(Music by Larry Fast)
American visual and multimedia artist who made innovative contributions to several television programs and films. He won an Emmy for graphic design for "The Bay City Rollers Show" in 1979 and was nominated for a second for "Omni: The New Frontier." He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein
on a televised presentation of "Prelude and Love" from Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," and won numerous foundation grants and meritaward
s for his video and computer art. He died from complications of AIDS at 45.
The New Television Workshop at WGBH supported the creation and broadcast of experimental works by artists. One of their projects was the Music Image Workshop, which was primarily a project of Ron Hays, who used the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer to create elaborate visual scores set to music. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts from 1972 through 1974. Hays worked closely with WGBH producer and director, David Atwood, to create both live broadcasts and finished works. Additionally, works by other artists were presented under the auspices of the Music Image Workshop.
Hays later produced a short film with Michael Tilson Thomas, called Space for Head and Hands. It was an improvisation by Hays with piano by Thomas. He also produced animation for the Julie Christie movie Demon Seed, and a video art compilation of music, computer graphics and art for Odyssey called Ron Hays Music Image. This animation was produced using the Scanimate system. "
CREATOR - PRODUCER- DIRECTOR
Live Special Events
Video Effects and Graphics
RON HAYS specializes in creating story-fantasy and bringing it together
with music, visuals and visual effects. He CREATES and DIRECTS
concerts, industrials, arena shows, benefit dinners, celebrations,
ceremonies and spectacles.
He creates VISUAL MUSIC. using electronic, film, slide, and computer
animation, digital video effects and live-action imagery. His
"visualizations" are created as tv programs, home videos or giant
video, film, and or slide projections for live special
events. He also creates VISUAL MUSIC sequences for feature films,
music videos, and for pop, rock, and classical concerts nationally and
As a LIVE EVENTS DIRECTOR he combines his "visualizations" with
narration, with or withoVt performers, live lasers, lighting and special
effect, fireworks, balloon art and illusions.
He is also an EMMY-winning DESIGNER-DIRECTOR of video effects and
graphics for television music shows, show-opens and corporate logos.
He is the creator of a VIDEO EFFECTS LIBRARY of 420 electronic
animations which he licenses to producers and directors for tv, feature
film, commercials, industrial videos, broadcast promotion and live
CREATIVE TALENTS AND SKILLS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1 - SPECIAL EVENTS AND MULTI-MEDIA - CREATORIDESIGNERIDIRECTOR
SECTION 2- SPECIAL VISUAL SEQUENCES - DESIGNERIDIRECTOR
SECTION 3- VISUAL EFFECTS - DESIGNERIDIRECTOR
SECTION 4 TV and FILM GRAPHICS - DESIGNERIDIRECTOR
SECTION 5- MUSIC-VIDEOS - DESIGNERIDIRECTOR
SECTION 6- VIDEOIARTIST and TELEVISION PRODUCER
SECTION 7- CREATOR/LICENSOR - The RON HAYS VIDEO EFFECTS LIBRARYSPECIAL EVENTS AND MULTI-MEDIA
1986 - July 4th, LOS ANGELES COLOSSELM - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - Freedom Festival with
Beach Boys, The Eagles and five other pop music groups . Design and direction of
special laser fireworks and giant screen projection spectacle . 90,000 people in
1986 - L.A. PHILHARMONIC - HOLLYWOOD BOWL - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - John Williams
Conductor - "History of Music in the Movies" using giant static and video
projection. Ron Hays designed and will direct special sequences .
1985 - L.A. THEATER CENTER - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - Live video image performance using
CVI Fairlight Computer Video Synthesizer, switcher and two video cassette machines
to music performed by Ralph Grierson . Images appeared on giant video screens.
1985 - "L.A . NIGHT" - EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF L.A . - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - "The Cathedral
of Light." Designed and directed lasers, effects and talent narration with play
back of my own video sequences and music videos on a giant video screen. 10,000
people attended in Anaheim Arena with Ned Beatty and Maria Mildaw.
1985 - GREAT AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION CONCERT - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - Philadelphia -
Benjamin Franklin Parkway - 700,000 people. Peter Nero - Philadelphia Pops -
Anthony Daniels, Gold Robot, C3PO fran STAR WARS as Narrator. Created, wrote
4nd directed sky-fantasy using 4 lasers, 30 minutes of choreographed fireworks,
50,000 lightsticks, 24 searchlights, national, international and science-fiction
music . The Fantasy concert told story of the arrival of 65-foot diameter "Mother
Ship" to Philly that night -- an illusion of lights suspended from a jet helicopter.
1985 - BENEFIT DINNERS - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - using live-action video, lasers, effects
- Metropolitan Elections Camiission
- California Public-Private Partnership Commission with Vice President Bush
- California Banking Association
- Brooklyn Academy of Music - Three floors of A & S Department Store were
transformed using multi-image slide, video effects, lasers and lighting.
Ron Hays editted 5 1 :00 video stories for special presentation with dignitaries .
1984 OLYMPICS - PRELUDE TO THE OLYMPICS - HOLLYWOOD BOWL - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Michael Thomas Conducting. "Amphitheater of Light" created with architect Frank 0.
Gehry as a multi-media statement with Copland's Symphony No. 3, Fourth Movement.
42 anti-aircraft searchlights, three Pani-60,000 lumens projectors projected
painting by Peter Alexander on a screen around Bowl shell 160 X 60 feet high.
Hays designed and directed the live performance.
-,1984 OLYMPICS - CLOSING CEREMONIES - Consultant to David Wolper on elements to be used in closing ceremonies including lasers, aerial displays and illusions (flying .
saucer), large-crowd lighting effects (flashlights), and other special effects
1984 OLYMPICS - TRIBUTT LUNCHEON - 3,000 in attendance - June, 1984 - Designed and directed a three-hour luncheon in Sheraton Premiere Ballroom for L.A . Chamber of Cannerce in association with Hunt-Marmillion Associates . "Environment" included
use of 90 five-foot diameter balloons with battery-powered lights inside above tables, CORN AG wall projection on muslin screen 100 feet by 25 feet of various
scenes frcm Olympics and games and stadium, special lighting effects, and three
video projections for playback of specially prepared videotapes of Olympic high- lights 20 X 15 feet. Hays directed show which included symbolic lighting of
torch by Rafer Johnson and 100 member Olympic Choir.
1983, May - METROPOLITAN ELECTION COMMISSION - BANQUET - 2,000 people - Created an
environment with four video projection screens 15 X 20 and playback of Ron Hays
visuals with specially designed music and lighting. Environment included use of
100 three-foot diameter helium balloons above tables and centerpieces .SPECIAL EVENTS AND MULTIMEDIA (cont'd)
i 1983 & 1982 - US FESTIVAL - More than 750,000 in attendance each year. Desicm and
on-location direction of video projection special effects and multi-media nighttime spectacular. Hays and associates directed six of nine live TV cameras for
presentation of performance shots on two Eidaphor projections 60 X 40 by night and
one Mitsubishi Diamond Vision Video Screen 30 X 40 by day and night. Integrated
Hays special effects with .same performances .
Produced and designed nighttime spectacular/"sky opera" entitled "The Dream"
using 30 searchlights, 4 skytrackers, one helicopter-suspended 'flying saucer'
30 feet in diameter, special 30 minute video presentation which went on videoscreens simultaneously with effects mentioned above . Sequences used dramatic
performance, computer and electronic effects coordinated with media effects
including laser show (laser beams and digitized laser animation on videoscreens)
acid 700-foot long helium "rainbow" of balloons with flags of all nations suspended
fran beneath. Show was repeated three times during US FESTIVAL TWO .
1983 - US FESTIVAL TWO - PRESS CONFERENCE - 500 invited members of press attended
environmental conference created in sound stage using nine slide projection screens,
one 30_X 40 videoprojection, lasers, and sod and tenting to create "outdoor"
feeling of outdoor concert - slides were fram US FESTIVAL CNE on screens with
crowd sounds . Two hour conference media event - directed by Hays .
1982 - ARS ELECTRONICA - LINZ AUSTRIA - TCMIITA'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE - Visualized 50
minutes of Tcmita's music for his live performance in Linz Bruckner Symphony Hall
using 40 X 50 foot video projection of Hays imagery while he performed electronic
score. Special lighting effects and performance resulted in fifteen standing
1982 - FUTUREVISION : THEATRE OF IMAGINATION - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - Orlando, Florida
at the Great Southern Music Hall. Twenty-nine shows per week in an old Cinerama
theatre . Ron's music-images on film are integrated with live lasers, multi-image
slides and live dancers. Projections appear on an 85-foot wide screen.
1981 - HUNT-WESSON CCMPANY MULTI-MEDIA BUSINESS MEETING SHOW - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR -
Director of a multi-image, motion picture film program with a cast of fifty starring
--981 & 1980 - Ron Hays music-image sequences on film appeared in STAR WARS CONCERTS for:
- SACRAMENTO S)!MPHONY, 4_,000 in attendance, 1982.
- ROCHESTER PHILEIARMONIC, two concerts, 4,000 in attendance at each, 1980.
- HONOLULU SYMPHONY, two concerts, 10,000 in attendance at each, 1980 .
- DENTSU ADVERTISING - TOKYO - special creative consultant for creation of
Japanese traveling STAR WARS CONCERT throughout Japanese baseball stadiums .
J 1980 - THE OSi40NDS IN CONCERT - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - A multi-media concert which Ron
designed and which was videotaped for television using music image and visual effects.
1980 & 1979 - SIX FLAGS AMUSEMENT PARK SHOW - DESIGNER/DIRECTOR - Multi-media laser
show produced with user Media of Los Angeles. The twenty-five minute telemetry
controlled show appeared in six of the Six Flags Amusement Parks. The show ccmbined
music image with live, lasers and slides .
J1979 - STAR WARS CONCERTS, - Director of multi-media (projections, lasers, lights, etc.)
- ANAHEIM STADIUM: One concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 25,000 attended .
- HOLLYWOOD BOWL: 36,000 in attendance for "The Great Music-Image and Laser
Concert" with projections on scrim with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, two
- MONTREAL: 65,000 in attendance, integrating lasers, lights and fireworks in
the largest multi-media concert in history.