First off apologies to regular visitors to Enhanced Dimensions for the lack of posts recently. The effort required to complete Crime Squad left me with a massive backlog of other areas requiring attention so updating the blog has taken a bit of a backseat.
I have been experimenting with VR, primarily in After Effects, and tearing my hair out trying to get stereoscopic VR output – I have come up with one technique which I’ll share once I’ve gone beyond the current proof of concept stage – of course it would be much easier if the Mettle Skybox VR plugin suite would support stereoscopic outout, but having chatted with Chris over at Mettle it doesn’t sound like this is currently likely to happen.
I find it quite strange experiencing VR in 2D – for me it feel like I’m standing inside a sphere with a video projected onto it (I guess that’s because you are) whereas when you add the stereoscopic dimension you suddenly feel like you are in the environment, everything becomes more “real”. I can’t get my head around why anyone would create 2D VR. Anyone else got any thoughts?
It’s likely that the blog will continue to be updated fairly irregularly for some time as I have several large projects that will be taking up my time for the next year or so. But never fear…I’ll be back!
Two years in the making with a cast of, well tens, Crime Squad 3D is officially ready to launch!
We recently shared a teaser of the show which we believe is the first natively 3D shot stereoscopic comedy web series in the world! Featuring the acting talents of Amanda Marment, Tamas Fazakas, Clair Myychael, Magnus Sinding, Frances Gilmartin and many more plus animations from the ultra talented Mike Parker from LowBrow Studios it’s a web series you’re not going to want to miss.
The show is free to view via The Stereoscopic 3D Channel on YouTube, the online version will be limited to 720p, more news on how to get hold of the full 1080p versions plus a host of extras will follow later this year.
We do hope you’ll enjoy the show and look forward to hearing from you here on our blog or over on our Crime Squad 3D Facebook Page.
If you enjoy our show please share it with friends, family or just complete strangers like the guy you see standing in front of a store window looking longingly at log splitting devices, and support the further creation of independent stereoscopic films like ours.
Crime Squad 3D – It’s gonna be great!
In a galaxy far far away… well actually just along the road a couple of years back… we shot a two minute silent short film just for fun inspired by a “Two Minute Silence” competition that Neil Rolland had set-up as part of his Write, Shoot, Cut platform in mid 2013. We had a laugh making it and really enjoyed working with Amanda Marment and Tamas Fazakas to get it done. Our aim was to create a 70’s looking cop show parody and overall the outcome was pretty good.
What interested me most though was the characters that Amanda and Tamas play – Dick Rize and Dawn Shine as they eventually became known: how did they get where they were, why would they want to be cops and what was their wider world like? From that inspiration Rhiannon and I decided to give it a go drafting several episodes that we could possibly produce as a 3D web series. At the same time as undertaking the writing challenge I was keen to move on from shooting with unibody 3d camcorders to shooting with a more advanced stereoscopic rig, which in itself would come to present quite a number of challenges and rather obviously slow us down from our usual run and gun style of shooting. That in itself is a whole other post!
The good news is the series has now (finally) completed post production and we had our cast and crew screening last week where we were finally able to share the fruits of nearly two years of effort – plus we could have a few beers and catch-up with everyone involved who’ve all become close friends. As writer/producer/director it’s difficult for me to be objective so I’m not going to tell you how great the series is – we’ll be sharing this online via The Stereoscopic 3D Channel from July 2015.
If you’d like to keep up to date do head over to our Facebook page for Crime Squad 3D and if you’re really keen you could like us at Enhanced Dimensions FB too for news and updates on our wider range of activities.
Crime Squad 3D: It’s gonna be great!
Containing more than 2½ hours of archival treasures and presented in high-quality digital 3-D all 22 films have been stunningly restored and mastered from original materials by 3-D Film Archive Technical Director, Greg Kintz. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good!
The disc is available for pre-order now from Flicker Alley.