Unfortunately for those hoping to see more future appearances by deceased artists via hologram imagery, you may be in for a long wait. Digital Domain Media Group, who dominated headlines last spring after creating a hologram image of Tupac Shakur that “performed” at Coachella, have filed for bankruptcy.
Founded in 1993 by director James Cameron and other partners, Digital Domain is one of the industry’s best-known visual effects studios known for far more than just recreating deceased emcees. Digital Domain has created effects on more than 90 movies, including “Titanic,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Avatar” and the “Transformers” films. The company also won an Oscar for its work on the reverse-aging effects on Brad Pitt’s character in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The Florida-based company said it filed a Chapter 11 petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware as part of an effort to “ensure the long-term future of its core business” and trigger a “sale of assets.”
As an aside.. and because seeing a faux Tupac kinda shook me up.. while I’d love the chance to see Big L and Guru perform again, or watch J Dilla spin just one more time, it’s probably for the best that we keep our passed brothers’ legacies simply in our hearts and in our music. The end.