Immersive tourist attractions have received much attention in recent years and are fast becoming a popular, futuristic mainstream entertainment trend. Special effects films play an integral part in crafting such extraordinary experiences by cultivating a highly immersive environment and creating a strong sense of audience participation.
Fantawild Holdings Inc. operates upwards of 10 distinct Fantawild theme park brands, amounting to over 30 parks in total with hundreds of exciting themed attractions, both in China and overseas. A leading player in the domestic theme park industry and ranking fifth in global theme park attendance figures for four consecutive years, Fantawild has been honored with many awards including TEA’s Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement, the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, and the Lotus Award. These outstanding market achievements and industry recognitions are testaments to the efforts of Fantawild Film Inc. and its focus on providing one-stop solutions for theme park attractions, from content design and production, to visual effect guidance, to filming, post-production and media production.
Fantawild Film Inc., a subsidiary of Fantawild Holdings, has contributed to the film industry for over 20 years. Currently, it operates the largest special effects film research institute in China. With strong technological prowess, Fantawild boasts a complete and integrated industrial chain for special effects film production. This covers content planning, design, production, recording, equipment debugging and installation. The organization is proud to be leading the trend of special effects films by independently developing upwards of 10 distinct types of special effects film encompassing all previously established special effects film categories.
Thanks to advanced technology and production capabilities, Fantawild has produced more than 100 world-class special effects film programs. The company presents the charm of special films from a new perspective, providing tourists with the ultimate feast for the senses and providing commercial customers with personalized special effects film programs. Fantawild’s special effects film production system has not only been utilized for its own theme parks but has also been introduced to global markets. Fantawild has successfully sold over 70 sets of special effects film systems to more than 40 countries and territories, including the United States, Canada, Italy, etc. This enables tourists at home and abroad to enjoy a spectacular viewing experience.
Special effects films with distinctive features
Fantawild Film Inc. has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and continuously innovates to apply such technology to its special effects films. The company has developed over 10 kinds of special effects films. These includes dynamic track rides, suspended spherical screen movies, 360° circular-screen movies, giant screen movies, water screen movies, and holographic AR movies.
Fantawild is highly capable at each stage of the special effects film production process with experience in designing customized programs to suit different themes and storylines. Seeking to create an immersive sensory experience and present a splendid artistic effects, Fantawild utilizes various screen types and technologies such as visual tracking, image splicing and restoration. Perfect synchronization between specialized equipment, including dynamic vehicles, boats, and stages, combines with intricately designed programs to ultimately achieve these goals.
To best present exciting, action-packed scenes, which are favored by youngsters, Fantawild Film Inc. has designed and developed numerous 4D dark rides, such as The Wizard Academy and The Legend of Nüwa.
Dino-Rampage, a large-scale 4D dark ride program at Fantawild Dino Kingdom in Zigong, features Mesozoic era and scientific elements. This attraction allows visitors to take on the role of a superhero who saves a city rampant with dinosaurs. The theater adopts hyper-realistic technology as well as dynamic image tracking technology. The delicate integration of stereo virtual images and real props is accomplished by synchronizing various screen types, dynamic track vehicles with multiple degrees of freedom, simulation settings, and lighting special effects with other special effects such as raging dinosaurs, collapsing buildings, storms, avalanches, and fire. Together, these elements present the chaos brought by the unruly dinosaurs. The attraction also includes sections of film in which the police swear to defend the city even if it’s the last thing they do. Visitors can partake in a fantastic sensory experience in this highly immersive and adventurous program which is simply great fun.
In order to present dreamlike and aesthetic stories, Fantawild has innovatively developed the world’s first 360-degree holographic AR theater. Holographic AR film Eternal Love integrates augmented reality technology with live performance. The 360-degree imagery provides audience members with a fantastic view from any location within the theater, creating a visual masterpiece from every angle. Various special effects are employed throughout this production, including the mysterious disappearance and sudden reappearance of performers, props and scenes; the rapid growth of the vines on the wall; and the cracking, collapse, then vanishing of structures. Simultaneously, simulated weather changes such as wind, snow, thunder, and lightning offer audiences an enhanced viewing experience. At the end of the performance, the story’s protagonists dance together and fly into flowers after becoming butterflies. The whole performance is ethereal and picturesque.
Qu Yuan, another holographic AR film, centers on the tumultuous life of China’s first poet. The film innovatively adopts an ink painting style, utilizing dynamic special effects animation. Perfect cooperation between a high-tech stage and live performance using holographic AR technology and stereo wall projections creates visually poetic scenes. This attraction won Fantawild TEA’s Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement in 2019.
Fantawild excels in presenting themes and artistic effects required for each attraction through a variety of stylized film content such as cartoons, hyperrealism, traditional origami, ink painting, scroll painting, and digital restoration. The organization has developed hundreds of colorful special effects programs with distinctive cultural significances and technological traits. Among them are Bridge to Love, shown in a panoramic dome theater; Battle of Red Cliffs, a Three Kingdom-themed traditional origami experience; Marvels of Chinese Culture, a giant screen film; and Chinese Opera Express which is a trackless ride. Fantawild’s work is therefore recognized as a model for integrating technology with modern tourism. Special effects films are the core of all these attractions. Synchronizing specialized equipment and special effects combine the virtual and real worlds to present diverse themes and content in an innovative way.
Dive into the culture and explore the art of inheritance and innovation
A strong theme and cultural representation are the heart of Fantawild’s productions. Fantawild often takes inspiration from traditional stories then combines this with creativity and technology to provide tailored recreational attractions. Each production is carefully crafted and requires a lot of work. This includes research, sourcing material, brainstorming, discussing, and evaluating relevant technology. With a focus on innovative development and conversion of cultural content, as well as developing new technology and producing special effects films, Fantawild strives to achieve authentic artistic restoration through special effects. This grants cultural elements a new lease of life, and provides tourists with unique experiences.
Fantawild was the first organization in China to build a park featuring with cultures of the 10 ASEAN member states: Fantawild Asian Legend. Over 50 members of the Fantawild film creation and production team spent several months traveling Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and so on studying the cultures and customs of these territories while collecting relevant material and resources.
Fantawild successfully showcases the individuality of each nation, featuring the most symbolic cultural elements. Each represented territory features characteristics such as folklore, legends, and natural landscapes vividly presented on huge screens, 360-degree circular screens, or spherical screens. 4D dark ride technology, holographic imagery technology, and water-screen film technology are employed to complete the special effects production as required by Fantawild Asian Legend park.
For these parks, Fantawild has developed over 10 special effects films, including Dancing Islands, Manila Manila, and Finding Merlion. These attractions vividly represent the colorful and diverse nature and history, as well as the perhaps unfamiliar cultures of these ASEAN nations. Nanning Fantawild Asian Legend provides visitors with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about other places and cultures without having to travel. The park has also hosted important political figures from these ASEAN nations and has received positive feedback.
The production of the giant screen film Amazing Angkor is visually impressive. To authentically recreate architectural characteristics, social customs, and the geographic landscape of Angkor Wat and its history of more than 1,000 years, Fantawild engineers visited the site in person to collect material and carry out extensive research. They then developed Amazing Angkor, a unique huge-screen film which utilizes hyper-realistic digital assets software and methods of normal mapping. Hundreds of photographs taken from a multitude of angles guarantee detailed accuracy in Fantawild’s digital models. 3D digital remastering technology was used to perfectly recreate the splendid stone structures and wall paintings of Angkor Wat.
Let’s Fly is a popular themed attraction at Nanning Fantawild Asian Legend. In this suspended dome theater, visitors can take in some of the most recognizable and distinctive scenery from several different countries. This flight simulation utilizes a spherical screen with a unique elevation angle and suspended seats which mimic on-screen movements. Various technologies were used during the film’s production, including super-realistic CG production, image drawing, and texture mapping. Fantawild collected huge amounts of research material and studied it in detail, aiming to present authentic replications using texture mapping.
This immersive attraction is truly a feast for the eyes. Visitors can fully appreciate the magnificent scenery and landmarks of ASEAN nations, such as Mount Popa, Borobudur Temple, the splendid Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
This attraction represents tradition while making innovative use of technology. Fantawild enables people to see the infinite potential of combining traditional culture with modern technology. Participants will appreciate the beauty of these creative arts in this immersive attraction.
Strong technical prowess ensures quality
Rapid technical advancements encourage continuous modifications to recreational activities and a constant need for innovation to fulfill such demands. The realization of great ideas is indispensable from the advancement of technology.
Fantawild has always upheld the value of self-innovation and self-owned intellectual property rights. To date, the organization has obtained over 500 patents worldwide. Fantawild actively explores contemporary ways to integrate and apply cutting-edge technology, culture, film and other forms of media with the tourism industry. The company is experienced in and capable of all stages of the film production process, including concept design, visual effect creation, special-effects and television production, on-site visual effect guidance and shooting, audio and video post-production, motion capture, high-precision asset production, commercial advertising, 3D animation production, and virtual digital person in the field of digital content. It is undoubtedly an exemplary company within the special effects film sector.
Fantawild Film Inc. boasts strong creative and R&D capabilities, having self-developed a series of professional facilities, including a hyper-realistic 360-degree photogrammetry system and various intelligent shooting systems. Additionally, the organization has fully grasped a whole set of film and television production capabilities, such as simulation technology, extra sensory experience, and the post-production special effects of film and television productions. Thanks to all of this, much of Fantawild’s technology is considered to be some of the best in the world.
Fantawild was the first organization in China to develop a giant screen stereo projection system with 8K resolution and 48 frames per second (fps) as well as a spherical screen projection system with 4K resolution and 60 fps. Paying close attention to 3D digital remastering technology, hyper-realistic asset technology, the integration of live shots with 3D graphics, and stylized picture effects research were all indispensable when crafting super authentic replicas of actual scenes to ultimately creating a realistic virtual world.
Fantawild never stops modernizing performance styles and updating the content of themed attraction. They are able do so by independently developing virtual interactive entertainment equipment and intelligent control systems such as special tracks, vehicles, boats, stages, simulation robots, and special effects devices. This has facilitated upgraded presentation formats, including suspended dome theaters, 4D dark rides, holographic AR theaters, dynamic dome theaters and so on.
It is noteworthy that Fantawild Film Inc. was also the first creative team in the world to impressively bring ancient paintings to life using digital 3D remastering technology. By independently developing techniques to create a 3D reconstruction of an ancient painting, Fantawild successfully developed Flying with Cranes, a spherical screen flight simulation which showcases this classic artwork in a way unlike any before.
It takes a lot of time and effort to digitally remaster a painting on a giant spherical screen with 4K resolution at 48 fps. Fantawild engineers have constructed 3D model of this piece of art by employing the outlining and techniques of traditional Chinese painting and 3D digital technology. Close attention was paid to also preserve the carving strokes and intricate details of the original painting. The coloring process and manner in which the colors overlap were studied in order to make a perfect replica of the original piece.
Creatively taking inspiration from the mineral jade, Fantawild vividly represents the texture and gloss of water seen in the original painting. Fantawild also developed away for guests to appreciate the painting while inflight as visitors sit in suspended chairs enveloped by a huge spherical screen to give the impression of flying in line with cranes. Guest have close contact with the ancient painting from the Northern Song dynasty and can fully appreciate the beauty and magnificence conveyed in this landscape painting.
Fantawild has crafted magical spaces where visitors can travel through time and experience various magnificent and exciting adventures. A combination of culture, technology, and imagination has created wonderful lands of innovation, offering visitors wonderfully immersive and dreamlike experiences.