|Ground-breaking Virtual Human Technology is also filmed for the first time with IM360 Cameras|
HONG KONG, May 10, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Digital Domain Holdings Limited ("DDHL" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") (stock code: 547) , the Hollywood virtual reality technology and content provider, has successfully held Asia's first virtual concert of Taiwanese pop diva Miss Teresa Teng commemorating the 20th anniversary of her passing, presented with the Group's cutting-edge Virtual Human technologies. Miss Teng is generally considered to be the all-time greatest Asian singing star.
Developed by Digital Domain 3.0, the Group's Virtual Effects Production arm based in Los Angeles and Vancouver, the life-size virtual image of Ms. Teng, also one of Asia's most beloved singers, dressed in her signature slim-fitting dresses, enthralled the audience of 7,000 fans at the Taipei Arena on Saturday night for more than two hours during which she sang her standards including "Sweet Sweet Honey" and "The Moon Represents My Heart."
The concert, known as the "If a Wish Could Be Made: Teresa Teng 20th Anniversary Memorial Concert in 3D", also featured singer Fei Yuqing as a special guest. Considered by many to be Taiwan's best male vocalist, Fei performed a number of duets with the virtual Teng including: "How Would You Say" and "Wishing We Last Forever." Other artists supporting the event included Teresa Chen, Wang Xin and Tong Yao, three female singers from mainland China.
The Virtual Human process involves a combination of the groundbreaking work of our visual effects artists and our exclusive, Academy Award winning MOVA technology," said Daniel Seah, Chairman and CEO, Digital Domain Holdings Limited. "Our award-winning artists worked for months to recreate the facial features, hair, eyes, expressions, body movement and personality of Miss Teng. We have artists with decades of Visual Effects experience who used their skills to shape, model, animate and eventually render photo-real images that resemble Miss Teng."
In an industry and Greater China first, DDHL has shot the virtual human concert utilising their patented 360-degree camera technology from IM360. The technology allows the full 360-degree environment to be shot from multiple angles, enabling the viewing public who couldn't be there in person to experience the event just like a VIP. From cameras placed on the stage, at front row seats and throughout the venue consumers will eventually be able to view the concert through 360-degree devices.
A virtual image of the star debuted in 2013 when Miss Teng appeared alongside Jay Chou in concerts in Taiwan attended by more than 100,000 people.
Miss Teng, who died in 1995 in Thailand, remains hugely popular across Asia. Since her death at the age of 42, her brother - Frank Teng, the chairman of the Teresa Teng Foundation - has been active in preserving the legacy of his sister, whose popularity spanned across the Chinese-speaking world.
To keep her talent as well as her memory alive, DDHL signed a 10-year agreement with TNT Production Limited to create virtual images of the singer for use in concerts, movies and other media.
"DDHL's work is a wonderful tribute to Teresa, introducing her music to a whole new generation, while providing many great memories for her long-time fans," said Frank Teng, the late singer's brother who is Chairman of the Teresa Teng Foundation.
"Our goal is to honor Teresa Teng, who touched so many people's lives," said Daniel Seah. "Twenty years later she is still revered as we witnessed from the reaction of her fans who attended the weekend concert. This trend-setting Virtual Human technology is going to change the production of stage performance, movies, games and advertisements dramatically in a global perspective and DDHL leading the way."
DDHL is the creative force behind some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including Iron Man 3, the Transformers trilogy, Maleficent and the X-Men franchise with its cutting-edge visual effects technologies. Digital Domain set the industry standard for virtual humans with its groundbreaking work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Since then, the company has continued to push forward the frontier of what is possible. In 2012 audiences were stunned by the surprise appearance of the late rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. This appearance soon went viral and became the talk of the event. The virtual human was so lifelike that many thought Tupac was still alive and performing.
With a solid track record of more than 100 Hollywood movies and more than 1,000 advertising videos, music videos and games and partnerships with international film production houses and famous brands including Universal, Warner Bros., Disney, etc., DDHL is now well-equipped for further business expansion across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field.
Digital Domain has previously garnered nine Academy Awards for both Best Visual Effects as well as in the Scientific and Technical categories. Receiving its first Oscar in 1997 for the ground-breaking visual effects in "Titanic," it followed with a second Oscar for "What Dreams May Come" in 1998. In 2008, Digital Domain received its third Oscar for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Its six Scientific and Technical Achievements include "Track," "NUKE," "STORMm," "FSIM Fluid Simulation System," "MOVA" and "Drop". Digital Domain has previously captured 12 VES Awards since 2002. Other awards won by Digital Domain include 36 Clio Awards, 13 Cannes Lion Awards as well as four BAFTA Awards.
About Digital Domain Holdings Limited
Digital Domain Holdings Limited ("DDHL" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 547). DDHL is a diversified investment holding company with its operating and investment businesses spanning Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Mainland China and other countries, encompassing such businesses as media entertainment, visual effects production, co-production of movies, property investment, trading, etc.
On 4 July 2013, the Group acquired Digital Domain 3.0 Group comprising Digital Domain 3.0, Inc., Digital Domain Productions 3.0 (BC), Ltd. and Mothership Media, Inc. Digital Domain 3.0 Group has a history of about 20 years and has manifested itself as the leading digital production company. As one of the biggest VFX service providers in the US media industry, it is mainly engaged in the production of VFX, animations and movies.
The Group will continuously explore business opportunities in our new domain of business, and will pursue other strategic investments, to create benefits for its shareholders and investors and to develop more business opportunities with greater potential. Company website: www.ddhl.com
IM360 is a joint venture announced in April 2015 between Digital Domain Holdings Limited and Immersive Media. The partnership unites Digital Domain, an Academy Award-winning digital production studio and Immersive Media, the leading provider of 360 immersive technology. IM360 creates cutting-edge interactive experiences including video content, services and client-side applications. Collectively, the studios aim to further the role of immersive video and virtual reality programming across advertising, television, film and gaming.
About TNT Production Limited
The name "TNT" originates from the first letter of the English first name and family name of Miss Teresa Teng, "T" and "T". The objective of establishing TNT is to commemorate Miss Teng's professional commitment in her singing career and the art business as well as her active involvement in community charity activities. Her influence can be seen in places where Chinese people reside. TNT Production Limited is principally engaged in the authorisation and agency of Miss Teng's video and audio entertainment business and related intellectual property rights worldwide. These include her concerts, musicals, TV dramas, movies, etc. TNT hopes to pass on Miss Teng's joyful loving spirit through its operations.
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