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3D Movie Making: Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen Paperback – April 22, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0240811376 ISBN-10: 0240811372 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811376
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Hollywood is going 3D! Join the revolution with this primer to all of the essential skills for live action 3D, from preproduction through distribution. 3D perception and science is presented in an accessible way that provides the principles of Stereoscopic vision you need to make the transition from the 2D world. Tools of the trade are enumerated with an eye on current constraints and what is coming down the pike to smooth the way. Step-by-step instructions detail how 3D processes affect every stage of the production including screenwriting, art direction, principle photography, editing, visual effects and distribution. The companion DVD includes an array of 2D and 3D images that demonstrate concepts and techniques, 3D movie shorts that showcase alternative techniques, After Effects project files to explore and manipulate for effect, and a resource list of software tools and tutorials that demonstrate techniques.

The DVD is not included with the E-book. Please contact the publisher for access to the DVD content by emailing d.mcgonagle@elsevier.com. 

About the Author

Bernard Mendiburu is a stereographer and digital cinema consultant working with feature animation studios in Los Angeles, where his credits include "Meet The Robinsons” and "Monsters vs Aliens”. The author of "3D Movie Making” (Focal Press) he recently joined the 3D@Home Consortium's Advisory Committee on 3D Quality and was an active member of the SMPTE 3D Task Force. Bernard's lectures and workshops on 3D cinema were selected by CalArt's Experimental Animation department and Laika Entertainment (Coraline). In 2009, Bernard presented a paper on 3D Workflows at the SPIE Stereoscopic Display and Applications conference and at the NAB's Digital Cinema Summit, and a two-day long workshop on 3D postproduction the Paris' Dimension3 conference.

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Bernard Mendiburu is a stereographer and digital cinema consultant working with feature animation studios in Los Angeles, where his credits includes "Meet The Robinsons" and "Monster vs Aliens". He just published "3D Movie Making, Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen" with focal Press.
His lectures and workshops on 3D cinema were selected by Laika and CalArt's Experimental Animation department. In 2009, Bernard presented a paper on 3D Workflows at the SPIE Stereoscopic Display and Applications conference and at the NAB's Digital Cinema Summit. He gave the Paris' Dimension3 two days workshop on 3D Post Production.
Bernard Mendiburu joined recently the 3D@Home Consortium's Advisory Committee on 3D Quality and was an active member of the SMPTE 3D Task Force.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barry B. Sandrew, Ph.D on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is certainly the definitive textbook on stereo 3D for both the novice and the professional film maker. In a very concise and understandable manner Bernard Mendiburu explains the fundamentals of the medium as well as technical and creative nuances that differentiate good 3D from bad 3D. This is a book that should be on every professional 3D film maker's bookshelf. The schematics are refreshingly non-threatening pencil sketches that can be used to illustrate stereo 3D concepts to clients, directors and producers who might be new to 3D. The accompanying DVD is loaded with valuable examples and information that include 3D movies and professional 3D demo reels. The DVD is also full of After Effects project folders of real 3D movies that can be used to study, modify and play with. It comes with software including tools, tutorials and Wimmer's stereoscopic player. There are still images that demonstrate the talents of many 3D artists showing autostereoscopic images, color coded images in various formats, 3D conversion examples and various 3D formats. Finally, there is a section on the DVD where you'll find invaluable white papers from companies and individuals that are notable in the 3D field. I've been waiting for a book like this and its release on the threshold of the next revolution in feature film making couldn't be more timely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michal Husak on May 21, 2009
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This book is the first one summarizing the new fully digital approach to the 3D stereoscopic movie making. I is targeted on both professionals working on big Hollywood projects as well as on total beginners. Even I as a professional working on 3D movie making a few years had found in the book a lot of interesting hints how to improve my work. It is clear the author have great practical experiences with 3D and uses them as examples in the book. Suggestions for improvement: replace the hand-drawn schemes in the book by some more clear one, make the book 2x longer and put inside more details about 3D projection technologies and visualization devices as well, put inside at lest the most essential stereoscopic equations ... But generally this book is a MUST BUY for anybody interested in 3D cinema or digital 3D movie and photo making.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul K. Mckneely on December 28, 2011
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I had great hopes for this book. The author frequently uses his jargon without defining his terms. He writes as though he is talking with the DP or director and he is not letting us in on what he is saying. He leaves the novice out in the cold. I was finished with the book before I noticed that there is a glossary of terms and concepts which should have been melded into the main text. These concepts should not be treated as mere footnotes. They are at the heart of the subject. Furthermore, the main text does not have any annotations to alert the reader to the helpful glossary entries.

I was half way through the book when I read a statement that this book was not written for people who want to record 3D and process it in post for later presentation (Movies!). It is for those who want to do live broadcast 3D events such as concerts and sporting events. The title of this book should have been "3D Live Broadcasting". For live production, the specialized equipment and requirements needed are generally very expensive and irrelevant for those who want to produce 3D cinema and other post-produced presentations. Most live tools are for aiding in making instantaneous decisions and real time image processing that would not be needed in a post-production environment.

The extensive section on camera rigs will probably not be applicable to the average reader. Rigs are basically a way to strap two monoccular video camcorders together to make them act as one stereoscopic camcorder. The bulk of these systems requires considerable manual adjustments that the newer stereoscopic camcorders take care of automatically. The author seems to say that having focus and convergence as independent adjustments is necessary for artistic freedom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Franki on June 30, 2009
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This text prepares the reader for taking the plunge into 3D. It covers many areas of 3D and saves a lot of time experimenting and making mistakes. I was glad to learn from Bernard Mendiburu's experience and 3d know-how. In this book there is an enormous lot on the 2007/08 technology side particularly, in non-line post editing and SFX.
For me(yes some film makers still work with film...) the chapers on pre-production and production are worth their weight in gold. A little dry at times, but learn and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron A. Kent on April 16, 2010
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If you have an interest in professional stereoscopic 3D, whether it's as a producer, cinematographer, editor, VFX artist or technical director, this is currently THE resource. Tasked with setting up a stereoscopic workflow at a broadcast production house I have found this book invaluable as far as filling in a lot of areas I was having trouble finding information on in other books,websites,etc. I'd love to see Bernard team up with a VFX/3D house for a companion to this book dealing with the post production side of things.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on January 28, 2012
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I have been interested in 3D since the 1980's, but I have never really thought about the process of 3D production. This book feels more like a summary of 3D movie making for professionals than a learning guide for amateurs. Even at that, there is lots of great information to get even a novice thinking in 3D. It walks through each step in making a 3D movie and offers the author's experience in what to do, and not to do. This would be a great book for film students. I know I will be adjusting my film making processes after reading this book. In this field, there is nothing like experience, but I would recommend this book to help the reader avoid some basic mistakes and make better 3D.
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