Posts Tagged ‘3D’


Austin, I’m Back Sooner Than Expected – 12. October, 2013

“You *HAVE* to go!”

So said my buddy Ted while waiting in line for GRAVITY.

Gravity movie poster

BTW, see it in 3D, ATMOS, and, fuck it, D-Box too.

He said, “the people you meet over that one weekend, it would take you six months to do the same here in Los Angeles.”

And he’s right.


My NIKITA spec placed in the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival Teleplay Competition, got me to the semifinals of the NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge program, and got me to the quarterfinals of the Final Draft Big Break Television Contest (where I’m still in play for the semis).  I have a little bit of heat, so it only makes sense that I take this ember and see if I can start a fire.

So I’m going back to Austin earlier than expected.

I’m still figuring out my schedule, lodging, etc., but if you have any great tips, let me know!  Also, drop me a line if you’re attending.

Let’s Blow This Joint – 28. May, 2010

I haven’t posted in a while and I have reasons.  Some suck , like working two weeks straight, 14 hours a day, but some don’t, like this one…


I’m here for a wedding then I’m gonna kick around the continent for a bit so if you have suggestions for what to do in London, Paris, Cinque Terre, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Milan, Venice or Prague, let me know.

Also, and this is gonna sound so middle school, but would someone pick me up the current issue of Playboy? No, I’m not interested in the articles.  I’m interested in the 3D.

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Your Next Indie Feature… in 3D! – 24. May, 2010

It’s happening. Your next indie feature could be in 3D thanks to this camera.

These are scary cool times indeed.

Posted in Cinematography

Scorsese in 3D! – 29. April, 2010

Martin Scorsese’s next movie will be shot in digital 3D! It’s about a little boy and a robot (from a book called THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET)!


(but I don’t think PRECIOUS should have been shot in 3D).

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3D=Good – 26. April, 2010

Did you see the new Clash of the Titans? I saw some of it and clearly they took this advice.

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Giving Thanks for James Cameron – 26. November, 2009

First, I hope you’re having a happy Thanksgiving. Now please allow me to give thanks for…


That’s right, I’m giving thanks for James Cameron and not just because he’s finally releasing a movie.

No, I’d like to thank him for putting some ducats in my pocket.

As some of you may know, I’m involved in digital cinema. I run a quality control team and right now AVATAR has our complete attention. But if you really know me, you know I’m a workaholic. That’s why I took a job timing and placing stereoscopic subtitles for AVATAR. No rest for the wicked, right?

Also, if you’ve ever asked me what my favorite film is, I have a quick and reliable answer. They are (in no particular order)…

  • Raging Bull
  • Raising Arizona
  • Aliens
  • All three were formative in pushing me towards a career in the movies and each has left an indelible imprint on the work I do. How so? You’ll just have to look at my stuff and figure that out for yourself but I’ll tell you that ALIENS was the first movie I obsessed over. I read all the novelizations, I knew all the characters, gear and dialog, I played all the video games, I even had nightmares for years to come (it was the little ones that freaked me out).

    Jim (I can call you “Jim,” right?), I’m treating your flick as if it were my own so don’t worry, I won’t let Paul Verhoeven subtitle this motherfucker (that’s for all of you that read Jim’s profile in The New Yorker).

    People of the world, if you have a quality AVATAR viewing experience, give me some props!

    Posted in Off-Topic

    Up – 17. June, 2009

    Goddamn it, Pixar does it again.


    This film is just awesome. Somehow you get a trippy animated adventure film that also manages to examine the darkness that festers in men’s hearts, hearts congested with loneliness, anger and obsession.

    And yes, it is 3-D but the film employs none of the typical 3-D gags. Honestly, I can’t believe the number of people I’ve heard complain about this. I think this is what 3-D will be like when (if) most films adopt the technology. Like sound, color and Cinemascope, the medium will find subtle ways to blend this technology into the storytelling.

    Oh, and how I adored that opening montage. Damn, Pixar really knows how to do silent film right.

    Posted in Reviews

    Monsters vs. Aliens – 6. May, 2009

    Monsters! Aliens! Robots! Giant Blondes! San Francisco Destroyed! All in glorious digital 3-D!


    A fun flick but you’ll still wish Pixar had made it (sorry Dreamworks).

    Posted in Reviews

    Coraline – 14. March, 2009

    First, I’m a tough critic that hardest on works so close to excellence that they can brush the fringes of cinematic immortality. Those are the films that frustrate me the most. And so we have CORALINE.


    This film could have easily (SOOOOO easily) been better. When I say better I mean this could have been a film for the ages instead of a diverting trifle no one will remember a year from now. How could this film have been easily fixed? First and foremost, the pacing was WAY off. The film moves so slowly that neither child nor adult could stop themselves from fidgeting. You have to give us a story that moves along at a proper clip. Instead, the filmmakers gave us a script structured in episodes that didn’t build off each other. When the filmmakers should have been ratcheting up terror, suspense or marvel they hashed out lethargy.

    Part of this comes from a navel gazing related to the animation. Yes, the animation is marvelous and the world a masterpiece of macabre design but we’re living in a time where photorealistic dinosaurs are a more than just a possibility, they’re all over our media. You can’t just give us pretty pictures.

    Second, the voice acting was average at best and that’s a terrible thing to say about such an amazing cast. There was zero chemistry between the performers and the fact that they’re recording their parts in isolation booths makes no difference. Just look at the amazing chemistry on the long-in-the-tooth SIMPSONS.

    What a pity for a film that finally made proper, scratch that, that finally made artful use of digital 3D technology. Here’s hoping someone else uses this flick as a stepping stone for something greater.

    Posted in Reviews

    Coming Soon… in 3-D! – 14. April, 2008


    But first a word from our digital sponsors.

    Love it or hate it, 3-D is back and it’s riding digital cinema‘s coattails into a theater near you.

    But first we need a d-cinema near you. At this time only 10% of all theaters are d-cinema equipped.

    As someone involved in the d-cinema pipeline, there’s much on my mind but little I can say (blame the lawyers). Still, unless you’ve been living on a deserted island you know that last year’s BEOWULF was engineered for a digital 3-D experience; it wasn’t nearly as cool in 2-D. And as fun (and head-ache inducing) as it was, that’s not the 3-D film we’re all anticipating. No, that coveted prized goes to James Cameron‘s super secret feature AVATAR.

    Recently Jim did a lengthy interview with Variety about the impending digital 3-D future. One thing he explains is how a digital capture allows for a streamlined 3-D shoot which will look its best digitally projected. Gone are the clunky 3-D camera of yore.

    Hooray digital!

    Still, as clear an image as d-cinema can deliver, some directors are vehemently opposed to it. For one, Steven Spielberg told exhibitors that he didn’t want to release INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL digitally but Paramount reversed that decision (for more in-depth coverage, read these Variety and New York Times articles). Now I know Spielberg still likes to cut film on a flatbed but why fight a digital release?

    And he’s not the only one. I know of at least one other director who said the following about releasing his Oscar winning film digitally:

    “Over my dead body.”

    I just don’t get it.

    While I’d love to rant some more but I’m pretty sure I’d end up violating my NDA. Here’s your homework. This summer make sure to see at least one blockbuster digitally projected. It’s an experience you don’t want to pass up.

    Posted in Industry