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August 26, 2014

Bringing Depth of Field back to Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling

Selective Focus or… the Circle of Isolation in 3D (click for larger)

Depth OF Field: A stereoscopic 3D taboo?

Is Depth of Field (DoF) a no no in Stereoscopic 3D movie making? Pretty much yes. You would want to have infinite DoF in a 3D movie, so as not to cause undue duress to audiences eyes and minds as they struggle to “fuse” out-of-focus imagery. Yet, DoF and RackFocus are staple in the Cinematographers and Directors toolkit when making movies, and have been for the past few generations. They work extremely well to direct the audiences’ attention to part of the visual frame, or to lock attention to an important prop or [...]

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July 29, 2012

The illiterate 3D Auteur Theory

The statement above is true, as long as the Auteur is of the caliber of Hitchcock, the Old Masters, and of course a few 3D Auteurs who have earned this title; Cameron, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese.

What Stanley Kubrick did not take into account was of course the schooling that is needed to be 3D literate before graduating to “Auteur” status in stereoscopic film making.

What is Auteur Theory?

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March 22, 2012

Screenwriting for Stereoscopic 3D Films.

ScreenWriting for 3D films: A Broken Concept?

Is there such a thing as writing a screenplay for 3D? While it may sound intriguing to announce: “I’m writing my next epic in 3D”, should we be making movies for 3D or making movies in 3D?

To what extent does screenwriting affect a 3D movie? Can it contribute to better 3D films? These are all un-answered questions, but we can try and answer them by first defining a “log line” (to borrow a screenwriting term) for what a Stereoscopic 3D film is all about

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March 8, 2012

John Carter: “Uncanny Valley” in 3D

2D to 3D conversion’s Uncanny Valley:

No we are not talking about Princess Dejah’s 2d to 3d converted cleavage here…so what is the “Uncanny Valley“? Wikipedia does a good job of describing it.

I went to see John Carter at the local IMAX today. Stereoscopic 3D being an interest of mine, I can’t do a movie any justice as a normal lay-man would, i.e watch from a pure entertainment point of view. Yes there will be a bias, as I pay more attention to the stereoscopy in the movie. But this never happened in Hugo. I had to watch Hugo twice, because I got drawn into the movie in the first sitting.

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