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Electric Aura Projects Inc
239A Evergreen Drive
Port Moody, BC V3H 1S1
…and gorgeously enfolded in Robert Sondergaard’s lighting design, which uses darkness as much as light to frame, contextualize and sometimes undercut the action. – The New York Times
…distinctive rich lighting design… – The Province
…Sondergaard’s lighting is sensational. – The Georgia Straight
Robert has been working as a lighting designer for over 15 years in all genres of the entertainment business. His diverse portfolio includes designs for Dance (Kidd Pivot, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Movent, Ballet BC), Ceremonies (2011 & 2007 Canada Winter Games, 2012 Arctic Winter Games, United Nations World Urban Forum), Music (Rankin Family Canadian Tour, Barrage Vagabond Tails World Tour), Theme Parks (Legoland Orlando, Legoland California, Legoland Windsor, Dollywood), Television (2005 Grey Cup Halftime Show, 21st Annual Gemini Awards, Anne Murray: Friends & Legends) and Film (Catwoman, Deck the Halls).
In addition to lighting, Robert has also branched out into production design – most notably as the Director of Design for Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games. Other prominent design credits include Rick Hansen: A Concert for Heroes, the 2010/11/12 Grey Cup Halftime Shows, the 2010 One Year Countdown Celebrations, Kaboom and Pop City for the PNE, and the Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Robert is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Jason hails from Australia where he worked as a lighting director for Australia’s largest TV network GTV-9. It was here that he honed his skills on a variety of shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Price is Right, Starstruck, Hey Hey it's Saturday, Carols by Candlelight, and The Logie Awards. Jason also regularly lit a number of different sporting events including commentary boxes for Cricket and the Formula One Grand Prix. In addition, Jason worked as a Gaffer and Best Boy on TV series such as Water Rats, Halifax FP, and Pig's Breakfast.
One of the highlights of Jason's career came in 2000 when he was given the opportunity to be a console programmer and operator for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney Olympics. This Olympic experience seemed to come full circle when Jason designed the lighting for the outdoor Cauldron for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic opening ceremony as well as being the lighting director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympic Games.
In 2001 Jason moved to Vancouver, Canada to be with his future wife. In 2004 Jason joined Electric Aura to collaborate with Robert Sondergaard to design a scene for the feature film Catwoman. Since then he has kept a strong focus on broadcast and motion pictures. Some of his credits include designing the TED Conference, The Bachelor Canada final 2 episodes, Alberta Centennial Celebrations Broadcast, TELUS Sales Conference, TV lighting Director for the 2005, 2011 and 2012 Grey Cup Half Time Shows, the Energynews.com studios, Sportsnet Pacific Studios and TV Lighting Director for both Imagine 2010 – Launch of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics emblem and Countdown 2010 – the one year countdown to the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Jason regularly consults on feature films for not just lighting design, but also the use of projection and media servers to create previously unobtainable effects through lighting alone. The integration of lighting and video has been evolving and Jason has been a forerunner in this new and exciting area.
Jason began working in theatre in Perth Ontario, where he was involved in many school and community shows in various capacities from lighting to sound, stage management, and set construction. Upon graduating from high school Jason decided to attend Ryerson University’s Technical Theatre Production program to focus on a career in lighting.
While attending University, Jason was fortunate to join the Chum Television Lighting Department part time, and once he completed his B.F.A. degree in 1999, he began his professional career there. Jason worked as a technician and eventually as the lighting crew chief on many Chum Television productions including the Much Music Video Awards, Intimate & Interactive, Live at the Rehearsal Hall, Genie Awards, and Electric Circus.
Throughout his time at Chum, Jason worked closely with a number of people at Christie Lites Toronto where he was hired full time in 2001. His experience there encompassed a wide range of live television broadcasts, special and corporate events including: Juno Awards, Canadian Idol, World Youth Day, and Toronto Auto Show. He also traveled North America extensively with concert tours such as Norah Jones, Iron Maiden, Great Big Sea, and Jann Arden. In August 2006, Jason and his wife Vicki moved to Vancouver where he continued his work with Christie Lites through the Vancouver office.
Shortly after moving to the west coast, Jason was offered the opportunity to start working with Rob and Jason at Electric Aura Projects. He has maintained a focus on lighting technology and system integration as well as an interest in the incorporation of video elements and media servers into lighting designs. Currently, Jason works with Electric Aura on the implementation of lighting designs, console operation, and WYSIWYG pre-production.
Philomena began her career in theatre in Kingston Ontario where she worked for The People’s Theatre on many of their productions including Balconville, Face, and Waiting for the Parade. During her time at university she also enjoyed working on various productions for the Queen’s Drama Department. Upon graduating from Queen’s University Philomena continued her training in production management at Ryerson Polytechnic University and Banff Centre for the Arts.
Since 1995 Philomena has been working in production management and has been a part of the Electric Aura team since its inception. She has enjoyed working in production for dance (Around the Block and Dances for a Small Stage, MovEnt); theatre (Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret, URP; A Bird in the Waterfall, Show n’ Tale Productions; Songs for a New World, Feisty Fairy Productions) and live events (Fit for a Queen, Shooting Stars Foundation; Winter Song, URP; The Magic of Christmas, Creber Music Productions; BC 150 Celebration, Imagine 2010 and The Fair at The PNE Daytime Amphitheatre, Patrick Roberge Productions).
In addition to all of her production work Philomena is also a Graduate of the Queen’s University Artist in the Community Education Program and has enjoyed teaching Theatre with the Burnaby School District since 1997.