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Dylan Thomas - Brought Back To Life... On the Anniversary
of his Death
In an ambitious project that draws upon hundreds
of photographs of the poet, his death mask, and a voice recording
made shortly before his death, a team of animators in Swansea has
created a talking Virtual Dylan Thomas, using high-end 3D computer
On the 9th November 2005, Dylan
Thomas re-created in 3D virtual reality
read again his poem, 'Do not go gentle into that good night'
to a sell-out audience at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.
Bernard Mitchell and iCreate Ltd
were proud to announce the world Premier of ‘A Virtual Dylan',
a 3D photo-realistic performance of Dylan Thomas reading again his
This screening took place on the
last night of the Dylan Thomas Festival, 9th November 2005,
5:30pm at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, South Wales.
Through the medium of 3D digital
computer animation we have brought back to life Dylan in a strikingly
vivid way that has never been seen before. No Moving pictures are
known to survive, so this is the closest we have to seeing Dylan
Thomas read his own poetry. We hope that this televisual image will
help make Dylan's poetry more accessible to a new generation of
The virtual head has been recreated
by the team of animators at iCreate
Ltd in Technium, Swansea, using photographs, a 3D scan of his
death mask, and voice recordings made in New York in 1952.
“Today we are at the beginning
of a new era of 3D computer imaging and animation. It is our ambition
to build in Swansea a centre of international excellence, in the
high growth virtual reality industry".
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Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to apply for a place at this limited capacity event.
For those who
would like to read more about the background of creating Virtual
here to read extracts from Bernard Mitchell's report on the
research towards his Masters Degree at the Swansea School of Art
and Design, at Swansea Institute of Higher Education.