Tupac performed at Coachella this past Sunday along with rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Which is kinda weird because Tupac Shakur was shot to death in September 1996. What the audience saw on stage was a Tupac hologram which apparently freaked everybody out. The Tupac hologram performed his hits Hail Mary and 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted with input from Snoop and Dre. The hologram even greeted the audience with a “What the fuck is up, Coachella?!”
Tweeted one person:
“This place just went silent. People are genuinely horrified by the Tupac hologram.”
People all over the net are freaking out, too, but it’s just technology:
The Tupac hologram was created by Digital Domain Media Group (they were also behind some effects involving Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Dr. Dre came up with the idea and hired Digital Domain to pull it off. The effect is complex and requires the cooperation of different effects houses:
- Tupac’s image is created on a computer, using his past performances as a model (including his movements)
- AV Concepts (based in California) uses a technique called Pepper’s Ghost: an angled piece of glass reflects the image.
- The image is bounced onto a sheet of Mylar, which is invisible to the audience but will still reflect the image. The Mylar screen was created by Musion Systems (based in London)
- People (in this case, Dre and Snoop) can perform standing behind the Mylar and it looks like they and Tupac hologram are all there live, performing together
This could open up a whole new realm of possibilities in entertainment. Imagine all the dead celebrities brought back to simulated life.
Either that, or Tupac was really there – he never died and just went into hiding like Elvis.
Or Dr. Dre has figured out how to touch the spiritual plane and convince a famous rapper to come back for a few performances as a ghost. Anyway, this all sounds like a Dave Chapelle skit:
Thanks to Joe for the link!