What is PepperScrim?
Untethering lighting designers from limited holographic systems, PepperScrim is now one of the most popular fabrics designed for use on stage. For set designers and lighting teams throughout the entertainment industry, PepperScrim is changing the way in which shows are staged, and providing audiences with a completely new, ultra-realistic holographic experience. In this latest post, we’ll explain more about PepperScrim and its value within the industry.
A Foldable, Transparent Gauze
PepperScrim is now being used throughout the entertainment industry to provide audiences with unparalleled show experience. The transparent gauze material can be added to any performance to show holographs and present unique lighting effects on stage. The material is placed at the front of the stage at an angle to the audience. The images reflected on the gauze appear to be on the stage from the audience’s perspective. And because PepperScrim is designed to be highly reflective, there are no double-image or image refraction issues that might mitigate the effect.
The Potential Applications
One of the most exciting elements of working with PepperScrim in your production is the endless potential the material has for entertaining audiences. For example, it can be used in the following ways:
To create 3D floating animations
You can use PepperScrim to create 3D floating animations that look as if they’re moving with the action on the stage. The floating animations have no clear connection to outside technology from the audience’s perspective, truly providing an immersive show experience.
Interaction between the artist and the 3D content
Because of the way PepperScrim is created, the artist on stage can actually interact with the 3D projections, helping boost the value of the illusion to the audience. The projection of the image can be moved along with the artist’s movements to give directors a sense of control over the result. One of the key benefits of this is to keep the audience closely engaged in the content.
Projections can surround the artist
While other holographic systems have projections that can be placed above the artist’s head, the PepperScrim system is designed to be truly immersive for the audience, and so it appears as if the person on-stage is completely surrounded by holographic content. This is ideal, for example, when you are creating a production for a children’s show, and you wish to inspire wonder and amazement in your young audience. Imagine the reaction of the audience when the lead character is surrounded by life-like holograms as they make their way through a fairytale land. This powerful imagery is changing the way content is consumed and building a greater connection between the audience and the artist.
Adding Virtual Actors
Holographic content created with PepperScrim can also be used to add virtual actors to a scene or virtual presenters to a show. This is a great option for productions in which acting talent is required for specific scenes, but only for a short period of time. Instead of having the actor involved in each production, PepperScrim can be used to present a virtual representation of the actor on stage. To the audience, the actor will appear completely real. This gives the lighting design team and the directors a greater level of creative license when choosing how to tell a story and present their content to the world.
The Many Benefits of PepperScrim
Now you know a little more about how PepperScrim can be used and the value of the material within your productions. So let’s talk a little more about the benefits of PepperScrim compared to some of the other materials in the marketplace today. The benefits of PepperScrim include:
Lightweight and Foldable
For those with travelling productions that require a team of professionals to pack their materials and transport them from venue to venue, the lightweight and foldable value of PepperScrim is essential. This means that PepperScrim doesn’t require significant transportation considerations. The material can simply be packed as with other materials and then taken to the next venue. Because it’s lightweight, PepperScrim can also be carried by one person in a carrying case, thereby limiting the need for a large team of technicians to move the product and put it into place.
The design of PepperScrim also means that production teams have more space to work with on-stage when working with the material. Unlike other holographic systems, PepperScrim is designed to be used vertically, limiting the need for large amounts of stage space. You can simply add the layer to the front of the stage at a 45-degree angle to the audience to achieve the full effect. This gives you several meters behind the material to work with in creating your production content.
Simple Setup Process
One of the foremost challenges associated with holographic systems is that the setup time can take away from the value the system provides in terms of content. But PepperScrim has been designed with limited setup time. Teams simply have to attach it to the truss, lighting bar, or frame, and then tension the material. They are then ready to begin projecting content onto the gauze to delight their audience.
One of the reasons the leading production companies across the entertainment industry are now working with PepperScrim is that the material can be used to create truly unparalleled effects that the average audience member has never before seen on-stage. The holograms created by the system look real and the way in which the artist interacts with the holograms makes it appear as if a tangible connection is being made. This will add clear value to any production and can help to immerse audiences of all ages in the production.
This is an example of the exceptional innovations being made in the world of holographics. PepperScrim is captivating audiences and giving lighting and production teams more freedom to create truly memorable performances. To learn more about PepperScrim and its benefits for your upcoming productions, give the team at Encore Canda a call today!