WHAT IS AN EYELINER (mostly called Hologram)
The patented Eyeliner™ system incorporates some very simple video principles and all equipment used is readily available in all rental markets.
A video projector, Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution and brightness of min. 8000 lumens (a high res LED Wall is also possible). For smaller cabinet installations, a full HD LCD or LED screen can also be used.
A HDTV hard-disc player, BlueRay Player or Computer with HDTV Output
A front projection screen surface (not necessary use of LCD or LED screen)
A short throw lens
Subjects are filmed in HDTV and broadcast on to the foil through HDTV projection systems
The set up is erected in either a bespoke cabinet or a self contained four legged ground support. Alternatively, the foil can be stretched into a truss framework and flown from its own hanging points.
In either configuration, Eyeliner™ allows for a full working stage or set to be constructed behind the foil. In so doing live actors or performers, as well as virtual images are able to interact with other projected images in such a way that it appears to the watching audience that all of the objects they are seeing are on the stage.
It is therefore quite conceivable to have a live performer sing a duet with a “virtual” partner, a cartoon character or even his/her projected double.
All of the images used on an Eyeliner™ system are 3-dimensional images, but projected as two-dimensional images (2D/3D) into a 3D stage set. The mind of the audience creates the 3D illusion.
Eyeliner™ makes a number of discrete improvements on existing Pepper’s Ghost technology.
A typical piece of Eyeliner™ Foil is a maximum of 4 m high in a continuous roll up to several hundred metres in length
An 8m high foil can also be used for larger installations.
In instances where even taller images are required sections of the 4m foil can be installed in a “portrait format” where each section is a maximum of 14m high by 4m wide, giving images approximately 11m high. Individual sections of foil are then overlapped and cut to fit leaving 1mm seams, which are barely visible from viewing distances over 10m.
Any one of the above set-ups will allow a user of Eyeliner™ System to create the largest floating images ever seen in the world.
2) Clarity of image
Eyeliner™ foil is less than 100 microns thick yet retains its durable characteristics once installed. Because the foil is so thin there is no drop shadow created when objects are reflected by it, as there would be if a system was using glass or Perspex. Foil allows greater amounts of projected light through as well.
In simple terms this means that the medium creates crisper, sharper and consequently more realistic representations of the object or person being projected on to the system than any other medium.
3) Foil can be cut
Unlike glass, Eyeliner™ Foil can be cut (depending on the way of set up) even when it has been fully installed. This means that doorways and holes for props to protrude through the foil can be easily rigged up.
This opens up lots of creative avenues for stage designers and choreographers to explore when using the Eyeliner™ in conjunction with their other show plans.
Quite apart from the obvious health and safety issues concerned there are more practical issues to think of such gaining access to some venues through small doorways and rigging/lifting issues once on site.
There are no such limitations with Eyeliner™ Foil which is transported in 4m long pipes that can be easily carried by a couple of crew.
Imagine the horrendous practical issues that would have to be considered if you were transporting large sheets of glass from venue to venue.
Eyeliner™ Foil cannot shatter and poses no danger to crew installing it or working along side it.
Furthermore Eyeliner™ Foil can be installed into moving scenery without fear of it breaking as it is moved. This means that it is a very straightforward process to fly the system in and out of stages as required.
Eyeliner™ Foil is certified fireproof to grade B1.
6) Rigging time
It is possible to rig foil (assuming that the truss box has already been rigged) in no more than a couple of hours.
The rigging process is very straight-forward and Eyeliner™ installers can work alongside other technical crew.
Once installed the process of tensioning the foil literally takes a few minutes of adjustment.
Like everything, there are certain factors that need to be considered when using Eyeliner. The list below, whilst not exhaustive, highlights some of the instances where using Eyeliner™ may not be practical.
Event works has undertaken numerous outdoor jobs already but there is always the chance that wind will blow onto the foil and affect the projected image. (If the wind is anything more than light, the foil may bow like a sail causing the projected image appears to ‘bounce’ up and down on stage).
The only way to alleviate this problem is to build a wind-break around the installation. This has been done in two venues that were actually on the coast (one on the Arabian Sea and one on the Mediterranean). Both events were not affected by the wind.
2) Strong daylight
This issue is pertinent in any situations where projectors are being used as a source of video. Despite manufacturers having made great strides in the last couple of years with the brightness of their projectors there will never be anything available that will be able to compete with natural daylight.
In circumstances of strong natural daylight the options are either to create a controlled light environment or use Eyeliner™ with LED walls although this will create a more pixelated image than using a LCD or DLP based projector.
It’s important to remember that you need to allow for an area in front of the stage where the white reflective screen is positioned in the projection pit. (Imagine a moat without water, if you will).
As an example, a 4m high foil that is 10m wide would require a space of app. 4m height, 11m width and at least 4m depth.
4) Stage Depth
In addition to leaving space for the projection pit one needs to leave an area behind the foil in order to add depth to the illusion. A minimum depth of 3m should be allowed.
In practice this means that the footprint of a Eyeliner™ installation will be at least 7-10m deep.
This can have implications, particularly in a retail application.
The most compelling images appearing on Eyeliner™ include real-time projection of celebrity characters, 3D animations and large-scale CGI or HD renderings of components such as mobile phones, vehicles and consumer products.
Hotel Foyers , Theatrical shows, Museum show, Music Concerts, Night clubs/raves, Art Galleries/display
Advertising/Retail, Product Launches,Trade show displays, Fashion Shows, Virtual VIP’s
Conferences, Training Forums, Content Development