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Tupac festival appearance was an expensive CGI stunt

Cost between $100,000 and $400,000
Tue Apr 17 2012, 17:26

THE INTERNET has been rife with chatter about Tupac Shakur's holographic resurrection at the Coachella festival in the US last weekend, but it turns out it might not have been a hologram after all.

No, the rapper didn't come back from the dead to make a special appearance at the California music concert. The whole thing was in fact an expensive CGI stunt created by Hollywood special effects studio Digital Domain, MTV has revealed, which means it's highly unlikely that what concert goers saw on stage was old footage of the US rapper. Tupac's cameo with Dre and Snoop reportedly cost somewhere between $100,000 and $400,000 too, and took nearly four months in the studio to create.

It's also been revealed that AV Concepts, the company behind the display, projected Shakur onto the stage using an old school reflection technique called 'Peppers Ghost'. This 19th century trick used angled mirrors to create the illusion that Tupac was actually on stage.

"We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life," said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts. "It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life."

Could this mark the end of live music performances altogether? If it's possible to look that good without even getting out of bed, we certainly don't see why not. µ


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