In Part 1 of a three-part interview with Jeremy Kipnis – architect of the highest performance residential, professional, naval and aerospace cinemas in the world – Christopher Cason gets to the core of Kipnis’ goals and inspirations in creating cinema and theatre experiences that put the audience right in the action, delivering a unique experience that’s not to be duplicated.
His goal: Achieve absolute realism; the perfect representation of the world around us by designing and creating the highest performing cinemas in the world.
It has been that singular focus that has defined Jeremy Kipnis, designer, creator, and innovator of Ultimate Home Theatres and CEO of Kipnis Studios ™. It has also led to several of accolades and achievements which appear nowhere near ending anytime soon.
Four-Year Guinness World Record Winner for Most Technically Complex Home Theatre/ Gaming Set-up in the World, voted Most Exciting Home Theatre Designer by Home Theatre Magazine/Interior Design (2009-12), voted Best Home Theatre Designer &Integrator by Unique Homes Magazine and the Kipness Studio Standard (KSS) currently holding 114 features in 212 countries along with claiming 15 television and internet programs.
Kipnis Studios pushes and redefines the limits on the standards that have become common and expected with audio and video systems. It is designed to elevate the art and science of cinema, television, live 3D sports and video game presentation all for providing the viewer a first-person experience which Kipness refers to as the “The Mirage Effect.”
The testimonials of those who have experienced any of his facilities range from shock, elation to pure fascination and appreciation.
His cinemas extend beyond residential and spans to professional, naval and even aerospace usage and his clientele includes professional athletes, movie stars to professional athletic associations and corporations.
1. What inspired you to do the work that you’re doing now?
From as far back as I can remember, I have absolutely loved movies, TV, music, and video games. Considering that my great-grandfather was a conductor and composer, my grandfather an internationally renowned operatic basso, and my father a multi-award winning keyboardist: harpsichordist & pianist, you can easily imagine how the performance arts and sciences have influenced me. Perhaps most importantly, each of them loved technology, movies, and live performances; they spent a considerable amount of time and money capturing their international performing careers on film, records, television and CDs.
At an early age, I was extremely lucky to be introduced to several pivotal figures who shaped my passion and work innovating and integrating AV technologies, and in pursuit of the finest performance(s) possible. The first of these people was noted celebrity conductor, Leopold Stokowski. In an unprecedented Sunday afternoon, the infamous director of the Philadelphia Orchestra took my father and I to see his film masterpiece, Disney’s FANTASIA (1940); the first motion picture; produced and presented in Stereophonic Surround Sound (featuring no less than 8-Channels) at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Not surprisingly, the 6000+ person audience, combined with the soaring interior architecture of the auditorium, plus the grand animated film spectacular presented in 8-Channel FANTASOUND made a lasting impression on me. But Stokowski’s personal invitation and behind the scenes explanation of how the film was created is what started me on a lifelong path toward creating the Ultimate Movie Theater Experience. In conjunction with many leading industry (such as Henry Kloss, Amar Bose, Ansel Adams, Josuf Karsh, Arthur Fiedler, etc.) who I met in subsequent years, I have been able to design and produce a “no compromise” beyond cutting edge brand of Cinema and Home Theater designs, which truly place the audience within the action. It is a truly an extraordinary way to enjoy films, television, music, and video games; it’s like “you are there”.
2. When you first started, did you think you would be receiving all the notoriety that you have and still are receiving?
When I first began, it was really only about the goal of pursuing the best possible picture and sound fidelity. From early on in my career, I sought out the best friends of my fathers: artists, engineers, and innovators in the fields of music, film, video, album production, acoustics, architectural design, optics, physiology, neurology, and physics. The many people I worked with (over four decades) convinced me that it is a mutually shared pursuit of excellence (in whatever field) that fuels human passions and determines how we proceed in the creation of our dreams.
Many factors came into sharp focus during this extensive exploration of technology along with an appreciation for the history and art of live performances, particularly movies and album recordings that inevitably led me to forge ahead of others where I felt there were several obvious pathways; approaches that I could use to make major improvements in anyone’s experience from any type of media ever created. When, after serious investments in learning the many technologies and building methodologies available to AV designers, I finally heard, saw, and felt this NEW level of fidelity from my longtime favorites. I was compelled to share my discovery, beginning in early 2005. In the interim, over 3,000 demonstrations for producers, directors, audiophiles and industry CEOs have been given; these unique demonstrations included the audience’s personal favorite films, TV programs, audio albums, and video games — all served up by the KSS™ Media Center via iPhone & iPad touchscreen control system. Somewhere in 2006, I realized that I also had a viable high-end brand: Ultimate Performance Media Rooms and Home Theaters.
The first feature magazine article appeared in January of 2008 in Home Theater Magazine, and suddenly, there was a landslide of interviews, photo requests, and TV programs, adding up (to date) to 125 feature magazine articles plus 24 video interviews (seen in 196 countries) around the world. Like the incredible Bugatti Veyron, a $2 million automobile (starting MSRP), which is hand-made by specialist engineers, one at a time, using unique custom made parts, my own KSS™ Ultimate Media Rooms achieve a level of presentation quality which is many orders of magnitude higher than anyone has experienced before!