I’ve made no secret of my excitement about the forthcoming biopic about Freddie Mercury. Now there’s another bit of news because the film won’t be shown in a traditional way. Courtesy of ScreenX, viewers will be engulfed in images of the iconic vocalist/composer/songwriter for Queen.
You won’t just see the film images on the big screen. You will also, according to various media, see “an immersive, panoramic, 270-degree format that projects onto three theater walls.” As the music performances occur in the film, it should make the viewer feel like s/he is at a live concert (almost).
The website Trusted Reviews explained ScreenX:
“How does three-screen viewing work? The middle one is like any cinema screen. It displays the same film and format as what you’ll eventually see on Netflix. ScreenX presentations beam additional footage on the walls to the left and right. That’s a 270-degree field of view, designed to fill up your peripheral vision – theoretically making the picture more immersive.”
ScreenX is just the latest in a series of advances in technology aimed at making filmgoing “more immersive”, a term now common among entertainment media.
Will ScreenX result in a higher ticket price for works like Bohemian Rhapsody? I’m not sure about that.
I did learn that if ScreenX is to be used, the film has to be produced with tech specifications in mind.
Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in the UK on October 24, and in the US on November 2. The film is 2 hours, 15 minutes long.
Mercury was young—only 45 years old—when he died in 1991. He would be in his early 70s today. Like so many caught up in the perils of pop culture, Mercury will be forever young, but his work and art transcend pop culture and will endure. Mercury was an artist, not a pop tart*.
*I employ the term ‘pop tart’ in a genderless manner because it is genderless.
(Kay B. Day/Oct. 22, 2018)