Academy Does 3D Times Three


Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will devote three Tuesday evenings – June 22 and 29, and July 6 – to exploring 3D techniques and their rapidly expanding use in filmmaking in “Getting Perspective III: Exploring the Craft of 3D Movie Technology.” The series will feature conversations with filmmakers, 3D demonstrations and movie clips, culminating with a screening of “U2 3D,” the Irish rock band’s 2008 concert movie.

The following are descriptions of each night’s focus:

Virtual 3D (Animation/Motion-Capture/Conversion)
Tuesday, June 22, 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood

This evening will showcase movies in which the 3D experience is created using digital techniques. The program will highlight CG key-frame animation, performance capture and 2D-to-3D conversion. These techniques will be explored in onstage conversations with director Hoyt Yeatman (“G-Force”), visual effects producer Matt DeJohn (“G-Force”) and stereoscopic supervisor Phil McNally (“Monsters vs Aliens”).

Photographed 3D (Live Action/Stop-Motion)
Tuesday, June 29, 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood

Live-action narrative, documentary and stop-motion animated techniques will be examined as well as the post-production tools used to finish a modern 3D movie. Science and Technology Council member Rob Hummel, director Eric Brevig (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”), director of photography Pete Kozachik (“Coraline”) and stereoscopic engineer Pierre (Pete) Routhier (“X Games 3D: The Movie”) will discuss the challenges of working in 3D and the future of live-action stereoscopic filmmaking.

"U2 3D” (2008)
Tuesday, July 6, 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

The final night of the series will feature a screening of the concert movie “U2 3D.” The digital live-action 3D motion picture captures the band in Latin America during its “Vertigo” tour in 2006. The documentary’s director, Catherine Owens, will be joined by director of 3D photography Peter Anderson and editor Olivier Wicki to discuss the movie.

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, “Getting Perspective III” will be hosted by Academy member Rob Engle, senior stereographer and 3D visual effects supervisor at Sony Imageworks. He has served as stereographer on and supervised the 3D releases of numerous movies, including “The Polar Express” (2004), “Beowulf” (2007), “G-Force” (2009) and the Academy Award®-nominated animated feature “Monster House” (2006).

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