Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mikhail Fiksel wins this round: Theatre vs. Film

Check out this story in the New York Times about a new Dolby soundsystem called Atmos that will enhance the auditory experiences of movie-goers, commenting particularly on the potential for truly immersive horror films.

One quote that caught the attention of yours truly:
“You can imagine watching a scary movie, and it’s a scene when someone is hiding in a basement and there are footsteps on the floorboards above...The Atmos system will actually play that audio from above people in the theater.”

You don't say?  As anyone who saw WildClaw's 2009 production of THE REVENANTS will recall, Mikhail Fiksel beat these guys to punch by exquisitely designing and pulling off that exact described sound effect in Angel Island Theater!  Zombies right upstairs, people (and it scared the shit out of you).

Way ahead of his time, that guy.

In any case, I'm excited to experience Atmos firsthand.  Sounds like a great innovation.  What horror film would you want to re-experience with Atmos?  For me, it'd be Alien.

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