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2D to 3D Depth Script Crafted as a Musical Score

FXGuide published this week an interview of Legend3D founder, chief creative officer and CTO Barry Sandrew about the art behind the 2D-to-Stereoscopic-3D conversion of TOP GUN, the 1986 movie that made Tom Cruise a worldwide star.

TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.

How to Craft a Depth Script

The Legend team then crafted a "depth script" for the film which, as Sandrew explains in the interview, was designed to follow the pulse of the story much like a music score. “Most people rarely notice the music score in a movie but when executed well, we are very much influenced by it,” he says. “Our goal is the same in stereo conversion. We want to avoid creating a situation where 3D becomes the story. In fact, the audience should be able to lose themselves in the film, forgetting that they are watching a 3D movie. However, we do want to use conversion to immerse the audience and enhance their emotional and visceral reaction to the storyline.

The Top Gun 3D trailer is visible here under. A link to the Blu-ray 3D pre-order is also available.

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Gener8 3D Conversion Company is Expanding Fast

Canadian Stereoscopic 3D conversion company Gener8 is expanding fast and is hiring!

The company says it is looking for more than 40 people to hire by March 2013. CEO Rory Armes confirmed they are creating lots of jobs in Vancouver and is looking for 20 compositors, 14 rotomation artists and seven rotoscope artists to work on a variety of 3D conversion projects for major films being released in 2013 and 2014.

Gener8’s client base includes Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. The company has worked on a number of major films, including the last Harry Potter movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Aiseesoft 3D Converter Released for Mac

Aiseesoft (China) 3D Converter for Mac is an cheap easy-to-use 3D stereoscopic video conversion tool that can help you convert 2D videos to 3D files on Mac and convert 3D videos to other 3D modes on Mac computers. This last feature is of course the most useful one as 2D to 3D conversion automatic software is still to be considered with caution...

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ImCube 2D-3D Conversion

Imcube labs (Berlin, Germany) provided its revolutionary 2D-to-stereoscopic-3D conversion service for the 2012 Queen’s Christmas speech broadcast. The Queen became the first Royal to appear in 3D in her annual Christmas Day speech. The speech was produced by Sky News and recorded using BSkyB’s 3D cameras, involving support from ONSIGHT’s camera department.

The broadcast consisted of a combination of live footage of the Queen’s address, shot natively in 3D, and archived footage including several scenes of the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, all of which were retrieved and later converted into 3D using imcube’s technology.

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Z-Storm "Gangnam Style" 3D Conversion

Z-Storm (South Korea) is a company active in 2D to 3D conversion. They worked on stereoscopic feature films such as "Oceans" as well as for Monster and Red Bull for sport events 3D conversion. To promote the excellence of their stereoscopic conversion process, they converted the "Gangnam Style" video clip by Korean singer PSY to 3D. Watch the result here under in 3D (select 1080p quality for best results).

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