Posted Monday, June 9, 2008 9:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
They keep putting the Beemers in and yet it's a family friendly park.
Is Kraken narrow in its appeal?
Roof fires do occur once in a while with this type of application. It's just very seldom they destroy major parts of Hollywood studios in the process.
I know it was also because of seasonal operations but weren't they restricted from building coasters?
I think Kraken and the coasters are to get the families with teens (who would otherwise balk at spending a day with animals) in the door.
More information about Pepper's Ghost can be found here:
This link can explain how the illusion works more eloquently than I can.
I believe how the effect of Christopher walking in front and behind various props would be that that portion of the video is actually missing. Say he is going behind the table, I would guess that during those times, the only part of the video being played is the portion that is waist up.
It is a very cool effect, and I really enjoy how the actor and the props interact with the projection. Hope that helps
You can't simply cut out part of the projection because the physical objects in the scene are in a different position relative to the screen depending on where you're standing in the room. That's why it's such a neat trick.
But if you place placeholder objects carefully on the 'image source' side of the glass to match the position of the objects in the target space, you can get the result you describe. I know that trick was used at Kings Island in the Phantom Theater, specifically so that the Maestro would apparently be appropriately masked by objects between the riders and his virtual position at the back of the room.
There are two other factors which may be at play. One is that through the use of forced perspective, the illusion area may be larger or smaller than it appears. Another is that an image reflected in a flat mirror (or piece of glass) will appear in space behind the mirror at a distance equal to the object's distance from the front of the mirror. Again, you can tweak this through forced perspective.
Don't know if that's what's going on, but it's something to think about. Incidentally, someone brought up the Mystery Lodge. Talk about something uniquely Californian...it's the only place where I have ever been warned about the potential allergenic effects of entirely virtual smoke. :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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