Triptych + Equirectangular

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Another early 20th century film. Abel’s Gances 1927 film ‘Napoleon’ recently remastered, and featuring a famous triptych finale.

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This is an other example of early 20th century cinema attempting to push the envelope and again I see similarities with what is going on now with 360 films, especially Monoscopic 360 video.

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The triptych three-parts screens in the final sequence remind me of the Equirectangular format necessary in the 360 environment. Many innovative techniques were used to make the film, including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, hand-held camera shots, location shooting, POV (point of view shots), multiple cameras set ups, multiple exposure, superimposition, underwater camera, kaleidoscopic images, film tinting, split screen and mosaic shots.

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