Former Showscan veep focuses on large format
Peter Henton, the former VP of production for Showscan, has launched his own company, Dover Films, Inc, which will specialize in creating large format films primarily for location-based entertainment sites.
Henton, who will assume the title of prexy and CEO of his new company, intends to produce both ride simulation films and long form films in all of the larger formats, including 5/70, 8/70 and 15/70.
“More and more location-based entertainment sites are being introduced around the world,” said Henton, “and as this market expands so does the market for the large format films in which Dover Films specializes.”
Dover Films is already approaching the completion of principal photography on its first production, “Life Is A Roller Coaster,” an eight-minute, 5 perf/70mm custom simulation film. The film is being shot at 60 frames per second for substantially greater clarity over the standard 24. It will allow audiences to “participate” in such thrills as giant wave surfing, roller-blading, scoring a goal for a pro soccer team and bungee jumping.
Pic is currently shooting in England and L.A. and will play at a new Showscan theater located at The International Centre For Life, a soon to be opened family entertainment site in Newcastle-Upon-Thyme, England. Showscan is expected to pick up distribution rights at a later date.
As VP of production at Showscan, Henton was responsible for all of the company’s large format simulation films, including “Cosmic Pinball” and “Devil’s Mine Ride,” as well as its corporate productions.
Prior to joining Showscan in 1991, Henton spent twenty years as an indie film and TV producer working in his native Britain and America. He has undertaken numerous projects for such companies and organizations as BBC TV, Universal, MTV, the Olympic Spirit organization, The Royal Navy, General Motors and Australian Broadcasting.