Crime Squad 3D Season One – It’s a Wrap!

We finally finished the primary shoot for Crime Squad 3D Season One yesterday on a blustery and freezing cold Edinburgh morning. Amanda, Tamas and Magnus braved the gale force winds, mini sand storm on the beach and spattering of drizzle to deliver fantastic performances all round!

It’s been a long haul to shoot what should deliver six ten minute episodes and we owe a debt gratitude to all the cast, crew, backers and supporters who’ve helped us along the way. Thank you everyone for your help, this is only the beginning of the adventure and hope you can all stay with us as we launch and hopefully take this onto a bigger stage.

Our aim is to have the first full episode complete by Summer 2014 so do please follow us on Facebook where we’ll be posting all the latest news.

In the meantime why not check out the advert from the show we’ve created for NEO3DO the glasses free 3D Tablet. David from NEO3DO came onboard as a sponsor early on and has been really supportive of the show. So take it away Amanda and Tamas… or should I say Detective Rize and Shine?

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Life in 3D Symposium

I’ll be speaking at this years “Life in 3D” Symposium in Edinburgh, so if you’re interested in learning a little more about stereo 3D do please come along to this free event.

Life in 3D’ is a 1-day symposium at the University of Edinburgh that brings together otherwise independent practitioners and academics currently working on 3D from technological and creative perspectives.

The 3D theme of this year’s symposium is stereo vision and surround sound. The event provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, showcase work in progress and discuss how 3D is used in the industry and academia.

The symposium will run in parallel with the ‘Edinburgh 3D Film Festival‘ at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

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SV @ Edinburgh 3D Film Festival

Situation Vacant will finally get a digital 3D screening in the UK at the first ever Edinburgh 3D Film Festival this May.

Our award winning sci-fi/mystery film which we created at last years 48 Hour Film Project in Edinburgh will have its UK Stereoscopic 3D Premiere on the 7th May at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh in Scotland’s first 3D film festival. This is really great news for us to be able to screen our film in the format it was meant to be seen in. In production we really considered how the stereoscopic effect could be used in a subtle way to enhance the story and characters emotional perspective, and it’s certainly the best considered use of 3D I think we have made to date.

Of course this is just one of a whole block of live action 3D shorts that we will be screening that night, and is itself one night of a week-long celebration of stereoscopic 3D films. For more on the Edinburgh 3D Film Festival and to keep up to date with the event please visit the website and LIKE the Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

Crime Squad @ SD&A Conference

Our Crime Squad teaser, UNDERCOVER3D, screened at the annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference along with a host of other 3D content from producers that included Pixar Animation Studios, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment – that’s quite a line up to screen alongside! Of course there were a huge range of independent and academic’s who screened too and these include some great films from the likes of my friends Jesse Blanchard, Ryan Suits and Jeff Boller.

The purpose of each year’s 3D Theatre session is to showcase the wide range of 3D content that is being produced and exhibited around the world.  This year’s show contained a broad selection of 42 entries from independent artists through to major studios.

The winners were:
1) Best of Show – Live Action category – “Soir de Fête” by David Robert (France).
Synopsis: Joachim, 20 or so, a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, is about to leave work to spend New Year’s Eve with his family.  But his patients, determined to see in the New Year in style, aren’t going to let him leave.  Joachim is soon out of his depth as the evening’s events become more absurd.  But madness is not always where you expect to find it…
2) Best of Show – Animation / CG category – “Morpheos Trailer” by John Hart (USA).
Synopsis: Travels in the fractal dimension; art of Mandelboxes, Menger sponges, hybrids, and fractal flames.

Around 200 people enjoyed the 2 hour session held as part of the 25th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference located in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of 3D content being shown at each year’s 3D Theater session and this year was no exception.  This is a reflection of the maturing of the industry and the improvement in the available stereoscopic hardware and software.

The judges at this year’s SD&A 3D Theater Session were Lenny Lipton (Leonardo IP), Julien Flack (Dynamic Digital Depth), and Bernard Mendiburu (freelance author and stereoscopic 3D artist).  The producers were John Stern (retired), Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic) and Andrew Woods (Curtin University).  Management and playback of 3D content was expertly handled by DepthQ Stereoscopic.  3D content partner of the session was 3D Content Hub.

The full list of 3D content shown is as follows:
Competition Category:
1. “Metallica Through the Never” – Picturehouse (USA)
2. “Hamilton” – Ivan Ceriex – Fabien Remblier (France)
3. “The Lady Assassin” – Nguyen Quang Dung (Vietnam)
4. “Underwater Predators and Prey” – László Magyar and Dr. György Kriska (Hungary)
5. “Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D” – Andrew Murchie (United Kingdom)
6. “Cosmic Origins 2” – Nick Holliman, the University of York, Carlton Baugh, Carlos Frenk, Durham University (United Kingdom)
7. “Mars Views 3D (trailer)” – Martin Hans Schmitt (Germany)
8. “Quadcopter Flying Movies” – Phil Captain 3D McNally (USA)
9. “Clear Buildings” – Boris Starosta (USA)
10. “ZeitRaum, an Investigation in Space-time” – Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia)
11. “Wooden Palace of Russian Tsar” – Andrey Anokhin (Russia)
12. “Shine 3D” – Jesse Blanchard (USA)
13. “Baby Blues” – Pegasus Motion Pictures Production Ltd. (China)
14. “Atmosphere” – Ikuo Nakamura (USA)
15. “The Simple Carnival – A Geek Like Me” – Jeff Boller (USA)
16. “Soir de Fête” – David Robert (France)
17. “World’s Largest Elephant Buffet” – Al Caudullo (USA)
18. “Hydrochoeruspaedia 3D” – Helio A G Souza and Ludger Pfanz (Brazil)
19. “Chasms of Silence” – Marten Berkman (Canada)
20. “Morpheos Trailer” – John Hart (USA)
21. “Aloft” – Kate Duhamel, Fountain 3 Films (USA)
22. “Foxed!” – Geneva Film Co. (Canada)
23. “3D Natural Wonders of California” – Charles Booth (USA)
24. “Horn Quest” – Ryan Suits (USA)
25. “Educational 3D Content: Tumulus” – Shibata lab, Tokyo University of Social Welfare (Japan)
26. “The Sunday Morning Drive” – Ole Schell (USA)
27. “Busan 3D” – Kwangwoon University (South Korea)
28. “Flight of the Butterflies” – SK Films Inc. (Canada)
29. “Formation of the Cosmic Web” – Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC), Carter Emmart (AMNH), Tom Abel (KIPAC) (USA)
30. “47 Ronin – Feature Trailer” – Universal Pictures, director Carl Rinsch (USA)
31. “Hsu Ji Derriere L’Ecran – Hsu Ji Behind the Screen” – Thomas Rio (France)

Demonstration Category:
32. “Puppy” – Illumination Entertainment (USA)
33. “Whoops!” – Chris Casady (USA)
34. “ORA” – Philippe Baylaucq (Canada)
35. “24 Hours of LeMons, Sonoma Raceway” – David Newman (USA)
36. “Planes 3D” – DisneyToons Studios (USA)
37. “’Being There’: Avercamp: Winter landscape – Rijksmuseum – a presentation in stereoscopic 3D” – René van Gageldonk (The Netherlands)
38. “Monsters University” – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
39. “Eurovision Young Dancers” – KUK Filmproduction (Germany)
40. “CELLmicrocosmos Cell Modeling SS2012” – Christian Bender, Tobias Hoppe, Björn Sommer (Germany)
41. “To Space & Back 3D Trailer” – Sky-Skan in association with The Franklin Institute (USA)
42. “The Blue Umbrella” – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)

The show was visually spectacular and served well to illustrate the diversity of 3D content that is being produced by stereoscopic professionals and enthusiasts alike.  Another impressive aspect of the show was the large number of countries represented, 14 in total – from USA to Hungary to China, and many more in-between.

The 25th annual SD&A conference was gratefully supported by Gold Sponsors: IMAX Corporation, and DepthQ Stereoscopic by Lightspeed Design; Silver Sponsor: Volfoni; Projection Sponsors: Christie Digital, and Tekamaki; and 3D Content Partner: 3D Content Hub.

Further information about the SD&A conference is available at: http://www.stereoscopic.org

About SD&A
The annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference is the world’s premier conference for 3D innovation.  It is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics.  The next conference runs February 8-12, 2015 in downtown San Francisco.
The SD&A conference is part of the Electronic Imaging Symposium held in San Francisco, California and jointly organized by the two technical societies IS&T and SPIE. The SD&A conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions, as well as research-based oral and poster presentations dedicated to stereoscopic imaging topics. Special sessions include Keynote presentations and live demonstrations of stereoscopic displays and applications.

Enhanced Dimensions screening news

We’re really proud to share the news that two of our short films will be screening in the stunning restored Art Deco Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.

On 14th of April 2014 “Situation Vacant” and “Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D” will be screening prior to the feature film “A Cat in Paris”. Andrew Murchie will be in attendance for a short Q&A session following the screenings.

Situation Vacant features Amanda Marment in the lead role of Connie Ray and also stars Nick Cheales, James J Robson and Rebecca Ritchie Smith. Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D also features Amanda Marment alongside Tamas Fazakas with supporting roles played by Dale Peet and Kevin Murchie.

If you’d like to attend tickets will be available online or from the cinema on the evening.

Learning Stereo 3D Filmmaking

With final results from 2013 box office income demonstrating that 3D is an overwhelming force in cinema, should all aspiring filmmakers consider comprehension of stereoscopic 3D as a basic component of their required learning?

Since the virtual reboot of 3D cinema and related technology with “Avatar” in 2009, stereoscopic 3D film has grown from a small percentage of Hollywood’s output to being ubiquitous for any tent pole attraction. The initial surge included a large number of shoddily converted, quick-buck grabbing films which threatened the resurgence in its infancy and although conversions still abound technology has advanced as have the skills and many are considerably better than the first generation attempts. One area of concern is that natively shot live 3D productions are still thin on the ground.

Of 2013’s highest grossing  films in 3D, 8 were converted in post, 3 were animated in 3D and only 2 were live action natively shot in 3D. That’s an uncomfortably low number considering that natively shot 3D does generally deliver better looking results. From these numbers we can extrapolate that 3D conversion, as part of the post production industry, offers definite growth opportunities if this years swing towards stereo 3D continues. Or alternatively is there an opportunity to support wider learning of shooting natively in 3D, so as to educate younger filmmakers in an appreciation of the benefits of well shot 3D, thus alleviating the requirement for quite as much post production conversion?

This has led me to another question in my home country: Why are there no opportunities nor training for Stereo 3D film in Scotland? One of the world’s fastest growing entertainment technologies, in a field where a major complaint is that there is a shortage of good quality content – and in our whole country there is currently no training available, nor any opportunity to get involved with this technology.

The good news is that Enhanced Dimensions now has a plan to address the lack of 3D training in Scotland. Having had success last year with our very brief “Introduction to 3D” that we ran for a local film group we are now in the planning stage for a comprehensive 2 day course on 3D Filmmaking. The course will take attendees through the theory of stereoscopy and offer practical opportunities to be hands-on with 3D cameras from Sony (HXR-NX3D1) and Panasonic (AG-3DA1), plus experience using a fully operational 3D Film Factory beam splitter rig using Canon XF-105 Cameras. Finally the course will take users through the editing and post production process for 3D using Adobe Creative Suite.

The course is currently under development and we aim to run this in 2014, in Edinburgh. If you are interested in the course please email 3d@enhanced-dimensions.com and we’ll be in touch when dates are confirmed

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