Rugby league will head to Hollywood by way of a galaxy far, far away with cutting edge technology to deliver a Dally M experience unlike any other in the game’s history.
With COVID-19 forcing a change to the regular Dally M Awards, Fox League will employ new hologram technology to create a virtual world for rugby league’s night of nights.
Lifesized holograms will be projected next to hosts Yvonne Sampson, Lara Pitt, Jess Yates and Hannah Hollis to recreate the usual awards experience as closely as possible.
“We’ve engaged a company called Big Picture who have used this technology with Disney before on Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” Fox League executive producer Jamie Lockyer said.
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An artist image of how the virtual Dally M stage will look on the big night.Source:Supplied
“They use a camera technology called Red Spy and it’ll allow us to put a coach or a player on greenscreen in one area and beam that person into a virtual world.
“We’ve done a lot of player interviews this year over Zoom or Skype and it’s very two dimensional.
“Doing it like this, in a 3D virtual world — and the word virtual gets thrown around a lot, the Emmys and a lot of other awards shows say they’re doing a virtual awards show.
“But essentially that’s just prerecorded messages from people over Zoom. If we’re going to call it virtual we really want to make it virtual.”
The technology has been used for the Winter Olympics and during this year’s US Open but will be making it’s Australian debut at the Dally M’s.
For the first time, Fox Sports will fire up all three of its studio’s in order to bring the awards show to the viewers like never before.
“It’ll make it different and really special — we always try to make these events different, better and special,” Lockyer said.
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“With COVID-19 we were looking for a way to make the Dally M’s more of a TV broadcast rather than an event as we’ve done in the past.”
The awards will begin at 6:30pm on Monday with a special edition of NRL360 before the main ceremony kicks off at 7:30pm.
Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary has been tipped to take home the main prize after leading the Panthers to the minor premiership.
Originally published asDally M’s add touch of Hollywood to big night
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