Friday, May 27, 2011

The film in all its dimensions

How better to tell the same story in two dimensions, three-dimensional computer graphics, or in a format for mobile phones? The project Once Upon a Time 5, created by the Media and Networks division of Lannion and Rennes, tried the experiment using the same scenario, four short films were made, each in its own format, plus a web-documentary recounting the genesis of the project.

From a feature film script written by Nicolas Hervoches and telling the story of wreckers Brittany in the eighteenth century, four films have been made: the movie format "classic" format, mobile, 3D and 3D images synthesis. But rather than filming the same scene with different tools, the Media and Networks division has reworked the script for each short film attempt to make the best of each technology, resulting in very different films from ' a common framework.

"For each movie, we asked ourselves the question upstream of writing, both for the distribution of the short film, but also for his capture, said Emmanuelle Garnaud-Gamache, coordinator of the project. On a mobile phone The report is very different to the film, for example, because the screen is smaller and because we hold the phone in hand, creating a more intimate film.

The very wide shots lose their strength: a chase scene will be much less powerful and will also be very difficult to shoot with a mobile. "Comparison of 2D panoramic film and its equivalent in 3D also shows that both formats have their own rules, especially in terms of pace. To the eye accustomed to the images in three dimensions, a time of adaptation is necessary, hence the choice of wide shots with a slow tracking shot, near the fixed plane, compared to a much faster assembly in two dimensions.

Garnaud For Emma-Gamache, taking into account these specifics should not be solely when making a film: it was in the scenario that must be consider the final format. "For the moment, and with the exception of the work of James Cameron, most American blockbusters in 3D movies are written for the 2D and 'boosted' artificially in 3D.

But the 3D changes a lot of things that must be taken into account in writing: the relationship to the physical elements, like the decor, are much more present in 3D, where the image ratio is more sensory. "Treatment Sound is also very different in three dimensions, due to the different immersion proposed format, and must give greater place in his room, the team considers Images and networks.

TO FILMS OF ART AND TEST IN 3D Paradoxically, the experience Enchanted 5 shows that the 3D could be particularly well suited to the arthouse cinema. If the technology is still far more expensive than 2D, some of the specifics of the format might make it affordable enough so that films with limited budgets can benefit.

By taking advantage of the smaller number of planes, and with good integration of the constraints and advantages of the format of the scenario, the auteur has a playing card, said Emmanuelle Garnaud Gamache. "Initial investigations at the exit of cinemas in the U.S., the show: Viewers do not want to pay extra for 3D if they believe it does anything.

There is a place to be for smaller projects, with real work on writing. " The cluster Breton working on a project of cinema in 3D without glasses dedicated to cinema arthouse, Rennes.

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