The image, most associated as a 3D hologram, was actually an optical illusion using a 2D image projected from a reflective surface on the stage. Mylar was then used to reflect the image back to create the 3D effect. According Nick Smith, to the president of AV Concepts, the company that handled the projection details of the performance, it was all Dr. Dre's brilliant idea from the get-go. He told MTV, "It was Dre's vision to bring [Tupac] back to life. 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."
And for those of you who are aching for more digital lost legends, anything and anyone can be digitally recreated (cue Twilight Zone music). "You can take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally re-create it," explained Smith. We're all over this idea. May we suggest a few legends they need to work on next?
Digital Tupac took a year to complete and according to sources cost at least $100,000 to $400,000.
In case you missed his performance, check it below: