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:
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)
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.
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.