MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Like all communication channels, cinema has a language all its own. It's a living language, though, that changes with the times, with evolving audience sensibilities, and of course, with technology. As I wrote in 2009, the innovation of 3D requires a fundamentally different style of directing: more sedate, if you can believe it.
At the Launch 'Pad conference here, Condition One showed a new form of cinematography that requires yet another adjustment to way the filmmakers shoot. CEO Danfung Dennis has created a camera rig and software system which, he says, "captures the entire human field of view" by shooting a "virtual sphere" of imagery.
During playback, viewers can change their perspective of the film by dragging their fingers across the screen, or, as Dennis demo'd below, by moving their tablet around in front of them. For example, if you're watching a man being interviewed, and he glances to his left, you can change the camera angle to see what just caught his attention. … Read more