You’ve been sitting in the dark of the movie theater for 30 minutes now. The characters on screen have been introduced and there’s tension stirring the film’s score. You adjust your feet only to hear a soft smack. The floor is sticky from spilled soda. BOOM. An explosion erupts on screen and the actors you’re watching the screen fly out into the audience. Some guys in black suits empty out of a black SUV and take chase throughout the aisles.
How is this possible? Holographs. And legendary director Martin Scorsese says it could be the future of movie theaters after 3D. If there’s one thing about Scorsese you need to understand is that he’s a traditionalist. He’s dedicated to the preservation of celluloid film and was resistant to 3D until he tried it out in his upcoming film Hugo. Now he’s a convert, praising 3D and looking to the future.
If everything moves along and there’s no major catastrophe we’re headed toward holograms. You have to think that way. Don’t let the fashion and the economics inhibit you.
Scorsese said that the entire theater would become the stage for the film, much like a live-action play. Although this would be VERY expensive, it’s interesting to think about. It may not work for every movie, and we have a lot of technological progress to make before we get to that point, it’s an interesting idea. In their bid for a World Cup Japan said they would outfit stadiums around the world with holograph systems so the world could watch World Cup games taking place in Japan in person in a stadium via holographs. Unfortunately they lost that bid. But I’m sure James Cameron is already working on turning every movie theater in the world into his very own Pandora. [LA Times via Movies.com]