The Ghost Lamp is a small project that implements two different visual technics, which is a combination of the animation made with an adaptation of Cel Animation Methods and the Pepper Ghost Holographic Projection as the visualization method.
Cel Animation is a Traditional animation technique that has a similar way to flipbook animation works. It’s an old technique that displays a series of drawings slightly different from one to another image simultaneously at a fast speed, which is the rapid changes between each image that will create an illusion of movement.
Meanwhile, in order to create the animation as a ghostly image, the Cel animation will be projected with a Pepper’s Ghost Illusion projector. The Pepper Ghost holographic projection is an illusion effects technique for creating transparent ghostly images based on a 16th-century illusion technique in the Italian Peninsula that was re-discovered in around 1862 by Henry Dircks during the development of Dircksian Phantasmagoria, which was successfully implemented in the theatre performance by John Henry Pepper during the production of Charles Dickens’s “The Haunted Man” in 1862.
Based on the technique, the Ghost Face animation during this mini-experiment was created by combining hundreds of face picture sequences as a series of images from the static face expression until the face with a grinning smile image, which was displayed at around 10 Frame Per Second speed.
The image was designed with high contrast between the figure and its black color background, in order to make the background part illuminated with low light intensity and the face part illuminated brightly as the only object or part that will be reflected or projected as the “Ghost”. Meanwhile, to build a story within the ghostly face appearance, the projection is designed to befall in the middle of an old lamp.
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* More about the experiment of Pepper Ghost Holographic Projection with a single reflector.