Trumbull's 4K 120FPS Film 'UFOTOG' Premiering at Seattle's Cinerama
by Alex Billington
April 10, 2014
He changed the industry forever with the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Can he do again in 2014? After following its development for years, visual effects master Doug Trumbull is premiering his first experimental 4K 3D 120FPS film titled UFOTOG at the Second Fictional Festival this May up at Seattle's Cinerama. We've written about this odd UFOTOG project a few times before and have been patiently awaiting its arrival, mostly just to see what all the hype is behind this latest sci-fi experience that Trumbull has come up with. Press releases are hitting now confirming the premiere in Seattle. Read on.
Details in the press release (via PRNewswire): Paul G. Allen's iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater announces its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running from May 1-12, with 12 days of special programming. The festival will be highlighted by the world premiere of Douglas Trumbull's short film, UFOTOG, along with screening of over three dozen of the genre's most beloved movies and celebrity appearances by Jonathan Frakes, Tom Skerritt, and Sam J. Jones. The Festival's banner event is Douglas Trumbull's forward-looking film, UFOTOG. The 12-minute science fiction adventure was written and directed by Douglas Trumbull and demonstrates his new technical process, "MAGI" − a new cinematic language that invites the audience to experience a powerful immersion in the story that is not possible using conventional film standards. Whoa.
In addition to the UFOTOG premiere news itself, Christie Digital has also announced they'll be providing a special digital projector to premiere the footage, as it's being shown in 120FPS at 4K in 3D. "No other projector has demonstrated frame rate speeds this high in a commercial setting… For the sci-fi aficionados, it's the ultimate Hi-Def experience. For Christie, it's a triumph of digital cinema technology." Well, now I have to be there, thanks Christie. This sounds like the true next-generation experience, if everything lives up to the hype, and if the footage from Trumbull's UFOTOG delivers. Only time will tell, but it's debuting soon.
Cinerama's second annual Science Fiction Festival runs from May 1st to 12th at the Cinerama movie theater venue in Seattle, Washington. The classic venue is one of the few theaters in the nation that can still run all film formats (35mm, 70mm, DCP and Cinerama) and plays both new releases and classics. The festival will feature a number of great sci-fi events, screenings and appearances, with this UFOTOG premiere being one of the centerpieces. If you're in the Seattle area, this sounds can't miss. For more on Trumbull's UFOTOG, you can visit his official website or read our coverage on it over the last few years. Wish we could be there.
Oh Lord! My Perception!!!
DAVIDPD on Apr 10, 2014
I'm very excited to hear about this. Peter Jackson is barely breaking new ground. He's shooting at 48 FPS but applying it to the traditional 24 FPS filming aesthetic, which creates problems in places. Trumbull is going all in, 4K 3D 120 FPS image filmed with an entirely different language. This is going to be something truly special and I envy everyone that gets a chance to see it. Hopefully some film-loving billionaire is in attendance and can pull some strings to help Trumbull progress in his mission to create a new premium cinematic experience.
Chris Groves on Apr 10, 2014
3d 120fps is 60fps per eye.
Matt Kaya on Sep 13, 2014
Then by that logic, 3D at 24 FPS is 12 FPS per eye...which isn't exactly accurate. When you see a 3D 24 FPS film, you're still seeing it at 24 FPS. The whole 'per eye' thing can get a little technical...but I'm pretty sure shooting at 120 FPS doesn't extrapolate down to 60 FPS.
Chris Groves on Sep 16, 2014
To me its the only logical explanation otherwise why shoot at 120fps before people arent even use to 60fps. Thats how it works on head mounted displays and this might have some connection to it.
Matt Kaya on Sep 16, 2014
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