A new television series called Anomaly will be exploring the paranormal in 3D starting early next year and apparently this will also be the the worlds-first 3D television program to focus on the paranormal and unexplained phenomena. What will be quite interesting is that the show will use 3D night vision cameras in order to better immerse viewers in some quite unusual and frightening locations. And as we all know darkness is an enemy of the good 3D, as you need light in order to bring out the details tat make it easier to distinguish the depth of objects. Of course shooting with night vision cameras means using infrared light and shooting with infrared sensitive cameras and that results in black and white (or B/W with a green tint) footage. The showвЂ’s format will be a docu-reality with a length of 1 hour for each episode and there is even some preview footage already available in both 2D and different 3D formats available for you to get an idea what to expect from the show.
The preview material is probably quite rough and hasn’t been properly processed yet, so you should not judge the final 3D quality you will get just from that early preview. In the early footage you can notice some extreme separation at times, some stereo window violations, a bit shaky camera at times although that may as well be on purpose and some very fast cuts with big difference in depth between the different scenes. There is one kind of really creepy scene with a mirror shot with infrared camera that kind of looks weird as normally when you see a reflection in the real world (mirror, water etc.) you don’t try to find depth as you know this is a reflection and has no real depth, but on video you may try to actually see depth… however when shooting in dark conditions with IR light source and in black and white spectrum you might actually not recognize a mirror and that makes it quite creepy as it seems more like a hole with something happening inside (50th second+). I was a bit surprised to actually find night footage that was left with the greenish tint and some that is probably processed to be in black and white, or maybe the difference is coming from the cameras being used for the different footage, but then again this might also be left out intentionally like that.
Anomaly will premiere in early 2011 on Next3DTV, an internet-based 3D video-on-demand service, with broader distribution expected to follow. The first season will focus on the most reportedly haunted locations in the world. “You’ve gotta fish where the fish are,” said Jack Kassewitz. “We’re going to capture as much evidence of the paranormal as we possibly can, and we’re bringing our viewers along for the ride.” The show is made by Majestic 7 Media Partners who are developing episodic and documentary properties for the emerging 3D television market.