(San Francisco, CA) Experts in stereoscopic cinema declared several winners at the 3D Theater session of the 22nd annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference.  The SD&A conference is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics.

The 3D content winners at the 2011 SD&A 3D Theater are:

Best of Show – Live Action:  ”White Knuckles 3D” by OK Go,  Stereography by Eric Kurland (USA)

Honorary Mention – Live Action: “Stereo Timelapse” by Takashi Sekitani, StereoEyE (Japan)

Best of Show – CGI: “Fractal Odyssey” by John Hart and Jerry Oldaker (USA)

Honorary Mention – CGI: “Holy Moly” by Passmore Labs (USA)

Best of Show – VFX: “Dead Boring” by Dave Edwardz, AFTRS (Australia)

Honorary Mention – VFX: “Experiments in Stereoscopic Imaging” by iCinema (Australia)

This year’s judges of the SD&A 3D theater session were: Dr Samuel Zhou from IMAX Corporation and Bernard Mendiburu, author of 3D Movie Making.  The judges were impressed with the high quality and inventiveness of the content and had a challenging task to choose the winning entries amongst a strong field.

The prizes for the Best of Show winners were a copy of the new DVD-ROM “Stereoscopic Displays and Applications – 1990-2009: A Complete 20-Year Retrospective” (which contains over 1200 technical manuscripts covering a wide range of 3D topics), and a copy of the book “3D Movie Making” by Bernard Mendiburu.

Forty different 3D Video segments were shown during the two hours of this year’s SD&A 3D Theater show – representing a wide range of different content types from producers of 3D content located all around the world.

The full list of 3D content segments shown during the SD&A 3D Theater is as follows:

Competition Category:

Karisma Films Showreel (Timelapse)  Karisma Films (Finland)

Hong Kong – Potential Unlimited     Digital Magic (Hong Kong)

Ztring Theory                       Karl Bryhn & Jo Eldøen, Chiptoons (Norway)

Go Kia                              Dzignlight (USA)

The Girl Who Had No Fear            John Hart (Boulder CO USA)

Gloria (The Death of Me)            Andrew Murchie, Enhanced Dimensions (UK)

My Best Stuff!                      Nat Bartholomew, Spinteck (USA)

Plasticity 3D                       Ryan Suits, Atomic Cheesecake Productions (USA)

Mercedes-Benz 3D 2010               Lightspeed Design (USA)

The Army Learning Concept 2015      Digital Revolution Studios (USA)

Smart Action 3D                     Korean Broadcast Service (South Korea)

Stereo Timelapse                    Takashi Sekitani, StereoEyE (Japan)

White Knuckles                      OK Go (USA)

Experiments in Stereoscopic Imaging iCinema (Australia)

The Solo Adventures 3D              The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School (USA)

Jack Daniels whisky company         GALI-3D, Arnold Prague (Czech Republic)

Highly Strung                       Buzzbomb Media (Australia)

Holy Moly                           Passmore Lab (USA)

Microworlds                         Passmore Lab (USA)

3D Safari: Africa                   Digital Revolution Studios (USA)

Coming Home                         Rehela Jagric (Slovenia)

Citrullus Lanatus                   Argyris Theos (Greece)

3D MOOD Aquarium                    Lightspeed Design, Inc. (USA)

Spinteck 3-D Shorts                 Nat Bartholomew, Spinteck (USA)

Dead Boring 3D                      Dave Edwardz, AFTRS (Australia)

Waiting for the End, Linkin Park    Passmore Lab (USA)

Fractal Odyssey                     John Hart and Jerry Oldaker (USA)

Demonstration Category:

Go Ahead!                           U-Staff (Japan)

Invincible Tiger – The Legend of Han Tao  Blitz Games Studios (UK)

21st Century 3D Demo Reel           21st Century 3D (USA)

Keitai Deka – Zenigata Yui          BS-TBS Inc. (Japan)

2009 Stereo Clips                   Enxebre (Spain)

Une Nuit Au Cirque 3D               Olivier Kauffer and Fabien Remblier (France)

Gnomeo and Juliet (trailer)         Walt Disney Studios (USA)

Hidden 3D (Opening Title Sequence)  Dzignlight Studios (USA)

Immersive PC Games with NVIDIA 3D Vision  various games companies

Maker Faire                         Stone Circle Productions (USA)

3D AFL Grand Final (Australian Rules Football) Seven Network (Australia) and 3Ality Digital (USA)

StreetDance 3D (trailer)            Paradise FX (USA)

Tekkonkinkreet – 3D digest          Tekkonkinkreet Program Committee (Japan)

Garo Red Requiem 3D                 Keita Amemiya (Japan)

(NB: items in the demonstration category were not judged for the Best of Show or Honorary Mention awards)

The producers of the 2011 SD&A 3D Theater were Andrew Woods (Curtin University, Australia) and Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design, USA).  The SD&A 3D Theater was projected in high-quality polarised 3D using equipment and services from DepthQ Stereoscopic, Christie Digital, Visitech 3D, and Strong MDI Screen Systems.  Additional support was provided by Dan Lawrence (Lightspeed Design) and Stephan R. Keith (SRK Graphics Research).

The SD&A 3D Theater is one of the highest attended sessions of the annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference.  Many audience members commented afterwards about the high quality and diversity of the program and expressed their appreciation at being able to see such a wide range of 3D content.


The purpose of the annual SD&A 3D Theater is to showcase the wide range of 3D content that is being used and produced all around the world.  3D content segments shown in the 3D Theater session are usually limited to three minutes in length in order to allow as much 3D content to be shown as possible.  The 3D Theater provides a useful focus on the more artistic and creative side of stereoscopic imaging in juxtaposition to the technical focus of some of the other sessions of the SD&A conference. The SD&A 3D Theatre session was held on the evening of Monday 24 January 2011 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel.

An illustrated listing of content shown during previous 3D Theater sessions is provided here:



The 22nd annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference was held 24-27 January 2011 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel in Burlingame California.  The SD&A conference is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics.  At this year’s conference over 80 technical manuscripts were presented covering a wide range of stereoscopic imaging topics.  The program of the 2011 SD&A conference is available here:


The SD&A conference is held as part of the annual Electronic Imaging Symposium organized by IS&T and SPIE.

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