Saturday, November 30, 2013

3d California IMAX film report No6

                 California 3d Project, Progress Report No. 6
                      Underwater shoot, November 2013.
As is often the case, we went out on the boat planning to shoot one subject, but something even better showed up. We planned to shoot the healthy kelp forest of winter, when the mating squid appeared.

Bob walks the Gates Deep Atom 3d rig along the sea bottom toward the kelp forest.  Cold, clear water made for great shots.

During the first hours of the shoot,  we noticed signs of squid.  We were already aware this is the time of year for mating opalescent squid.   We took the opportunity to capture footage of the mating phenomenon and female squid planting their egg sacs in the sandy seafloor, just outside the kelp forest.                                                                             Photos by Johnny Friday

 At 100 feet we were able to shoot squid with cable lights, day and night. 
 On day one there was the right amount of squid to get good shots of the egg clumps. By the third night  we were covered in squid. It was difficult to shoot through them.

We will be back shooting in 4 weeks when squid eggs start hatching. Follow us on Photos by Johnny Friday

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bob Cranston 2d reel #1

Bob Cranston 2d reel #1

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3Dsea Progress Report # 5

Bob Cranston will be at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival September 23,24,25.  Ask to see some genuine 3 D footage.
California 3d Project, Progress Report  #5
Underwater shoot, September 2013.

The massive congregations of mating opalescent squid have arrived. It looks like it is going to be a great year for squid. Look for an exciting sequence including placing egg sacs in sandy ocean bottom and hatching of embryos and predation.  
          Bob can show you these squid in short promo reel he has with him – in 3D !

 Experience the results of our genuine 3d camera system: Left eye & Right eye using 5k  beam splitter with Atom RIG in Gates Housing . Bob Cranston:  858-395-3591 mobile cell, 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

3Dsea Progress Report #4

3D California Project, Progress Report  No4               Underwater August 2013   

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Bob Cranston is in the water, taking advantage of perfect summer shooting opportunities off California.  This kelp paddy was rich with life. We are shooting beautiful 3d footage at 48 fps. The graceful movement of the kelp in the ocean swell and silvery baitfish are captured in awesome 5k detail.
Cranston walks the perfectly balanced GATES underwater 3D rig over the ocean floor. He is heading for a colorful sea star garden.  The rebreather diving apparatus gives us time to find and setup on our subjects. Ask to see samples of our GENUINE TWO CAMERA 3D footage.       Bob Cranston 858 395 3591

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

3Dsea Progress Report #3

3D California Project, Progress Report  #3 underwater July 10, 2013 

We are back underwater shooting in genuine 3D with two synchronized 5k Epic cameras, a matched 3D set of Angeniux lenses and the Gates Deep Atom housing. 

Photo: Bob Cranston w rig, courtesy of Dive buddies Howard Hall & Richard Herrmann shooting our work in progress.

The anemones are the right size, shape and have movement to be good 3D subjects.  Their Red bat-star neighbors add color. We recognize subjects that will translate well onto the big screen. Because this is our local ocean we will go back and add time-laps and feeding on squid to this sequence.

 We have years of experience shooting with big cameras like the 70mm Solido.  Now we have a smaller camera with long run time to capture new and better sequences in 5k digital.

Our close-up work was interrupted yesterday when a flotilla of giant black and purple jellyfish arrived. With our underwater zoom-lens capabilities, we took advantage and got close-ups, then pulled wide to reveal the 3 foot bells with 6 foot long tentacles.  
Cameramen Johnny Friday and Bob Cranston might be the most efficient crew to ever shoot genuine underwater 3D.
Bob Cranston  cell 858-395-3591, 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

3Dsea Progress reports #2

3D California Project, Progress Report  #2 Topside  

 April 2013, Johnny Friday and Bob Cranston took the 3Ality Atom rig on a road trip up California Hwy 1. We had a wonderful week of shooting topside.   

Just North of San Simeon we perched the camera on the edge of a cliff.
The location was in the flight path of Gulls soaring in the updraft.  Gulls came to within 8 feet for good 3d with beautiful coastal background.


   Mostly we shot 3D coastal scenics. 

The fog rolled in and the sun went down we shot 3d time lapse.  We also shot some sizeable surf crashing at 48fps and 72fps.

Our Atom 3d rig with Epic cameras and Angenieux  16-42 lenses worked perfectly.  
Johnny and I are going back underwater in two weeks, this June. The California summer season is just getting stated. We will let you know how it goes.   Bob Cranston  858 395 3591