Saturday, June 11, 2011

Inaugural Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference, June 11-14

Today is the launch of the first ever Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference. Organized by York University and 3D FLIC, the event promises to be a "one of a kind international gathering of experts in the stereoscopic 3D art and entertainment arena."

The conference kicks off with a bang with renowned German director Wim Wenders presenting a Keynote/Masterclass. His latest award-winning film is PINA, a 3D feature documentary about the legendary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch.

Other highlights include a screening and post-production case study on Resident Evil: Afterlife with producer Don Carmody and the post-production team, and other Keynote/Masterclasses by Peter Anderson, ASC – On Stereography and by Catherine Owens - On Directing 3D.

This is sure to be an interesting event, especially since 3D has undergone a decline after the huge excitement created by Avatar. After overcharging for bad conversions, recent controversies about low light levels in 3D projection at theatres, ongoing campaigns against 3D by Roger Ebert and others against 3D, and criticism within the industry as 3D ticket sales collapse, 3D is an important filmmaking tool and technique that is in danger of becoming extinct.

The conference takes place from June 11 to 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre.



June 11 to 14, 2011 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Saturday, June 11, 2011

@ Cinema 2, TIFF Bell Lightbox

4:00 – 5:00PM Passes and tickets pick up at Box Office

5:00 – 5:30PM – Opening
3D FLIC and York University mark the official opening of the first Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference. 
Address by Karen Thorne-Stone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

5:30 – 7:30PM Keynote / Masterclass
Wim Wenders – On PINA
Internationally renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders, who has made masterpieces such as Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas and the Cuban music documentary Buena Vista Social Club, presented his latest documentary PINA, a 3D dance film that is a tribute to the legendary German contemporary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, at this year’s Berlin Film Festival in February. As Wenders explains: “The two-dimensional cinema screen is simply not capable of capturing Pina Bausch’s work, either emotionally or aesthetically. When I watched her dance for the first time twenty-five years ago, I was captivated and deeply moved. I was able to understand human movement, gestures and feelings in a whole new way. And this magic is what I would like to translate to the screen […] 3D gives us the possibility of taking the audience directly onto the stage, into the middle of the event.” Showing excerpts from the film, Wenders will present a case study on PINA and discuss the creative possibilities that 3D technologies open up for filmmakers.
7:30 – 9:30PM Speakers Reception at TIFF Blackberry Lounge (by invitation only)

Sunday, June 12, 2011
@ Cinema 2, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Industry Stream presented by OMDC

9:00 – 10:00AM Passes and tickets pick up at Box Office

10:00 – 10:30AM – Welcome
Opening by 3D FLIC
Address by the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism & Culture
STEREOSCOPIC 3D, THE WAY OF THE FUTURE: A welcome address by Canadian pioneer Bill White, co-founder of the 3D Camera Company, highlighting why 3D is here to stay
10:30- 11:00AM Mini Keynote

This mini keynote contextualizes the Canadian expertise in the stereoscopic 3D arena, addressing current national contributions and outlining growing potential.
Paul Salvini, Ph.D. (CTO Side FX Software)
Kevin Tuer, Ph.D. (MD Canadian Digital Media Network)

11:00-12:30AM Session A
STEREOGRAPHY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY. Rendering 3D space into a 3D image

Capturing is the most critical part of the S3D ecosystem. In this panel, experienced cinematographers and stereographers share their particular expertise, present their tools and discuss their different approaches to how to best to render space, depth and texture onto the stereoscopic image.
Paul Taylor – USA (Supervising Stereographer)
Peter Anderson, ASC  – USA (Cinematographer)
Aleksander Melkumov- Russia (NIKFI)
Florian Maier – Germany (Supervising Stereographer)
Brent Robinson – Canada (Stereographer and Underwater Cinematographer)
Eric Edmeades – Canada (CEO, The Kerner Group)
Moderator: Ali Kazimi, York University
12:30-1:30PM Lunch Break

1:30- 3:00PM Session B
STEREOSCOPIC POST PRODUCTION AND VFX – Expanding the toolset or what happens after capture

A round table discussion on techniques, challenges and possibilities of the stereoscopic 3D postproduction field. Post production and visual effects experts show examples of their work and discuss the most pressing issues.
Ken MacNeil – Canada (President Creative Post)
Matt Cahill – Canada (Post production supervisor Saw 3D)
Tom Burns  – Canada (Director, Post-production Infrastructure Technicolor)
Dennis Berardi – Canada (President and VFX Supervisor Mr X Inc.)
Nick Iannelli – Canada (VP Deluxe Postproduction)
Conversation lead: Rob Burton – Canada (VP Image Technology Arc Productions)

3:00-3:20PM Mini Keynote
IS THERE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR 3D? Practical considerations for 3D brightness in Theatres

This presentation will demonstrate the visual effects of reduced light levels, discuss how the 3D projection systems work, and address the physical reasons why luminance levels are reduced.   Because the 3D systems are significantly less efficient than 2D systems, matching light levels with 2D presentations is not practical today.  Considerations for practical levels will be addressed.
Matt Cowan Ph. D. (Chief Scientific Officer RealD)

3:20 – 3:30PM Break

3:30- 5:00PM Session C
CONVERSION – Creative challenges

This panel will focus on the latest 2D to 3D conversion technology and processes, with panelists presenting and discussing their tools, the quality and appearance of converted content, and the creative opportunities available for filmmakers using 2D to 3D conversion.
Samuel Zhou, Ph.D. – Canada (VP Image Technology IMAX)
Steve Roberts – Canada (President Eyeon Software)
Carlos Vazquez, Ph.D. –  Canada (Scientist, Communications Research Centre Canada)
Moderator: Christos Giotis

5:00 – 6:30PM Session D
Filmmaking with stereoscopic 3D presents a whole new range of challenges, but immersing the audience into a scene can deeply affect the viewer and give the filmmaker a whole new set of aesthetic possibilities. What should be taken into account when producing in 3D and where can filmmakers go with it? Panelists will discuss these questions while presenting examples of their own film and TV work.
Catherine Owens– USA/Ireland (Co-director U23D)
Gian- Piero Ringel – Germany (Producer Neue Road Movies PINA)
Jonathan Barker – Canada (SK Films Executive, Bugs!)
Diane Woods Canada (Producer A Park for All Seasons)
Pierre Abou Chacra – UAE (Director 3D Camels)
Conversation lead: James Stewart – Canada (Geneva Films)

6:30 – 7:30PM Dinner Break

7:30- 8:30PM Keynote / Masterclass

Peter Anderson, ASC  - On Stereography
3D 101 with Peter Anderson, ASC. A real world overview of filming in 3D. This one hour masterclass will address practical concerns in 3D filming and 3D rigs.  It will include 3D Production Clips and 3D Subtitles, plus 3D Sticks the Tutorial.
Presented by James Stewart, Geneva Films

8:45 – 9:30PM  Screening
Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure

2003 – 40min
Insects are essential to life on Earth.  They pollinate plants and recycle waste.  By managing life and death they are the true caretakers of the natural world. BUGS! A Rainforest Adventure follows the life cycles of a mantis and a butterfly, from their births to their inevitable encounter in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, where predator meets its prey.
Narrated by Judi Dench  - Directed by Mike Slee  - Produced by Jonathan Barker- Executive producer, Andrew J. Curtis – Co-executive producer, Alexandra Ferguson – Producer, Peter Fudakowski Executive producer, Simon Relph- Executive producer, Phil Streather- Producer, Tim Wellspring- Associate producer
Monday, June 13, 2011
8:45 – 9:00AM Remarks from the organizers

9:00 – 10:30AM Session 1

Rob Allison Ph.D, York University – Perceptual Artifacts in Stereoscopic 3D Film
Laurie Wilcox, Ph.D, York University – The Role of Monocular Regions in Depth Percepts from Stereopsis
Marty Banks, Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley – Temporal Presentation Protocols in Stereo Displays: Flicker Visibility, Perceived Motion and Perceived Depth
Moderator: James Elder, Ph.D, York University

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

10:45AM -12:30PM Session 2

Nicholas Wade, Ph.D, University of Dundee – The Experimental Origins of Cinema and Stereo
Philippe Mora Ph.D,- The Search for 3D in the Third Reich
Charles Acland Ph.D, Concordia University – The Quiet Years of James Cameron
Moderator: Mike Zryd, York University

12:30- 1:30PM Lunch break

1:30 – 3:15PM Session 3
Haidee Wasson, Ph.D,Concordia University - Film Technologies and Corporate Utopias: The Case of the New York World’s Fair (1939)
Janine Marchessault, Ph.D, York University – Norman McLaren’s Total Cinema: 3D visions at the Festival of Britain
David Harris Smith, Ph.D (c), York University- Immersive Cinema Innovation and the NFB
Sanja Obradovic, Ph.D (c), York University – Developments in Stereo 3D as Nation-Building Projects
Moderator: Marta Braun, Ryerson University
3:15 – 3:30PM Break

3:30-5:30PM Keynote
Thomas Elsaesser- Ph.D, Professor Emeritus University of Amsterdam
The Return of 3D: Revolution, Retrenchment or Panic Reaction? It is generally assumed that Hollywood’s massive push of 3D over the past two years is a response to the intensified competition from rival media platforms and in order to raise the bar for piracy and other forms of copyright infringements. This paper argues for a more complex – and contradictory – sets of agendas, where the traditional interest in spatial vision among avant-garde artists and filmmakers, the industrial uses of 3D and the objectives of mainstream cinema overlap, interact and cross each other, suggesting that some of the underlying issues around 3D require a wider horizon of analysis, in order to become comprehensible.
Introduction by Marta Braun, Ryerson University

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner Break

7:00 – 8:00PM Keynote / Masterclass
Catherine Owens – On Directing 3D

Seeing. “When a person tells you something or shows you something, how do you ‘see’ what they mean?” Drawing from contemporary art practices, this presentation challenges the assumptions of how we experience what we see, introducing creators to the nuances of directing 3D.
Presented by William Le Maitre

8:00 – 8:15PM Break

8:15- 10:00PM Screening and post-production  case study
Resident Evil: Afterlife

2010 – 97 min
Presented by producer Don Carmody, with Deluxe post-production team headed by Nick Iannelli including Chris Wallace- Senior DI colorist, Peter Armstrong- DI Manager, Motassem Younes- Editor, Nick Paulozza- Imaging Supervisor and Gregor Hutchison- Post Supervisor
In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.
With Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller - Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson - Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson- Producer, Jeremy Bolt- Producer, Don Carmody- Producer, Bernd Eichinger- Producer, Samuel Hadida- Producer, Victor Hadida- Executive producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi- Associate producer, Robert Kulzer- Producer, Martin Moszkowicz- Executive producer.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Day begins at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
239 Richmond Street

8:45 – 9:00AM Remarks from the organizers

9:00-10:45AM IMAX Screening and Keynote
Presented by IMAX

Hubble 3D
2010 – 44min
Through the power of IMAX® 3D, Hubble 3D takes moviegoers on an unprecedented voyage through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mystery of our celestial surroundings.  Experience never-before-seen 3D flights through the farthest reaches of the universe, and accompany spacewalking astronauts on some of the most difficult and important endeavors in NASA’s history. Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA.)

Keynote by Graeme Ferguson
Graeme Ferguson has been enjoying 3D films for 60 years, starting with Norman McLaren’s Around Is Around (1951). Later he was a participant in the development of IMAX Corporation’s film-based 3D projection systems, including IMAX 3D and IMAX Solido, as well as the Solido and 30 perf cameras.  His team’s IMAX 3D films have done boffo box office.  Ferguson will provide some observations, and will hazard a prediction or two about the future of 3D.
10:45 – 11:00AM Walk to Cinema 2 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

11:00 – 12:30AM Session 4
3D HYBRIDS, the ECUAD’s Stereoscopic 3D Centre of Excellence Experience
Ron Burnett, Ph.D., Emily Carr University – S3D Experimentation in Film, Animation, and Hybrid Forms
Maria Lantin, Ph.D., Emily Carr University – Time and Space Manipulation in 3D
Alan Goldman, Emily Carr University – 3D and documentary filmmaking
Michael Verity, Emily Carr University – Return to Fogo in 3D
Moderator: Laurie Wilcox, Ph.D., York University

12:30 – 1:30PM  Lunch break

1:30-3:30 Session 5

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, independent artists UK – M.A.R.S. CALLING
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno & Jerome Bongiorno, independent artists USA – Capturing Cities in 3D: City Symphony Films
Leila Sujir, Concordia University – Between 2 Breaths: Walking through the Chorus of Lungs with the real & the re- construction of the real
David Clark, NSCAD – Spaced Out: Immersive Game Technology in Real Spaces
Moderator: Nell Tenhaaf, York University

3:30-3:45PM  Break

3:45- 5:45PM Session 6

Ali Kazimi, York University – Dreaming with Depth – Narrative possibilities in Stereoscopic 3D
Munro Ferguson, NFB – 3D Filmmaking: Pitfalls and Possibilities
William Le Maitre -independent artist Canada - Edia’s Dividuals: the Distributed Self in Digital Space
Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Unlimited Independent 3D film production in Canada
Moderator: Brenda Longfellow, York University

5:45 – 6:00PM Closing remarks
(Programme Subject to Change)
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