3DCS:Triumphant success


Kudos for Ravensbourne as 3D Creative Summit 2013 hosted at the British Film Institute (BFI) in South Bank, London is a triumphant success.

3D Summit

“This exciting event celebrated the exceptional 3D work being produced in the UK and international markets,” said Carrie Wootten, Head of Commercial Development and lead-organiser behind the summit.

Over 2-days the British Film Institute (BFI) in South Bank, London paid host to over 500 visitors. 

“People were impressed with the quality and quantity of the speakers and information presented. I think every participant left grateful for the opportunity to be involved,” said Jim Chabin, attendee and President of the International 3D Society**.

He also highlighted the event’s ‘valuable opportunities for side meetings and networking’ and predicted the ‘buzz’ of the event will continue as its success is fed back to the companies and countries involved. 

Kim Majkut, Senior OnAir Graphics designer at Nickelodeon, attended the summit for the first time. She heard about the 3D Summit through WFTV (Women in television & film UK) and said, “I used this conference as a stepping stone as my introduction to 3D stereoscopic solutions, ideas and thinking, I never left the room without learning something new.”

A range of exceptional speakers set a realistic but encouraging tone for 3D filmmakers. Award-winning director Ang Lee joined a full house, via webcast from New York, to share his 3D experiences,  “If anyone tells you what 3D is, don’t trust them. We don’t know what it is yet. We’ve got a long way to go and the best way to learn is like swimming – Jump in!”

Attendees were treated to showcases of 3D films like Jack and the Giant, in-depth discussions of unseen footage, and an opportunity to hear legendary broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough talk frankly about use of CGI and 3D. 

Tracey Murray, BA (Hons) Content Development & Production student and Managing Director of the The Degree show was one of the many students working the event.  “I was in charge of the VIP area, making sure all the speakers, including David Attenborough, were looked after,” she explains. 

She counts watching Ang Lee speak as her event highlight and counts this as the best event she’s worked on at Ravensbourne, “I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends and I’m really happy I did it. It has changed my mind entirely on 3D. I’ve become more open-minded and excited about it.”

As well as stunning the audience with exclusive previews and dissecting never-seen-before footage the 3DCS schedule drew attention to the practicalities of experimenting with 3D supported by special labs; 3D Post – quicker, smarter, easier, 3D research programme, 3D producer’s lab (to name a few) giving the event a well-rounded stance on 3D.  

George Burkett, Online Video Post Producer at Ravensbourne and cameraman during the event noted that the summit not only provided in-depth subject knowledge but also valuable working experience “It was beneficial getting more experience working with a big team and crew of people on a big event such as 3DCS. All the crew worked really well together and if there was an issue it was dealt within no time at all.”

Ravensbourne would like to thank all its sponsors for their support during the planning and execution of this event.

*Picture taken by Mike Dixson

** International 3D Society co-produced the Summit with Ravensbourne.