Posts Tagged ‘CG’

CGI Brings Fast and The Furious Back to Life

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This past November actor Paul Walker and star of the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise passed away in a tragic car accident. His death came as a shock to his friends, family, and costars alike.
Walker’s death also put producers Vin Diesel and Neil H. Moritz in a bind of figuring out how to have Walker’s star character, Brian O’Conner, exit the franchise in the upcoming Fast and the Furious 7. Production was well underway for the film’s seventh installments, posing the question, how can this be done? CGI technology allows digital animation artists to bring Walker back to life.

The New York Daily News reports that, “They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” one source close to production tells us. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI”.

This CGI call has sparked controversy amongst fans and critics, half arguing that this could be creepy and distasteful, while the other half agree it’s the only way possible to witness Walker’s final performance.

In the past, films in similar situations rarely achieve box office success with attempts to reshoot, recast or simply omit characters that have untimely passed midway through production. However, with the highly successful Fast & Furious franchise (the latest installment Fast & Furious 6 bringing in a whopping $789 million) the pressure is on to successfully transition Walker’s character out in a strategic and respectful manner.

Do you think using CGI is distasteful or creepy for bringing the deceased back to life? Or do you think it’s a just technological solution to reprise his final role? Are you planning on seeing Fast & Furious 7? Tell us in the comments below!

Quote and Image Source:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/fast-furious-7-double-time-walker-article-1.1728704

Jackson’s Slave to the Rhythm “Hologram” Isn’t a Hologram

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The media is a-buzz with headlines highlighting the revival of deceased King of Pop Michael Jackson at the recent Billboard Awards. Jackson’s estate released his new single “Slave to the Rhythm”, which debuted as a holographic performance of the star moon-walking across the stage. The problem is, the hologram, isn’t technically a hologram. It’s an illusion that has been around for centuries.
It’s an old technique known as Pepper’s Ghost. It’s frequently used in theater, magic tricks, and dark rides (like Disney’s Haunted Mansion). The technique utilizes glass, certain angles, and special lighting methods, creating the illusion of objects seeming to appear and disappear on command.


In her article “What’s Holography’s Future” for DigitalCinemaReport.com, Linda Law explains the phenomenon in regards to another recent “holographic” performance of deceased rapper Tupac Shikour at the 2012 Cochella Music Festival. “This [updated technique] alone did not make Tupac revive. It required shooting in very high resolution, some amazing CG work using a body double, and the mapping of Tupac’s head to the body as well as very powerful projectors that make the projected image look quite real. The fact that he moves around showing different parts of himself helps the illusion but it is still 2D… These may be quite effective and engaging and for all who have not seen an actual hologram, quite believable as holograms. I do think that with clever use of this medium many creative and engaging productions will be made.”


The Tupac “hologram” reportedly cost over $400k to create, and with other stars like Janelle Monae and M.I.A incorporating “holograms” into their performances, this new niche form of entertainment has lots of potential for future growth, especially in the digital art field, utilizing CGI and the updated “Pepper’s Ghost” illusion to bring back the some of our favorite artists from the dead.
Would you pay to see your favorite artist perform as a “hologram”? Do you think the Michael Jackson “hologram” was creepy or cool? Let us know in the comments.

Sources:
Article: http://www.digitalcinemareport.com/article/what-holography’s-future#.U35CW9xboeE
Images: http://www.controlbooth.com/threads/peppers-ghost-projection-surface.30412/

http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/04/16/tupac-hologram-coachella-video/

Cogswell Alum Ernest Chan Interviewed in LightWave Newsletter

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

NikDigital

Nick Digital is in the spotlight this month, and Ernest Chan, CG Supervisor, Post Production Department, talked about how his talented team of artists use LightWave in their production pipeline to create their outstanding work for Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank.

You might have heard of some of the characters they have worked on? SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Invader Zim, Jimmy Neutron, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

You can read the interview here. Thanks, Ernest for the Cogswell shout out.

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College