I did an afternoon and evening yesterday test-shooting in 3-D. Pretty interesting; it really made me think a little differently about layering in shots, and I suspect that little difference is probably how I should be thinking more often about layering action or elements in fore- and mid- and background, even if the shot is …
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The Third Dimension

I did an afternoon and evening yesterday test-shooting in 3-D. Pretty interesting; it really made me think a little differently about layering in shots, and I suspect that little difference is probably how I should be thinking more often about layering action or elements in fore- and mid- and background, even if the shot is in 2-D.

I haven’t seen the footage; I definitely get a real, definite sense of depth when I see these shots on the camera’s screen, but am told it’s nothing like what I’ll see on a proper screen.

I sought out natural shots with some depth element, ie. a dog chasing a stick from just beside camera into the background and back, etc (some of these are cool imo, from what I could perceive in the camera later). The hardest thing all day was a shot I staged with plastic dinosaurs, demonstrating the real-life size differential between brontosauri and tyrannasaurus rexes. Due to the minimum distance needed for the 3-D effect to work (and not come out as a weird double image), it was really trying to get what I wanted. It worked out “enough” in the end (especially for a mere camera test), and I was somewhat bitten by a 3-D bug.

I’m looking forward to seeing the “real” results; possibly this weekend.