Parliament of Religions 3D Movie

The movie is currently screened at the 3D Theater every 30 minutes in Vivekananda House, Chennai.

During the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India released a 3D Movie “9/11 – The Awakening”. This short 3D Movie is about Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech “Sisters and Brothers of America” delivered at Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11th 1893. The movie portrays Swami Vivekananda’s trip to the west, his visit to 1893 World’s Columbian Expo and his Chicago address at Parliament of Religions (Art Institute) in 1893.

The entire Chicago Expo has been re-created based on 1893 Chicago Archive Maps and a virtual setup of the Parliament of Religions stage with an audience of 7000 members has been built. The Empress of India ship that Vivekananda undertook during his journey to the West has also been re-created.

A realistic 3D Model of Swami Vivekananda with real skin shaders has been created and improvised based only on his photographs in the absence of any video reference of Vivekananda. To create smoother animation for the 3D movie, Motion capture has been performed with an actor playing Vivekananda’s role.

Monastic members of Ramakrishna Math, Chennai worked with GISR (Global Institute for Stereo Vision and Research) team to make the movie.