Top Gun 3D:
Legend3D’s latest big blockbuster conversion Top Gun features Tom Cruise and one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time. At the summit a five minute sequence was shown twice. I must be honest, the first time I saw it I was taken aback by both the lack of depth and the very grainy picture. However, to my great surprise the same footage looked great the very next day. I am surely no expert in the theatrical experience but even I know that the brightness settings of projectors are key. Even within one cinema complex, viewers may get very different experience depending on which theatre room you are in. There was a panel at the summit that talked about this in detail. Fact is that low foot Lamberts not only lead to dark pictures but also loss of colors and sharpness and a dramatically reduced 3D effect as well. See a little bit more on this topic here. In any case, I will watch the full film once it is out, because Legend3D can be considered as one of the best conversion studios in the world – they have screened a few more shorter clips at the 3DFF to a very small audience and at their level most people could not differentiate between conversion and native 3D.
What can I say: Everybody loves these guys. I am proud to have gotten my hands on a few minutes of their footage early on, for our BluRay release and now after seeing the full length version, I am even more impressed. Storm Surfers 3D was awarded the first price for Best TV program at 3DFF. You just have to salute this humongous production effort; I believe 12 different types of cameras were used and the shooting conditions were more than challenging. Surfing 50 foot waves with a handheld 3D camera, anyone? No?! I didn’t think so.
What a great achievement. Stop Motion (combined with CGI), great characters and storytelling and well balanced use of 3D. This one is a must-see with the kids.
War of the Worlds Goliath and Maskmen
War of the Worlds Goliath is an American-Malaysian feature film that will certainly be making more headlines in the next few months. It is a full-length animated steampunk film that won the award for best animated 3D feature film at the 3DFF. Here is a short trailer. Together with 3net’s Maskmen (sorry I couldn’t find links, please help), the adaption from comic books to 3D screen is yet another innovative new technique used by 3D creatives. I am loving it and for all 3D enthusiast I would encourage you to see one or the other.
This French sport feature documentary is one of the highlights on my list. The point of view sequences of the adrenaline-seeking athletes skiing&flying is nothing short of breathtaking – especially from the point of view angle.
And another technical note, this film was produced in 48fps and we should expect a bit of buzz around The Hobbit release. Important: For more vivid and sharper image quality 48fps films should be shown in 48fps, not below. (Disclaimer: We represent this film, let me know if you want to know more or can help us bring this into the theatres)
James Cameron’s Deep Sea Adventure
CPG and National Geographic kindly showed a few minutes of the highly anticipated feature documentary. It was one of the first 3D screenings ever. What can I say: Documentary filmmaking at it’s best & beautiful 3D from a place no one has ever been. Another milestone in human explorations to the unknown. Note: As we now have 3D footage from Mars (Curiosity), too where else can 3D go ?!
The View in America / Easter Island
One of my favourite artists (My interview is here) showcased his works on the big screen for the very first time. Ikuo won two awards, best short film and ‘director to watch’ for his unique and stunning timescapes that have no narration. We put his film on BluRay and it looks absolutely flawless on the TV screen. However, while converting to DCP (the cinema format) adjustments of the Z-axis must be taken into consideration, and personally, I prefer his work on the smaller screen. Note to self: Another technical detail to be aware of. (Disclaimer: We represent these two films)
River Monsters 3D
Nuts and Robbers
This 3 minute shortfilm has just won its’ third award and without a doubt this is one of the best 3D animation films to date. The characters are instantly lovable and the storytelling is flawless. This funny film is absolutely at par with Pixar and I am happy that this short film paved the way for a multi-million feature film project called The Nut Job which in development now.
Note to self: Use of negative parallax rocks. (Disclaimer: I represented this film at the 3DFF where it won the award of best animated shortfilm and we also acquired the Home Entertainment rights for our next Best of 3D compilation).
The Reality Clock
A moving shortfilm about Alzheimers, probably the most artistic and meaningful content at this years’ 3DFF.
I have now seen the works of a number of different 3D Photographers, Ralph Wagner, Andrew Murchie, Dr.Phil Brown, Ikuo Nakamura, Pogofilms’ historic timetraveller series, 3Net’s Vietnam 3D photos, and, of course, Doug Betzold. It always works for me. Being a ‘video guy’ I am surprised, But there simply is no better eye candy out there. Part of the reason is must be the 4k resolution but I often also get a sense of more parallax (both positive and negative) with 3D Photographs. I think this 3D Photography is a space to watch.
Ok that’s it for my short summary of recent 3D content I have seen in the past 2 weeks. Without a doubt, there is a lot of exciting 3D content out there and I plan to blog more about anything I come across. Happy to hear your thoughts. Here is the full list of award winners from this years’ 3DFF.