Our knowledge of contemporary slavery was combined with expertise from the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Hull's computer science geniuses to produce life-sized CGI representations of William Wilberforce.
The team created a "Virtual Wilberforce" using the same 3D magic used in popular Hollywood movies. One of our drama students "played" the role of virtual Wilberforce. His movements were captured and transformed into a 3D digital Wilberforce by the team using motion-capture technology and sophisticated 3D rendering.
During Hull's year as the UK City of Culture, a virtual Wilberforce "starred" on life-size interactive screens all across the city, paying respect to Hull's tradition of freedom. Virtual Wilberforce conveyed the inspiring tale of his life and his struggle for freedom, from his 1789 House of Commons address speaking out against the slave trade in Africa until his passing in 1833, in a series of brief animated movies.