The Hallway creates long-form film content for three-screen Barco Escape cinema in US

Hallway BarcoSydney agency The Hallway has been charged with creating a five minute film showcasing a new cinema format being trialled in the US which immerses the audience in three screens.

The Barco Escape cinema format will be showcased at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose this week as part of its Future of Film segment.

Hallway executive creative director Simon Lee wrote and directed the five minute film, which splits its story across three screens, with a traditional cinema screen in the front and two screens each side of the audience, not dissimilar to the way some PC gamers use three screens to immerse themselves in games.

Touching Heaven is the first Australian film made using the Barco format. It was shot in Sydney and above rural Victoria with the help of a wing-suit team.

Lee said the Barco format offers a rare opportunity to create work in an emerging format.

“The intersection of technology and storytelling is rich in creative potential,” Lee said.

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to work with this innovative format, and I’m looking forward to applying the learnings from this and other immersive storytelling projects we are working on to campaigns we’re creating with our clients.”

The film features Matt Doran from The Matrix and Star Wars – Attack of the Clones.

Written and directed: Simon Lee
Produced: Carolyn Starkey
Stars: Matt Doran
DP: Nino Tamburri
Editor: Adrian Barac
Sound: Uncanny Valley
Wingsuit cinematography and stunts: Experience Series

Simon Canning


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