The shooting of the film ‘In Side’ has wrapped up
We’re thrilled to announce that the filming of ‘In Side’ movie & research project, as a part of S3D Studio works, is finally completed. Big thanks to the whole team and everyone who supported us during those last three years. The editing process is already done and we move on to the post-production.
The premiere of the ‘In Side’ project is planned for Feb 2023.
Keep your fingers crossed & follow the next stages!
BEHIND THE SCENES: 2021 in the S3D Lab
In the past year, the S3D Studio team had the pleasure to work on new stereoscopic issues. This time was full of new challenges for members of the team. Another year of work on the “In Side” project has shown that the system of cyclic laboratories is beneficial for the realized project because it allows for careful pre-production of particular stages and precise preparation of assumptions. Our work was in a two-session system and we realized two research sessions (12 shooting days) directly after each other. The first shooting period took place in July, the second in September and the last in November. An important element of our work was to produce a trailer for the film “In Side”, which had its premiere during a visual seminar at the Film School in Łódź. From the point of view of stereoscopy, the biggest novelty this year was the start of work on the creation of virtual scenery.
In 2021, we shot over four and a half minutes of material consisting of about seventy shots. The result of the workshop is over nine minutes of research material. The footage was shot in stop-motion puppet animation technique using a motion control robot (Animoco). The research team of S3D Studio focused their work on the following stereoscopic issues: convergent vs. parallel convergence, use of non-standard lenses (shift- tilt, baby lens, fisheye, macro lenses, etc.), the issue of fast editing, changing the camera’s positioning, the use of the camera’s lenses, the use of the camera’s lenses, the use of the camera’s lenses, the use of the camera’s lenses, the use of the camera’s lenses, etc. ), quick editing, changing the base, convergence during the shot, spatial effects interpretations, sense of depth vs. foreground, vertigo effect, use of macro imaging, CGI and transparency, selected editing issues (interstices and wide planes), floating window, multiring, shooting through distorting media, and out of focus vs. sense of depth. In the middle of the year 2021, the team of the S3D Studio has expanded with the postproduction department, which is supervised by dr. Piotr Napieralski, lecturer at the Technical University of Łódź. Together, we worked on modeling and texturing the virtual decoration extension and cleaning the footage.
The year 2021 is the third year of the S3D Studio. The gradual discovery of successive stereoscopic creations before our eyes arouses our constant curiosity and delight. The year 2022, apart from the planned six shooting sessions, will focus on the issues related to the postproduction of the image and the work summarizing the entire research project.
IN SIDE film trailer
S3D Studio in New York
Justyna Rucińska from Pracownia S3D vnLab will take part in a forum entitled Aspects of Effective Storytelling as part of the fifth edition of Animation Nights New York Best of Fest. The meeting will be attended by animation creators and representatives of companies such as LAIKA or Deloitte Consulting. The think tank will focus on the tools used by animators and their impact on the story being told. It will also discuss the role of screenwriting, editing, cinematography, music and voice acting in creating engaging content in animation.
ANNY Best of Fest is an annual festival featuring animation screenings, VR presentations, panel discussions and industry meetings in a dedicated VR space. This year, the event will take place from November 13 to 20.
We warmly encourage you to participate in the festival.
More information can be found at: ANNY Best of Fest
The film shoot for In Side is underway
We are beginning another research session of the S3D Studio. Apart from the regular post-production work with the team from the Technical University of Lodz, we are starting shooting the next scenes of the IN SIDE movie.
In the coming weeks, we will try to register, among others, stereoscopic representations in the so-called vertigo effect or optical deformations (created in irregular refractive media) different for the right and left eye.
This film shoot session will last until November 25th.
S3D Studio at StopTrik IFF
This Sunday you will have an opportunity to listen to Piotr Matysiak, the head of S3D Studio, who will talk about the secrets of making IN SIDE film and about the difficulties and challenges in creating using the S3D technique during StopTrik IFF.
The presentation of the project will take place during the “Trik Show” discussion on November 7th at 12:00 p.m. in Pop’n’Art. You are welcome!
StopTrik is an international film festival devoted to stop motion animation. Its program includes screenings of animated films, discussions, and meetings with filmmakers.
More information about the event can be found at: STOPTRIK IFF
S3D studio halfway through the project
Another “lab” (September 6-21) of the research programme of S3D vnLAB Lab has ended. The team has already completed half of the planned shoot under this project.
During the latest research session (September 17), an open visual seminar of the S3D vnLAB studio was also held, which attracted great interest. The seminar was available “live”, and thanks to the cooperation with the Multimedia Service Department of the Łódź Film School, the production and transmission took place also on Zoom and Vimeo platforms.
WATCH THE SEMINAR
Among the guests (“live” and online), in addition to the lecturers and employees of the School, there were also representatives of, among others: PISF, SFP, SPPA, ŁFC, Łódź Polytechnic, ASP Łódź, ASP Kraków. As part of the meeting, in addition to the presentations of studio members and its activities, footage filmed as part of the research from the beginning of the project was presented.
There was also a screening of the trailer for the IN SIDE film (in 3D version) which is being produced as part of the project, the 2D version of which already has had nearly a thousand views on the school VIMEO profile.
See the film IN SIDE trailer in 2D
As promised, we also present you the trailer of the film “IN SIDE” in 3D version (SBS)
Link to download the trailer of the film IN SIDE in 3D
There will be more footage of the S3D Studio and the opportunity for another meeting in November in the building of the New Media Centre.
New scenography, new world
The next research session of the S3D vnLab Visual Narrative Laboratory team is underway. The team is shooting in a new scenography – the protagonist will face the search for a solution in completely surprising circumstances.
During the two-week set, the team will work on a scene about fighting against time. The team will focus on the main cinematographer-stereographic assumption, which is operating on the limits of stereoscopic parameters and strong introduction of so called foreground.
This is the fifth meeting of the project and the first in 2021. The work will also be accompanied by extensive documentation of the laboratory task on spatial dependencies and relations of objects to each other in the stereoscopic image.This experience the team of the laboratory will share soon.
The activities undertaken in the S3D vnLab are aimed at developing standards for working with stereoscopic images in stop motion productions and adapting them to the needs of dramatic narration in film works, as well as expanding the possibilities of visual expression in S3D works. The result of the 4-year project will be a stereoscopic animated film in stop motion with the working title “In Side”. There are also plans to create a textbook on stereoscopy in animated film.
The S3D vnLab design team includes: Piotr Matysiak – studio manager and cinematographer, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi – director, Miłosz Hermanowicz – stereographer, Bartosz Kotarski – animator, Agnieszka Mikołajczyk – puppeteer, Marcin Jasiński – set designer, Marta Chyła-Janicka – scriptdoctor, Justyna Rucińska – deputy studio manager and production manager, Jędrzej Hejduk – production assistant, Tomasz Łaptaszyński – still photographer, as well as Małgorzata Gontarska – communications specialist and Mikołaj Zacharow responsible for the production. Mikołaj Zacharow responsible for technical support and motion control.
The next session will take place at the turn of June and July.
The workshop aims to explore the artistic and dramaturgical possibilities of registering stereoscopic images in “stop motion” techniques. Activities will include a series of innovative experiments aimed at exploring and expanding the cinematic language dedicated to stop-motion animation in the context of the third dimension. As part of the four-year research program, an animated (puppet) short film and a textbook focusing on stereoscopic techniques and systematizing the possibilities and difficulties associated with stereoscopy will be produced. The studio will hold competitions for both artists interested in participating in the research project, as well as producers, institutions and universities wishing to realize S3D projects under the auspices of the studio.
Piotr Matysiak, firstname.lastname@example.org
Animoko – Training
In January we had the pleasure to host Fabrizio Rocchi, who on behalf of Mark Roberts Motion Control company conducted a training on the use of Animoko.
Motion control devices are commonly used on film sets. A unique model of such a device recently arrived at the studio. The motion control robot, which is at the studio’s equipment, is one of eight similar devices found around the world and the only one in Poland. Animoco was created by Mark Roberts.
The machine is great for guiding the camera during puppet animation. The challenge is to translate the movement that we want to perform in the language of the motion control device. This involves operating in the x,y and z axis ranges. This has more to do with mathematics than with film production.
Since the device is unique, knowledge in this area can only be acquired from the source. For this purpose, we were visited by Fabrizio, an engineer working at Mark Roberts, who knows best the capabilities and limitations of the device he co-created himself.
S3D Studio – program
The activities of the studio will focus on research on three fundamental directions of Stereoscopic 3D – technical, artistic and “perceptual”. A total of 15 research labs (sessions) are planned: 5 sessions per year starting in 2020. Each session will focus on one selected issue related to stop-motion stereoscopic film production, including:
- reflecting objects in the context of different scales;
- combining stop-motion shots with virtual sets;
- acceleration of editing in stereoscopic films in the context of the pre-production process;
- use of non-standard optics and distorting filters in stereoscopy, etc.
The plan for implementation of the task includes the successive development of shots, also comparative, specific laboratory tasks and creation of a multimedia part to the textbook on stereoscopy dedicated to stop-motion techniques. The mentioned handbook will be created as a result of editing research papers created within the laboratory, based on the previously mentioned experiments.
Due to the fact that we plan to open the workshop to other artistic circles focused on animation techniques, we intend, in parallel to research activities, to invite film teams, animation producers, and PhD students of film schools to cooperate. We want to support filmmakers so much that they create their works de facto in our studio. As a result of their work, we plan to develop specific issues of interest to us in the use of stereoscopy in their works for scientific publications.
The aim of the task is to develop standards for working with stereoscopic images in stop-motion productions and adapting them to the needs of dramatic narration in film works, and expand the possibilities of visual expression in S3D works. As part of the task, during the four years of the studio’s operation, approximately 15 short works-experiments will be created to explore further aspects of optimal stereoscopic work. We plan that despite the experimental and research character of these works, after editing, they will form a closed whole in the form of a short film, while remaining valuable didactic material for other schools and artists.
The scientific studies of the experiments created in the studio over the four years are to be the starting point for writing a textbook that will focus on the issues of stereoscopy dedicated to animated film. We plan to publish this textbook also in English.