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!
Hey readers – apologies it’s been a long while since the blog was updated however I’ve been focussing on writing my first feature length script which finally is complete – more of that to follow once I’ve had some time to breathe!
In the meantime the team is now going to be reconvening to complete the Crime Squad 3D edit – so far we have rough edits of about half the series and still have several shots to complete. Our original plans to complete the series early this year have obviously fallen by the wayside but we are now going to have a push to try and get something online by no later than the end of 2014 – it would be good to head into 2015 with the full series ready to roll out in glorious Super Stereo Vision.
In the meantime do keep in touch over on Facebook and we’ll keep you up to date as to how we’re finally doing!
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.
Submitting to Film Festivals can be a time consuming and technically challenging pastime and one of the biggest challenges I stumbled over when starting out was creating the dreaded DCP. Initially it appeared that a DIY version was near impossible, in fact at the time I started it pretty much was and commercial operators were asking for hundreds of pounds to generate a DCP on my behalf.
Well fortunately things have got a whole lot better and creating a DCP now is actually a relatively simple process. I thought I’d try to help make it even easier, so I’ve posted a tutorial on DCP creation which uses Adobe CS plus freely available open source software. Although I’ve not looked at non Adobe software the process should be simple enough if you know how to export your video streams as TIFF sequences, and how to split your Audio file into individual mono streams using your preferred software package.
Although the tutorial is focussed on 3D DCP creation the same process is used for creating standard DCP files for 2D film, just ignoring the second video stream – easy as!
If you need a free DCP then here is your route to DIY DCP heaven! Check out the Make a DCP for Free Tutorial from Enhanced Dimensions right now.
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!
Great news on our submissions to LA 3D Film Festival held by our friends over at the LA 3-D Club is that we’ve got three films screening at the event!
Our three latest stereo 3D pieces have been selected for screening at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles Dec. 13-15th, 2013. Festival passes are now on sale online for $40, with individual day tickets available from December 1st.
Enhanced Dimensions films included in the program are:
Most exciting is that there are a couple of 3D premiers in the group. Our 2013 48 Hour Film Project film “Situation Vacant 3D” receives it’s 3D global premiere having only previously been screened in 2D, on both occasions winning awards (Best Direction & 3rd Place Palme Dewar), fingers crossed it goes down as well with the appreciative 3D audience! “Crime Squad:UNDERCOVER3D” is also receiving it’s 3D global premier, this is the the teaser piece for our forthcoming cop comedy web series.