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An alien spacecraft headed for houses - Sci-fi movie The Recall being shot for Braco Escape format

Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Movie The Recall To Be Shot In Immersive New Format

Minds Eye Entertainment, Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide have revealed that cameras are now rolling in Canada on a new, immersive horror sci-fi movie The Recall. The movie, featuring action movie star Wesley Snipes, will be filmed entirely for the Barco Escape panoramic theatrical system.

Synopsis for Sci-Fi Movie The Recall

Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:

Charlie turns on the TV to find emergency news reports of thousands of unnatural cloudlike clusters hovering over the earth – and is terrified to discover that one hovers directly over the house he is sharing with his friends for the weekend.

That night he is awoken by beams of bright light shooting down from the sky. The friends are thrust into a waking nightmare as creatures invade the house, picking them off one-by-one and whisking them away to the mothership.

Charlie and Annie manage to escape the onslaught with the help of a mysterious local hunter (Snipes), who seems to know more about the extraterrestrials than he should. He claims this day has been planned for centuries, and that the visitors have actually been guiding mankind’s evolution from the very beginning…and now they’ve come back to claim what’s theirs!

The movie will be directed by Mauro Borelli (The Ghostmaker), who worked as a concept artist with Tim Burton on Sleepy Hollow, the 2001 Planet of the Apes, and Dark Shadows. In addition, he also served as a concept artist and illustrator for The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Star Wars Episode VIII. In addition to Snipes, the movie stars Jedidiah Goodacre as Charlie and Laura Bilgeri as Annie.

Details on the Barco Escape Panoramic Theatrical System

A poster for horror sci-fi movie The EscapeThe Barco Escape format uses a three-screen, wrap-around format that surrounds audiences members in a 270-degree wall of images.This is achieved by adding an additional screen on either side of the standard theater screen. With this extra space, filmmakers can compose ultra-widescreen shots. Or, additionally, they can use it to display three different, individual shots at once on the three different screens.

This format has been used in a limited manner before, in 2014 with The Maze Runner, and more recently with Star Trek Beyond. In the case of The Maze Runner, only seven minutes of the film were shown in the new tri-screen format at a few select theaters that could support it. And with Star Trek Beyond, due to time constraints, only a last-minute post-conversion was done for certain sequences. In addition, it’s only showing in a limited number of theaters.

In order to meet demand, Barco is currently converting more theaters to its new, immersive cinema format. And they’re hopeful they’ll have 100 theaters set up by the end of the year. Horror sci-fi movie The Recall will be one of the first movies to be shot completely in the new format. There’s no word yet on whether a version will be produced for regular theatrical distribution. But I have a hard time imagining they wouldn’t do that as well.

So, what do you think? Would you be interested in movies using the new Barco Escape format? Or, based on what you’ve read, do you think this is a gimmick that won’t stick? And if anyone has seen Star Trek Beyond or The Maze Runner in the new format, let us know what you thought!

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