Can the new technology recently introduced by Barco take cinema to a whole new level and be ahead of its time? A special version of the recent blockbuster “Startrek: Beyond the Universe” was shown in a movie theater using Barco Escape technology. It is a panoramic picture formed by three huge screens installed in front and on the sides of the audience. Please note that you can find cool effects on the Bet Winner website. Barco Escape is able to compete even with IMAX technology, which is now a leader in terms of immersing the viewer in the atmosphere of what is happening on the screen. Barco has already announced a feature film using its cool chip starring renowned director Jerry Bruckheimer. And while Barco Escape is only on a course for mass use in cinemas, let’s recall the most important stages in the development of the film industry.
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The first and most important steps for the birth of cinema were the creation of a pinhole camera, phenakistoscope and chronophotographer. One of the most famous first films is called “The Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat Station”. Filmed by the Lumière brothers, it appeared in 1896 and shocked viewers. It is said that some even ran headlong out of the hall, frightened by the huge train that was rushing straight at them from the screen. The film was in black and white and lasted only 50 seconds, but that was enough to change the whole world.
The creation of this short film was the impetus for the beginning of the entire era of black and white cinema, which lasted until the middle of the XX century, when there was an opportunity for full-fledged color reproduction. But even before that there were “color” films, which were first black and white, and then manually repainted in a few simple colors.
Everyone has heard of films starring the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin, in which replicas of the characters were shown in text form in separate frames. For some time, the use of sound in movies was impossible due to problems with the synchronization of visual and audio series and lack of volume. In the early 1920s, a low-frequency amplifier was invented to solve the volume problem.
Large film companies, which have already earned significant sums on silent films, were afraid to use sound in their films due to the possible loss of foreign audiences and rising production prices. In 1925, the little-known studio Warner Brothers, on the verge of bankruptcy, took a risk and decided to invest the rest of their money in sound films. The release of their “Jazz Singer” is considered the beginning of the era of full-fledged sound cinema.
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Digital duplicates of actors
New technologies are also approaching the creation of exact virtual copies of actors, as in the film “Terminator: Genesis”, which would use a copy of the young Schwarzenegger. The digital doubles of the actors may remain as young as in the first film, and their “physical” capabilities may be superhuman.
But so far the developers are facing a number of problems. For technology, it is still difficult to copy a person’s movements, especially his facial expressions. It is also unclear what to do with the “sinister valley” issue. The concern is that the more realistic the actor’s model, the more repulsive it is.
Since the presentation of Oculus Rift in 2012, film managers have been actively thinking about creating a full-fledged full-length virtual film. However, the appearance of such a product is delayed by at least two concerns. First, many modern virtual reality helmets are not able to reduce the lag when moving the head no more than 20 milliseconds. As a result, after long-term use, a person develops nausea and headaches.
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Secondly, when it comes to 360 degree images, there is the concern of focusing the viewer’s attention. In such conditions, the usual cinematic methods do not work, and it is difficult for directors to make it clear to the audience what exactly he should pay attention to. But so far, the use of video in the 360 video format is gaining popularity in the creation of short films and promos. The directors of the films “Dunkirk” and “It” have already presented their materials in VR format.
Questions and answers
Is it possible to make movies without technology?
Yes. But for modern viewers, this may not be enough.
Can I film myself?
Yes. It will be an amateur movie.
Are chroma key technologies used often?
Yes. This is a popular way to create good effects.