Well, here we are, the future is now.
Throughout history the aspect radio of films have evolved from a square to widescreen, then an even wider widescreen. However, with the introduction of smartphones, consumers have increasingly demanded content that’s in a portrait format.
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Apps like TikTok, Snapchat and Instagrams IGTV have been feeding consumers vertical content for some time now, which has forced movie studios to promote their films in the square format.
But now, that’s all about to change, as Russian director and producer, Timur Bekmambetov, takes on the challenge of making a film in the vertical format.
Timur Bekmambetov is set to go into production on V2. Escape From Hell, the first big-budget “blockbuster” movie made entirely in a vertical format, according to Deadline. The film will star Russian actor Pavel Priluchny who plays a Soviet pilot who leads an escape from a German concentration camp by hijacking an aircraft. The film is based on real events and will be released early next year.
But this isn’t Timur Bekmambetov’s first time changing the cinematic game. A few years ago, he produced the film Unfriended, which showcased a fictional screen-recording of a laptop screen as horrific events unfolded.
He also worked on the film Searching, which also used a laptop screen-recording as it’s basis. Hence, given Bekmambetov’s obsession with our consumption of technology, it makes sense he would enter the world of the portrait.
However, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve engaged in vertical content. Just last year, the ABC released a series called Content, which was also entirely in a vertical format.
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