Interview by Torsten Hoffmann, originally published on 3DContentBlog.com (April 2014)
1. What’s your background in 3D and how did you get started?
When I was a kid, there was a local cable channel that would occasionally broadcast anaglyph 3D movies. I got to watch films like Revenge of the Creature, Gorilla at Large, The Mask, and Dynasty (the 1976 kung-fu flick) in 3D. At the time, they were the most amazing things I’d ever seen on a television screen.
Years later, after I had brief careers in audio engineering and video production, I wanted to make animated music videos for some songs I’d recorded. I stumbled across the software program Anime Studio Pro, which was able to render things stereoscopically. It sounded interesting, so I looked into what it would take to make something in 3D. I discovered that it was much more economical to make and view things in 3D than it had ever been before, so I jumped in and started learning as much as I could.
2. Tell us more about The Simple Carnival.
The Simple Carnival ( www.simplecarnival.com ) is my musical moniker. I make Beach Boys-influenced pop music and experimental easy listening. There’s also quite a bit of Electric Light Orchestra, Todd Rundgren, and Steely Dan influences in what I do. I play most (or all) of the instruments on The Simple Carnival’s recordings, and have released four CDs since 2005.
It’s impossible to pull off The Simple Carnival’s sound in a live performance unless I hire a full band or play along with pre-recorded tracks. So instead of playing live, I try to find interesting ways to release the recordings that I make in my studio.
A few years ago, I’d written the songs that were intended to go on the next Simple Carnival album. However, once I started learning about 3D, the album took a left turn and became a 40-minute 3D music video movie called Smitten 3D.
I’m still working on Smitten 3D as we speak. When it’s done, it’ll be a 3D blu-ray with eleven animated 3D music videos. Currently, four of the videos for Smitten 3D are done and I’m working on the fifth. The four that are done have been screened at film festivals around the world.
3. The video for “A Geek Like Me” was awarded the Ray Zone Award for Achievement in 3-DIY at the LA3D Movie Festival this past December. Why do you think it was so well-received? Continue Reading »