Posted on March 25, 2011

Animation company aims for 3D without nausea and headaches

Globe and Mail

Friday, Mar. 25, 2011 10:21PM EDT


A spot-bellied little animated bluebird flutters against a garden backdrop of plants and mulch. His ancestors may have been the helpmates of Cinderella, Disney’s 1950 movie, but there are some big differences. He’s starring in Lovebirds,a short movie being shot with new techniques to push forward the boundaries of three-dimensional film.

Lovebirds, a mix of animation and live action by Toronto company Starz Animation, is the showcase production of the Toronto-based 3D Film Innovation Consortium, a York University initiative that has brought academic researchers and filmmakers together to explore the burgeoning world of 3D filmmaking to achieve better results. Continue Reading

Posted on March 21, 2011

Crosstalk harms 3D realism


Researchers at Canada’s York University claimed to have demonstrated a link between the amount of crosstalk involved in 3D displays and the realism of the stereoscopic effect. Crosstalk, in which separate left or right eye images ‘leak’ into each other, is a phenomenon that occurs in all 3D cinema projection and 3D TV displays.

To minimise such visual distortions, crosstalk should be kept at levels of four percent or lower, the study recommends. Currently few systens have crosstalk below 4 percent.

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Posted on March 10, 2011

What does it take to create a Stereoscopic 3D documentary in Canada? A Workshop

Mar 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
at the Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter | 215 Spadina Avenue
Presented by 3D FLIC and DOC Toronto

3D for RealJoin 3D FLIC (3D Film Innovation Consortium) and DOC Toronto for an evening presentation that introduces you to the theory, the practicalities and the challenges of working in 3D. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for curious directors, producers, DOPs, editors, and aspiring stereographers. Register Now!

The event will include a presentation on stereoscopic 3D by award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor at York University Ali Kazimi (3D FLIC Lead Filmmaker), as well as case study presentations by Liam’O’Rinn (Director), Michael  Sweeney CSC (DOP) and John Reeves (Stereographer) for CBC Television’s “Queen Elizabeth in 3D”, and 3reedom Digital’s Diane Woods, who will take us behind the scenes on the first S-3D episode of the innovative nature series “A Park For All Seasons”.

Event Contact
DOC: Allie Caldwell, DOC Toronto Coordinator,
3D FLIC: Juana Awad Project Director