Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Samuel Ryder Hologram amazes at Ryder Cup Gala Event 2008

Samuel Ryder died in 1936, but at the 2008 Ryder Cup Gala Event he was full size, front and center, and looking better than ever. Samuel had some tricks up his sleeve this time around. He hit golf balls into the crowd and disappeared and reappeared, transporting himself from one side of the stage to the other in a magical glow. He even appeared in a fully holographic chair at one point. The results were spectacular, and the live audience was in awe.

As one audience member said, "I had no idea he wasn't real. I don't have a clue how it was done, but it was amazing." Samuel was brought back to life by Musions partner Digital Illusions, a company who specializes in holographic projection and is a reseller of the Musion Eyeliner system in the United States. Ann DeVilbiss, the company creative director and owner, developed the content along with Ed Conrad of NMR Staging and Events and the PGA of America. The team shot the footage in Los Angeles and composited the pieces at the Digital Illusions design studio. Every step of the way the footage was tested in Digital Illusions' holographic demonstration studio, the first of its kind in the US, so that the team could ensure that everything would look perfect when the content was delivered to the client and projected live on stage for the first time.

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