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THE LONDONER – LONDON CALLING
Visitors to the Londoner Hotel Macau are treated to a one-of-a-kind audience experience. AIM’s installation ‘London calling’ is represented by an oversized, iconic London Phone Booth and matching ‘phone’ handsets – right in the centre of the shopping strip at the Londoner Hotel.
WHERE / MACAU WHAT / PERMANENT INSTALLATION
USING REAL TIME VOICE AND FACE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY, A PERFORMER IS ABLE TO INTERACT LIVE WITH THE AUDIENCE!
Londi the puppy (the Late Queen’s favourite Corgi) is a loveable and playful character; designed and animated by AIM, Londi is frequently depicted as getting up to all sorts of mischief at her home ‘The Londoner’ – across many of the installations produced and delivered by AIM.
For this installation, the whole experience is curated by a live host whose mission is to direct and encourage passers-by to have a chat with Londi. As part of the experience, Londi appears in the LED screens of the oversized telephone box, enchanting visitors – chatting with them and performing bespoke animated gestures and tricks. Unbeknown to the audience, the magic of the performance is that the movements are controlled live by a hidden performer!
Using real-time voice and facial motion capture, Londi the puppy is projected onto 4 large digital screens of the phone booth while the matching phone handsets create a natural viewing base for audience members. To enhance the immersion, the handsets contain hidden speakers – allowing for a more captivating sound projection experience.
AIM CREATED A LIVE REAL-TIME INTERACTIVE 3D CORGI
The Londi actor is hidden within the booth and is a trained improvisation actor, drawing guests into the experience through humorous and inquisitive conversation, providing light relief and offering advice on all the must-see attractions in Macau.
In-between regular programming of the scheduled Londi ‘live’ shows, the windows of the Phone Booth switch into ambient mode – presenting gorgeous and instantly recognisable London city imagery in a gentle panning slideshow. This unique function allows for a 24-hour activation of the installation.
In addition to the LED walls, the phone booth’s operating panel is an interactive touchscreen and personal handset, allowing the audience to have a more intimate and personalised experience.
AIM DESIGNED AND DIRECTED ‘LONDI’ THE 3D ANIMATED CORGI CHARACTER
AIM was commissioned to create a detailed character design, 3D, motion and voice capture, VFX, UI, spatial and technical design – as well as first class production and project management.
SOH Immersive Video
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