Leading creator of world class visual and audio experiences, Christie Digital, delivered a cutting-edge presentation of Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at the movie’s Taipei premiere on November 2nd.
Ang Lee and cast members Joe Alwyn (who plays Lynn) and Mason Lee attended the red carpet event prior to the screening.
The Christie Mirage 4KLH laser projection system was specially modified to accurately represent Lee’s ultimate vision for the film at Vieshow Cinemas, Qsquare in Central Taipei.
“We have been working closely with Christie and Sony Tristar Pictures in preparation of this major movie event, ” commented said Vincent Tsang, National Technical Manager, Vieshow Cinemas. “I was confident that this presentation, with its hyper-clarity and realism, would set a new milestone in cinema projection and it truly delivered on this promise.”
In order to convey the emotional journey of the soldiers Lee chose to shoot the film at 120 frames per second, over twice the previous record (Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, shot at 48 fps) and five times the standard speed of 24 fps.
According to Dr. Don Shaw, Senior Director of Product Management and Sales, Christie Asia Pacific, Christie is the only projector manufacturer capable of showing 4K, 3D and 120 fps per eye on a giant cinema screen.
“Although the Mirage system is not our purpose-built cinema laser system, it clearly gives us a glimpse of what could be the future of cinema projection, ” he said. “This is unquestionably the most advanced projection system available.”
China’s Shanghai Film Group and Bona Film Group will also showcase Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 4K, 3D, and 120 fps using dual Christie Mirage projectors in their flagship theatres.