John Landis, director of genre classics such as An American Werewolf in London and Michael JacksonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s music video “Thriller,” is serving as creative consultant for an ambitious movie-themed nighttime entertainment show at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando.
Universal 360 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A Cinesphere Spectacular premieres July 1 and presents of the most memorable moments in film history with some high-tech special effects. Combining more than 100 great movies, 360-degree spherical projection, lasers, pyrotechnic effects, digital mapping technology and four enormous spheres spread across acres of waterfront at Universal Studios Florida, Universal 360 promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re attempting to take the magic of movies and use new technology to create a spectacular experience that goes beyond just seeing a movie,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Landis. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We want to create something that interacts with you and that happens around you.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We set out to create a new form of entertainment, an entirely new way to view and appreciate film.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The spheres, which are 30-feet tall and 36-feet wide, float in the parkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s central lagoon and serve as giant outdoor projection screens. Digital mapping technology allows Universal to project supplemental images and effects on buildings surrounding the lagoon-transforming entire buildings into walls of flame. The show also features a specially developed soundtrack broadcast through more than 300 outdoor speakers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are creating a nightly mega-event that will sweep tens of thousands of people at a time into the emotion and drama behind some of AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most popular movie moments,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Timon.
A 15-minute collage of film clips serves as the centerpiece of the show. The clips come from all times and genres: from black-and-white classics to newer releases, including comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films and more.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I like spectacles-especially mass spectacles,Ã¢â‚¬Â Landis said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When they are done well — whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a circus or a political rally or a theme park show-they can be an amazing communal experience. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not so easy to create something that touches people emotionally. But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using the power of many movies and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re editing them together and combining them with great special effects to create what we believe will be a series of very powerful moments.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What: Universal 360 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A Cinesphere Spectacular
Where: Universal Studios Florida, Orlando
When: Nightly, Premiering July 1, 2006
For More Information: www.universalorlando.com/usf_index.html
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