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#1 James West

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:01 AM

Just attended the "Digital Cinema Summit" at NAB2006 and there were quite a few informative seminars (I have about 30 pages of notes here) BUT, what's the biggest topic of them all? Whether you like it or not, it's 3D Digital Cinema.

This 3D Digital Cinema is being pushed by none other than James Cameron, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis and any other epic-action production, I'm sure. Cameron and Zemeckis are claiming that they are ONLY going to shoot their future projects in 3D. This is the big selling point to keep viewers going to the big screen and the theater owners will love it (the "Chicken Little" experience proved that 3D exhibition sold 3x the tickets compared to the 2D version). The theater owners also want to sell the "Tuesday Night" tickets to a potential 3D Live event exhibition. They will satellite Live 3D Digital feeds into theaters all around the world, they're thinking concerts, olympics, world cup, super bowl. (My imagination led me towards the propaganda material like religion and politics, that would be scary...imagine having God or George W. floating above your head)

Besides CGI 3D there are two other forms we will see a lot of in the future. One is capturing live-action in 3D, the other is this "Dimensionalizing" procedure that will convert old 2D films into 3D.

Capturing live-action is what concerns us most, of course, and we'll have to educate ourselves in case we find ourselves on a 3D set. The good news is, they'll have to hire a bigger camera department for sure, not only for the 2 cameras, but also for the extra 3D video village, because this digital age will allow on-set 3D visualization. The person who presented the Live Action capturing demo was Matt Cowan from "Real D". And besides Mr. Cowan, Ray Zone also gave an informative lecture on 3D and Stereoscopic physics. Since you will need to learn terms such as "interocular" here's some websites from Mr. Zone:
www.ray3dzone.com
www.stereoview.org

Now the "Dimensionalizing" thing is the craziest, presented by Michael Kaye from a company called "in-three". Mr. Kaye has developed software to dimensionalize existing films, and he showed about 15 min. of clips from the original Star Wars. I hate to admit it, but, this clip was amazing, and sure enough Lucas is going to do all 6 Star Wars in 3D. Peter Jackson will re-release the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong. Jim Cameron will do Titanic. (They had a few clips of Rings and Titanic, looked amazing) And there's talk of Matrix, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Godfather, Grease, etc. Use your imagination, any movie that's been done can be "Dimensionalized". Yes, whether you like it or not, this is in our near future.
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