Can you see anything?

Can you see anything?

Yes, wonderful things!

So said Carter, in response to Carnarvon, when, aided by the light of a flickering candle, he peered through a tiny breach in the top left hand corner of the doorway into the tomb of Tutankhamun.

As the crowds began to thin at the NAB Show, I had a similar experience.  This time aided by a great deal more light. And the view was every bit as spectacular as that which captivated Carter. Rough cut, beta, call it what you will, it was spectacular.

I saw something which could revolutionise our industry, and a lot more besides.

I spoke in an earlier piece about the narrowing gap between science fiction and implementation. 

Balanced precariously on a stool, eyes and ears encased inside a headset, swivelling hither and thither, I saw the future, and it was all around me.

Up close and personal, a bear menaced a couple in the woods, I could almost touch it (and it me, or so it felt). I was at the centre of a hostile police interrogation, flinching as furious fingers were pointed. Haunted by echoes of The Wicker Man, a group of dancing and running (faceless) schoolchildren, who at the finale, pulling on coloured ribbons, closed in for the kill. From every direction.

I was experiencing virtual reality made possibly by a camera with an all-seeing eye.

This technology will change story telling.


Imagine a camera discretely placed at the centre of a room. Imagine multiple conversations, action, taking place, not in a logical sequence but just as we experience real life, in all its confused complexity. Imagine how that will change the production stage, the narrative, the direction, the editing.


And imagine that same camera miniaturised, at the end of an endoscope. Imagine a surgeon deep within the body of the patient, able to work as if he were there.


This is not simply better pictures.

This is technology which will enable a new way of thinking and relating to the world around us. And to each other.

Are you ready to peer through the tiny breach in the top left hand corner of that door?

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Last modified on 21 April 2016
Andy Townend

Proven track record in shaping and delivering complex national transformation programs.