Panaji: Cutting edge graphics, animation, virtual tech, videography and cinematography technologies – for the first time in India, as part of Project Goemcho Goenkar, will be used to digitalize the State of Goa, its natural beauty, beaches, rivers, lakes, village roads, traditional festivals and everything that makes Goa so unique.
Project Goemcho Goenkar is an attempt to permanently archive the Goa (food, culture, tradition, music, religious gatherings, festivals, old roads, bridges, wells, lakes, clothing, people, villages, everything about our existence) of today and generations gone by, for the future in a hi-tech digital format that can be retrieved on demand and viewed, or rather experienced later on.
This project is the first of its kind in India. A pilot test project Mumbai Meri Jaan 4D was started in Mumbai covering 10 major landmarks of Mumbai on March 15, 2020, but was abandoned after the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing nationwide lockdown in March.
Mumbai Meri Jaan 4D will be relaunched in May 2021, say the innovators of the concept.
According to journalist, activist and technocrat Flynn Remedios, who has conceptualized Project Goemcho Goenkar, “We will be using 4D cinematographic technology to digitize prominent landmarks, milestones and the natural scenic beauty of Goa. Which means, in principle, when the project is complete, you can not just see the entire panoramic view from the 3rd Mandovi bridge right in your bedroom, you can also feel the wind as it ripples through your hair,” explains Remedios, who has teamed up with digital graphic and animation expert who goes by the moniker “Camaal” or Creativo Camaal.
Well this may be a bit far-fetched for now, because one would need a special kinetic chair and other paraphernalia to experience a true 4D virtual walkthrough, but that is what Project Goemcho Goenkar is all about – it’s about making Goa future proof by digitalizing the entire State using as yet non-commercial, but cutting edge film making tech.
What is a 4D film or 4D virtual walkthrough?
A 4D film or 4D virtual walkthrough is a technical term for an entertainment presentation system combining a 3D film with physical effects that occur in the theatre in synchronization with the film.
Effects simulated in a 4D film may include rain, mist, bubbles, fog or smoke, wind, temperature changes, strobe lights, scent, vibration and motion.
Seats in 4D venues may vibrate or move a few centimeters during the presentations. Other common chair effects include air jets, water sprays, and leg and back ticklers. Auditorium effects may include smoke, rain, lightning, bubbles, and smell.
Because physical effects can be expensive to install, 4D films are most often presented in custom-built theatres at special venues such as theme parks, amusement parks and zoos.
However, some movie theatres have the ability to present 4D versions of wide-release 3D films. The films Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and Avatar (2009) are among the films that have received a 4D treatment in certain theatres.
There are also mobile 4D theaters, which are mounted inside vehicles such as enclosed trailers, buses and trucks.
4D films are distinct from four-dimensional space. Notable historical formats for providing different aspects of a “fourth dimension” to films include Sensurround, and Smell-O-Vision.
There are about 2000 screens worldwide which have installed some 4-D technology as of February 2020 and many more are in the offing.