“Sorting through the hundreds of 3D videos uploaded to 3DVisionLive.com during the past year to choose our favorite was just as challenging, if not more so, than the one posed by our Best Image of 2011 selection.
We looked at all sorts of criteria, from page view metrics to our Highest Rated and Most Watched filters, and in the end it came to us choosing the video we felt was the most ambitious, compelling, and technically excellent, which also turned out to be the video that the 3DVisionLive.com staff watched the most and shared the most with family and friends. Our choice for the Best 3D Video of 2011 is none other than Peter H. Chang’s Deus Ex Homine, which is a stunning compilation of motion-controlled time-lapse photography taken in our stomping grounds in the San Francisco area.”
Here is the 3D version. To view properly in 3D, hover over the 3D button in the bottom right corner of the video and select “Change Viewing Method…” Pick from several anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes. Side-by-side works well for 3DTV’s. If your 3DTV doesn’t automatically detect the side-by-side input, go into the 3D menu and manually select it. HTML5 stereo view requires NVIDIA 3D Vision.
Blu-ray 3D (1920 x 1080p24 to each eye) and 4K 3D (4096 x 2160p24) are also available upon request.
Brad Kremer and Stewart Mayer of camBLOCK flew out for three days of shooting at the end of March. It rained the entire time they were in town so we were confined to interiors, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise since those shots turned out to be some of the more impressive ones in 3D.
After the weather cleared, I shot for an additional nine days around San Francisco with assistance from Simon Christen, Noah Hawthorne, Christopher Fuzi, Robert Mooring, Josh Golz, and Paul Leeming.
Canon 5D Mark II’s were used in both parallel and beamsplitter configurations for true, native stereo capture at 5.6K resolution RAW. The camBLOCK and Dynamic Perception were used for motion control.
There were some major technical hurdles with both capture and post, but once we saw the results in 3D, it was well worth it.
Special thanks to Jeremy Mayer (the typewriter sculptor), Cisco Systems, Gather Restaurant, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, The Millennium Tower, The Port of Oakland, and the San Francisco Film Commission for giving us access to some great locations and subjects on short notice.
Edited by Peter Chang
Color correction and grading by Brad Kremer
Produced by Peter Chang and Christopher Frey
Music by Michael McCann “Icarus” from Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Mark and Kimberley’s New Year’s Eve wedding at the Berkeley City Club was a grand event combining the holidays, a party with dear friends and family, and of course a celebration of love between two wonderful people. We always love to look at the story told with still images first, and then compare that to what can be presented through moving images and sound. The drama of a moment can be accentuated with a still photograph, light can be adjusted to accent an image, and it is easier to bring an artistic interpretation into an otherwise plain moment. However, with film one can find more emotional nuance through conversations and interactions – one that is less subject to the manipulations or interpretations of the person behind the camera – but is an unscripted and real presentation of personality, emotion, and character that documents an important moment in an entirely different (but complimentary) way. In our fusion films, we work to find the best presentation of the moments of the day and weave them together into a blend of moving and still images that is both cinematic and photojournalistic – to document the beauty, the nuance, the emotion, and the unique personalities of the wedding day in a single fusion piece.
This film together brought back so many memories of this touching wedding, its incredibly powerful moments, and the wonderful people we met that day. Nina and Peter were married last year in a private ceremony at the LDS Oakland Temple, followed by an open ceremony and reception at the Lafayette Park Hotel.
We would like to dedicate this film to Peter’s sister Kate, who we never knew personally, but whose voice was a light of inspiration at the ceremony, and whose life of love and perseverance will surely be missed.
Kong and Aimee’s beautiful wedding at the Nestldown Estate brought a wonderful group of people to the tall redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains, after which we went to the famous Dynasty Restaurant for a huge banquet. The wedding was captured primarily with photographs, but we were still playing around with the idea of fusion films as another form of artistic, documentary photojournalism with a different characteristic than is possible with just images. We didn’t set up any elaborate audio equipment for this wedding, resulting in a fusion set that isn’t as comprehensive as we have done for other weddings. All that being said, with just some candid clips, beautiful images, all we had to do was let this amazing couple (and their adorable “baby” Spike) take care of the rest.
Fusion remains one of the most difficult products to produce in the wedding media world, especially when attempting to capture a photojounalistic and real interpretation of the people, event, and place. However, we’re really excited about the potential for this new medium, blending the manipulation of time and imagery techniques to present a really engaging look at the flow of a wedding day. This is our latest project from Tiara and Derek’s wedding outside of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lightscapes is an episodic, half-hour experiential television series airing on Discovery HD Theater that captures famous buildings and landscapes around the world as they are transformed by stunning, large-scale lighting displays.
Captured in stunning 4K HD with both real-time and time-lapse cinematography, the unique Lightscapes visuals are accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack, drawing inspiration from the highly acclaimed feature film Baraka and the HD Theater television series, Sunrise Earth.
The first episode was filmed at Japan’s most sacred Shinto site, The Grand Ise Shrine, on November 3rd, as part of re-dedication ceremonies for Uji Bridge (rebuilt in 20 years cycles, starting 1,300 years ago), which coincided with “Bunka no hi”, the holiday that celebrates Culture & the Arts.
Subsequent episodes are being filmed at various locations in Europe, America, and throughout Asia.
LIGHTSCAPES premieres on Discovery HD Theater June 21 at 7:30 AM ET following a half-hour edition of Sunrise Earth, with a repeat at 10:30AM ET.
Here is our latest wedding fusion project, co-produced with Noah Hawthorne Photography. Wedding fusion is a presentation of wedding imagery that combines the immediacy and emotional power of audio and film with the beauty of photos that highlight individual moments. This production for Christine and Richard’s wedding in Milpitas includes a full day event with two Buddhist tea ceremonies, a western ceremony, and a banquet dinner with all of the emotional highs, poignant moments, and beautiful images that occurred along the way. Our wedding fusion films aim to be honest, intimate, and real – cinematic photojournalism that captures raw emotion, candid, and indelible moments.