Saturday, April 9, 2011

Virtual and Live Entertainers to share Stage in Turnkey, Portable, Scalable HoloZone, by Jeff Allen




[Visuals: Jeff Allen and Eileen Borgeson 'brainstorming' at Gary Stice's Point House in Kealakekua Bay with Captain Cook's Monument in background and Jeff Allen’s HoloTheater Complex Concept and Floorplan]

Each new project is its own adventure into creative manifestation. Since December, while on the Mainland, I’ve been working with Rudy Esquivel, of G&R Entertainment since he approached me to design a HoloZone possible of ‘projecting’ a virtual entertainer onto a stage with live musicians.

Rudy and his brother, comedian Gilbert Esquivel, have been pioneering ‘comedy with live music’ events for a while now. Wanting a ‘creative edge’, we discussed the evolution of his concept to include Holographic and Holographic-Hybrid Experiences with live entertainment and comedy to offer into the entertainment industry.

From my involvement in holographic R&D laboratories as well as producing holographic shows experienced by millions across the US and into Canada, I have distilled a wealth of knowledge and imaging techniques (holographic, 3D, CGI) on how to create immersive and interactive environments. From Comdex parties at Caesars’ Palace to Warner Bros. back lot parties, to State and County Fairs I’ve offered the ‘HoloZone’ experience to a whole spectrum of individuals and age groups.

Now I’m back in Hawai’i and currently at my favorite place for inspiration, Gary Stice’s Point House in Kealakekua Bay. Several breakthroughs occurred last night with a ‘brainstorming session’ with Eileen Borgeson about HoloZone launch strategies, dealing with types of HoloExperiences and HoloAvatars to create for Entertainment performances and methods to approach global markets from the start. When you’re at one of the most beautiful places on the planet…you tend to think on a global scale.

This creative ‘brainstorming’ influenced our perspective on the types of HoloExperiences that could be offered with ‘Rudy’s’ HoloZone-Hybrid model, ‘VLS’. Working ‘virtually’ with Rudy through the phone and Internet, we continue to massage our plans, define our goals and are moving forward with them.

Under strict confidential arrangements, preparations are being made to start building a HoloZone for stage applications, targeting this Summer to begin producing the custom performances. The HoloExperiences themselves are now being story-boarded, scripted and the ‘imaging capturing’ studio sessions are being scheduled.

This HoloZone-Hybrid VLS will enable a true 21st Century HoloExperience in ‘post-terrestrial’ in multi-dimensional perspectives...a ‘Live’, engaging experience beyond today’s 3D television and theater offerings. Our initial focus will be fusing ‘virtual’ entertainers with ‘live’ entertainers for stage performances.

With the advent of faster computational power, higher resolution imaging, sophisticated optical arrays, new breakthroughs in digital holographics combined with ‘tweaked’ existing holographic techniques, we are getting closer to the ‘proverbial’ Holodeck experience shown in Star Trek Television and movie episodes.

Friday, April 1, 2011

From Jolee’s Kona ‘Light House’ to Holographic/Art Editions that Illuminate Our Lives with ‘Light’…We Rediscover the Big Island, Hawai′i



[Visuals - Eileen Borgeson and Jackie Simon at Jolee's Light House and a Kona Zebra]

Back from the mainland...Chance meetings open up portals of new experiences, paths and friendships. One day at our Vacationland digs, a whirlwind of energy named Jolee artfully slinked in and darted through the palm filled property with the grace and intent of a panther in the jungle with her ‘being in nature every moment of sunshine’ tanned body glistening in the sun.

And very shortly thereafter we ended up renting Jolee’s Ohana in her Kailua-Kona ‘Light House’ accented home, surrounded with the tools of the active lifestyle she lives and shares with all who ask…kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, boogie boards, snorkels, fins, mopeds, bicycles and more. We’re always searching out new locations to keep fresh with our approach to artistic and holography projects, ideas and concepts and hadn’t investigated this part of the island yet. Jolee’s quick LA departure to continue honing her lifesaving life skills provided us another chance meeting with her close friend, Jackie Simon, another free spirit just back from months in Thailand adventuring and educating others on one of her many paths of life.

We head back to the east side of the island with stops at our friend Violet’s enchanted fern forest cottage (and Unicorn corral) in Volcano…then another cottage next to Tony’s geodesic ‘recording studio’ dome with an extended visit with Tony Selvage himself…our ‘violin virtuoso’ buddy.

A delightful afternoon with Ariya and grandbaby, Naiya De, at the warm ponds…he’s a 2 ½ yr. old constant smiling little Buddah baby-fish.

Back to the Kona side…stopping for a Zebra proudly displaying his stripes. Eileen took a pic of him with a donkey either looking on or waiting to be painted for a Zebra gig in Tijuana.

Next…to the City of Refuge and then decided it was time to see, first hand, the aftermath of the Japan Tsunami at Kealakekua Bay. Kealakekua’s our favorite spot on the West side of the Island and we stay there as often as possible swimming with Dolphins and creating art and virtual business.

We visited Willa Martin and David Carlin’s…their house came through it unscathed and Gary Stice’s Point Houses were luckily spared with just some structural damage. It’s amazing and shocking to see the power and the inter-connectiveness of events occurring thousands of miles away. We’ve so many memories and projects created in all these places. Last year the ‘artist sign-off’ Lumiere sculpture was finished by Eileen Borgeson at Willa’s right before it was rushed off to R. S. Owens to be cast in the nick of time for the inaugural Int’l. 3D Society’s awards show.

So we’re now back in Kona discovering the White Sands Beach and rediscovering Kua Bay with those huge aqua waves crashing a bit too hard today for our comfort. We’re ready to immerse ourselves into HoloZones, Marilyn Monroe licensing and Artistic creative sessions, expressions and impressions. One HoloZone coming up…with concepts for live/virtual stage acts.... and illuminated glass editions emerging from the Atascadero Atelier where Eileen Borgeson and Butch Young create crystal magic.