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After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-d. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see. Here's the Gravity 3D VFX featurette from VFX Breakdowns on Vimeo (via SlashFilm): As the explanation on the video indicates, "In this Artist Breakdown we analyze a scene from Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Prime Focus World »
- Ethan Anderton
I'm not a fan of 3D. With pretty much every 3D film I've ever seen I think I can honestly say it would have been just as good in 2D barring a couple exceptions such as Hubble 3D. This isn't to say there aren't a few moments here and there in films where the 3D visuals may "wow" me, but for the most part I'm there for the story and the here-and-there wows are nice when they arrive, but not essential to the experience in most cases. That, of course, doesn't mean some of the behind-the-scenes processes aren't interesting, such as the continual attempts to master post-conversion 3D and in the video below Prime Focus World's Richard Baker (Creative Director, View-d) and Matthew Bristowe (Svp, Production) detail the process of converting a scene from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Or, as the description says, take us "on a step by »
- Brad Brevet
3D is far from defunct, judging by the critical and commercial reception of Gravity so far. In three-and-a-half weeks it has grossed over $360 million worldwide, and with a domestic haul nearing $200 million, it’s now one the top 10 highest-grossing movies of the year.
A lot of the praise for Alfonso Cuarón’s latest is down to the spectacular conversion job done by Prime Focus London on. James Cameron has called it the “best 3D conversion ever”. When 3D is considered as part of the storytelling process, and not just an afterthought to charge audiences extra, it can be as important a decision in the production of the film as casting or script. And ‘Gravity’ is a game-changer on every level.
It was without doubt the most detailed and sophisticated shoot that Prime Focus World has completed to date, including what must be the longest converted shot ever – 15,531 frames, which is over 10 minutes and 47 seconds. »
- Oscar Harding
3 items from 2013
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