If you thought that the way we have watched films over the past decade has changed considerably, just wait to see what filmmakers have planned for the next decade. Here are nine emerging technologies that could change filmmaking forever.

Technology #1: IMAX with lasers

The key to the original IMAX technology was a much more immersive experience made possible by the use of very large screens. The only problem was that the image and color quality could be erratic, leading to some complaints that the IMAX experience was being way overhyped. But the latest iteration of IMAX uses lasers to create crisper images and enhanced color for huge screens.

Technology #2: Digital Cameras

We’ve now reached the point where some point filmmakers are recording and editing their films entirely on their iPhones. Obviously, this works better for certain types of movies, such as documentaries. But digital cameras are getting more powerful and versatile, and that’s leading to more filmmakers than ever before embracing digital film rather than old analog film.

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Technology #3: Tablet Filmmaking

Portability is the key here. Filmmakers can take tablets wherever they’re shooting scenes. Tablets can also be used for syncing and processing films, and that makes the entire filmmaking process more efficient. The new era of filmmaker wants the ability to sync, process and photograph — all on the same device.

Technology #4: Realistic 3D

OK, everyone remembers the old 3D glasses that were made of cardboard and that you tossed as soon as you exited the cinema. But filmmakers are working on new lens technology that will make it possible to view realistic 3D images without having to wearing those embarrassing 3D glasses.

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Technology #5: Powerful Projectors

The newest projectors make it possible to set up a home theater or cinema system at home. Project a film on any surface and in any room of the house, not just in the living room.

Technology #6: 4D Movies

Adding new dimensions to the film experience is really just a matter of engaging more of the senses of the cinema viewer. Smellivision was just the first attempt at using smells to add a new dimension to films. And now filmmakers are working on new atmospheric effects, like smoke that appears to enhance special effects.

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 Technology #7: Realistic Audio

There’s a common problem with watching movies – dialogue is usually too low to hear properly, but special effects are too loud. As a result, viewers end up with volume that’s either way too low or way too high. New realistic audio, though, makes it easier to record and play sound in a much fuller, immersive way.

Technology #8: Interactive Movie Screens

This is one area where videogame culture is changing film culture. Instead of thinking of movie screens as only static experiences, there’s now a push to create more interactive experiences that require people to become more than just passive couch potatoes – you’re actually able to control or influence the action of the movie on the screen.

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Technology #9: Second Screen Mobile Experiences

And, of course, the new mobile generation is creating a whole group of “second screen” fans that enjoy watching a movie on one screen while chatting with their friends via social media on another screen. The idea is that future films will make it easier for people to use that second mobile screen as a way to learn more about the plotline or characters.

Based on these amazing new innovations, it’s clear that we’re about to witness another major breakthrough in how we watch and experience films.

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