The Las Vegas Sphere recently opened to fanfare with a three-month residency by U2.
However, the multifunctional space was envisioned as one of the largest movie theaters in the world as well.
The problem was that the technology didn’t exist to create a film on a screen the size of three football fields.
The camera technology needed for the theater would dwarf the resolution of the cameras used for iMax movies.
So MSG Entertainment, the company that built The Sphere for over $2 billion, also built a studio in Burbank with the express goal of creating the technology and the content needed for the new format.
The result included a quarter-sized dome in Burbank which is used to test the equipment for its bigger mate in Vegas.
The company hired famed director Darren Aronofsky, director of The Whale, Black Swan, and Pi to create the first film to be screened.
That film, Postcards from Earth, had its premiere in The Sphere recently.
It is part sci-fi, part documentary, and the revolutionary cameras that created the images are called “Big Sky”.
The Big Sky camera comes with a sensor capable of capturing 316 megapixels, which is 40 times more resolution than today’s 4K cameras.
It can capture up to 120 frames per second up to 18K.
The camera utilizes a remarkable single lens that captures a nearly 180-degree picture that will fill the screen of The Sphere leaving the viewer with a sense that they are traveling with the camera.
When projected on The Sphere’s 1.2 million LED lights across the 160,000 square foot screen, the result is a three-dimensional experience, unlike any movie in the world.