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Zombies in 3D

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ZombieMan what a busy week. I just finished up my last class and we produced a 6 minute 3D stereoscopic ride film called “Zombie Aparkalypse” Yes that’s an intentional misspelling. Notice the word PARK in apocalypse. Its a five minute continuous camera move through a theme park over run with zombie hordes. Its funny and twisted and a lot of fun. I will be posting a 3D + 2D version on Vimeo this week and will update here.

The best part was Stereo-D the 3D stereoscopic conversion company and its CEO Arron Parry and co-owner actor Giovanni Ribisi were on hand to interview our class, and offered 18 of them jobs working on the stereoscopic versions of “The Avengers” and “Thor” Way to go guys! I’m very proud of my September 2010 class!

 

Zalman 3D Monitors

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Not only do I love the Zalman monitors because they use the same circular polarized glasses you get so easily from a Real-D movie, but my Nuke gizmo DepthGrade has been updated to support using those monitors in your workflow. Now Zalman is supporting me by using some of my content as demo material on their website and when you buy a monitor you’ll get a DVD with some of my stuff on it. Cool

The Solo Adventures 3D

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I am overwhelmed by the support and praise that has been coming at me for my first Directorial effort, “The Solo Adventures”  This film has won the hearts of Star Wars fans all over the world. To date, over a half million people have seen this film. With almost 99% praise and positive views. Its even been shown on G4tv’s Attack of the Show and the host called it, “the greatest Star Wars fan film ever made”

Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet:

3D Back on Track

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I have been very bad at doing updates, but I have a great reason.  The last few months has been a whirlwind of new consulting jobs, freelance, and a new teaching job that moved me to Orlando Florida.  I started this month teaching at the DAVE school at Universal Studios in Orlando.  I teach a class in modern digital VFX production. Each 3 months we get to write and produce an original short film complete with live action and visual effects. I act as both the director and VFX supervisor teaching a group of students not only how to make effects but in a true production environment getting them ready for their first real job in the industry

I saw a lot of great 3D movies over the last few months.  I will try to have a critical review of these films posted soon.  This includes Coraline, A Christmas Carol, and of course the ever impressive AVATAR

Stereoscopic and Nuke

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I am very pleased to be teaching a course at FXPHD this term.  FXPHD is the premiere online eduction for visual effects and high end post. Ive been a fan of Mike Seymour and John Montgomery’s great web site FXguide and been keeping an eye on FXPHD for years.  Its really great to be able to take my stereoscopic expertise to the peeps via a great learning platform such as this.

I am a guest professor for the Intro to Stereo course STR101 and I am teaching a full blown course with NUKE compositing software and stereo NUK203 I am really hoping this is the start of a great relationship with the guys at FXGuide.  If you recall I did an interview with them last year.  Its great to be doing something like this.  Check it out!

FXMogul Radio

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I will be on a blog radio show tonight on FXmogul radio with Lee Stranahan. Its a radio call in show.  Here is the show page.  Many of you remember Lee Stranahan as the “Toaster Guy” back in the early 90’s.  Well he now is a filmmaker and educator, and has a great talk show bringing top effects guys in the industry to talk about their craft.

Tonight is my turn, talking about Stereoscopic. Fun!  Be sure to check it out.

Danimation 3D update

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That’s right! I have updated the front page of Danimation with alot of detail about me and what I do as a stereoscopic  expert.  There’s alot of meat in there and if any one wants to ask specific questions about anything please feel free to email me or hit up the forums with your questions.

My first DVD training will be finished soon. My publisher will have artwork for the cover soon.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like!  Also there will be a pair of red/cyan anaglyph glasses in each DVD.  Everyone should have a pair.  Its the easiest cheapest way to see 3D on your computer.

Stereo 3D Land

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There is so much progress in 3D land these days.  I have been really really busy. I am almost done with my premier training video, “Stereoscopic 3D for VFX” almost a year in the making this video will take you though the various processes and will detail the creation of a VFX shot from beginning to end. I am publishing this video though Kurv Studios and I will have a link to their store when its released.

I have also worked recently as a consultant on an IMAX 2D film that was converted to 3D and will be released this fall in IMAX educational (Museums and science locations) theaters.  Molecules to the MAX! will educate your little ones about the nanoverse and how things are connected on a molecular level.

I have a new showreel up on Danimation, and I am seeking more freelance work right now.  Book me up before you need me and I’m too busy!

-Dan

Fusion 6 Goes Stereoscopic

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f6Yesterday Eyeon Software released the latest version of Fusion. Version 6 now supports an embedded stereoscopic workflow that is a bit different from Nuke and other systems. I have not tried it out yet, but once I get my brain around the new methods you can bet there will be a tutorial DVD looming on the horizon. Fusion 6 offers all sorts of new shader trees, a completely new 3D system, new blend modes, environmental tools, improved FBX, and much more.

Check out the release page here

Review: Monsters Vs Aliens

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Well, I know this film has been out for some time, But I did not see it until this past weekend.  We went to the Regal Quaker Crossing 18 in Orchard Park NY. This theater has recently upgraded its capabilities to to RealD and digital projection.  The theater was decent size and we sat about midway from the screen about 40 feet.  The screen was new and had some wrinkles in it that were a bit distracting to the purity of the picture. The amount of light being reflected from the screen was very good.  This was a lot brighter venue than most RealD theaters. I detected about a 20 % gain in brightness, which provided for a greater theatrical experience.

postermonstersvsaliens_lg-749020Now on to the movie.   Monsters Vs Aliens was a lot of fun to watch. The film was entertaining and lighthearted.  Its not going to win any Oscars, but it was very fast paced, had some funny jokes, and did not sing at me.   It was not as strong as Dreamworks last film, Kung-Fu Panda, but  this was a very solid entry into the kid friendly animated landscape.  I was a bit disappointed that a film about monsters  only featured 5 “monsters.”  There should had been more secondary characters.  In the film there is a huge secret facility. Its massive. You can see down tunnels and holding ares that look like they are going for miles, and yet its holding just 5 creatures.

bob3dNow on to the 3D.  A lot has been said already about this film and how its the first time a movie has been made in “Tru 3D”  Dreamworks created all sorts of new tech to control the depth and film in virtual 3D spaces as the animation played back in real time.   The 3D stereo  moments and the film overall was very well done.  Your eyes will be overjoyed with the underused eye poking and very careful control of the screen plane.  I was really impressed on how well and consistently the Dreamworks team kept the visual depth going without  berating the viewer’s eyes with gimmicks. I was really impressed how well the character Bob held up in 3D.  Shiny objects with lots of reflection refraction and transparency tend to fall apart in 3D because of how each eye see a different highlight.

linkroach3dHowever, Monsters Vs Aliens was not without its problems.   First of all,  the sequence in which Susan was running through San Francisco as Ginormica.  The whole sense of scale was way off. She did not look giant at all. She looked like she was normal sized, and she was walking though a miniature set.  The Dreamworks crew was trying to get a sense of scale here, but they set it up so that Ginormica looked nice, but this gave too much perspective parallax to the buildings and gave them a sense that they were not massive.   By contrast when Susan starts to grow  and breaks though the church at the beginning of the film, this was a great example of scale.   She feels huge.

Now Dreamworks plans on releasing all future films in 3D, or what they call Tru 3D.   I hope that they will take 3D a bit more seriously in the “Design” of a film.  Its great to see “MvA” in 3D, but it really wasn’t designed to use 3D, it was designed to be shown in 3D.  The key difference is how did the film embrace the medium and integrate it into its story telling?  “Coraline” was a great example where the 3D helped to differentiate the real world with the fantasy world.  In “Coraline,” the drab real world was flatter and the world of the witch  was brighter and deeper in 3D. It was made to augment the story. Same with the “Polar Express.”  The 3D version of that film is better because the 3D helped to make it feel more dreamlike.  I suspect that Jim Cameron’s “Avatar” will do the same, due to what I have read about the film taking you into a new planet and otherly world environments though the main character’s avatars.   This is what was lacking in Monsters, the feeling that the 3D was apart of this world.  Maybe they could have made Susan’s regular life feel flatter and once she gained super powers it becomes deeper.  Or more depth in the aliens ship. Etc

I really enjoyed Monsters Vs Aliens.  Dreamworks has really stepped up and created a great 3D film.  I hope they will embrace some of the home 3D options and release this film in a true 3D Blu-Ray format.  I am so tired of 3D films only getting released in anaglyph for home.

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