This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. In commemoration, The History Channel will be broadcasting a special, "Stealing Lincoln's Body" beginning February 16 at 9 p.m. EST. Many of us are aware of the thwarted attempts to steal and ransom Lincoln's corpse after it was delivered to Springfield, Illinois for burial, but, what caught my attention about this program is it's use of new visual graphics technology to present reenactments using photographs of Lincoln himself, not costumed actors.
[image - Abraham Lincoln at Madame Tussaud's in London, England]
"...the program features moving images of Abraham Lincoln, digitally created from actual historical photographs. For the first time,
These new photographs and moving images of
Author and Lincoln scholar
Here's a YouTube preview. Pay particular attention to the first few seconds - the animation is seamless!!
I have worked with a product called CrazyTalk by Reallusion to animate the faces of still images of sculptures of people from long ago and this Christmas I even used it to create an animation of my late father calling one last square dance for my other family members as a OOAK Christmas gift. I'm presently working on a project to combine such animation with artificial intelligence to enable website visitors to virtually "talk" to historical personalities using the historical sculptures of George Stuart.
So I am anxious to see how similar software can be used to create full length animation and virtual photographic reenactment.
The program's focus:
"After lying in state at the White House and at the Capitol (the nation’s first presidential state funeral), Lincoln’s body was carried by train in a grand funeral procession through several states and nearly two thousand miles, arriving in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois on May 4. However, his final burial would not take place until 1901, thirty six years later.
In 1876, 11 years after
Some efforts to protect the remains of the 16th President of the
Teacher and student contests, original short form video about
STEALING LINCOLN’S BODY was produced for The HISTORY Channel by Left/Right. Productions.