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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Circarama, a new experience...

I still remember having watched a movie as a small girl, on a screen which was circular. It was an English movie shown at the Teynampet Grounds in Madras (now Madras is known as Chennai).

The unique feature of this show was the audience stood in the centre and the screen formed a circle around us. So we had to keep turning our whole body in a circular motion to watch a car moving forward on the road.

This show aws called Circarama. Circarama, later known as Circle-Vision 360° is a film technique refined by The Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge screens arranged in a circle.

By using an odd number of screens, and a small space between them, a projector may be placed in each gap, projecting across the space to a screen. The screens and projectors are arranged above head level, and lean rails may be provided for viewers to hold or to lean against while standing and viewing the film. (Courtesy: Wikipedia).

1 comment:

Geetha said...

Really nostalgic!We lived in a huge joint family in the suburbs of Chennai back then and the whole bunch of us went to watch circarama.Amazing experience!

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