Ang Lee will preview footage from his upcoming film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for the first time in its intended 4K, 3D, 120-frames-per-second format using a dual laser projection system. This will be screened during Lee’s April 16 keynote at NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference in Las Vegas.
Billy Lynn is the first major motion picture release to have been shot at a high frame rate of 120 frames-per-second 3D at 4K resolution and in high dynamic range (HDR). The Life of Pi director’s adaptation of the novel by Ben Fountain stars Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Sony is set to release the movie in November.
For the keynote presentation, Lee will be joined onstage by Billy Lynn editor Tim Squyres; production systems supervisor Ben Gervais; stereographer Demetri Portelli; and Scot Barbour, vp production technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
To enable the screening, Christie will provide laser projection for the session, Dolby will provide 3D glasses, and 7th Sense will provide playback with its Delta Infinity III servers.
Movies are generally shot at 24 frames per second, but some filmmakers see creative potential in experimenting with frame rates. Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the first digital cinema release to be show in select theaters as a higher frame rate, of 48 fps.
Formerly known as the Technology Summit on Cinema, the Future of Cinema Conference is produced by NAB in partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.