Rob Witcomb as Les Dawson for ITV
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of comedian Les Dawson, new multimedia holographic technology was used to bring him back on stage in front of a celebrity audience.
The technology used to create the Les Dawson hologram was a first anywhere in the world, fusing the work of a prosthetics and CGI team with that of an actor. Rob underwent an intensive week’s training learning Les’ original material, his mannerisms and his voice whilst being fitted out with full facial and hand prosthetics, a fat suit and Les’ actual clothes and jewellery.
After 3 hours in make up each day, the 12 hour shoot days involved painstakingly copying Les’ original movements. With no room for cut ins, the 5 different clips were shot in single takes and then, after 25,000 frames had been captured, the team put together a fully 3 dimensional Les to perform in front of a celebrity audience to perform the ‘audience with’ that Les had signed to do 2 weeks before his death.