Fox Film is First to Screen in Barco’s Escape Theater Format
etcentric.org reports that new panoramic screening technology from digital cinema projector company Barco will debut this month with screenings of the 20th Century Fox film, “The Maze Runner.” To create a panoramic image, Barco’s “Escape” theater configuration uses three projectors and three screens — a primary screen front and center, with two angled screens on either side. While the side screens will initially feature footage created using visual effects, Fox is experimenting with camera setups to produce future movies for Escape.
On September 19, “The Maze Runner” will be the first feature film to be exhibited in venues outfitted with Escape. Directed by Wes Ball, the film is about a group of teenagers who become trapped in a massive maze.
“The film was shot in a traditional way, before the decision to use Escape was made,” writes Carolyn Giardina for The Hollywood Reporter. “The center screen will display the live-action film, and imagery on the side screens will be extensions of the scenes — i.e., a larger maze — created using visual effects.”