Check out this great music video from Jeff Boller's Simple Carnival. This is Track 6 from Smitten 3D, an epic "40 minute animated music video movie in 3D!"
"A Geek Like Me" uses pencil-sketch animation, similar to A-ha's classic Take On Me video, and visually, this is my favorite of the Smitten films Jeff has released to date. The 3D effect works beautifully with the pencil sketch art, and the music, concept and animation all comes together nicely… in 3D!
Check out more from Jeff at the Simple Carnival website.
I recently had the opportunity to do some photography work for a company in need of a unique advertising piece for a direct mail campaign. The idea was to include anaglyphic 3D postcards (with coupons printed on the back) along with red/cyan 3D glasses.
For this job, I needed more manual control than my small Canon A480 SDM rig could provide, so I built a twin rig from a pair of Sony A55 DSLRs. I already owned one with an 18-55mm kit lens, and was able to find a second one with the same lens at a decent price on Ebay. I also purchased a twin-mount slide bar, a handle and a couple of cheap wired remotes.
I had expected I would need to hack together both remote cables to one trigger, but to my surprise I discovered that by simply using a coupler to connect the remote cables to each other (creating one long cable with a remote plug on each end), I could connect the cameras to each other with the cable and fire both cameras by using either shutter button.
This simplified the rig considerably and allowed me to just press the right-side camera shutter button as I normally would with a single camera setup. As long as I offset the exposure metering on one of the cameras to match the center of the other camera's frame center, and waited for both cameras to auto-focus, it behaved the same as any StereoDataMaker rig that I've used. Stopwatch tests showed sync to be within 1/1000 second. Not bad!
I did have to do some testing to find the right subject distance and focal length, considering the bulkier size of the camera bodies and larger lenses. I settled on 24mm (35mm equivalent for this camera) and a 7-8' subject distance with the cameras as close together as possible in landscape and about 6' in portrait. For wider shots I approximated the 1/30 rule and slid the cameras further apart as needed. These guidelines provided a slightly hyper stereo effect, which worked well with the small size of the printed postcards.
The shoot was a lot of fun. My job was to grab interesting 3D shots in between setups on a music video they were shooting for the ad campaign.They gave me lots to work with, so it was easy to find great shots.
Below are a couple of behind-the-scenes shots and one of the postcads images we used.
This year marked the 14th annual DeLorean gathering at Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, MN (about an hour NW of Minneapolis).
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The Griffith Park tunnel has been used in a handful of movies, most notably in Back to the Future 2 for a hoverboard chase sequence. This photo was taken at the spot where Marty grabs the rope hanging from the flying DeLorean. It was also used as the entrance to Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
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Minnesota is a peculiar place for car enthusiasts. The Winter months are long and cold, and garage space is always at a premium.
So what do you do with your hobby car in the Winter?
One option is to purchase space at the AutoMotorPlex, a vast complex of high-end, customizable garages just outside of Minneapolis. "Garage" is almost the wrong word to describe these spaces, since they can often end up looking like 50s diners, movie theaters or Italian villas. Some of the larger ones could qualify as small car museums all by themselves.
Once a month (from Spring to Fall), the AutoMotorPlex hosts Coffee and Cars, a "monthly gathering of automotive enthusiasts for coffee and conversation." Many of the garage owners open their spaces to the public, and many, many others bring cars from home.
The result is an incredible collection of exotic cars - Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Astons, and even a few DeLoreans.
I created a new Photo Set called Coffee and Cars 2013, and will add new photos to this set as I collect them over the next few months.
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