Spotlight: Framecycler VenueSystem Helps Make Cinema History

Threshold Digital Research Labs has long prided themselves on groundbreaking visual effects work (and they have the reel to prove it), but when the team learned that they had a project greater in scope than most feature films – and only one year to complete in – more than a few jaws dropped at the Santa Monica facility.

The new project was the film component of a complex theatrical presentation at the world famous Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The date for the show opening was already set. On this tight schedule, Threshold Digital was to provide content to be projected simultaneously across multiple screens.

By the opening of Creation on June 9, 2005, the dimensions of the movie had expanded to a width equivalent to seven screens – 252 feet from end to end – a whopping 10 K of high bit-depth material played in its native file format on seven perfectly synchronized systems. Creation is quite probably the largest projection ever done.* This is the story of how FrameCycler VenueSystem made that possible.

* By comparison, the first permanent IMAX theater (in Toronto, Canada), has a screen which is 80 feet wide and 60 feet high.

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