Humber student Andrei Vexler and his production team are taking movie making to the third dimension in the college’s first 3-D film production of environmental awarness public service announcements.
“I think it’s going to be the next step in filmmaking. It’s the future,” said 3-D production student Andrei Vexler. “3-D is an incredibly realistic way of watching films.”
Producing a film in 3-D is not a typical experience for most students, but Vexler said he and his team had spent the past 11 months working on four 3-D public service announcements as well as one commercial, for the non-profit groups United Conservation and WildAid.
Given how tight students’ budgets are, Vexler said production was made possible thanks to companies such as Apple Canada, who donated computer systems, and William F. White International, Inc., a theatre equipment supplier.
The 3-D camera they used, an SI-2K mirror rig donated by 3-D Camera Company, was the same one used in the Hollywood hit Saw 3-D, Vexler said. This special camera relies on two lenses that shoot the picture from mirrors, creating the three-dimensional effect.
“Students should strive to push their boundaries. Students have to put their mind to it. It’s an incredible process,” said Vexler.
“My world is in 3-D. I can’t go back,” he said.
Eva Ziemsen, Humber film and television co-ordinator, said she would look forward to integrating 3-D film lessons into her program if 3-D hardware became more accessible and an industry standard in the future.
“I think Humber would respond appropriately to whatever the industry is doing within budget reason,” said Ziemsen.
“We’re at a stage where we can show stories more dynamically, more interactively and 3-D makes it lifelike,” she said.
The professional aspect of 3-D becoming a trend where viewers can feel like they are in the film itself having a close connection to what they are watching.
“It’s an interesting development to use 3-D,” said Anne Lancashire, film professor at the University of Toronto. “Students should be ready for anything and should embrace anything that’s there.”
The team is currently working on a program that would allow Humber students to see the PSA.