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Martin Scorsese thinks holograms are the next big movie format

11.07.2011

The self-lacing Nikes from BACK TO THE FUTURE will become a reality next year so how far off is the world of "holofilms?"

How close we're getting to JAWS 19 remains to be seen but visionary director Martin Scorsese thinks the idea of holographic movies is an inevitability. While promoting HUGO, his upcoming 3D film, the director said, "If everything moves along and there's no major catastrophe were headed toward holograms...You have to think that way. Don't let the fashion and the economics inhibit you."

While this might seem like pie in the sky type theorizing from a guy looking to sell audiences on the latest gimmicky format, there's actually something to it.

In 2008, scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered a new plastic film that allowed them to capture an image using the traditional laser method. It's not exactly real-time (yet) but it's a big step towards the goal of a holographic 3D movie.

But the question, as Dr. Ian Malcolm might say, is just because you can create a holographic movie, should you? We're still struggling with the creative viability of the 3D format - how will audiences respond to a holographic 3D image of that huge-breasted woman from PIRANHA 3DD running through the theater? OK, forget that question, I'm sure that won't be an issue. But holographic movies would change the way we watch films and how they're shown to audiences - are you ready for that kind of change?

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Source: LA Times

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3:57PM on 11/08/2011
yea.. those back to the future shoes dont really self lace.. they just have led lights that come out of the shoe! altho they look exactly like the back to the future shoes, these suckers will NOT self lace
yea.. those back to the future shoes dont really self lace.. they just have led lights that come out of the shoe! altho they look exactly like the back to the future shoes, these suckers will NOT self lace
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5:47AM on 11/08/2011
For the love of god! Can't they leave movies the way they are? In 2D. With no gimmick to try and make extra money.
I am not a fan of 3D but yes, FROM TIME TO TIME, for CERTAIN TYPES OF MOVIES, it's ok.
But holograms? No thank you.
AHH!! Just to think of the surcharge(s) for a Holographic IMAX 3D movie with DBox seats.
For the love of god! Can't they leave movies the way they are? In 2D. With no gimmick to try and make extra money.
I am not a fan of 3D but yes, FROM TIME TO TIME, for CERTAIN TYPES OF MOVIES, it's ok.
But holograms? No thank you.
AHH!! Just to think of the surcharge(s) for a Holographic IMAX 3D movie with DBox seats.
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5:41AM on 11/08/2011
Excellent. This technology will bring me one step closer to my fantasy of punching Will Ferrell in the face.
Excellent. This technology will bring me one step closer to my fantasy of punching Will Ferrell in the face.
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1:32AM on 11/08/2011

bigger is always better

I can't get behind this at all
They''ve worked so hard at making films so crisp, and clear on screen, that i find it odd that viewers will settle for images of lesser quality because its in mid air. Can't hollywood, and movie theatres get more behind the IMAX experiences. I think IMAX theatres have a much better chance at succeeding then this 3D garbage, or this hologram notion
I can't get behind this at all
They''ve worked so hard at making films so crisp, and clear on screen, that i find it odd that viewers will settle for images of lesser quality because its in mid air. Can't hollywood, and movie theatres get more behind the IMAX experiences. I think IMAX theatres have a much better chance at succeeding then this 3D garbage, or this hologram notion
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9:44PM on 11/07/2011
It's depressing that most of my favorite older directors (Scorsese, Spielberg, Zemeckis, Lucas, Cameron) seem more interested in the technology and medium to tell the film, than the movie itself. I know that is a bit of an overstatement, but it seems that way sometimes.
It's depressing that most of my favorite older directors (Scorsese, Spielberg, Zemeckis, Lucas, Cameron) seem more interested in the technology and medium to tell the film, than the movie itself. I know that is a bit of an overstatement, but it seems that way sometimes.
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8:17PM on 11/07/2011
Of course holograms are next. People's biggest complaint with 3D is the glasses, well 3D images with no glasses are holographic images, duh! Why is everyone surprised or against this happening? We're living in the goddamn future after all; I prefer holograms over Justin Beiber or the present economy any day.
Of course holograms are next. People's biggest complaint with 3D is the glasses, well 3D images with no glasses are holographic images, duh! Why is everyone surprised or against this happening? We're living in the goddamn future after all; I prefer holograms over Justin Beiber or the present economy any day.
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5:48AM on 11/08/2011
If you like the future so much why don't you move there?
If you like the future so much why don't you move there?
6:22PM on 11/07/2011
I'm still waiting for that instant pizza maker thing from Part 2.
I'm still waiting for that instant pizza maker thing from Part 2.
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4:46PM on 11/07/2011
Scorsese is out to lunch if he thinks this is a good idea.
Scorsese is out to lunch if he thinks this is a good idea.
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4:41PM on 11/07/2011
I seem to remember some Japanese tech firm saying they'd be able to broadcast football matches holographically to stadiums around the world within about 15 years, so clearly the technology is being developed. What does this mean for cinema? Maybe future holographic movies will be more like going to the theatre than cinema, as I'd assume with holograms it would be harder to specifically frame a shot and direct exactly what the audience would be looking at. Much like current 3D movies, though, I
I seem to remember some Japanese tech firm saying they'd be able to broadcast football matches holographically to stadiums around the world within about 15 years, so clearly the technology is being developed. What does this mean for cinema? Maybe future holographic movies will be more like going to the theatre than cinema, as I'd assume with holograms it would be harder to specifically frame a shot and direct exactly what the audience would be looking at. Much like current 3D movies, though, I can see this technology existing alongside conventional cinema rather than eradicating it. There are storytelling traits and visual devices that work well in two dimensions but we have to evolve our visual language to make the most of new media.
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2:17PM on 11/07/2011
Yes! In 50 years time I'll be an old man, but at least the younger generation will continue to think of new ways to tell stories!
Yes! In 50 years time I'll be an old man, but at least the younger generation will continue to think of new ways to tell stories!
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12:12PM on 11/07/2011
I'll believe it when I see it.
I'll believe it when I see it.
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11:44AM on 11/07/2011
Computers are great, but how often are digital images held in the same regard as classic paintings? And even if we can get to that point culturally to accept and respect the digital image as much as the painting, should we stop painting?
Computers are great, but how often are digital images held in the same regard as classic paintings? And even if we can get to that point culturally to accept and respect the digital image as much as the painting, should we stop painting?
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1:20PM on 11/07/2011
But digital images are in their infancy while painting is as old as history itself. So while I appreciate the direction you are going, the comparison isn't exactly fair.

That's similar to Ebert saying video games will never be art. Which I'm sure was said about film, and television alike.

Have we stopped writing books since the invention of the TV? No, we just stopped reading them.

So in the next, say, 1,000 years when society is into an art form that is experienced only through
But digital images are in their infancy while painting is as old as history itself. So while I appreciate the direction you are going, the comparison isn't exactly fair.

That's similar to Ebert saying video games will never be art. Which I'm sure was said about film, and television alike.

Have we stopped writing books since the invention of the TV? No, we just stopped reading them.

So in the next, say, 1,000 years when society is into an art form that is experienced only through inhalables won't we talk about the good ole days of simple digital images.
5:14PM on 11/07/2011
My point is that people didn't stop painting just because technology got better. Even if you can make a hologram, we should not stop making regular 2D movies. We haven't stopped performing live plays. I just don't want to see the middle child of 2D filmmaking disappear
My point is that people didn't stop painting just because technology got better. Even if you can make a hologram, we should not stop making regular 2D movies. We haven't stopped performing live plays. I just don't want to see the middle child of 2D filmmaking disappear
10:27PM on 11/07/2011
Gotcha... I guess I just missed your point. That was my fault, not yours.
Gotcha... I guess I just missed your point. That was my fault, not yours.
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11:16AM on 11/07/2011
I know that this story is purely speculative, but it gets you thinking - and I can't really get behind it.
Call me an old man at 23, but what is wrong with watching a movie that it has to constantly change? We now have very clear pictures and sound - shouldn't that be enough?
I guess it is people like me who halt progress, but if it ain't broke don't fix it.
I know that this story is purely speculative, but it gets you thinking - and I can't really get behind it.
Call me an old man at 23, but what is wrong with watching a movie that it has to constantly change? We now have very clear pictures and sound - shouldn't that be enough?
I guess it is people like me who halt progress, but if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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10:57AM on 11/07/2011
No thanks, I'll just take the self-lacing Nikes and a hoverboard please.
No thanks, I'll just take the self-lacing Nikes and a hoverboard please.
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10:45AM on 11/07/2011
Jem and the Hologram! Sorry, just have to get it out. As for the story, I read an article about 3D TV with no 3D glasses over at Digital Dorm. Even that is now real so hopefully one day we'd get a hologram TV.
Jem and the Hologram! Sorry, just have to get it out. As for the story, I read an article about 3D TV with no 3D glasses over at Digital Dorm. Even that is now real so hopefully one day we'd get a hologram TV.
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10:25AM on 11/07/2011
I always thought it would get there myself. But only in like 100 years.
I always thought it would get there myself. But only in like 100 years.
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10:23AM on 11/07/2011
We're already using holograms actually but presenting it on a large picture and making it comfortable for human eyes is another ordeal. People complain enough about 3D, hologram films sound like a waste of time to me.
We're already using holograms actually but presenting it on a large picture and making it comfortable for human eyes is another ordeal. People complain enough about 3D, hologram films sound like a waste of time to me.
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10:22AM on 11/07/2011

Impressive.

What a visionary!
What a visionary!
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