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Tuesday 19 May 2015

3D filmmaking project a success!

Feedback from Southampton Solent University’s stereoscopic 3D filmmaking project for disabled filmmakers shows that the project was a big success.

Free workshops were organised over three days by Solent Media Academy’s Craig Lees. They took place on 26 March and 28 March in London, with a practical shoot on 27 March with the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury. As part of the training the filmmakers produced a two-minute 3D film about the team’s training for the 2012 Paralympics. Seven people took part.

Craig Lees, Associate Producer at Solent Productions, won the funding to run the workshops from Screen South/Creative England.

“Day one consisted of theory and practical tests in 3D,” said Craig. “On day two we filmed the rugby team all day, and also shot an interview with Aaron Phipps, a member of the team who does his training at Solent. On day three the filmmakers edited the rushes in 3D and produced the film.”

“I was apprehensive before we started, not knowing what to expect, but the participants were very talented. Some had some prior filmmaking experience but not a great deal. We used some quite technical equipment, such as a mirror rig. This consisted of two cameras positioned around a fixed half silver-mirror, where the separate camera images are then geometrically aligned to produce a sense of depth.”

“I was worried the participants may find the exercise too difficult but they exceeded my expectations – I only had to explain something once and they got it straightaway. Some of them were five steps ahead of me. They did all the editing in 3D too and mastered the final 3D film in full colour and watched it back using passive 3D glasses.”

“It was quite a moving experience working with this group as they achieved such a lot. There were participants with cerebral palsy and Asperger’s syndrome, so teaching the course was sometimes challenging but immensely rewarding. The feedback showed that they really enjoyed the workshops and were keen undertake a 3D project in the near future.”

The film will be shown on the YouTube 3D platform.

The filmmaking project is part of Accentuate, a transformational programme of projects inspired by the Paralympic Movement, which seeks to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people.

Accentuate has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, SEEDA and the Regional Cultural Agencies. Screen South is the home of Accentuate.