sphere Not just a round vehicle for a series of falls in Las Vegas u2 concerts—it also hosts a gigantic immersive screen that would be its center of attraction without world-class rock bands taking over the space. And even when they are, someone still needs to find visual content that will be in common with any dwelling that lives there. This is where Sphere Studios, a division of Sphere Studios, will come. globe fun Co. was announced Monday as the provider of what will appear on the venue’s final big screen in Vegas (and similar screens planned to be built for Spheres in other cities).
Also announced on Monday as part of the Sphere Studios launch was Big Sky, described as an “ultra-high-definition camera system”, “the first of Studios’ many groundbreaking immersive innovations.”
Some of the technology in question was previewed for journalists in a quarter-size Sphere prototype in Burbank as part of the transition to U2 shows that began with the Sphere opening just off the Las Vegas Strip in September.
For anyone who wants to see exactly what can be done within the walls of the Sphere as a unique cinematic experience (“walls” obviously isn’t a very valid term for a dome), the opportunity will come when “Postcard from Earth” opens. On October 6, the Vegas venue has been booked for sessions close to U2’s dates there. Tickets for this long-term engagement went on sale in April.
“Sphere Studios creates not just content, but truly transformative technology,” said David Dibble, CEO of MSG Ventures, Sphere Entertainment’s division focused on developing new technologies for live entertainment. “Sphere in Las Vegas is an experiential environment that includes LED display, sound system and 4D technologies that require a completely new and innovative approach to filmmaking. We created Big Sky, the world’s most advanced camera system, not just because we could, but because of innovative necessity. For Sphere, it was the only way we could bring the vision of our filmmakers, artists and collaborators to life.”
The studio says its Big Sky cameras include “the largest single sensor in commercial use capable of capturing incredibly detailed, large-format images.” The 16K x 16K “immersive screen plane” in the Sphere will highlight large-format images captured by a single camera without the need to combine images from multiple cameras; The way back to the three-panel Cinerama.
“Big Sky is a giant leap for imaging and is a testament to the innovative teams at Sphere Studios making this technology a reality,” said Deanan DaSilva, principal architect of Big Sky at Sphere Studios. “Big Sky opens up extraordinary possibilities by allowing us to capture cinematic content in greater detail than ever before, and pushes immersive imaging technology forward in a way that resonates with the entertainment industry.”
Although only announced on Monday, Big Sky’s development began in early 2021 and filming with cameras began in October last year.
“Postcard from Earth” is said to be still in production by the company, with the promise of filming around the world and “a unique storytelling journey to offer a unique insight into the amazing beauty of life on our planet”. Darren Aronofsky was reportedly involved in the production, although his name has not been featured in advertising or promotional materials so far. Other “experiences”, which the company calls big screen presentations, are expected to follow.