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in Filmmaking
on Feb 6, 2010

Okay, it’s not Avatar, but if you have a pair of those old red and blue cardboard glasses lying around you can check out Gray Miller’s proposal for Sea Monster, which is being billed as a “3D stereoscopic web series exploring new film grammar.” He’s raising money for the “pulp sci-fi hard science mix” through Kickstarter and is about a third of the way towards his $5,000 goal with 37 days left. From his proposal:

We’re launching a sci-fi 3-D web series inspired by Moby Dick. It’s designed to be shot in our own DIY stereoscopic 3-D, around Coney Island and Brooklyn next summer, and the budget for the pilot is $5,000. It’s going to be a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I have a group of talented New York actors that I’ve worked with on my previous films, and we’ve shot test footage showing our new approach to 3-D storytelling.

What makes this 3-D web series unique is a completely new film grammar for 3-D stereoscopic filmmaking that I’ve been working for the last two years called Stereo Expressionism. You can watch the test footage above (we’ll mail you 3-D glasses for a $1 pledge) or a HD quality version and some tests from an early version of this project here.

The main idea of Stereo Expressionism is this: 3-D filmmaking works by sending a slightly different image to your left and right eye. Your brain puts those two images together when you wear the 3-D glasses and interprets it as depth. But no one has thought to explore the creative storytelling potential in having the option to slightly tweak the difference between what the left and right eye are seeing. It’s exciting because it’s actually new film grammar– for the first time, a story is being told by two images that aren’t 1) shown in a sequence through editing, and not 2) shown through being double exposed or composited together with visual effects, but 3) by being literally juxtaposed and combined in the audience’s brain.

For more, visit the project Kickstarter’s page. For more of Gray Miller’s work, visit Daydream Glacier. And for his SXSW-winning film, Visit, click here.

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