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.