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Fxguidetv Interview with John Knoll About Star Wars 3D Conversion

March 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion


Here is an interesting interview from fxguidetv with John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) who was a VFX supervisor for Star Wars: Episode 1 and has also supervised the stereoscopic 3D conversion of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. In this interview John Knoll comments on his approach to the stereo budget, floating windows, parallel vs. converged, shooting stereo vs. post-converting and gives his views on how other studios are solving these complex stereo problems. It is a long and interesting interview not covering only the 3D version of Star Wars, but the use of stereoscopic 3D technology in movies in general talking about other good 3D movie examples and their approach to the use of 3D including Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon, so definitely worth watching, regardless if you’ve liked the conversion to 3D of the movie or not.

Download the whole fxguidetv interview with John Knoll in MP4 format…

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Star Wars Episode I Converted to 3D Now with an Official Release Date

March 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos


A few months ago came the announcement that Lucasfilm is planning to re-release all the episodes from the Star Wars saga in 3D, of course by using 2D to 3D conversion techniques to add depth int he movies. And that led to a lot of controversy among the fans, whether they would want to watch the new releases or not. And now we already have an official release date set for the first of the six movies in 3D as apparently Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox have set the date February 10, 2012 for the Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace premiere in 3D. The 2D to 3D conversion process will be supervised by Industrial Light & Magic (John Knoll from ILM in the video above) and considering the time that will be spent for the conversion we can safely assume, that it will be a good conversion. But will that make the not so liked by the Star Wars fans Episode I become more attractive when converted in 3D than it is in 2D is something that remains to be seen. What I can say is that I will most likely be watching the Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D just out of curiosity to see how well they did with the conversion in 3D, what about you?

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