Busy 3D Days

RockCandy-3D-box-centredApologies 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!

Crime Squad in action

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.

Go CRIME SQUAD!

ED3D @ Parallax Festival in Prague

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.

Top 3D Films of 2013

2013 has actually been an amazing year for 3D in film. Not only have 8 of the top ten grossing films of the year been 3D productions, but arguably the best 3D film of all time was released this year. With that in mind here’s my countdown of the top 5 3D films you should have experienced this year.

5. Jurassic Park 3D/Wizard of Oz 3D

Okay I’ve cheated here and squeezed two into this fifth slot, but such was the quality of the conversion and amazing results from these films they are both well worth seeing again for the added experience that dimensionalisation brings to them.

To see Dorothy exploring the technicolour land of Oz in three dimensions was truly astounding while experiencing the T-Rex chase and velociraptors on the rampage in IMAX 3D glory was awe inspiring.

If you didn’t see this pair of conversions in the cinema do yourself a favour and grab them on 3D bluray while you can!

4. The Great Gatsby

I have mixed feelings for The Great Gatsby; the 3D was beautiful and some of the performances were excellent, however Baz Luhrmann’s overly slick, hyper-polished, Jay-Z  soundtrack driven, music video styling was a bit over rich for me.

Leonardo Di Caprio is as charismatic as ever and certainly the drink fueled scene in steamy New York city where Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) confronts Gatsby (Di Caprio) was explosive, but this was one of possibly only two or three scenes that delivered any impact. Considering it’s classic source material I felt it lacked an emotional heart and ended up being a slightly vacuous, albeit stunningly visual, experience.

That didn’t stop me watching it twice for the sheer joy of the 3D, so in balance it’s one for your collection.

3. Despicable Me 2

How could anyone not love another visit to the world of Gru, Margo, Edith, and Agnes plus of course a cast of minions?

Despicable Me 2 features loveable characters and an entertaining plotline but it is definitely the minions who steal this show. The lightweight plot revolves around Gru’s recruitment by the Anti-Villain League to help hunt down super villain El Macho. It’s a kids film so not challenging but has a good heart and loads of great gags, well worth your entry fee!

If you haven’t seen this and get a chance remember to wait until the end as there’s some fantastic over the top 3D silliness during the credits as the minions attempt to outdo each other in the 3D stakes.

2. Oz The Geat and Powerful

Sam Raimi delivered a stunning film for Disney with this beautiful prequel to the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

From the very opening which plays out in 4×3 black and white, this film oozes quality. Raimi who has always been a master of originality understand perfectly the range of options he has when adding 3D into the mix and uses subtle 3D during this intro sequence and expands it gloriously as the film enter Oz in it’s panoramic rainbow burst of colour. Again mimicking the 1939 original he uses a bold and exaggerated technicolour palette with 3D being used in and out of the screen to great effect.

Needless to say as a fan of the original I loved every moment of this film, even though my interest in children’s films is minimal this genuinely felt like a film for all the family.

1. Gravity

The best 3D film ever made. Need I say more?

Alfonso Cuarón has, in my opinion, created a 3D film like no other, in fact he has created THE 3D film. Watching Gravity was like being in space for 90 minutes; I felt myself shifting in my seat trying to help Sandra Bullock manoeuvre through zero gravity as she bumps and is thrown about in the vast and completely uncontrollable environment. A tiny human ragdoll lost in the vastness of space. The fact that after the first few minutes I was completely unaware of the film being in 3D was testament to the fact that it was used so perfectly – I was in space, I was floating alongside Sandra and George totally oblivious of this being an illusion and totally engaged. Its was as perfect as a great edit, a great soundtrack great grading – it added to the film but was invisible at the same time.

This isn’t to say the plot or film is perfect as a story, at times as a writer you can feel the process and see the next problem being manufactured as the tension is ramped up to drive our heroine to the edge of her ability, and beyond. However at just around 90 minutes you are blasted through it so fast you come out the other end exhausted, exhilarated and bizarrely appreciative of walking out of the cinema in one piece, on your home planet, on the ground, safe.

You must see this film, and must see it in 3D.

Cash vs Opinion

That’s my thoughts on the best of this years 3D output, for those of you interested more in the financials and in 3D box office figures Box Office Mojo has got a 3D specific chart on the top grossing 3D films from 1980 onwards.

Dr Who in 3D

BBC is only a day away from screening the most hotly anticipated 3d TV show of all time – Dr Who: The Day of the Doctor.

Tomorrow evening (November 23rd) at 19:50 (UK time) BBC will broadcast the final show of it’s 3D test program and it’s likely to land with a blast. Day of The Doctor will be screened live on BBC TV as well as in cinemas around the globe as the show reunites all the former Time Lords in all in stereoscopic glory.

Steven Moffat who wrote the script specifically with 3D in mind said “My first impulse was if we’re going to do 3D it had to be part of the plot. We actually have to make 3D part of the story and if at all possible, to try and make 3D a bit scary. I wouldn’t say it’s in every scene, but there is an element of the show that exploits the fact of 3D.

Stereo post supervisor on the Dr Who 3D episode whom I was lucky enough to be tutored by at this years 3D Bootcamp in London, David Wigram said: “We had some growing pains because the show was so established. In part this was because the previous [2D] episode was being finished at the same time as the 3D and next episode was being prepared, so having to juggle between conventional and 3D camera systems and post processes was a minor headache.” David’s knowledge of 3D and Mistika was astounding and there’s little doubt this will be a real three dimensional treat.

Don’t miss out on this momentous occasion, it’s potentially the best 3D TV Drama made to date!