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.
Big thanks is also owed to our sponsors NEO3DO and to everyone who supported us via Indigogo (complete list on our CS3D page here).
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!
3D Film Archive have a fantastic 3D Blu Ray coming out for those of us interested in stereo 3d film history – 3D Rarities via Flicker Alley.
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.
AV Watch has shared images of another 3D viewer that allows viewers to watch 3d content via their smartphone.
Like the Hasbro my3D and the recent Google Cardboard VR Kit this device is a basic update on the classic victorian stereoscope. It features a dual lens system and holding device that allows you to slip your phone in one end and view 3d Side by Side content from the likes of YouTube in full colour stereoscopic 3D.
Engadget reports that device works in a similar manner to another 3D classic the Viewmaster, “but magnifies side-by-side yt3D YouTube movies on an iPhone instead of the classic circular slides. On top of negating the need for custom content like similar products we’ve seen, this should also yield a brighter and larger 3D viewing area than red-green glasses — letting you get the most out of that retina display.”
Unfortunately this product appears to be iPhone 4/4S and a Japanese release only.
We’re proud to announce that we’re running a Scotland’s first 3D filmmaking training course along with SKAMM in Edinburgh for 14 to 21 year olds this summer.
Going from the basics of stereo 3D filming principles right through to the final edit and depth grading of a 3D short film this course will give attendees handon experience alongside a strong grounding of modern 3D stereoscopic film production.
The course runs from 21st to 25th of July at the Edinburgh College of Art. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enhanced Dimensions is offering a free anaglyph 3D VJ clip from our RockCandy 3D Collection this week in conjunction with VJLoops.com
VJLoops is a specialist royalty free stock footage & media site focussing on the global VJ community. They sell a wide variety of videos, animations and never before seen visuals for a wide range of creative use. VJLoops aims to be the one stop shop to get the visual tools needed to get the job done. They have a massive catalog with collections from over 260 artists from around the world.
RockCandy 3D is Enhanced Dimensions stereoscopic 3D rock music themed stock media selection which for a limited period is on offer as a complete boxed set collection of over 40 3D animations for use in your own creative projects.
So make sure you head on over to VJLoops.com and grab your free 3d download today.
I had a great time in Edinburgh last week at The Edinburgh 3D Film Festival which I organised alongside the team from Edinburgh College of Art who run the “Life in 3D” Symposium.
I spoke at the symposium on the topic of “Indie 3D – Shooting a 3D film with no time nor budget“, focusing on my team’s approach to the global 48 Hour Film Challenge in which we have competed on 3 occasions; in each case shooting in stereo 3D.
As “Situation Vacant” was screening at the film festival I felt it would be more interesting to discuss our first 48hfp 3D film “The Collection” which we created in May 2012. This film went on to screen in about a dozen festivals around the world, won a couple of awards and has to date had over 120,000 views on YouTube; I’d suggest it’s not a bad case study to share our learnings from. The presentation was created to be stereoscopic although on the day as primary projection facilities were 2D I stuck to this – we did however screen “The Collection” on the 3D Monitor so everyone could see the quality of the 3D product we had created in two very short days. The 2D version of the “Life in 3D” presentation is now available to view on SlideShare.
It’s been an interesting 12 months in terms of actually presenting and training, apart from the usual feedback and use that our visitors have received from our online tutorials, I have been able to get out and run some 3D training sessions for a number of filmmakers from Edinburgh and the surrounding area.
We have an outline for a larger 3D training session which I have been working on for some time and we have had some interest, although at the moment probably not sufficient to run the full course as I’d imagined it. I will keep you updated though as we move forward and find out if this is financially viable.
In the meantime do feel free to use the existing stereo 3D tutorials on YouTube and check out the Enhanced Dimensions presentations on SlideShare.