48h Film Festival in Paris - An Epic story in 3D

Most people think that shooting 3D with the Epic camera would require a massive team, huge rigs and that it would be impossible to do any kind of run'n'gun indie filming with it. Well earlier this year stereocorp3D took on the challenge of participating in the 48h Film Festival challenge in Paris to prove this isn't true!

For those not familiar with this worldwide contest the idea of the 48h Film Festival is pretty simple. It's basically a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete.

Our team had 'time travel movie' as genre, the prop was a pair of sunglasses, the character had to be a photographer and our sentence was 'what are you looking at!'.

The script was written over Friday night and by Saturday noon our team was ready to film in Paris. Luckily the weather wasn't too bad, we decided to film on a bridge near the French National Library over the Seine river. It has some nice architecture and a nice bridge that I knew would work well with 3D and fit the story.

The day before with my friend and camera assistant Raphael Palin, we decided to shoot with the lightest possible 3D rig we could come up with using the Atom rig from 3ality Technica. And not only that but I asked Raphael to be able to go shoulder mount with the rig in order to move quickly between setups. This wasn't the first time we had configured the Atom rig to go shoulder mount, so we used our experience to optimize all the accessories for such filming and we used a quickrelease plate system that would let us move from the shoulder mount to the sticks in 20 seconds without turning off the camera.



The atom rig from 3ality Technica not only allowed us to go very lightweight (for an Epic 3D rig believe me, 40lbs is light!) but as a stereographer I had all the bells and whistles I would need on a regular set. This rig is entirely motorized so I had a remote control that let me to change dynamically the interaxial and the convergence during the shots. I also had a monitor that would display an anaglyph signal directly on the rig, as I was also directing the piece it was very important for me to to be able to be next to the camera and the talent.

We used two Zoom Lens 11-16mm customized by Duclos for 3D, Pierre Addoun was our focus puller and he could also remotely change focus on both lens simultaneously using another remote controller system from 3ality Technica that's compatible with Eden motors. Both cameras were perfectly synced TC and Shutter using the SBT box from Denecke so we knew that the post-production would run smoothly.

Antoine Aybes Gilles was DP on this project and he was quite amazed at how efficient this setup was during filming. We filmed all throughout the day about 30 different shots and over 100 takes total in less than 8 hours. Moving from one setup to another was really fast and we would move rapidly from shoulder mount to tripod thanks to the quick release plate system.


Alexandre Weiss was our data manager and he started converting the footage to DNxHD over Saturday night so that we could start editing the movie Sunday morning. There was a bit extra shooting that needed to be done in the morning and our editor bailed out on us at the last minute so I took over the editing by myself on Sunday afternoon while Agnes Vincent was working on the music and Justin Hoss was doing the sound mixing.

I had a little less than 2 hours to conform the piece on Scratch, color grade it and tweak the 3D, that was quite a rush! Obviously I couldn't do as much as I would have liked but we finished the movie just in time before the deadline in the Sunday evening.

Here is a link to the final version that you can watch in 3D on YouTube or in 2D if you don't have any glasses (just select 2D or 3D under the video):

We'll probably make another edit of the movie and fine tune the 3D a bit more but here you get to see what's possible to accomplish in 48h with an Epic3D rig in a run'n'gun style. Getting the Epics on the Atom from 3ality Technica with all the bells and whistles and yet keeping it under 50lbs is quite amazing. We can't wait to go on an indie budget movie with this setup now, with a bit more time than 48h to make the movie!

 Are are a few more BTS pictures:




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