Sometimes I like to see what’s trending in different parts of the world and then when I changed my trends to see what’s trending in the US on Twitter, I saw that the #TupacShakur was trending and at the time of writing this, it was number 2 trending topic after the iOS 10. Then it hit me that it’s been 20 years exactly today since the rap legend died of gunshot injuries on the 13th of September, 1996. He was actually shot on the 7th of September and die six day later according to reports.
Well it wasn’t just rap fans who had something to say about the late rapper. I came across this tweet while scrolling down;
Dr. Jill Stein is actually a medical doctor running for the White House this year on the platform of Green Party and if she wins, she’ll become the 45th President of the United States. Well it looks like she agrees with the rapper at least that the greater war should be on poverty.
In 2012 at Coachella music festival that hold annually, a hologram of Tupac Tupac Shakur reunited with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. In a 2012 CBS report on the story, the hologram of Shakur was created by special effects production house Digital Domain, a spokesperson for Dr. Dre told MTV. Digital Domain is the company behind the computer-generated imagery that transformed Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The company’s artists also won an Academy Award for the blockbuster film “Titanic.”
Shakur’s image was fully digital, El Ulbrich, chief creative officer of Digital Domain told the Wall Street Journal.
“This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion,” Ulbrich told the Journal. “This is just the beginning. Dre has a massive vision for this.”
Although the perception was of a 3D likeness of Shakur, the image was actually a 2D image. Shakur’s likeness was projected onto an angled piece of glass on ground, which in turn projected the image onto a Mylar screen on stage.
“Utilizing the Musion Eyeliner system, the 302 x 132 screen was customized by AV Concepts to descend onto the stage in mere seconds between sets of the performance to bring the infamous, deceased singer back to life,” AV Concepts said on their website. “The most critical technical element was AV Concepts’ proprietary Liquid Scenic server that delivered uncompressed media for 3 stacked 1920 x 1080 images, delivering 54,000 lumens of incredibly clear projected imagery.”
You can read more on this on the CBS website.
A Hologram is actually a 3D image formed used interference of light beams from a coherent light source
a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source (that is light from two or more sources of light whose waves have the same frequency). To create a hologram according to Live Science, you need an object (or person) that you want to record; a laser beam to be shined upon the object and the recording medium; a recording medium with the proper materials needed to help clarify the image; and a clear environment to enable the light beams to intersect.
It’s not only Tupac Shakur who has been made alive again through the technology, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Ol’ Dirty Bastard have all had similar technology used to bring them back at least on stage for fans.
Like some say about Tupac; hated by many, loved by a few but respected by all.