Sunday, October 24, 2010

Back To The Future - Holographic Experience


Images: Father and son watching three 120 degree (Lloyd) Cross Holograms on a 360 degree Multiplex display and John Perry's Large Format T Rex Hologram. View of the Sunset outside our Holographic Experience building. Movie of Jason Sapan's Multiplex Motion Hologram of Eileen Borgeson.

Last night was the third day of Desert Empire's Jeff Allen's '21st Century Magic' Holographic Experience. I'm still amazed and pleased that the reactions to the holograms have been at least as great as they were 18 years ago when I produced the first holographic experience for them. People just went wild and still couldn't believe what they were seeing. This experience has shown me that the opportunity for a major launch of display holography is primed.

Just as 3D is getting a 'second wind' for movies, Holography, the Holy Grail of 3D, will find an awaiting audience just as interested and excited.

Blending Eleen's Borgeson's Fine Art into the Holographic Environment added a sophistication and style to the 'mood' of the event.

The area the Holographic Experience was in was mostly illuminated by the holograms themselves. The Holographic Experience itself was 'solid state' except for the motorized 360 Multiplex display.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holographic Artist Eileen Borgeson Featured at Jeff Allen’s ‘21st Century Magic’ Holographic Experience

Images: "Virtual Adventurer" HoloPrint, "Virtual Adventurer" Illuminated Deep Carved Glass & "Athena" Pulsed Laser Hologram of Bronze Sculpture.

Yesterday afternoon opened the Jeff Allen's '21st Century Magic' Holographic Experience at the Desert Empire Fair in Ridgecrest, California. I was asked back by Gail McElwain after a show I did for them 18 years ago. 40 holograms were augmented and themed with custom lighting and dioramas used to create an immersive and interactive environment with Eileen Borgeson being the featured artist.

Included were three of Eileen's mixed-media holographic art pieces, "Athena", "Virtual Adventurer", and 'Orbit Award' Holographic Crystal.

The "Athena" hologram (of her Athena Bronze sculpture) was a collaboration by Eileen and holographer Ron Olson...more on this hologram - X-Prize Foundation and the FAA presented Marion Blakey, then head of the FAA, with Eileen's "Athena/AKA:Muse of Flight" Bronze sculpture when she left to became president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association. The Personal Space Flight Federation also presented Eileen's Bronze "Athena' to Patricia "Patti" Grace Smith for distinguished service as the head the commercial space transportation section of the Federal Aviation Administration when she left the FAA.

"Virtual Adventurer" is Eileen's holographic idealization of her illuminated 'deep carved' glass piece she created with long time collaborator, Butch Young. Interesting enough to note, Butch had previously entered the "Virtual Adventurer" glass piece into the New Mexico State Fair and it won First Prize.

The 'Orbit Award' holographic crystal was used as an award for the Space Tourist Society and National Space Society given to notables in the Space Exploration and Travel Community, including: Buzz Aldrin, Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Burt Rutan, & Peter Diamandis.

A small retrospective of some Eileen's other mixed media art is also incorporated, including her original sculptures and her collaborations with Disney and Warner Bros.

Concurrently Eileen also has a gallery show of her works at the Gualala Arts Center in Mendocino Country which runs through November 22nd.

This event continues through the 24th.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jaws Meets Jurassic at the Desert Empire Holographic Experience

Three of the holograms at the Back to the Future Holographic Experience

Innocent bystanders will have a 3D life-sized holographic shark lunge towards them as they venture through Jeff Allen’s “21st Century Magic” Experience provided at this year’s Desert Empire Fair’s Holographic Entertainment and Educational Experience in Ridgecrest opening October 21st. As the survivors venture forward they encounter a holographic T-Rex projecting his head through a wooden barrier. Luckily, the shark and dinosaur are both holographic and everyone will emerge unscathed to enjoy other futuristic experiences. Time travel “Back to the Future” to witness historic holograms, journey to the future of holographic art and enjoy all of the other activities this year’s Desert Empire Fair has to offer.

Other attractions from Jeff Allen’s “21st Century Magic” holographic experience will include:
1. The Birth and Evolution of Embossed Holography – “The Guttenberg Press of the Future”,
2. A Special ‘Rainbow Hologram’ Tribute to “Steve Benton” - Holography Pioneer and Visionary,
3. Holography Legend, “Lloyd Cross’s Multiplex Holography” – 3-D Motion Holograms - Fusing Holography with Film, Video and Digital,
4. A Journey into pre-21st Century Holography – “Back…To The Future”
5. “21st Century E-Holograms” The Fine Art of Holography by Eileen Borgeson, and
6. Exploring Einstein’s Holographic Universe of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

Also, for the first time ever, both the laser illuminated “David” and white-light-viewable “David” embossed hologram prototypes will be available for the public to visually experience.

These historically significant ‘one-of-a-kind’ “David” holograms (holographic images of a bust replica of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture) were physically embossed on clear plastic by Jeff Allen over 35 years ago at two crucial breakthrough stages and were integral parts of the embossing process developed with his partner (and the process’ inventor) Mike Foster, during this period. Embossed holography has since produced trillions of embossed holograms like those seen on credit cards, National Geographic Covers, driver’s licenses, jewelry, books, greeting cards and ‘kinetic’ packaging applications.

Embossed holography could very well be the ‘Guttenberg Press’ of the 21st Century capable of mass producing (without lasers) holograms. The Guttenberg Press was considered by many the highest technical achievement of the last millennium (one thousand years) because it mass produced the written word and enabled the first mass communication. Already, embossed holography annually produces billions of holograms made and distributed throughout the world.

Almost two decades ago, Jeff Allen created another Holographic Experience ago for the Desert Empire Fair. At that time fair-goers got a ‘sneak-preview’ into 3D TV and Computer Animation. Eighteen years later, 2010, 3D Television has been commercially launched following the 3D movie craze which started in 2009 with James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D. Eileen Borgeson, the featured artist for this Holographic Experience, created the inaugural Lumiere Awards, which were presented at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre by the International 3D Society last Spring, with four awards honoring Avatar. Two of Eileen's other awards, the Orbital Muse and Athena, will be shown in holographic form.

This year, attendees under 19 years old will have their first chance to ‘re-visit’ some of the holograms seen by their parents in 1992. Besides the historic holograms from the previous show, viewers will be treated to some of the latest in technological holographic advances that will be part of this “Back To The Future” Holographic Experience.

These Experiences are created to entertain, educate and engage everyone at every age. There will also be ‘larger that life characters’ from “Alice in Wonderland” with an area for the kids of all ages to venture into.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mendocino Meanderings & John Lennon “Baby Grand” by Eileen Borgeson

Pics: John Lennon’s “Baby Grand” with new frame with Eileen Borgeson, John Lennon’s “Baby Grand” by Eileen Borgeson

When you finally find paradise remember to bring it with you when you travel. Luckily in our Mainland Mania Maya there’s Marin, Mendocino, Friends and Family which are their own forms of Paradise and has offered our latest voyage its own flavor.

For the last few of months we’ve been entirely focused on re-locating’ our vast, accumulated collection of holograms and Eileen Borgeson’s art from our Mendocino studio to Marin with stays at our friends, Willa Martin’s hide-a-way (vacation rental) house on a ridge overlooking Mill Valley and Mark Becker’s glass cliff house on the same ridge looking the other way with a spectacular view of the San Francisco bay. Both homes are art pieces themselves adorned with their owner’s own art and lifestyle.

Immersion into water (swimming), my new religion, is an act which is faithfully fulfilled every day possible in the Gualala River which borders Sonoma and Mendocino Counties at a fork where two streams combine. The temperature is the same as the cold shower at the warm pond in Puna, Hawaii. Refreshing! But the swim becomes short lived, though the steam warmed up in late summer.

Though the ‘move’ requires a lot of our energy there is still time to pursue our passions.

One of Eileen Borgeson’s latest projects was framing John Lennon’s Baby Grand deep carved in crystal art pieces from her private collection to be given as a gift to a friend’s ‘earth angel’ for an addition to his collection of Eileen’s art. The piece is over 18 years old. It took two weeks for Eileen to create the ‘perfect’ frame for the piece. She enlisted the help of master woodworker Mark at the Gualala Joinery next door to our studio to create the natural wood elegant frame study enough to hold the somewhat heavy piece of crystal. Eileen’s personally gold leafed the inside border of the frame with 23K gold to accent the 23K gold with fills the carved in glass canyons carved from the lines of John’s simplistic style and ‘stroke’. The end result was a ‘museum quality’ piece which tributes both John’s genius in art and well as music.

Hawaii calls everyday though it appears early November is the portal for my next immersion into the islands.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Avatar Won I3DS Lumiere Awards Created by Sculptor Eileen Borgeson and Oscar Manufacturer R. S. Owens

Visual: Eileen Borgeson with her Lumiere Sculpture the day of the awards show.

At the Inaugural Lumiere Awards show in Hollywood, the International 3D Society recently honored Avatar, Up, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Brendan Fraser. Renowned Artist, Eileen Borgeson, designed and sculpted the awards which were created by R. S. Owens, manufacturer of the Oscars.

R. S. Owens ( manufacturer of prestigious awards like the Oscars and Emmys has teamed again with renowned Artist/Sculptor Eileen Borgeson ( to create another classy industry award…this time, for the International 3D Society (I3DS). Eileen is the creator of Iconic Fine Art awards for the Entertainment Industry including the Promax ‘Muse’.

The I3DS Lumiere Awards honored the best in 3D during the ceremony at Mann’s Chinese Theater. Avatar took home 6 Lumiere Awards. Other winners included: for Movies…Up, Coraline, Partly Cloudy and Under The Sea 3D. Studios also receiving awards : Lightstorm Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, Pixar, Sony Picture Imageworks, Focus Features and Warner Bros. Special Awards went to Brendan Fraser and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The I3DS Lumiere Award winners were peer-voted by the ‘creatives and professionals’ in the 3D entertainment community.

The Lumiere project began over a year ago, with Hawaii artist, Eileen Borgeson flying from Hollywood to meet with Jim Chabin (President of I3DS and former President of both the Emmys and PromaxBDA). Together they shared their visions and developed a sculpture destined to become ‘the Award of all Awards’ for the emerging 3D Industry.

Some visions for their Lumiere:
1. She’d stand on her own merit as a fine art sculpture,
2. A classic beauty to compliment the Oscar as she graced his side in trophy collections,
3. to someday earn the prestige and respect of the Oscar, and
4. to obtain the global iconic success of PromaxBDA’s ‘Muse of Creativity’ Awards.

Borgeson and Chabin brainstormed over a week creating concepts and drawings until one ‘clicked’. In Eileen’s capable hands, the sculpture took shape. After a hundred hours or so of detailing, sanding and fine tuning, the Lumiere sculpture was born.

Eileen and Jim’s first collaboration resulted in the original Promax Gold and Silver ‘Muses of Creativity.’ Their joint efforts again created the: The Brandon Tarticoff Award-hand shaped, cut crystal, and the ‘Rocket to Stardom’ Awards-blown glass and metal.

Scott Siegel, owner of R. S. Owens, was brought into the Lumiere project by Eileen and his company created the first Lumiere Artist’s Proofs, just as had been done with the Promax ‘Muse’ Awards. His company is known internationally for it’s precision quality and unequaled performance in the producing the best in the industry.
The artistic proofs gave Eileen the rare opportunity to see Lumiere as a finished piece, complete with 24K gold ‘dipped’ finish, prior to the final mold making and production. She then fine tuned her original sculpture to make it more compatible with the seven part ‘mass production’ metal mold to guarantee consistent fine art quality. A golden disc was added beneath her foot to ensure the proper slant of the Lumiere in her ‘launch’ mode.

Chabin and I3DS’ goal to have the awards show before the Oscars was an incredible logistical challenge since the green light for the show and awards production happened only weeks before the event itself. At that point, Eileen and R. S. Owens immediately sprang into action and with Eileen working directly with Sandra Thomas(Custom Awards), Mark Psaros (Head of Operations) and Jorge (Head of Production), the seven part mold was made, production done, sculptures polished and the 24K Gold plated…shipped to arrive the day of the event!

In this endeavor, the R. S. Owens team broke all previous time records in its 65 year history for a mold creation and sculpture production, a feat they’d prefer never to repeat.

While all this was happening, Jim Chabin had the daunting task of organizing the I3DS as well as the awards show to evolve and recognize the 3D industry and 3D’s ability to immerse the audience into the story. 3D is rapidly becoming the entertainment of choice. Avatar has already demonstrated this by becoming the most financially successful movie of all time with Disney’s 3D Alice in Wonderland already following suit.

Through everyone’s combined efforts, a success was created so the 3D Entertainment Industry could be honored with the I3DS Lumiere awards… and finally be recognized on the level it deserves. The resulting award show video can be seen on the I3DS website. (

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Avatar wins 5 I3DS Lumiere Awards by Eileen Borgeson

(Visuals of Brendan Fraser on stage with Lumiere Award and Brendan with World Renown Violinist, Tony Selvage)
International 3D Society's Lumiere Awards by Eileen Borgeson honored the best in the 3D Cinema Community Tuesday night in Hollywood.

The winners were (including the two People's Choice Awards:)

Live Action 3D Feature: “Avatar”
Animated 3D Feature: “Up”
3D Talent: Brendan Fraser, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
Best 3D Character: Neytiri in “Avatar”
3D Vision Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks SKG “
Best 3D Scene: “Avatar” and Jake Sully for “First Flight”
People’s Choice Award, Live Action 3D: “Avatar”

People’s Choice Award, Animation: “Coraline”
3D Stereography, Live Action: “Avatar”
3D Stereography, Animation: “Coraline”
3D Visual Effects: “Avatar”
Marketing 3D Content: “Avatar”
Short 3D Motion Picture/Narrative: “Partly Cloudy”
3D Documentary: Imax’s “Under the Sea 3D”
2D to 3D Conversion: “G-Force”

We weren't able to attend (still in Hawaii) but we were well represented by our friend Tony Selvage who went to the awards event and party. We're sure Tony became one of the 'default' celebrities of the evening. Cigars with Brendan, etc.

Thought we'd share some visuals of the event provided by Tony.

Past blog on the award:

More on the event and Lumiere later.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Honeymoon, New Beginnings and Interruptive Technologies

Everything happens in Paradise. Remember the television show Fantasy Island...well its premise was true. Eileen and I just spent a magical week in December with two great spirits from the mainland, John and Cheryl Dalton, who joined us here in Hawaii.

John and Cheryl had just recently married and decided the first trip to Hawaii for them both should also include their Honeymoon.

John and I had previously done ‘virtual’ business together in the fields of energy (my families’ coal property in Utah) and entertainment, introducing my HoloZone (holodeck-like) Experience/Complex to theme parks and Dubai, but we had never met. So what better to place to meet than in a real Hawaiian 'HoloDeck', which is what the experience and change of surroundings we were about to embark on was to seem like.

John and Cheryl spent a couple of days on Oahu before ‘teleporting (through Hawaii Airlines’ to the Big Island where Eileen and I met them at the airport. We then transported (via automobile) to our first journey together, where else? But Vacationland.

Our habitat was very unusual for Hawaii. Alaska big block construction (built by Alaskans) with an eclectic interior of attractive furnishings with each room painted in a different ‘hue’ of subtle turquoise and lavender colors. Pleasant shifts of mood seem to occur in each colored room.

The first day was spent with a swim in tide pools, and an exploration on the Kalapana-Kapoho ‘Red’ Road. Black lava cliffs with huge breaking waves, volcano heated ‘warm pond’, Kalapona surfers, Kalani retreat, Kahana Beach ‘Sunday crowd’ and a walk to the black lava walk to see the lave route as in flows to the ocean. We were now at the end of the road, Uncle Roberts…a legion of these parts and in the Hawaii Kingdom. The road ends here because of Pele’s volcanic action in 1982 which spared Uncle Roberts. His house and property became ‘Hana’ and refuge for many of the individuals who lost homes in this area when they most needed it.

Pele’s been active since and still, active only a few miles away, sending steam plumes in the air where she pores herself into the sea.

The next day we departed along the south way stopping at the Volcano National Park at the lodge poised over the crater. Misty fog covered the volcano crater but its size and previous activities were evidenced by the found throughout the now Christmas Decorated lodge warmed by a fire (not Pele’s) in the rock fireplace that’s made the Guinness Book of World Records for continual flaming.

Later that day we arrived at the next part of our journey at our friends Gary and Apple Stice’s Dolphin Retreat on Kealakekua Bay, several doors down from his Point House. The smiles on John and Cheryl’ showed that this location was about to add to our magical mystery tour. The honeymooners stayed on the upper half of the house and Eileen and I nested into the downstairs apt. Luckily there were two kitchens which came in handy for our upcoming ‘Orphans’ Thanksgiving Dinner we about to have in a couple of days. [Note: a ‘Orphans’ Thanksgiving Dinner is when you have a traditional Thanksgivings dinner with your non-traditional family (family by default) on is held on any day other than Thanksgiving].

The next week was about ‘just being’ here. Kealakekua has so much beauty and so much history it’s important to relax and absorb the magical energy and Hawaiian feelings that permeate the area. The Dolphin Retreat has a wonderful lawn with a short rock wall separating it from the ocean.

Easy entrance to the ocean was just a short walk away. One day I walked it and swam and walked back to the awaiting jacuzzi at 103 degrees in just 11 minutes. On the last day Eileen and I joined 18 playful Dolphins for a morning swim.

John and Cheryl took some daily trips up to Kailua for some to explore the island on their own.

Throughout the experience John and I would take brief moments to discuss possible business scenarios involve my knowledge, experience and positioning in Holography. Holography being an immerging technology which we’re still inventing offers a ‘gold mine’ of ‘killer applications’ that are finally being realized or hopefully being discovered. Many are destined to become ‘interruptive technologies’ and really change the landscape of business, lifestyle and the future.

We discuss many aspects of potential directions and felt Solar Energy, Brand Recognition/Security and the HoloZone (HoloDeck) applications are probably the most needed at this point.

Our Orphans Thanksgiving Dinner was very special with 11 attending. Besides John, Cheryl, Eileen and I, we were joined by neighbors and Mendocino friends: Willa Martin (prolific artist and amazing women), David Carlin (one of the best Netsuke artists and total character), John and Lilly (new friends here from Gualala for Lilly’s jewelry show) and Jon Lomberg (Carl Segan’s friend/illustrator, Emmy award winner for PBS Cosmos and visual consultant for Jody Foster’s Contact movie.) [Note: we had previously collaborated with Lomberg on the historic ISDC06 Poster (launch of Space Tourism). John’s ‘Portrait of the Milky Way’ (now at the Smithsonian) was the background for our Dennis Tito and holographic crystal Orbit Awards.]

A trip back to Hilo via the north road of the island where John and Cheryl were teleported back to Oahu for their return trip to Houston.

This may not have seemed like a HoloDeck-like experience you would have in mind but the unusual and special sites of Hawaii and the sharing of the Aloha feeling creates an experience that you’d want to program into a HoloDeck and experience over and over again.