Trumbull Studios and eyeon Software announce the world's first-ever 4K 3D 120FPS screening.
TORONTO -- eyeon Software and Trumbull Studios have announced the first public screenings of UFOTOG, a ten-minute technology demonstration of a 4K 3D movie shot at 120 frames per second. Directed by Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull and produced at Trumbull Studios, this experimental sci-fi adventure demonstrates Trumbull's new process called MAGI; a new cinematic language that invites the audience to experience a powerful sense of immersion and impact not possible using conventional 24FPS or 3D standards.
Trumbull is legendary for his ground-breaking visual effects work on films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner, as well as his directorial achievements on Silent Running and Brainstorm and special venue projects such as Back to the Future-The Ride, and a trilogy of giant screen high frame rate attractions at the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas.
Trumbull Studios teamed with eyeon Software to create UFOTOG, using eyeon Fusion, Generation, Connection and Dimension to enable 3D filmmaking in 4K at 120FPS.
UFOTOG was written and directed by Douglas Trumbull and produced by Julia Hobart Trumbull and Steve Roberts alongside executive producers Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald. Shot by cinematographer Richard Sands, the film stars Ryan Winkles with original music by Claes Nystrom. UFOTOG was produced at Trumbull Studios with special production services provided by eyeon Software.
“To work with such an industry hero on the next evolution of cinema is an opportunity not to be missed,” said eyeon CEO Steve Roberts. “Contributing to Trumbull's forward thinking has allowed eyeon not only to develop and push our technologies yet again, but also to get back to our production roots. Actually using our own tools in production with such an innovative genius is the most effective way to make our applications the best in class.”
Trumbull's pioneering work also included his Academy Award-winning 70mm 60FPS SHOWSCAN process, which was widely acclaimed by industry professionals. One the objectives of Trumbull's initiative is to demonstrate to the film industry that the successful future of the movie-going experience needs to be on larger screens, at high brightness, and with ultra-high frame rate 2K and 4K presentations that cannot be emulated on television, laptops, tablets, or smartphones.
UFOTOG will premiere at Paul Allen's iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater as the headlining event at the annual Science Fiction Film Festival Sunday May 11, 2014, in conjunction with special screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In addition, Trumbull will introduce his movie Brainstorm, which marked the beginning of his quest for immersive cinema, on Friday, May 9.
Source: eyeon Software
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.