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It’s been a long time since I shared a behind the scenes look at one of my previous projects; so I decided to add another entry to my series on the Ariel 3D Deep Clean shoot we did last year.

This project was both a challenge and a lot of fun. All the concepts and the discipline were new to me; but we were so excited to do it that we didn’t mind starting from scratch. At the end of the day, it allowed me to experience what shooting in 3D is like… something not a lot of production people in the Philippines have encountered.

The basic thing you have to know about 3D filming is its utilization of two cameras at the same time. These two cameras are rigged or positioned in such a way that there’s only slight gap between what they’re shooting. These two images are superimposed over each other, thus the double image we see onscreen without the 3D glasses.

the cameras on the 3D filmmaking rig

a sample 3D anaglyph picture: see the doubling image?

another sample of a 3D camera (this one is for still images): see the two lenses?

It’s not just a matter of shooting the images side by side, it’s also important to get the distance between the two images right. This gets a bit scientific and mathematical; so I won’t discuss it here. I don’t get it that much, either, to be honest. We leave that to the stereographers who know the ins and outs of 3D filming.

In order to finish the entire board, we had to shoot for 3 days. This was mainly because of the time it takes to go from one set-up to another. Every shot has to be carefully measured: the distance of the elements from the camera, the distance between the two cameras, the merging point, etc. This gets a bit tedious especially for first-timers like us. Still, everything came together; and we got to finish the job.

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