Twenty minutes of VFX-intensive action from Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” will be presented in Barco’s new tri-screen panoramic presentation called Escape to enhance theatrical box office and compete with Dolby Vision and IMAX laser projection.
“Justin Lin’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is an epic adventure— truly larger than life,” stated producer and Bad Robot president J.J. Abrams. “It is especially fitting, then, that we are partnering with Barco to provide an ultra wide-screen immersive experience using their unique Barco Escape format. This premium format dramatically expands the width of the viewing plane, giving filmmakers an innovative new tool with which to tell stories and audiences an enhanced new way to experience cinema.”
In addition to remastering 20 minutes of footage (involving the Enterprise under attack in an appropriate horizontal expansion, according to Ben Rosenblatt, head of VFX and post at Bad Robot), a company exec will also join Barco Escape’s advisory board to demonstrate a commitment to innovative tech.
Thus, what’s old is new again in many ways. Think of it as digital Cinerama, with three projectors and two additional CinemaScope screens, allowing filmmakers to play with a much larger canvas and a variety of visual opportunities, given the trapezoidal angle view of nearly 200 degrees.
First deployed on the first two “Maze Runner” movies (courtesy of a deal with Fox) Escape allows the eye to follow separate angles and scenes operating in unison. Escape will be demo’d this week at CinemaCon.
“Star Trek Beyond” (July 22) will feature VFX not only from Bad Robot’s in-house unit but also Double Negative (“Batman v Superman”), Atomic Fiction (“The Walk”) and Kelvin Optical.