South Korea’s largest cinema chain will soon be showing 270 degree movies. Theater operator CJ CGV has developed technology — called ScreenX — that projects footage onto both of a theater’s side walls as well as its main screen. The technique provides a panoramic experience, but demands that film-makers take the two new ‘screens’ into account when shooting their movies.
The first film to be shown utilizing ScreenX technology is the appropriately titled The X, a half-hour spy thriller directed by Kim Jee-Woon that premiered at the recent Busan International Film Festival. Unlike the similar-in-practice Microsoft IllumiRoom, ScreenX’s 270-degree effect is achieved by shooting with three cameras simultaneously, crew and equipment must be carefully placed to avoid appearing in frame. The Wall Street Journalreports that to shoot The X, more than 30 people had to line up directly behind the camera, and lights had to be installed on overhead cranes. Yonhap News says Jee-Woon described the experience as “like hell and a nightmare.”
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