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Published on Oct 14, 2009
Director Statement As a filmmaker at the forefront of the emerging 3-DIY (Do-it-yourself 3-D) movement, I am striving to bring stereoscopic 3-D to independent micro-budget filmmaking, and show that that the addition of depth is both technically possible and affordable. I made this short to demonstrate that stereoscopic 3-D is more than simply a gimmick. Just like color and sound, the language of depth can be used as a storytelling tool - one more part of the grammar of cinema.
Production Notes "Making Elevation" Elevation was produced as a sketchbook assignment through Filmmakers Alliance, a cinema collective based in Los Angeles, and had to follow the following rules: Make a film that is 3 minutes long, has only one line of dialog, uses primary colors, and includes a gun, a religious symbol, and underwear.
It was shot on a twinned pair of Canon TX-1 point-and-shoot consumer cameras, using a firmware hack to provide stereoscopic synchronization tools. The post production pipeline consisted of the freeware program Stereo Movie Maker, which was used for alignment and parallax convergence adjustments, and Adobe Premiere which was used for picture and sound editing.
The entire project was completed in less than 48 hours - the 3 hour shoot took place on the evening of Wednesday, July 1, 2009, and post production was finished by Friday afternoon, July 3.