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Douglas Trumbull’s UFOTOG to Premiere at Seattle Cinerama’s Science Fiction Festival


Douglas Trumbull

Special effects visionary Douglas Trumbull will premiere his long awaited short film UFOTOG at the Seattle Cinerama Theater during its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running from May 1-12.

The 12-minute science fiction adventure was written and directed by Trumbull to demonstrate 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.

Christie Digital will provide a special digital projector to premiere the footage, which will be shown in 4K 3D at 120 frames per second.

For the past few years, Trumbull has been pioneering new filmmaking techniques, and experimenting with a combination of virtual-set technologies and real-time, high-frame-rate stereoscopic display technologies to produce the first 4K 3D film at 120 fps.

Known for his work on such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner, Trumbull believes that films shot at ultra-high resolution and frame rates (and supported by equally rich soundtracks) will deliver a kind of immersive experience that will draw more people to movie theaters.

For more see:

Douglas Trumbull Fuels New Filmmaking Paradigm with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs

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