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2D to 3D Conversion Workshop

3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2D to 3D Conversion Workshop

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Regular Registration   more info Ended $10.00 $0.00
Student Registration   more info Ended $5.00 $0.00
Live Webcast Registration   more info Ended $10.00 $0.00

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“When and Why Should I consider 2D to 3D Conversion?”

A conversation and debate

York University, March 26, 2013, 1:30PM EDT (GMT -4) 

Toronto’s 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC) presents top industry experts and scientists on March 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM (EDT) discussing and debating the hottest topic in contemporary Stereo-3D cinema: “When and Why Should I consider 2D to 3D Conversion?” This intimate forum will provide a unique opportunity students, professionals and academics to learn from and interact with leaders and pioneers in the world of stereoscopic filmmaking and scientists and engineers developing the next generation of 3D filmmaking techniques.

The recent success of stereoscopic-3D Cinema has been enabled by the latest advancements in digital imaging technology. ‘Native’ stereo-3D capture has become increasingly easier and more familiar to the filmmaking community; but so has the economic, technical and artistic viability of converting new or existing 2D to 3D.

The discussion on whether to prefer “native capture” or “conversion” has been a key debate in 3D-Cinema’s contemporary existence. Today, with the vast availability of 3D projection screens, the discussion is as relevant to the filmmaker as ever: Should I shoot a shot or entire film native 3D? Should I convert from 2D? Should I shoot in 2D aiming to convert to 3D? What are my options? What do options mean? What does 2D to 3D Conversion involve?     

Hugh Murray and Paul Judkins of IMAX; James Elder of York University and Carlos Vazquez of Canada’s Communications Research Centre (CRC); Roy Anthony of Christie Digital Inc., Rob Burton of Arc Productions Inc., James Stewart of Geneva Films and Eric Deren of Dzignlight Studios present and discuss these matters at Toronto’s York University on March 26, 2013. 

For colleagues unable to be present due to travel and distance considerations the workshop is also going to be webcasted, live, in 2D/HD. (*)


(*) Third party recordings and/or public dissemination of the workshop’s live webcast are strictly forbidden without the prior consent of the workshop organizers and/or individual presenters. Be advised.    



13:30 Welcome notes 

13:40 Conversion 101: What is 2D to 3D Conversion and what it entails


  • Hugh Murray, Senior VP, Film Production, IMAX Filmed Entertainment
  • Paul Judkins, Technical Director, Film Projects, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.


14:20  Automation in Conversion: how far can software go?


  • Dr. James Elder, Professor, Departments of Psychology and Computer Science & Engineering, York University. 
  • Dr. Carlos Vazquez, Research Scientist, Communications Research Centre, / Industry Canada

15:00 Q&A with H. Murray, P. Judkins, J. Elder, C. Vazquez

15:10 Coffee break

15:30 2D to 3D Conversion as a creative choice and challenge


  • Eric Deren, Stereoscopic Consultant and Supervisor for:
    • Titanic (Head of Studio: Dzignlight Studios - 3D version 2012),    
    • Legends of Valhlalla: Thor (Stereoscopic Consultant) 2011,
    • Gnomeo & Juliet (Stereoscopic Supervisor) 2005

16:00 Debate discussion: To Convert, or not to Convert?


  • Rob Burton, VP Technology, Arc Productions Ltd
  • Roy Anthony, Senior Solutions Architect, Christie Digital Inc. 
  • James Stewart, Film Director, Geneva Films.
  • Eric Deren, Stereoscopic Consultant and Supervisor


 Topics to be discussed

  • Overview of the cost and process of 2D to 3D Conversion.
  • New technologies for lower cost/ time.
  • How far can automation go?
  • When is it not worth shooting native? 
  • What kind of shots are not amenable to conversion?
  • Difficult shots and unworkable shots: fixing the unfixable.
  • Post nightmares: when is it better to convert from one eye?
  • Shooting with the aim to convert.
  • Existing content and multiview.
  • Live action approaches and issues.
  • Converting S3D (i.e. to multiview).
  • Future proofing for multiview and 2D-3D conversion.
  • Economics/timelines and the future: Economics of conversion for low budget/independent (tools for the independent filmmaker).
  • Converting mid-budget feature films.


Program Notes:

1. The workshop program may change without notice.

2. The workshop's live webcast is going to be in ENG style, 2D/HD. 

3. Third party recordings and/or public dissemination of the workshop’s live webcast are strictly forbidden without the prior consent of the workshop organizers and/or individual presenters. Be advised.    



Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

If you have bought a student ticket then please bring valid student identification with you. 


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us anytime via: flic@yorku.ca 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?



What is the refund policy?

- For cancellation notices sent up to ten (10) calendar days prior to the workshop: 100% refund.

- For cancellation notices sent up to 48 hours prior to the workshop: 50% refund.

- For cancellation notices sent less than 48 hours prior to the workshop: No refund 


Will there be complimentary coffee or snacks at the event?





Have questions about 2D to 3D Conversion Workshop? Contact 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC)

When & Where

102F Atkinson - York University
96 The Pond Rd
Toronto, ON M3J

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC)

Initiated by York University,  the 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3DFLIC) brings together a uniquely interdisciplinary team of scientists, creators and industry leaders to bridge fundamental research in stereoscopic perception with the development of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) film language and production. 

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