News: 2Pac's Hologram Sparks Serious Talks, Stadium Tour Plans W/ Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 9:15AM
Fans still stunned by a holographic Tupac Shakur performing at last weekend's Coachella concert could be in store for another eyebrow-raising set with reports claiming there are talks for a tour to possibly kick off in the near future.
While merely speculation right now, a possible tour is getting drawn up which would showcase the digital Pac.
Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac, according to a person familiar with the discussions. One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac, in smaller arenas. (Wall Street Journal)
According to the creators behind holographic Pac, last Sunday's performance was not made from archival footage.
Shakur was killed in 1996. His likeness has been reproduced by Digital Domain Media Group, combining cutting edge technology with a visual trick dubbed Pepper's Ghost that dates back to the 1800s. "This is not found footage. This is not archival footage," Digital Domain's chief creative officer Ed Ulbrich told the Wall Street Journal. "This is an illusion." He added that Sunday's performances of "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" are "just the beginning." "Dre has a massive vision for this," he said. (Billboard)
Although appearing in 3D, the digitalized Pac was reportedly in 2D.
Though the virtual Tupac has been widely described as a hologram, it is in fact a 2D image projected to appear as a 3D effect. To achieve this, a digital image of the Tupac animation was projected onto a reflective surface on the floor of the stage, which then bounced on to a piece of Mylar that reflects the image while appearing otherwise clear. When Snoop Dogg appeared to be rapping along with Tupac, he was standing behind the Mylar screen. (Rolling Stone)
The late music mogul's mother was reportedly beyond pleased with the showcase.
A rep for Afeni tells TMZ, she was absolutely positively THRILLED with Tupac's virtual performance -- when he appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during the headlining show at Coachella last night ... walking back and forth across the stage like he was actually present. Afeni didn't attend the performance -- but we're told she watched it unfold live on the Internet ... but while it was thrilling, the entire experience was bittersweet. The rep says Dr. Dre asked Afeni for approval to incorporate Pac into his performance -- and she said yes. As a thank you, we're told Dre made a donation to the rapper's charity ... The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. (TMZ)
Check out the Coachella performance below: