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?
YOUTUBE – SEE THE CRIME SQUAD 3D NEO3DO ADVERT
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and we’ll be in touch when dates are confirmed