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09/11/2009

Can Communicate Undertakes Stereo3D For Channel 4's 3D Week

London-based Can Communicate is nearing completion of a challenging Stereo3D project for the UK's Channel 4 Television.
The project involves the complete production of four one-hour Stereo3D programmes and also the processing of three full-length Stereo3D movies.
Two of the documentaries go under the banner The Quenn in 3D and feature footage shot in the last couple of month as well as rare Stereo3D footage from Royal Review which was shot on film in 1953 at the Coronation.
The latter is being aired in public for the very first time, having languished deep in the BFI archive for the last 50 years. Both films are co-productions with Renegade Pictures. All the Stereo3D correction and grading is being carried out on Can Communicate's Quantel Pablo colour correction and finishing system.
Channel Four will broadcast the programmes throughout the week of November 16. It will utilise ColorCode display and viewing technology, a development of anaglyph which gives superior results and also allows viewers without glasses to view the material in 2D without the ghosting usually associated with anaglyph. Millions of pairs of ColorCode viewing glasses are being distributed through one of the UK's leading supermarket chains.
The timescale for production is extremely tight with Stereo3D online and correction work only started on October 19. But thanks to the power of Pablo and Can Communicate's three Pablo stereographers working around the clock, Can Communicate is well on target to complete all the work in time. David Wooster, Can Communicate Partner, said: "The beauty of Quantel is that if you shoot it right you can do it in realtime in post."
The documentary using the 1953 Stereo3D material of the Queen is the centrepiece of the week's broadcasting and the trigger that persuaded Channel 4 to undertake the whole venture. It was shot by Bob Angel and Arthur Wooster (father of David Wooster) who developed considerable expertise in Stereo3D production and put all those skills to use in producing their film. David Wooster went in search of the film at the BFI after his father told him about it in 2007.
David said: "Very few people understand shooting or posting 3D. My father clearly did though, and the principles of good 3D remain the same today as they were in 1953. It's all about being meticulous in the set-ups and not asking the audience to work too hard to watch the film, which means the choreography needs to be much slower paced in terms of edits than it might be in a 2D production."
He continued: "Great care also has to be taken over colour balance between the eyes and the Pablo has great tools to help with this in the hands of an experienced 3D grader. In fact, good grading can considerably enhance the 3D experience by helping to add depth to the image. If they'd had a Quantel Pablo in 1953, they would have produced a perfect Stereo3D result!"
This project also represents the first use of eMotion Engines' Pure+ restoration application integrated into Quantel's Pablo to eliminate the dust, sparkle and flicker from the footage. The result of all the work, according to Wooster, is a brilliant Stereo3D experience that he likens to "looking at living history through a window".
The second 'Queen in 3D' documentary follows the Queen today. This includes considerable Stereo3D footage shot by Can Communicate in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and at other Royal events. The third original Stereo3D programme is a Derren Brown-hosted magic show and the final one a compilation of clips from a number of Stereo3D movies old and new, much of which required considerable correction. Both of these were produced in association with Objective Production Company. The three movies that complete the week were also processed through Pablo at Can Communicate and include the Hannah Montana concert tour movie from 2008 (originally posted on Pablo at FotoKem in Los Angeles) and two 1970s 3D films, Flesh for Frankenstein and Friday the 13th Part 3. The latter films required considerable 3D correction in Pablo to fix 3D problems that simply couldn't be corrected at the the time they were made.
The final word goes to David Wooster: "Pulling this off in the timeframe is an absolute miracle! We couldn't have done it without our very dedicated, creative staff and also the Quantel Pablo."
(KMcA/GK)

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