About Me

Welcome to a blog about a film-maker, one who could be described as a story teller with an experimental approach to technology.

Hello, my name is James Tomkinson and this is my microscopic slice of the world wide web which should give an idea of what I do.

I think we can agree that people make films in a number of different genres. Mine is drama, a human story of either fact or fiction recreated in a gripping performance. Although that isn’t a dictionary definition it is what I write and capture either ‘in camera’ or on-stage.

An interest in building things has stayed with me throughout my younger years. I have to admit my DIY skills could use a little polishing yet that didn’t stop me from designing and refining the designs for my stereoscopic 3D rig since 2010 the results of which are on my YouTube channel.

Feel free to have a look around.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

3D Ideas


Is 3D here to stay? Yes it is. Given the amount effort, money and development that has gone into Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, which has now been confirmed as a trilogy.

The following video blog of The Hobbit has given me quite a lot to think about with regards to filming in 3D. Including the method of aligning the cameras and a stunning effort on behalf of the concept art team!

So having looked at that, some of the things I need are 2 high quality cameras, a special mirror, some aluminium rods, a few servos, a mini video mixer and a brain wave or two.

Believe it or not, I have seen stranger shopping lists.

This theory will be the basis for my Mk5 3D rig which I intend to be much more advance than the wooden constructions of the past 3 years.

Instead of mounting both cameras side by side I hope to develop some kind of rig that will allow me to achieve much greater control over the intraocular distance using a trick mirror or split beam mirror.

Now there’s the decision of what camera to go for. It has to have genlocking and optionally needs to come with some kind of remote control that controls more than just record start/stop. At the moment the Canon 7D is looking like a good option.

This is a very large project which is in the early speculation stage at the moment therefore it is difficult to give full details.

On another front the script for my Mk2 performance capture setup is complete and is now being formatted. With any luck I can start testing this soon. However this project also has the question of what camera to buy hovering over it. At the moment a wired bullet style camera is looking like the best option.

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