April 2006: Creation - FrameCycler VenueSystem Helps Make Cinema History

Original images courtesy of Threshold Digital - All Rights Reserved

Part 1: The Largest Film Ever Created in CGI

Part 2: Threshold Digital

Part 3: "I've got a challenge for you guys"

Part 4: Storyboarding Science and Religion

Part 5: The Problem of Playback

Part 6: FrameCycler to the Rescue


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.

Written, Directed, and Produced by Carol Schuller Milner Staging by Pat Millicano Technical Producer George Johnsen Creation Live 2005 is a production of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, Inc.Dr. Robert Schuller, Presiding

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.

Along with Crystal Creation, FrameCycler VenueSystem has been deployed successfully for a number of shows including Pixar's 20-year retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Ashes and Snow exhibit in Los Angeles.



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