Virtual Dylan Thomas in the News

Virtual Dylan Thomas on TV

BBC Wales Today News
Broadcast date: May 2005

When the project was still in it's early stages, BBC Wales became interested and came to speak to us.

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S4C - Wedi 7
Broadcast date: October 2005

The Welsh language news and culture show 'Wedi 7' covered the Swansea Dylan Thomas festival in detail, they came to the studio and gave a detailed look at the final stages of the project.

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BBC Wales Today News
Broadcast date: 9th November 2005

On the day of the Virtual Dlyan premiere, the final movie created, the anticipation building, BBC Wales covered the story, interviewing Bernard Mitchell and Dawn Lyle.

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Across the Generations: Thomas’ daughter comes face to face with Virtual Dylan for the first time

Aeronwy Thomas has given Virtual Dylan her seal of approval, describing the computer-generated performance as “a tour de force”.The animation team at iCreate in Swansea was delighted to receive positive feedback from Dylan Thomas’ daughter, Aeronwy Thomas, when she visited the iCreate office on Thursday 3rd November.

Aeronwy was in Swansea for the annual Dylan Thomas Festival, and was one of the first to view the finished virtual performance.


“It’s great to have Aeronwy's support for the project – if she thinks it looks like him then no-one will argue!” says Dawn Lyle, co-producer of Virtual Dylan.
And what was Aeronwy’s reaction to Virtual Dylan? “I think she found it quite spooky, actually, to see him on-screen in this way. Overall, she was really pleased about the project, because it helps to keep the spirit of Dylan Thomas alive in Swansea, and is a lasting tribute to him.”

The animators have also had input from some of those that knew Dylan when he was alive, including Gwen Watkins, whose new book about the poet was launched at the start of the Dylan Thomas Festival.

“Gwen visited us as the project was nearing completion, and gave us some vital pointers to help improve the accuracy of the image. In particular, she helped us get the nose right, which is obviously one of Dylan Thomas’ most distinctive features! We are really grateful for her advice and support,” says Liam Tandy, lead animator at iCreate. The team are now hoping that the audience at the Virtual Dylan premier on 9th November are similarly complimentary about the project, which has been six months in development.

Photo: Left to Right : Bernard Mitchell (Bvirtual), Aeronwy Thomas, Jake Major, Liam Tandy, Dawn Lyle (iCreate)

Natural interest in Dylan Thomas has meant the Virtual Dylan project has been covered in the local and national news. Click on the links below to read the coverage so far.

18th May 2005

Western Mail

90-second clip brings 'virtual Dylan' back to life on film

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18th May 2005

BBC News Online

Virtual Dylan brought to life

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3rd Nov 2005

South Wales Evening Post

Dylan is brought back to life for one more reading

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8th Novr 2005

Press Release

Madame Tussauds for the 21st century

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9th Nov 2005
BBC Radio Wales
On-Air Interview
9th Nov 2005
Press Release
Bvirtual and iCreate present 'A Virtual Dylan'
9th Nov 2005
BBC News Online
Curtain rises on 'virtual' Dylan
9th Nov 2005

BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester

On-Air Interview
18th Nov 2005
Radio New Zealand
On-Air interview

All media enquiries should be directed to Dawn Lyle, director of iCreate and co-producer of Virtual Dylan. 01792 485 701

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