I had a great time attending the zSpace demo for the LA3D club on Tuesday evening. zSpace brings to life an interactive 3D environment in the form of a Cintiq. Aided by a stylus, users can interact with objects as if they were holograms through the use of a passive glasses display.
-by Alicia Robbins
[Sister Alicia Robbins and Rig Maker Jesse Blanchard]
One thing that I have struggled with as a DP/Stereographer/Engineer, is finding that happy medium between your high end, expensive rig such as 3Ality Technica TS5 rigs, and the smallest, pro-sumer grade camera such as the Sony HDR-TD10 which I recently used for a shoot.
- by Timi Boose
Approaching Wallspace gallery from LA Brea Ave. in Los Angeles , a constantly swirling center fills the entire front window of the gallery. Viewable from inside and out – Natasa Prosenc Stearn’s Vortex is a mesmerizing 5 minute long looped video – a constant whirling of earthly materials – rocks, rice, fire, snow and other materials unnamed - circling around and around and down into a center hole. We hear sounds of weather and churning elements that change with each new material.
(From Studio Daily Nov 13, 2012 )
In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times reported last week that The Hobbit will screen at its native 48fps projection rate in only about 450 North American movie theaters — probably a little more than 10 percent of the screens the film will eventually be booked on in the U.S. and Canada.
For those who like to plan in advance, the film’s official website has posted a list of theaters that are booked to screen the film in what is now known as “HFR 3D.” (Scroll down to see the full list.) The “HFR” stands for high-frame-rate, of course, and the HFR version of The Hobbit will only be screened in 3D. It’s not quite clear if this list is exhaustive. We count 385 U.S. theaters and another 49 in Canada for a total of 434. It’s possible that more could convert before the film’s December 14 (or midnight December 13, depending on how you look at it) opening.
3D Industry- One of the most well-known, well-liked and enthusiastic supporters of 3D, Ray Zone, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at age 65 on November 13. Insight Media joins all of the 3D community in mourning the loss of this inspiring person. He will be mightily missed. A memorial gathering is being planned for early December, but details are not yet available.
TFK Kid Reporter Taylor Pannell explores the technology that makes 3-D movies come to life
Kid Reporter Taylor Pannell went on a 3-D adventure for TFK this summer. She journeyed passed the Hollywood Sign to RED Studios, a filmmaking studio in Hollywood, California, where she learned about 3-D movie magic and created her own 3-D images. Every year, RED offers a summer camp for kids ages 9-15 to get hands-on experience with the same 3-D cameras used to make blockbuster films and to learn from technicians in the industry.
September is upon us and it’s time to head back to school. Remembering the joys of summer and how we spent those scorching golden days, I can honestly say, I had a RAD summer! And Camp RED is by far the coolest thing you could have done this summer, if you were 7-15 yr old (or lucky enough to be part of the Camp RED team).
RED, makers of the #1 Digital Cinema cameras in the world, founded by Oakley sunglasses legend Jim Jannard, has set an initiative – to inspire a whole new generation of filmmakers. And they’re doing it by providing creative young minds access to the most cutting edge filmmaking technology available, in a week long, hands-on, kid targeted workshop.