Apologies for lack of updates of late, but it’s been all go here at Enhanced Dimensions! Not only have we been shooting Crime Squad 3D in our weekends but I’ve also had time to run a Stereoscopic 3D Workshop for Edinburgh University, become involved in the Life in 3D Symposium which occurs in Edinburgh and expand availability for RockCandy 3D.
Crime Squad 3D has shot about 3 weekends’ worth of material with hopefully just about one more to go. The rushes are looking good and although the editing job ahead is fairly big we are hoping that the series will be online in the Summer. We’ve been shooting all over Edinburgh with locations including rock star style homes, a ruined chapel, a vast arts complex and my personal favorite: a bakery. Our cast and crew (of thousands) has been great; it’s unbelievable how many talented people will jump in and get involved just for the love of it.
In addition to that I ran one of my recent series of Stereo 3D Workshops for a group of students at The University of Edinburgh’s College of Art. We spent a day discussing theory and shooting some test footage with a Sony TD30, a Panasonic AG3D1 and on a Fujifilm W3. It’s always fulfilling working with students who are enthusiastic and willing to experiment without particular boundaries of commercialism.
RockCandy 3D has got a new lease of life and is now available from VJ Stock Footage site VJLoops.com . It’s currently available in anaglyph format but we hope soon to have this available in 2D and side by side format too.
Finally I have been working with a small group of 3d enthusiasts from The University of Edinburgh in planning the 3D Film Festival that is scheduled to run in conjunction with the Life in 3D Symposium, fingers crossed I’ll have news about this soon.
Normal service will be resumed once Crime Squad is in the can!
Enhanced Dimensions first Festival screening of 2014 has got the year off to an exciting start at the Parallax Festival in the Czech Republic.
Parallax Festival in Prague selected three Enhanced Dimensions films for their short film screening. Namely our 3D Music Video we shot for the late Stevey Hay “Kimberley Station”, our 48 Hour 2013 Best Direction Award winning short “Situation Vacant” and the rarely seen teaser called “UNDERCOVER3D” for our web series Crime Squad which is currently in production.
Thanks again to the organisers for selecting our films and for those of you who might have caught them we do hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as we did making them.
Visit the Parallax Festival Website.
Life in 3D returns to Edinburgh for a second year with a little more focus on stereoscopy this time round along with an associated Season of 3D film.
The 3D film season aims to screen a range of modern classic 3D features and a block of 3D short films will be included in the program.
Amanda and Tamas got a little over excited as our Facebook page reaching over 300 LIKES!
If you’d like to keep up to date as our 3D cameras start to roll on our first full shoot for Crime Squad this weekend, then do please head on over to Facebook or for more quick tasty bites as they happen, check us out over on Twitter.
For those of you in the 3D community who’ve had the same issue as I suffered for some time with your computer running out of memory it very well could relate to the thumb-nailing issue that the following will resolve.
Windows Update KB2670838 has a nasty side effect whilst creating thumbnails for side-by-side 3D videos, in that once Dllhost.exe is triggered it runs until it fills the memory in effect drives your computer to a grinding halt.
The simple method to resolve this though is to simply go to your control panels and select Uninstall a program option. From there select “view installed updates” on the top left of the panel then locate and uninstall “Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2670838)”.
This will fix the memory leak issues.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch when dates are confirmed