London, UK – Musion, the world leaders in holographic projection, and the BBC made history on Friday 16th November 2012 when iconic comedy partnership Morecambe and Wise were brought back for a special holographic routine during BBC Children in Need.
Using archive BBC footage dating from 1965, Musion, in partnership with Holomedia and holographic content partner Square Zero, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were digitally resurrected for a special once-in-a-lifetime performance of ‘Bring Me Sunshine.” Legendary radio broadcaster Chris Moyles joined the pair onstage in person for the dance routine.
The extraordinary act was achieved by digitally combining four different performances archived from the 1960s and 70s. The seamless final cut was made even more impressive by the technical work used to create the tap dancing segment.
As no source footage existed, Holomedia and Square Zero worked together to merge various still shots together to create a moving image. This footage was then digitally placed onto two real body double dancers, which when combined with motion tracking and further digital morphing, resulted in the realistic resurrection of Morecambe and Wise. Further post production assistance was provided by Square Zero.
Ian O’ Connell, Director of Musion, said, “We’re delighted the BBC chose to include us in Children in Need. Bringing back two of the greatest comedic personalities ever to grace UK TV was both humbling and incredibly exciting. We’re honoured we could be included in such a long-running charitable cause as well as be part of broadcasting history.”
The life-like 3D performance was made possible by Musion3D, the unique high definition holographic projection system that has been used for world famous performances like Mariah Carey, Pixie Lott and Tupac.
The patented technology is a modern day twist on a Victorian stage technique called Pepper’s Ghost. Musion3D delivers remarkable full-scale images within a live stage environment, a medium perfect for capturing audiences’ attention via the medium of TV.
The sketch was part of the 2012 BBC Children in Need Appeal Show which aired at 7.30pm on BBC1.
Musion® Systems Limited, the inventor of Musion® Eyeliner™, is a privately-owned company based in London. Musion is now the global leader in the development, marketing, production and broadcasting of 3D holographic illusions, and Musion is universally recognised as state of the art.
Protected worldwide by a portfolio of patents, Musion Eyeliner™ uses the most advanced digital and cinematic technologies to create life-sized, ultra-realistic, interactive 3D holographic video presentations and exhibits for a wide range of vertical markets, including entertainment, TelePresence, corporate marketing, and education.
Musion’s list of ‘blue chip’ customers in 45 countries includes Universal Studios, Disney, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Cisco, Burberry, Dunhill, Toyota, Audi, BMW and General Electric.
Among the many celebrities who have appeared as live or pre-recorded Musion3D images are HRH Prince Charles, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Al Gore, Sir Richard Branson, David Beckham, Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, Tupac and Mariah Carey.
To support its growing worldwide business, Musion has built a sales, installation and service network of dealers in 34 countries on five continents.
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