along both Danube banks 4.3 kilometers long and on the hill of the city to enjoy the show in all its splendor. Viewers cheered out loud as many small points of light in the sky came together into recognizable shapes matching the celebrations.
It’s important to point out that this kind of a large-scale live drone show with double take-offs, in close proximity to huge crowds, synchronized with fireworks and light paintings, is a real curiosity on a global scale.