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拿到 SIGGRAPH 2009 的 Advance Program 這本節目單,第一件事就是搜尋一下 stereoscopic(立體),心裏頭正嘀咕,想說應該就是 Bolt, Monsters vs. Aliens, NVidia Stereoscopic 3D 這三個主題會提到的吧。赫然發現,今年的 Computer Animation Festival 也有沾一點邊:

Experience the most innovative and stimulating work in computer-generated content from narrative animation to scientific and music visualizations and visual music, videogames to real-time simulations, and commercials to visual effects. The Computer Animation Festival features panels, talks, and presentations exploring the latest in production processes, the nuances of visual music, real-time discussions and demonstrations, tools for urban planning and rebuilding after Katrina, special 3D stereoscopic sessions and screenings, of films from computer graphics visionaries.

從上頭的文字看不出葫蘆裏賣的是什麼藥,只知道與立體動畫有關就是了,而且還有立體電影/動畫的播放。我還記得去年的 SIGGRAPH 2008 就在 Nokia Theater 放映了 U2 3D Concert,還挺不賴的。倒是都沒注意到,今年還有這類的 screenings。這多少證明了 stereo is hot in these years

突然閃過一個念頭:今年的 Computer Animation Festival 評審團有哪些成員呢? 快速掃過去,認識的人有 Ron Fedkiw, John Knoll, Andrew Glassner,其中第一位和第三位都是 CG 界非常有名的教授,第二位的 John Knoll 與 Photoshop 創始人 Thomas Knoll 有一段有趣的故事

  • Monsters vs. Stereo: How Stereo Affected Production on “Monsters vs. Aliens”
    • Thursday, 6 August | 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    • This session tracks the impact of stereo from concept to delivery on the production of “Monsters vs. Aliens”, the first animated feature for which stereo was integrated into the primary filmmaking process.
    • PDI/DreamWorks
  • Making of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” in Stereo and Mono
    • Wednesday, 5 August | 1:45 - 3:30 pm
    • The production team discusses and demonstrates the creative and technological elements that helped them achieve the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese.
    • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • G-Force 3D: Guinea Pigs, Gadgets and Stereoscopic Post-Production Workflow
    • Thursday, 6 August | 1:45 - 3:30 pm
    • The journey of this traditionally shot hybrid CG and live action film from flat elements to dimensional experience used a variety of visual effects techniques and created a breakthrough workflow for stereoscopic film production.
    • NVidia (I guess)
  • Concurrent Monoscopic and Stereoscopic Animated Film Production
    • Thursday, 6 August | 10:30 am - 11:15 pm
    • An examination of the creative choices, techniques, and production pipeline for Disney’s “Bolt”, which generate an approach to concurrent production of both monoscopic and stereoscopic versions of a CG-animated feature film.
    • Walt Disney Animation Studios

隨著 Hollywood 的大力推行 Digital Cinema with Stereo,加上愈來愈火熱的 Autostereo Display,今年的 SIGGRAPH Technical Paper 裏頭倒是還沒有這方面的發表,雖然說這不是什麼新玩意兒,但是套一句莊永裕教授的看法:「成熟的硬體,將會替立體視覺帶來新的目標與需求,同時產生更多待解的問題,自然而然有了學術研究的需求…」。

翻開歷史上拍攝過(與未來即將放映)的立體電影的話,還真是嚇人吶…光是 2010 年有記戴的,就有 40 部作品要發表了!!這暗示什麼呢? 我想你猜得到的…

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