Michael Jackson`s 4D hologram is a reality… (part I)
The ruling doesn’t mean that the Jackson hologram is in the free and clear, however. With the injunction denied, the plaintiffs won’t be able to stop Sunday’s performance, but they’ll still be able to seek damages. In a separate case, Hologram USA is suing Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International for their use of a hologram during the “Michael Jackson One” show that’s currently in Vegas.
“It’s a whole new technology that we’re not really revealing the details of which, because Michael never revealed the details of his magic,” Jackson estate spokeswoman Diana Baron told PEOPLE.
Flanked by real-life dancers, the footage of the entertainer, who died in 2009 at age 50, was not taken from a previous performance and was created specifically for the awards show.
“When [the illusion of Michael Jackson] started dancing, unbelievable,” Jackie told PEOPLE after the performance. “It took me back. If Michael was here, he would say, ‘Thumbs up!’ “
‘Digital formaldehyde’ (CNN)
Though the Jackson hologram was new, the debate over whether or not deceased celebs should be brought back is not. The Billboard “performance” also resurrected the discussion on whether fans even want to see their favorite artists as holograms.
In 2012 a hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur stunned audiences at the Coachella music festival. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley have also been reanimated, after a fashion.
The technology bringing Tupac, Sinatra back to life
At the time, National Post writer Matt Gurney argued that dead stars should be allowed to rest in peace.
“The technology is undeniably impressive,” Gurney wrote in 2012. “But Shakur is not a fictional character, owned by a studio, but a real-life human being. His work may be owned and licensed, but not his entire being. It is impossible to know how he’d have felt about being on that stage.”
…The technology seems to have gotten even better. As one person tweeted (we hope jokingly), “I am very scared why is Michael Jackson alive.”
The performance had the full support of the Jackson family estate. According to Billboard, brother “Jackie Jackson started to tear up as he recalled watching ‘Slave to Rhythm’ in the audience at the MGM Grand Arena.”
“When he started walking and dancing, I was teary-eyed,” Billboard reported him as saying. “It’s hard to please Michael’s fans and Michael… I’m telling you it’s amazing.”
So, what is the secret technology?
October 12 London, UK – O2 Arena
October 24 – 25 Herding, DK – Jyske Bank Boxen
October 27 – 28 Copenhagen, DK – Parken
November 2 – 3 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe Arena
November 6 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Areena
November 16 – 17 Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
November 20 – 21 Oberhausen, DE – Koenig-Pilsener
November 24 – 25 Munich, DE – Olympichalle
November 28 Hannover, DE – TUI Arena
December 1 -2 Vienna, AT – Stadhalle
December 5 -6 Manheim, DE – SAP Arena
December 8- 9 Leipzig, DE – Leipzig Arena
December 11 – 12 Hamburg, DE – O2 World-Hamburg Arena
December 15 – 16 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
December 19 – 20 Berlin, DE – O2 World Arena
December 27 – 30 Madrid, ES – Palacio Deportes
Why most of the concerts will be held in Germany? hmm …
Well, the show continues
“Cirque du Soleil goes 3D with James Cameron
So the marriage of the two, on a forthcoming movie project Cameron is executive-producing (and that’s helmed by “Shrek” and “Chronicles of Narnia” director Andew Adamson) promises to offer fans a compelling mixture of the Cirque’s unique hybrid of artistry, acrobatics, music, and showmanship and Cameron’s mastery of the latest filmmaking technologies.
Q: Could you start off by telling me a bit about the partnership with James Cameron and Andrew Adamson?
Daniel Lamarre: It started with a modest project that we wanted to do. I had the privilege of meeting with James Cameron three months prior to the opening of “Avatar”, and I invited him to come to Montreal to visit our studio. By the time he came to Montreal, we were planning to do this 3D movie with Andrew Adamson, and James decided he wanted to join as executive producer. We were flattered that he would accept to get involved, and so here we are, producing a show in partnership with James, and having the privilege of having Andrew Adamson as the director. So it’s quite a 5-star team to have James and Andrew working together.
This is a movie?
This is a 3D movie. The story is very simple. It’s a couple falling in love in a traditional circus, and then they fall into a surreal world and they’re running after each other and keep losing each other, but they’re running from one surreal world to another surreal world, and all those worlds are the seven Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas.
What does Cameron bring to it besides his name?
He brings his knowledge of technology. Also, James is an adventurer, so we couldn’t resist the temptation of shooting from the roof of “Ka” when he was there with his camera, or shooting from the water in “O”. He really brought his expertise, because everybody agreed that he is by far the best man in the industry right now in terms of 3D technology. So he’s bringing his experience, and he’s more involved than we thought he would be, because he’s passionate about everything he does. He was with Andrew most of the time that we were shooting this movie. And we were really, really impressed to see how dedicated he was.
Is he bringing any of the technology he developed for “Avatar” or his underwater projects to the film?
He has his own production company, and that’s the technology he’s bringing, and we hope it’s a beginning of a collaboration with him, because he’s so advanced in new technologies that we want to really capitalize on his expertise. I truly believe that one day you will see a merger between [3D film and live shows], or at least you will see 3D technologies influence live shows. And we want to be among the first to use 3D technology in live shows.
What would that look like?
Let’s look at the show we’re developing right now for Michael Jackson. As you know, Michael had a huge visual component in his shows, so just imagine a trapeze artist right in front of you, but behind her there are some 3D special effects that will merge with her performance, and give a lot of depth to what she’s doing. Maybe you have one trapeze which is live, and maybe you have 1,000 trapezes behind her in 3D. So that’s what I mean by merging the 3D technology with the live performance, and that’s what we’re exploring now.
So what would you say is the difference between the Cirque and other circuses?
I like to think that we have created a new category of show. Because, try to describe to a friend that has never seen a Cirque show, how do you describe it? You will start by saying, “Oh, by the way, it’s not a circus show.” But there are acrobats, and there are dancers, and the music is important, and the costumes are different, and the scenography is different. So I like to sum that up by saying, “You know what? It’s Cirque du Soleil.”
I read that Cirque du Soleil brought in US$800 million in revenue last year, and you’re hoping for US$1 billion this year. Is that right?
Yes. And I think the three new shows might change our life, because if they’re successful, just adding one permanent show, like Los Angeles, if it’s successful, it would change our profitability. And Michael Jackson, I just don’t know how great it’s going to be, but we sold 200,000 tickets in 24 hours, so it’s an amazing success ahead of us. And each individual show can change our life dramatically.”
So, what do we have?
James Cameron became a partner of Cirque du Soleil. And they are preparing an ambitious project, 3D project.
Two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the Dome Project that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop. Jackson was apparently preparing to dazzle concert audiences in London with a high-tech show in which 3D images — some inspired by his Thriller era — would flash behind him as he performed on stage.
“It was a groundbreaking effort,” said Vince Pace, whose company provided cameras for the shoot, a 3D system he created with filmmaker James Cameron.
“To think that Michael’s gone now, that’s probably the last documented footage of him to be shot in that manner,” Pace said.
Two people with knowledge of the secretive project confirmed its existence Monday to the AP on condition they not be identified because they signed confidentiality agreements. They said it was a five-week project filmed at Culver Studios, which 70 years ago was the set for the classic film Gone With the Wind. Four sets were constructed for Jackson’s production, including a cemetery recalling his 1983 Thriller video.
With 3D technology “the audience would have felt like they were visiting the Thriller experience, like they were there,” Pace said.
Shooting for the project lasted from June 1-9, with Jackson on the set most days. The project was in post-production, at the time of Jackson’s death, and had been expected to be completed next month. It was not immediately clear what would be made of the video footage now.
Producer Robb Wagner, founder of music-video company Stimulated Inc., did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the project.
Michael Roth, a spokesman for Jackson’s Los Angeles-based promoter AEG Live, said he hadn’t heard about the production but did not rule that it could be part of the company’s contract with the entertainer.
By Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Tuesday, June 30, 2009
In this photo Michael holds the camera company Red One.
Here are a few references on the use of camera Red
I wonder what the film was made and when it comes out.
Would there be a hologram of Michael Jackson?
Everyone has already seen the new video for Hollywood Tonight
The main part there played Sofia Boutella
From http://www.michaeljackson.com/ , april 2009
|Update on the dance auditions…Two women (one alternate) and six men were booked to perform with Michael Jackson. The two women are Sofia and Tyne and two of the maledancers are Jeremy Hudson and Dres.
Interesting. That is, once again there were no auditions, and took the familiar dancers.
See Most of the dancers in the video from one agency – Bloc LA.
The same thing happened with the dancers for TII.
Jamie King and Sofia Boutella
As we remember Jamie King is the director of the upcoming show Cirque du Soleil – The Immortal World Tour.
No random people in this enterprise.
Special thanks to Breakodawn.
Update. That’s interesting. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
|Michael Jackson was so impressed with dancer, Sofia Boutella — star of the late icon’s new music video for “Hollywood Tonight” — he was ready to offer her the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to dance alongside him on his This Is It concert series at the O2 Arena in London. Unfortunately, she was still under contract for Madonna’s Confessions Tour at the time and couldn’t get out of it. Seeing how disappointed Boutella was, Jackson turned to a couple of his collaborators and said: “I used to date Madonna. I should call her.”
MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2010, PR Newswire
|Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will call on the diverse talents of the following creative minds:
Guy Laliberte, Creative Guide;
Jamie King, Writer and Director;
Chantal Tremblay, Director of Creation;
Mark Fisher, Set Designer;
Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer;
Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer;
Martin Labrecque, Lighting Designer;
Olivier Goulet, Projection Designer;
Francois Desjardins, Sound Designer;
Scott Osgood, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer;
Germain Guillemot, Acrobatic Performance Designer;
Michael Curry, Props Designer.
Let’s talk about Zaldy.
|And, while his first big break may have come from working with Gwen Stefani on her L.A.M.B. label, it wasn’t until 2009 that Zaldy’s career reached its apogee. Last year, in quick succession, both the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the reigning queen of the online music industry, Lady Gaga, called on Zaldy to create the costumes for their concert tours. This is particularly noteworthy as both Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga have used costumes to project their unique, star qualities and create iconic images.
Remember, these costumes were made by Zaldy Goco ostensibly for a tour of This Is It.
But we have not seen them in the movie.
For whom will make costumes Zaldy?
For the troupe of dancers or circus? (Remember, they are connected two-year contract).
Maybe This Is It is only a rehearsal of the Immortal tour?
I want to first apologize for the possible incorrect translation. I translated this article from the French and Korean into English.
“The Korean company has been contacted Strict On in May by an American company to make a hologram of Michael Jackson.
Negotiations are ongoing.
Specializing in the production of plays 4D, D’Strict recently made headlines at the World Conference of Arts Education 2010, with the show “Digilog Samulnori” Digilog Samulnori put particular stage of real people, holograms of traditional drummers surrounded by digital flowers whose movements responded to sounds.
… Lee Woo-hyun, director of the company D’strict, said in effect: “We are also studying the creation of holograms of our own national cultural property.”
On Michael Jackson, the last time the possibility of using a hologram in a show was mentioned was the fact the company Cirque du Soleil on the show scheduled for 2012.
However, it is important to note that Lee Woo-hyun did not specify how society was strictly D’currently under negotiation.”
Sources: joongangdaily.joins.com / MJLegend/