On my Twitter account I retweet a lot of the daily 3D news. This blog is meant to put the news in perspective. Here are what I think are the most important newsworthy items of the last week or so.
First, there are more rumours about major corporations launching 3D channels: CBS a while ago (possibly with – ouch – converted 3D) and a rumour about ITV that 3DFocus exclusively reported on. ITV is trying to get the 3D rights for the major Rugby games in fall. Even though it s unclear when and if this really happens, but it surely shows that 3D is getting more mainstream. Faster than most expected.And of course, here is our very own 3D channel WildEarth.TV (switch to 1080 resolution in the panel).
Quantel published research about the number of 3D screens worldwide, with a surprisingly strong demand for 3D movies in Latin America. I am currently involved in a larger multi-territory deal in the Middle East (here is another encouring development in this region) and also got very good feedback from a recent African event. In short: More countries appear on the global 3D map. Faster than most expected.
I think all of you have followed the latest and upcoming 3D movie releases (Harry Potter, TinTin, Glee, Hugo, Hapy Feet2, Final Destination, Conan, Spy Kids, Captain America, Zelda, Green Lantern, ….) – you can find a great list is on 3DMovieList.com and some trailers here.
Well, we all know that there are many movies in the pipeline and that 3D is the new standard for larger Hollywood (and in the future for Bollywood, too) releases. What I personally find more intersting are a few comments we have been reading. E.g. Ridley Scott: “I’ll never work without 3d” and Jeffrey Katzenberg: “So, our great filmmakers that are using these tools today, Marty Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, more and more of the really great users of both technology and great storytelling are now starting to get at it, and they will deliver good experiences to people, and I think it will take us a while, but we’ll earn it back.” and finally Sky 3D’s Cassy about event 3D (they have broadcasted more than 120 sports events in 3D already): “There are a couple of other big events coming up later this year, such as the Rugby World Cup finals. And there is already a big debate around whether the London Olympics will be in 3D. And Sky would of course love to see the relevant rights holders broadcast both of those events in 3D.”
Last week there have been some setbacks, too. Prices of 3DTVs are rising, it seems. Or is this merely a short term hike to make the hardware look cheaper for the Holiday season? Danielle Nager, who headed BBC’s 3D projects left the company and analysts are still unsure how to interpret this.
– 3D cameras and rigs are selling well.
– Personal Update: I received the countersigned contract from the publisher. It looks like my book will be in print and ready to be sold in about 3 months. Will keep you posted.