All of us have at some point experienced personal loss. While most of us consciously adapt and move on, lack of closure can work profoundly upon our hearts. We continue to experience what we lost as if it were still physically with us, often decades later. We are pepperghosted not just with static images replayed from memory, but with a more frustrating subconscious suggestion that all of this is alive and well elsewhere, and doing just fine without us. The conclusions we draw from that can often be crippling. Instead of continuing to behold it all through a glass darkly, we need to confront what we have lost face to face, say what should have been said, do what should have been done, and let the wounds we cannot disclose begin to close.
For many of us, that is no longer physically possible, but as someone who has spent a career in high-tech, I have seen things that were once thought impossible become yesterday’s news. And so it is that technology continues to be valued, desired, and dreamed up---not because it is cool, but because of its promise to free us from the repetitive, debilitating processes that have become incapable of fixing themselves.
Pepper’s Ghost is in the end a story about how we apply a very real technology to a very real yearning--- the desire to live one day over if we could--- and to see ourselves again as the heroes of our own lives.
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Copyright 2015. Blue Wrangler Productions.
A young Wall Street lawyer receives a cryptic email from his estranged father who was killed in an aircraft accident working as a military contractor in Iraq. The message unlocks three secrets: What he was really working on-- a top-secret and highly controversial intelligence-gathering technology that replays events from the past; Why he was really doing it-- to relive the day he lost the love of his life thirty years earlier; And his final wish--- to meet her again... for the first time.
Pepper’s Ghost takes its title from an illusionary technique that uses plate glass and lighting to make objects appear where they are not. The technique was developed at the Royal Polytechnic Institute in London, and named after John Henry Pepper, who began to market it to theatres and entertainment venues with great success in the 1860’s.
Pepperghosting effects continue to be used in theme parks and museums, in television and movie studios, and have become very sophisticated. The technique has been adapted for advanced videoconferencing by high-tech companies such as Cisco Systems and Musion, Ltd, to project hi-definition 3D moving images in real time through the Internet into a live stage setting. Several clips of superior quality are up on the web. It’s amazing: the people look as if they are right there when they are actually thousands of miles away. Time-based ghosting has also started to show promise, but the technology, as might be expected, is still in its early stages.