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What a stitch up
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We weren't sure what to do about our April Fool's Day Video - whether to just leave it or to explain. But we're pretty sure that there might be some people out there getting annoyed, wondering when they'll get more information about when they could order their invisible t-shirt.
We've also had a few emails from military suppliers and stuff trying to buy our Synthetic optic fibre.
So we can confirm, for those that were fooled, that the Synthetic Optic Fibre invisible t-shirt breakthrough didn't happen. It was a stitch up.
It started about two years ago inside Rapanui - there are a few people in here who are quite keen on the old practical joke. The best so far has been a prank call involving Bono, the local paper, a charity website and an order for 10 million t-shirts. Story for another day.
This year we thought we'd take it to the next level and see just how many people we could fool.
So how did we do it?
Well to borrow a phrase from our own "Professor" (local am-dram veteran Bill, from Bembridge) it was actually pretty simple, and the research has been around for a long time: we used green-screening. This is normally used to replace a whole background, like when the weatherman/woman stands in front of the map, they're actually standing in front of a green wall and the map is superimposed there by a computer - the computer replaces everything bright green in the image with whatever you tell it to.
We did the same in reverse, and used a bright green t-shirt - then used green-screen software to replace the t-shirt with the image behind. Luckily our video collaborator Will Jackson is a bit of a CGI / green-screen specialist and Bill is epic at acting. And the lab? Well... you might be able to spot the WD40 and other miscellaneous parts from our Nan's garage.
We even roped in our friends at Agile Studios who, once again, came to our rescue with an incredible soundtrack at short notice - invisible hats off to them. But how did we fake the "public reactions" bit? Well ... that was magic.
So there you go. No Isle of Wight University based at Carisbrooke Castle, no invisible t-shirts (at least not from us) but at the very least... a bit of a laugh.
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