Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Legend of the Moon

This is a short film I did recently to rough out some ideas for my next feature, and to work out a workflow for stereoscopic 3D rendering and compositing:

Grab your red-blue 3D glasses for the HD vimeo version:

or the 2D version on youtube:

or the 3D anaglyph version on youtube... or the 3d version using youtube's 3D player...

Anaglyph isn't the best way to see 3D, but it's the cheapest and easiest way at the moment. Until everyone shells out 5 grand or so for a 3D monitor or TV, 75 cent red/blue glasses are the way to go. This looks great on my old Amiga monitor with 3D LCD shutter glasses, but that doesn't help you all out much. Trust me though, it looks great :P (Anyone with "field sequential" or "lcd shutterglasses" and you want a version of this in that format, let me know... everyone else who doesn't know what I'm talking about: don't worry :P )

With updated (and better) music than the original version some of you may have already seen, this is sort of a teaser trailer but not really kinda... sort of. The next film will be a follow-up to Archon Defender, although not of the usual prequel / sequel type of film, more like an expanded look at the world and mythology I established in Archon Defender.

Turns out that stereo 3D is not much harder to do than 2D, especially when 3D max is already in 3D (thus the name) and it's "simply" a matter of adding a second camera and rendering out the footage for the other eye. Of course this means twice the amount of rendering for each shot, twice the amount of disk space needed. Plus a way to preview and compose in 3D (this is where the red/blue glasses come in handy)

Once again Hollywood has jumped on the 3D bandwagon, this time in response to online piracy. Avatar was obviously cool in 3D, but they are also releasing a bunch of crap movies hurriedly converted from 2D to 3D. Cardboard-cutout-o-vision, much? The real thing that will sell 3D to the masses is video games. The movie industry also wants to make it seem that 3D is something that only the big boys have the money or ability to pull off. Well, I'm here to show that not only can you make a film yourself, you can also do it in 3D, and you already have all the tools you need to do this sitting right in front of you as you read this.


Reyori said...

Hey dave
some of the things i didn't say on YouTube because it would be to long
if you wanna see it anyway lol

And i'm really glad to see someone working with 3D by themselves
who knows might start a precedent maybe more people will jump on the band wagon

Anyway Have a good day to you sir ^_^

Robukka said...

The earlier version had Moby - Wait For Me for music?
It's playing on the Q music radio right now, is growing on me. I still associate your visuals with it and the other way round also :)

nodelete said...

It did, however it was quite fortunate that my own track fit with the animation as well.. ;)