The art of using holograms to simulate reality is far from new. Holographic screens have been utilized throughout the entertainment industry for years, allowing audiences to be dazzled by the seamless interaction between posthumous and live performers, as well as portraying 3D set pieces as if they were physical objects on stage.
Until recently, limitations such as old materials, lack of space, lighting constraints and clunky processes typically caused staging businesses to shy away from adopting the technology. In order to properly display a hologram, having to choose between sacrificing stage space or quality of the hologram with the traditional set-up was not ideal for the staging company (or the audience). [see figure 1]
As you can see, the 45-degree angle of the reflection material occupies a large amount of space and creates a large reflective surface that poses a hefty challenge for lighting directors and ultimately affects other practical set elements.
There IS some flexibility with the placement of the projector (which could be positioned either above or below the surface) but in either situation, the current set-up’s lack of mobility forced a majority of the stage to be dedicated to the holographic effect for a session’s entirety.
Over the last year, LMG has been working with a soft goods expert to develop a lightweight material that can be positioned at a vertical 90-degrees instead of the typical 45-degree approach. The result? A seamless capture of image reflection back to the audience [see figure 2].
The vertical screen significantly opens up stage space, drastically reduces lighting challenges, and the new lightweight material gives stagehands the flexibility of moving the setup as-needed during a session.
Check out the material in action:
Whether you’re interested in live or pre-recorded features, LMG has everything you need to start incorporating holograms into your next event.