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How Was The Tupac Hologram That Was Used At Coachella Created?

Submitted by on April 18, 2012 – 12:26 pmOne Comment

I’m surprised that people aren’t making a bigger deal about the Tupac hologram that “performed” at Coachella last weekend. Before Sunday, there’s a good chance that you never even dreamed about seeing ‘Pac perform again. The closest you were ever going to get was old YouTube clips and DVD documentaries. But then, the Coachella performance started and…wow. I’m still in disbelief. The fact that ‘Pac actually “rapped” alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre is still baffling to me.

The truth of the matter, though, is that this could have happened years ago. Sure, the organizers of Coachella deserve credit for coming up with the innovative idea to have ‘Pac perform as a hologram. But, the technology that was used to have 2Pac appear on stage with Snoop and Dre has actually been around since the 1800s. It’s a technology called “Pepper’s Ghost” and it involves using partially-reflected light off a glass to display a moving image. In this particular case, the image of 2Pac was created by Digital Domain, a company that’s owned by James Cameron and that was also responsible for using the technology to create images for the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. They teamed up with Dre on the 2Pac production to bring him back to “life.” And then the images were projected using the Pepper’s Ghost technology onto a huge 30-foot by 13-foot projection screen provided by AV Concepts. All told, it probably cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 or more to create. And the creators of it worked tirelessly for four months to bring the hologram to life.

If you haven’t seen the 2Pac hologram performance yet, you should. It’s incredible to think that this technology exists. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it used more in the future. For more 2Pac performances. For performances featuring other deceased artists. Hell, even just for performances by artists who want to use the technology creatively (you know Kanye West has something up his sleeve, right?). Even in death, 2Pac is still changing the game. It’s pretty amazing.

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