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 meritawards 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
- 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
A BBC Special about the computer graphics convention Imagina 1988. It was presented by Professor Colin Blakemore. The documentary covers areas of CGI research and shows animation shorts by leading researchers and animation studios at the time. John Lasseter and William Latham are also featured.
In the near future Nassim, terrorist leader, storms computer company headquarters. His aim is deadly computer virus that could bring him world domination. Nick, company janitor and ex-cop, will get in his way.
Doc - Imagina (1988)
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