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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Panavision Tour: 3D

Today I was over at Panavision in Manhattan to check out their 3D setup.

I was introduced to an Element Technica rig with 2 "Panavised" Sony F35 cameras (one horizontal and the other vertical pointing down at a 2-way mirror). Very similar to the rig used in Avatar.

Sound confusing? Check the picture below:

The rig is setup by the rig technician and there's a new person in the crew! The stereographer (or convergence puller). He uses the wireless remote (shown below) to control the convergence and I.O. (inter-ocular distance).

Here's a view of the back of the camera(s) rig:

Detail on the attached 3D monitor:

And a 3/4 view of this "monster":

If you look closely in the mirror in this picture you'll see the lens behind the lens reflected from above.

The guys over there had the camera hooked up to a JVC plasma who displayed 2 interlaced images per frame: the odd (or upper) field for the left eye and the even field (or lower) for the right eye.

We put our glasses on and it was awesome to see my hand pop out of the TV when I moved it closer to the camera! I saw myself in 3D! Who would've thought, after all these years?

Anyway, this rig can accommodate both side-by-side and vertical setups. You use side by side for wide shots, because the "eyes" don't have to be so close to each other; and you use the vertical setup for close-ups and medium shots, because at that point the "eyes " do need to be close enough for the effect to work.

One thing I learned today was that, depending on the venue, you need to adjust the convergence. Meaning, Avatar as we saw it in theaters would make us throw up in our 3D TV's at home... The good thing is that convergence can be changed in post. Unfortunately, I.O. cannot be changed in post, so if your shot isn't gonna work for home theaters, it couldn't hurt doing one take for each purpose.

That's it for today kids!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Telepathy at the Hoboken Film Festival!

Great news!

My short film, Telepathy is part of the official selection for the Hoboken Film Festival 2010.

The film will be showing at Cedar Lane Cinemas ( 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666) on Sunday, June 6th at 4:00 PM.