“Seeing the Elephant” – Kenosha Civil War Museum
“Seeing the Elephant” is one of only three true 360-degree theaters in the US. This signature film immerses visitors in the Civil War with both spectacle and intimate character portrayals. The story follows three young Midwest men who head off to the war. Each leaves his home with a different point of view, and those who return . . . are forever changed. The film includes a full 360-degree battle recreation with elaborate pyrotechnics and dramatic camera movements.
The production for “Seeing the Elephant” involved more than 100 Civil War reenactors – as well as horses, historically accurate uniforms, guns, cannons, explosives, and a crew of 40.
The 360-degree camera system included 8-2K imagers to create a seamless projection onto a 45’ diameter cylinder with a screen height of 14’.
The project was fully prototyped with all eight projectors at one-third scale in BPI’s studio. The final show was played back on WatchOut with 13 channels of audio. Special show controlled lighting, visual and sound effects augment the film.