Dave Beeler and Tom Konkle saw the new Acer 3D laptop and knew that this technology would be a good fit for their series, Safety Geeks:SVI. This forward-thinking duo ultimately created the first 3D web series on the market, something the studios have not even done yet. It is truly impressive when you think of it on that grand scale. The way they shoot their series already leant itself to making the 3D possibility happen easier than most shows. Since everything is done in layers on green screen, the foundation was already there. In fact, we talked at length about this in our original Web Files interview with them last summer. Guiding the way to make this happen is Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and their website Yabazam.com. Jay Wiskerchen, VP of Technical Operations, talked about a "shortage of content" for 3D and how they would love the opportunity to work with other web series creators. Do you hear that? A great opportunity for those looking to step outside the box of web series content.
After our turn at DDD, we headed over to Social Animal to check out this wild 360 degree camera we had seen at the Streamy Awards red carpet. The footage from the awards show was never released, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. Tyler Malin, CEO of Social Animal, and Matthew Forrest, COO, gave us a great rundown of how the camera works and the new possibilities in storytelling the camera offers. Matthew talked about the nine cameras giving you the "ultimate point of view" because you can pick and choose where you want the story to go. So the viewer ultimately has control over their own experience and they wind up spending more time with your content. This model has been used primarily in advertising with companies like Scion and Zipfizz, but they announced on The Web Files that they have partnered up with Psychic Bunny to use this in a new narrative web series, Qualia. You might be familiar with Psychic Bunny's work from their unique comedy, Coma, Period and our Web Files interview with them. While this technology is expensive, this is another groundbreaking look at the future of filmmaking.
I'm going to leave you with the talented puppy of Social Animal's Matthew Forrest. Howwe wowed us with his tricks and it is a great excuse to upload a video to YouTube with a "cute puppy" tag. May I present, the scene stealer of the day, Howwe:
PS If you want more Brittney, go buy the Safety Geeks:SVI calendar: