Tech revolution has impacted the way we watch movies in movie theaters and at home. 360-degree viewing and recording, 3D prints, drones – these are just a few innovations that have created a revolution. The film industry has come a long way. Let’s review the tech innovations that have made a difference.
1: IMAX with Laser
Thanks to LASERS, we got bright IMAX movies in 2013. The laser doesn’t just cause popcorn to pop, it can produce deep black colors. This makes a better image and color quality of the Film Industry. Even when I am watching a movie on my Spectrum TV Select Package, I can feel the difference because of crisp quality and colors.
Laser projection promised to fix wash out eye-straining 3D picture quality. The laser doesn’t burn like bulb burns. Therefore, users now look forward to a great movie theater experience.
2: Autonomous Drone
Autonomous drones are already out there. These drones don’t require human intervention to work. They will be the sentient drones having built-in knowledge and algorithm. They will know all filmmaking techniques such as viewing angles, screen positioning and shot size by heart. Soon, we will see open source technology to develop drone cinematographers.
3: Insanely Realistic Audio Experiences
Thanks to the new Atmos sound system, we have got to hear the sound of the footsteps of the killer creeping up the stairs. This was first used in the screening of Hobbit. The system can push sound from more directions you can imagine. This makes the auditory effect more naturalistic.
4: Smartphone Filming
The idea of shooting a featured film on iPhones was just a dream. But it has already happened and that too multiple times. Now the question is will the industry shift towards accommodating iPhone and other smartphone filmmaking gear?
5: Dual Camera VR
Technonauts launched a project called Two Eyes VR. They believed that binocular 360-viewing and recording are going to be the way of the future. After all, that’s how we usually experience the world day in and day out, right?
6: Ultra HD 3D Technology
4k+ 3D or as we know it, the ultra-high-definition 3D is being used for shooting action sequences. The camera uses 2 or more lenses for capturing details allowing filmmakers to display better content on screen.
It can capture live action, playback, support editing plug-ins, and VR audio recording. It’s a bit expensive but it has come a long way in shaping the film industry. It’s widely used in India and other parts of the world.
It looks like 3D but it’s not. It offers a better picture quality. As filmmakers start adopting new technologies, very soon, 4K content will be available everywhere and it will become affordable as well.
7: Drone Goggles
It’s another futuristic tech innovation in the cinema industry. It helps capture live feeds. You can wear these goggles for a while without putting stress on your eyes. Some goggles also have tiny speakers for output audio. This would offer an entirely new experience in the filmmaking process. They also come with an audio jack where you can plug in your headphones for better sound.
8: AI Scripts
Each script has a specific context right? This makes it hard to imagine if a script could be reproduced. This has not stopped people from trying though. The results might sound gibberish but the experiment is quite interesting.
Go to WhatsApp messenger, you will see a bar above the box in which you can type suggested words. AI software sued for writing scripts works in the same way. It uses patterns and then makes a guess accordingly. This results in scripts that can be altered along the way. Currently, the machines cannot create a logical plot but this will happen soon.
OpenAI, a company backed by Elon Musk has created software that can write convincing news fiction. Using the information what it already knows, the software was able to create a clear narrative.
9: AI Face Generation
A group of researchers at Nvidia created a neural network algorithm for generating a completely new yet realistic face from starch. It’s an AI-based technology called StyleGAN. It uses separate aspects of an image for creating a totally different image. This technology has been applied to old art pieces, cats, and anime characters. It’s creepy how it can generate a new face each time.
The difference between CGI and this style is how real the image can be. You will be surprised to know that it’s not generated by a computer. The image is generated via real-life pictures and the computer composes it.
Similar technology was applied in Star Wars: Rogue One for the appearances of Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing. It’s amazing to see them in action. I have used my Spectrum Internet Only package to watch those scenes again just to re-experience how far technology has progressed. Imagine Marilyn Monroe staring in the new Avengers movie! This would be an experience like no other.
Filmmaking equipment is getting powerful, shorter, and affordable than before. All the latest innovations are pushing the film industry to adopt new ways of producing content and films.