The film industry is the one that has been expansively affected by technological advancement. Mechanical and digital innovations both have influenced everything from equipment to distribution, how films are made and the manner in which we consume them. From the first projector to modern computer generated graphics films and the 3D technology the industry is still innovating to make better movies.
Here we highlight few leading technologies that are poised to shake up the film industry.
- IMAX with Lasers
The audience deserves more than just a movie, they merit an affair that transports them to magnificent new world engaging their senses in endless colours and soul-stirring sounds, all thanks to lasers. In addition to making raves, popping popcorn more awesome and skin rejuvenation on laser IPL machines, the lasers can produce black colours which mean better colour and image quality. IMAX with laser represents a quantum leap in cinema technology providing the audience with brightest, clearest, sharpest and most vivid digital images ever.
- Light Weight Digital Cameras
This technological invention has made shooting easier than ever for almost all cinematographers. While some refuse to abandon the traditional shooting medium claiming it to be cheaper to work, better looking and extremely reliable. However, shooting in digital is much easier because more can be done in less time. Multiple cameras can run on the same shot so that you always get the angle you want without having to waste time on retakes. The lightweight digital cameras like the Red One captures more images per second than standard film, enhancing the image quality allowing the audience to feel present in the moment.
- 3D without the Glasses
3D technology has been well known and many movies are made in 3D offering unique perspective and realistic experiences, however, one major drawback is the clunky eyewear that moviegoers have to wear making them look like space nerds from the 80s, but it looks like not any more thanks to lenticular lens technology. It allows all the moviegoers to enjoy the same 3D experience without having to put on any glasses as it uses a complicated system of mirrors that are carefully placed and calculated based on the distance of each audience. The second solution to 3D without glasses is the parallax barrier where a very fine grafting is placed in front of an LCD screen so that slots block out different parts allowing the audience to perceive 3D.
- Insanely Audio Experiences
Thanks to Dolby Atmos Sound System, the sound of killer footsteps creeping up a flight of stairs is about to get a whole lot creepier. It has been around since 2012, but yet to take off in a big way. This technology transports the audience into the story with moving audio that flows all around with breathtaking realism. In cinema settings, up to 64 speakers will be used placed strategically at various points, including above audience as well. This adds height dimension to the sound, creating a hemisphere of speakers allowing filmmakers and sound designers to direct specific sounds to certain areas of the room with a high degree of accuracy. The audience will hear raindrops hitting individual leaves and helicopters sound like they are flying right above them.
These are some of the technological advancements that have helped improve the quality of the movies and change the way films are consumed by the audience.