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February 2016: Parallell Cinéma is executing the 2D to stereo 3D conversion of more than 9 minutes of elaborate Verdon Secret 3D shots in 4 weeks, a feat accomplished by the development of a procedure especially for this film, which allowed Parallell to cut costs and save time while maintaining the high level of quality that an IMAX film requires. The IMAX 3D feature's premiere will take place on March 26th.
January 2016: Four months after the Verdon Secret 3D shoot, Parallell Cinéma travels back to the Gorges du Verdon to shoot Auto-Stop, a 10 min spy thriller short written and directed by Cédric-Alexandre Saudinos, with Nicolas Robin and Anaïs Schwinn. The film is ambitious: the river canyons' monumental setting, meticulous art direction, dizzying stunts, impressive footage shot with a drone – on an Epic Dragon camera with Lomo SovScope lenses (Soviet Cinemascope), etc
Production: Parallell Cinéma and Jeisons Sasu (with help from Transpacam and Dronecast)
Written and Directed by:
Starring: Nicolas Robin, Anaïs Schwinn, William Michel, David Steiner
Shot by: Aurélien Duboi
November - December 2015: Katie Says Goodbye et Verdon Secret 3D are in post-production while Parallell is prepping the shoot of Auto-Stop.
October 2015: Olivia Cooke, the star of our feature film Katie Says Goodbye (see May 2015 entry below), just landed the female lead in Ready Player One, the next film directed by Steven Spielberg, as reported by Variety. This is big news for Olivia, and also for Parallell Cinéma, since it made our film even more buzzy in Hollywood than it already was. Meanwhile, the first test screenings are coming back extremely positive.
And it was just announced that Olivia Cooke is on a short list, with two other young actresses, for the female lead in the upcoming Star Wars VIII.
September 2015: Lots of work for Parallell Cinéma this month. While editing for Katie Says Goodbye is being completed, the team is keeping busy:
Alexandre Saudinos and Carlo Sirtori are shooting Verdon Secret, a 50 minute IMAX 3D fiction feature produced by Camera Lucida and EcoCine, in one of Europe’s most impressive river canyons, the Gorges du Verdon in south-eastern France. It is a month-long shoot in extreme conditions: protracted expeditions in mountainous landscapes, rafting, kayaking, bivouacking, climbing, abseiling etc. The 3D rig was made as light as possible (still weighing 46 lbs or 21 kg) so that it could be carried to the canyon’s most remote areas, lead by 9 highly-trained guides who, incidentally, were associated with the Camel Trophy!
A film by François Bertrand, with Assa Sylla (Bande de Filles) and Nicolas Robin (The Program, L'Armée du Crime), photographed by Pascal Auffray on Red Epic-X cameras mounted with Cooke S4/i optics on a Screen Plane Steady-Flex rig.
At the same time, Maxime Duhamel, Benjamin Steiner and David Steiner are shooting Sensations, a 3D stereoscopic short film directed by Régine Cirotteau and produced by Trois Fois Plus. The film, supported by the French Ministry of Culture’s cinema body, the CNC, is highly experimental, and has been shot, always in stereoscopic 3D, both on thermal cameras (FLIR P-Series infrared cameras), and on Red Epic-X cameras mounted with Angénieux Optimo DP zooms, installed on our own 3D rig, the Freestyle Evolution. Featuring both practical effects and post-produced visual effects which will be integrated later on, the film notably required the use of a procedure known as “multi-rigging”, a complex technique of depth perception layering that has mainly been used by Martin Scorcese on the set of Hugo.
August 2015: Editing for Parallell Cinéma's feature Katie Says Goodbye (see May 2015 entry below) is being carried out in our studio in Paris, where director Wayne Roberts just arrived. It is being edited, with Wayne’s blessing, by someone who has extensive experience in both fiction and documentary features, Sabine Emiliani (La Marche de l'empereur (March of the Penguins), the second most successful documentary ever released in the US).
Simultaneously, editing for Parallell Cinéma's short film Ecce Homo is beginning.
July 2015: Parallell Cinéma is shooting Ecce Homo in Paris, a short film by David Steiner, with Morwenna Spagnol (Cessez le feu; Les Colocs), David Steiner (Orson Welles) and Alice Barnole (L'Apollonide; Saint-Laurent). The intimate drama is being photographed on Scarlet-X cameras by James Coote and co-produced by our friends from Kafard Films.
June 2015: After investigating various options, it was decided that post-production for our second feature Katie Says Goodbye (see May 2015 entry below) will be done in our own studio in Paris, not in New York or Budapest. A film by Wayne Roberts with Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Jim Belushi (The Ghost Writer), oscar-winning Mary Steenburgen (Melvin & Howard, Back To The Future III)…
May 2015: Parallell Cinema is producing indie feature Katie Says Goodbye along with Relic Pictures, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Parallell Cinema producers Carlo Sirtori and Benjamin Steiner just came back from Albuquerque, New Mexico in the US where the film recently wrapped principal photography.
Shot from the Black List Top Script of the same name written by Wayne Roberts, who also directed, the film stars up-and-coming Olivia Cooke (The Bates Motel), female lead in Me & Earl & the Dying Girl which won U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Academy-award winner Mary Steenburgen (Back To The Future III, The Proposal, Philadelphia), Tony Award-nominated Mireille Enos (Brad Pitt's World War Z, AMC's The Killing, Gangster Squad), Jim Belushi (ABC's According to Jim, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer) and Christopher Abbott (lead in James White, the Next Audience Award winner also at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival), and was shot by Paula Huidobro (Paul Bettany's Shelter with Jennifer Connelly).
July-Aug 2014: Parallell Cinema produces indie feature The Preppie Connection, directed by Joe Castelo.
THE PREPPIE CONNECTION chronicles the exploits of a group of private school students who ran a drug distribution operation in the early 1980s. The story centers on Toby, the lower-class scholarship student, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to make friends with the popular kids and win the affection of Alex, the campus it-girl, eventually allowing him to cultivate a drug trafficking network. Toby gets in far over his head as he leads his friends into the dangerous world of Colombian drug cartels.
With Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry, Logan Huffmann, Sam Page,Amy Hargreaves, Bill Sage et Jessica Rothe.
*Based on a true story of a Choate Rosemary Hall student getting busted at JFK with $300k of uncut cocaine in 1984.
October 2013: "The Flying Rock" enters pre-production. "TFR" is a 10x10min live-action S3D web-series. It's ambitious character-driven science-fiction shot in only one location. We've been working on the scripts for about a year and more and more very intersting people are getting involved with the project. More info on our production blog - in French only...
In the meantime, Parallell Ciném is in Madrid, Spain, to shoot the very last shots of "Which is Witch?", a 26x26min TV-series for kids, 100% shot in S3D.
September 2013: Parallell Cinéma is in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to finalize the full previsualization of Gela Babluani's 4th feature film, "Money is Money", starring Andy Garcia, Gemma Arterton... Location scouting with the crew, then re-creation of the sets in FrameForge and careful cretion of the shots and sequences with the director. Money is Money is a 2D movie... but hey, Babluani is a two-times Sundance winner (for 13 Tzameti and L'Héritage) - working with him and seeing him creating the shots while we were working real-time on the previz was a really cool experience!
Summer 2013: End of post-production for "Bourdelle 3D", second episode of the "Sculpture 3D" documentary TV-series for international channel ARTE. The series of S3D documentaries is a co-production between Parallell Cinéma and Artline Films.
In the meantime, the post-production of "Which is Witch?", a 26 x 26min Tv-series for kids, 100% in S3D, is still in progress: 26 episodes of fairy/witch magic, that's a lot of S3D post-production and a lot of S3D FX...
March-April-June 2013: The medical market opens to S3D. Since March, various shootings for pharmacetical companies and production companies specialized in the field. And in particular:
- Botox 3D (1&2); two plastic surgeries filmed in 3D and broadcasted live on a 20ft-wide screen for a public of 250 surgeons. One surgery in Paris, the other one a month later in Monaco. Use of a Freestyle rig, two Sony P1 with Canon synchro zooms, real-time 3D geometry corrections thanks to a Stereolabs PURE, live 3D braodcast thanks to a Christie projector and Volfoni active glasses, etc.
- Heart surgery 3D: two films shot inside the operating room, using 3D endoscopes and binocular cameras. Very impressive to shoot...
February 15th, 2013: And... it's a wrap! Principal photography of the 26x26min TV-series in S3D "Which is Witch?" (produced by MJTV) ends, after 3months and a half in Liège, Belgium. Shootings in the snow; on greenscreens; in soundstages; on a steadicam; on a crane, etc...
As a bonus, to your right: a small musical "behind the scenes" video, directed by Maxime Duhamel, who was 1st assistant camera on the "Camera A" 3D-rig. This video tends to prove that a 60-pounds 3D-rig on a steadicam during 3 mionths, well, that's piece of cake... :)
A few shots still have to be shot under the Spanish sun; and there is still a lot of post-production ahead of us... First broadcastings are expected in September 2013 on Gulli, Nickelodeon, etc.
January 2013: Shooting of the second documentary of the series "Sculpture 3D", for Germano-French channel ARTE. This one is about French sculptor Bourdelle, shot on Canon C300/ Angénieux zooms/Freestyle 3D-ri at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris.
Shootings during days ans nights, with a very intersting use of 3D: mirors, moving shadows, lights, sculpturs and reflections...
Probably the most innovative use of 3D, artistically speaking, since Wim Wenders' Pina.
Coproduction: Artline Films & Parallell Cinéma
Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Mathieu
DoP: Olivier Chambon, AFC
December 2012: Parallell Cinéma is invited at PixelHub Montréal (Canada) to speak about "Challenges of S3D shootings". Parallell is the only European guest - the other guys are the (American) people behind Avatar, Prometheus, Life of Pi, etc. !
November 2012: EUROPEAN PREMIERE : shooting of the first 3D TV-series just started!
On November 1st, first day of three months of shooting "Which is Witch?", a 26 episodes of 26 minutes TV-series for kids, full of magic, dance, songs and comedy.
"WiW?" is shot on three 3D axis: two "Freestyle Evolution" 3D-rigs with Polarization Killers, Canon C300 and Zeiss lenses; plus a Sony TD-300 for wide shots.
The shooting pace is fast: we shoot 52 useful minutes per week in 3D (that's more than 42 shots/day on average) -and about 20 shots per episode use CGI FX!
Liège's (Belgium) PIL studios have been re-designed for the project, the four soundstages are now a complete high school, two flats, a supermarket and a theater!
More than 60 people coming from England, Spain, Germany, Belgium and France are working on the projet. Budget is estimated around 6 millions euros.
Moi j'aime la Télévision is the producer of this pioneering project and Parallell Cinéma is in charge of the whole 3D workflow: pre-production - production - post-production.
More than 40 shots a day, 52 useful minutes utiles per week, in a zero delay/zero defect stereo 3D: OK, that's it, speed record broken: now we're shooting in 3D faster than most 2D productions!
Octobre 2012: Shooting of thee first episode of the "Sculpture 3D" documentary TV-series for germano-french channel Arte: "Brancusi 3D".
We're using C300/Angénieux synchro zooms/Freestyle 3D-rig with polarization killer at the Atelier Brancusi in Paris.
Day and night images with a stunning use of 3D: moving shadows, 2D projections on sculptures shot in 3D; choregraphy of an amazing female dancer who plays with the reflections of Brancusi's sculptures , which seems to be semi-real ghosts, etc. I
A very, very beautiful art documentary, with maybe the most innovative use of 3D since Wim Wenders' Pina. This film is the first of a 3x26min per year documentary TV-series.
Coproduction: Artline Films & Parallell Cinéma
Directed by: Alain Fleischer
DoP: Olivier Guénaud
September 2012 : "Sculpture 3D" enters pre-production!
This 3x26min per year documentary series is produced for at least three years by Artline Films for German-French channel Arte.
"Brancusi 3D" is the first episode and will be shot in october. The second episode, "Bourdelle 3D", will be shot in december, and the third one, "Rodin 3D", in spring 2013.
Production: Artline Films
Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Mathieu (Bourdelle & Rodin 3D); Alain Fleischer (Brancusi 3D)
Cinematography: Olivier Chambon, AFC (Bourdelle & Rodin 3D); Olivier Guénaud (Brancusi 3D)
September 2012: "Which is Witch? " enters pre-production!
Produced by ILoveTV (UK) and Victorimage (FR), WiW is a 26x22min TV series targeting children, 100% shot in stereo 3D on 3 axis (6 cameras).
The shooting of this great European co-production will take place in Belgium starting this November.
Parallell Cinéma will take care of the whole 3D workflow, from pre-production to shooting and post-production - a really interesting technical challenge!
Production: ILoveTelevision & Victorimage
Directed by: Phil Ox and Jean-François Didelot
Cinematography: Jean-François Didelot
- WINNER BEST TV SHOW at Dimension 3 2012, the world's most important 3D event, for "Beyond the Games" ("Avant les Jeux") !
- The Landlady, our latest short fiction, makes it to the final!
More than 100 films in competition, and a truly exceptionnal prize for "Beyond the Games", after a year of developement, shooting and post-production! Beyond the Games follow some of the world's best athletes in their training for the Olympics! Shot on EPIC at 4K, 120fps, and in S3D, the miniseries is broadcasted by Nintendo, Orange and some IMAX like La Géode in Paris (largest screen in France).
May 2012: "The Landlady", a period movie shot for the european S3DCampus training program directed by David Steiner (Parallell's CEO) is a FINALIST at Dimension 3 Film Festival 2012!
The short film, shot in English langage in December 2011, stars Stephanie Campion and Mike Maricondi, and features two technologies exclusive to Parallell Cinéma:
-> First use of the prototype of our "Polarization Killer" (unique in Europe)
-> The DeepGrain post-production process, that give to the movie the look of an old film: film grain and scratches are inside the depth of the image.
Directed by: David Steiner;
DoP: Gérard Stérin, AFC;
Production: Avance Rapide & Parallell Cinéma
May 2012: "Highway to London 2012" is renamed "Beyond the Games" ("Avant les Jeux"). Shooting just finished, first deliveries to our broadcaster end of May...
Super slow-motion, really nice light by Gérard Stérin, AFC , 4K, stereo 3D, and 10 world champions aiming for Olympic Gold... really, really nice stuff we've got here!
April 2012: After almost a year of research & development, first commercial use of our "Polarization Killer": it was rented by the team behind Wim Wender's Pina and Laurent Tirard's Astérix 4.
For a very neat shooting with tons of reflections and specular lightings inside one of the most well-known music hall in Paris, the Crazy Horse, only our filter, unique in Europe, was capable of saving the day!
Jean Chesneau (stereographer, key grip: Pina, Astérix, Iron Man 2, etc.) :
"This thing works amazingly well. Oh, I wish we had this on Pina!"
March 2012: We're shooting an unbelievable corporate film in S3D in Qatar!
No less than 12 Red EPIC cameras and a formidable crew of professionnals (Parallell, Locared, Soulcam...) brought together by Beback Productions.
In the end, a 45min S3D film and a 1h30 2D film. And more than 1,3 tons of equipement leaving from Charles de Gaulle Airport (see photo)...
February 2012: Parallell Cinéma invests and buy its own S3D equipement.
It is now in use on all of our shootings, and is one of the most advanced 3D set in the planet.
It is also available for rent (quotation on demand):
* A P+S Technik Freestyle Evolution 3D-rig , the very one used by MGM to shoot the upcoming blockbuster Hansel and Gretel, Witchhunters. The exact same kind of equipement was used on Wim Wender's Pina and on Astérix 4.
* Two C-motion Cvolution 3D remote controller driving six synchro motors.
* Our "Polarization Killer" filter, designed with our partner Visuel Mouvement: a custom Mattebox +filter set, exclusive in Europe, invented by the team of "The Amazing Spiderman"! This filter allows to film specular lighting and reflections (car bodies, leather jackets...) with a beamsplitter 3D-rig. Before that revolutionnary filter, this was a problem asking for very expensive post-production work.
* A O'Connor 2575B heavy fluid head with a complete tripod set.
February 2012: "Highway to London 2012" enters production! An epic 52min documentary and a multi-platform 10x3min series in S3D about the preparation of the French athletes to the Olympics. Broadcasted on IMAX, Orange Sport, Orange 3D. Shot on RED Epic at 240fps, Freestyle Evolution 3D-rig with Polarization Killer (first use of the definitive version of the revolutionnary filter), and one of the world's first use of the GoPro Hero 2 3D mini-cameras !
Production & S3D: Parallell Cinéma; Directed by: Nicolas Thibault.
Director of Photography: Gérard Stérin, AFC
January 2012 : Shooting of "Versailles 3D", pilot of the 30x52min documentary series in S3D "Kings of France 3D".
Directed by: François-Xavier Noulens
S3D by: Parallell Cinéma
DoP: Gérard Stérin, AFC
First european use of the Panasonic AG3D-P1 3D camera.
December 2011: Shooting of "The Landlady 3D", a costume drama shot for the European pro training S3DCampus. The short film is the first use of our prototype "Polarization Killer", a specific-to-S3D filter developped for the blockbuster"The Amazing Spiderman" by our friend Eric Deren.
Directed by: David Steiner; DoP: Gérard Stérin, AFC;
S3D by: the S3DCampus trainees, Parallell Cinéma, Eric Deren & Kommer Kleijn; Production: Avance Rapide & Parallell Cinéma
December 2011: "Highway to London 2012", our project of a S3D documentary about the preparation of the French athletes to the Olympics, recieved the support of the CNC (French "Ministry of Cinema"). This multi-platform show (IMAX, TV, smartphones) with high ambitions is a 52min film plus 10x3min films.
Décembre 2011: Our music video "Irma - I Know" wins "Best Music Video" at the 3D Stereo MEDIA 2011 festival!
The film wins in front of many amazing other clips, including the S3D music video of Linkin Park "Iridescent", original soundtrack of "Transformers 3"!
I Know already won the Best Music Video Award at Dimension 3 2011.
It can be seen 4 times a day La Géode IMAX screen (already 140000 visitors!) on Orange 3D, and on Nintendo 3DS game consoles!
November 2011: Our partner Artline Films gets support from the CNC (French "Ministry of Cinema") and from the Production New Technologies fund for "Sculpture 3D", a project we've been working on since this summer.
This 3x26min every year series for international channel Arte, in Stereo 3D, will portray the art of the great sculptors. The first episode (directed by Jean-Baptiste Mathieu; DoP: Gérard Stérin, AFC; stereography: Parallell Cinéma) will be Giacometti 3D.
We're shooting end of January 2012.
October 2011 - Parallell Cinéma started the production of "La Seconde d'Après" ("+1s"), a S3D film directed by Cédric-Alexandre Saudinos. The short philosophical tale in the mood of Edgar Allan Poe received the help of Sony Europe and is using S3D in an innovative and spectacular way.
September 2011 - Nominations: "Best Foreign Film " and "Best Actor" at the Tulsa Film Festival (USA) for "The Third Way" starring Pascal Demolon, a 28-min cop story in stereo3D directed by Jean-Michel Tari. And the movie already won the Jury's Prize at Dimension 3 2011 in Paris !
About the stereography and the "Snorricam": cf American Cinematographer online, April 2011, Sonovision/Broadcast, May 2011, & Ecran Total, May 2011 (see page "press")
May 2011 - Two awards at Dimension 3 2011:
- Jury's prize for "The Third Way": 28min Thriller, directed by Jean-Michel Tari.
Prod: Kafard Films, Stereography: Parallell Cinéma.
cf articles in American Cinematographer online, Sonovision, etc. May 2011 (cf "press")
- Best Music Videoclip for "Irma - I know".
Label: MyMajorCompany. Broadcast: Orange TV (2D & 3D), Orange Web, La Géode.
May 2011 - David Guetta's F*** Me I'm Famous
Stereography for David Guetta's giant concert at Le Zénith, in Paris. Includes the use of a 3D steadicam on stage and of ultra-compact GoPro Hero 3D cameras. Amazing result!
Prod: M6 Events & Steadifilms,
Stereography: Parallell Cinéma.
May 2011 - Concert in Salle Pleyel
Stereography for the first concert in Salle Pleyel to be shot in S3D, the first of a series of five.
11 stereo cameras were used, broadcast in 34 countries.
Prod: BeeFree / Orchestre de Paris.
Director: Fabien Remblier / BeeFree.
Stereo: Parallell Cinéma.
April 2011 - Genie in the House
Stereography of a pilot of the first feature adapted from famous English TV-series Genie in the House (Nickelodeon). It was the first use of the Genus Hurricane 3D-rig.
March 2011 - OM-PSG for Canal+
Canal+'s Head Stereographer on OM-PSG, the single most important soccer game of the year (10 3D cameras, 4 2D-3D cameras), and stereo technical consultant for Canal+ ever since.
January 2011- Stereo 3D Filmmaking: The Complete Interactive Course
The reference course on Stereo 3D. Available in English or French. 14h of content, including 10h in S3D, interviews with the best experts, all the techniques.
Produced and directed by Parallell Cinéma.
Winner Dimension 3 2010 in the "3D interactive" and "Education" categories.
^ A few images of the making of "Which is Witch?",
a 26x26min TV-series in 3D. Feb.2013.