Darren Aronofsky on ‘Postcard from Earth’ Film –

On September 29th, Sphere, a new entertainment venue in Las Vegas, opened its doors to the public with U2’s residency. Just a week later, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s movie, Postcard from Earth, became the first film to premiere at the venue. Postcard from Earth is a combination of narrative and documentary, using Sphere’s immersive capabilities to transport audiences to different experiences, such as walking with elephants or swimming with sharks. Aronofsky, the Oscar-nominated director of Black Swan, praises Sphere’s immersive nature and compares it to the Lumiere Brothers’ 1895 short film, The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, which startled audiences with its moving train. The film was shot using various cameras, including the custom 18K Big Sky camera that was made specifically for Sphere. Aronofsky and his team traveled to 26 countries to capture footage for the film, using high-resolution cameras to create detailed and immersive frames. The movie is an hour-long tour around the world, with a space-set story bookending the experience. Aronofsky and his team faced technical challenges in production and post-production, but ultimately created a stunning visual and auditory experience that takes full advantage of Sphere’s capabilities. Postcard from Earth is a testament to the potential of this new medium for filmmakers.

Summery :

– “Postcard from Earth” became the first movie to premiere at the new Las Vegas entertainment venue, Sphere
– The movie immerses viewers in a range of experiences, such as walking with elephants, swimming with sharks, and viewing Earth from a distant planet
– Sphere is a new canvas for filmmakers, with a 16K LED display, powerful sound system, and 4D features
– The visuals are shown at a high resolution that creates a sense of depth and immersion
– The movie was shot with various cameras, including the custom 18K Big Sky camera
– The one-hour movie is a tour around the world, with a space-set story bookending the Earth-based footage
– Natural history photographers were enlisted to capture the detailed shots, including macro shots and close encounters with animals
– The production involved new technology and processes for reviewing work and moving data, as well as visual effects from Industrial Light and Magic and Digital Domain
– The movie was created with a half-petabyte of data and required complex production and postproduction workflows
– The team had to develop new techniques for timing the images and placing the sounds in a 270-degree environment
– Testing and preparation for the final elements, such as wind effects, was done to enhance the immersive experience for viewers in the venue.

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