Company 3 Method Studios Add 3D Workflow Service

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Wed, 06/29/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Company 3 and sister facility Method Studios are now offering clients a workflow for stereoscopic 3D feature film digital intermediates. Filmmakers now have the option to have any portion of left/right eye alignment fixes – associated with all stereoscopic cinematography – addressed within Method's dedicated stereography division. Company 3 has worked on several major stereoscopic releases including Alice in Wonderland Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fright Night has already made use of this tandem service for Pirates Transformers and Fright Night. Our clients have been extremely impressed with this collaborative workflow says Jackie Lee Company 3's vice president of feature services.

When you work in stereo there are always certain discrepancies between the two eyes says Steven Shapiro lead stereographer and director of software and pipeline at Method. Shapiro who has been intricately involved in stereoscopic post production for nearly a decade notes that the Company 3/Method collaboration allows clients to maximize the close relationship between both companies who share a building on Santa Monica's Arizona Ave. The service we provide at Method came out of the expertise and robust pipeline we have built doing VFX work he says

. Shapiro acknowledges that many VFX companies offer services capable of addressing these issues but says that the Company 3/Method synergy allows clients a uniquely streamlined approach that integrates the work into the DI process. During the grading of stereoscopic projects he explains if any alignment issues come up during grading we can literally walk down to Company 3's DI theatre located within Method's Santa Monica facility ascertain the problem fix it and drop it back into the timeline while the color grading session continues.