16 Oct – There will be a new format that gives movie-goers a panoramic 270-degree view called Screen X, and it will be introduced by South Korea this month. The format uses the walls of theatres as additional screens!
Screen X is developed by cinema chain CJ CGV, and it was on show at the Busan International Film Festival last week for the premiere of a 30-minute spy thriller "The X", directed by Kim Jee-Woon who directed the Arnold Schwarzenegger action adventure "The Last Stand".
Screen X requires filmmakers to use three cameras to shoot the same scene simultaneously from different angles to create the wider surround effect.
"The space in front of you is filled up completely," said Kim. "It provides a new depth for viewers."
By the end of October, Screen X will be available in 31 cinemas around South Korea in readiness for a series of planned feature-length productions to be rolled out over the next 12 months.
Upon contacting the Malaysian office for CGV Cinemas, confirmation for the arrival of the new cinematic experience is still pending and it remains to be seen if it'll make its way here next year when CGV's first Cineplex opens its doors at Damansara Mutiara in mid-2014.