Castles in 3D: stereoscopic stills of Dover Castle’s keep, captured by Parallax Film Productions

As part of our ongoing commitment to unparalleled 3D production, Parallax Film Productions is thrilled to share stereoscopic 3D stills and video footage of several castles throughout Europe and the Middle East. This exclusive online content was captured during the filming of our current production, Battle Castle, an action documentary about medieval castles. 

In our second installment of Battle Castle 3D, we go inside England’s Dover Castle to experience the true depth of its magnificent keep.

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Castles in 3D: exclusive stereoscopic footage brought to you by Parallax Film Productions

To inspire excitement and share our love of stereography we are releasing 3D stills and footage shot during field production of our current series Battle Castle. This exclusive online content represents our continued commitment to the wild, unpredictable and always thrilling ride of these S3D days.

So grab your red/cyan glasses and check out our first installment of video: a special HD 3D trailer for Battle Castle: Dover. This footage, which was captured and edited by our Director of Photography/Stereographer Sean F. White, features the castle known as the Key to England.

If you have a passive 3D display, the footage generally is best viewed on the side-by-side setting. Once your display is configured, simply click on the 3D icon at the bottom of the video and set YouTube to Side-by-Side, half-width. If you don’t have a 3D display, you can view the clips in anaglyph mode. Simply use any pair of red/cyan glasses and set YouTube to Optimized (Dubois).

-Ian Herring, President

@ianherring

This week in Battle Castle-Jan. 6

Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:

On YouTube

BattleCastle.TV: host Dan Snow explains how Constantinople inspired Edward’s castle builders

Battle Castle host Dan Snow details how the mighty city of Constantinople influenced the shape of Caernarfon Castle’s towers. The fortification combines military engineering and palatial splendour fit for a king. Master James of St. George and his castle builders also raised Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris — combined, these fortifications are known as the Iron Ring. Conwy was commissioned by King Edward I in Snowdonia, Wales, and was tested with Madog ap Llywelyn led a medieval rebellion against the English and their Iron Ring of fortifications in the late 13th century. The secrets of this mighty castle’s build and details of the siege it faced are revealed in Battle Castle: Conwy.

Dan’s vlogs are released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows.

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Underwater DOP Peter Zuccarini talks dolphin tales, gearing up, and the magical world of aquatic 3D

Peter Zuccarini, Underwater Camera Operator/DOP on 3D projects including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the upcoming Underworld Awakening details his experiences filming Dolphin Tale 3D… stereoscopic gear, impressions on set, and the magical world of aquatic 3D.

A 3D Tale

Most of the story takes place in the aquarium where Winter the dolphin lives full time. The main character, Sawyer, ends up getting, sort of pulled into the water by Winter and they develop this special relationship. They needed some angles both daytime and nighttime in 3D of those two sort of playing around. My involvement in the beginning of the film was operating a 3D camera in the water. After principal photography they were doing a final sequence that involved integrating some animated dolphins into 3D plates that were shot in the ocean. I was the director of photography for the Caymen Islands unit that did those 3D plates – flying a 3D camera through tunnels and caverns and things like that to develop like a natural world that dolphins would swim through.

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This week in Battle Castle-Dec. 9

Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:

On YouTube

BattleCastle.TV: host Dan Snow shares how a small group of soldiers approached Chateau Gaillard

Battle Castle host Dan Snow details how a handful of French troops infiltrated one of Chateau Gaillard’s walls during the siege of 1203-1204. Philip Augustus of France and his army attacked the castle to try and push the English out of Normandy. Though King John reigned at the time it was besieged, the stronghold was built by his brother Richard I before he died. Battle Castle: Gaillard reveals how the Lionheart’s castle builders constructed the fortifications, which included securing the castle, an island fort, and the town of Petit Andely, and details the medieval weapons that the French used to attack it.

Dan’s vlogs are released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows.

On Twitter

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This week in Battle Castle-Dec. 2

Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:

On YouTube

Medieval soup challenge: Malbork Castle’s chef reveals how the Teutonic Knight’s inspired it all

Bogdan Galazka, chef at the Gothic Café, a restaurant located inside Malbork Castle, explains how a rare find in the Teutonic Order’s medieval records inspired a cookbook and changed the way he thinks about food. Bogdan Galazka dreamed up special dishes for Writer Nicole Tomlinson every day while she and the rest of the crew were at the castle filming for the Battle Castle series. He also gave her a very special cookbook called “The Cuisine of the Teutonic Grand Masters in Malbork Castle”, which contained a recipe for cherry soup that inspired her to go on a mission to cook medieval soups and share the recipes.

View more clips from Bogdan Galazka’s interview here

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3D content guru Torsten Hoffmann reveals why it’s hard to make it in the stereoscopic film industry – and how you can beat the odds

In an exclusive article published online by our friends at 3D Focus, Torsten Hoffmann, a recognized leader in 3D content as the distributor of one of the largest stereoscopic 3D portfolios in the world, warned producers against unrealistic expectations for the commercial value of 3D content and outlined the business models of making money with 3D content.

Here are the highlights:

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This week in Battle Castle-Nov. 25

Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:

It’s medieval soup week! Until next Wednesday, we’re rolling out photos, video and exclusive interviews detailing Battle Castle’s medieval soup challenge.

Join the adventure – visit Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/battlecastle) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/battlecastle) for one of three medieval soup recipes, inspired by the Teutonic Knights.

On YouTube

Medieval soup challenge: Writer Nicole Tomlinson goes “strawberries” over Malbork’s pierogies

Writer Nicole Tomlinson details a strawberry pierogi dish made especially for her at Malbork Castle in Poland during the filming of the Battle Castle action documentary series. Bogdan Gatazka, chef at the Gothic Cafe, a restaurant located inside the castle, dreamed up special dishes for Tomlinson every day to accommodate her vegetarian diet and gave her a cookbook called “The Cuisine of the Teutonic Grand Masters in Malbork Castle”, which contained a recipe for cherry soup that inspired her to go on a mission to cook medieval soups and share the recipes.

Medieval soup challenge: At Malbork Castle, a one-of-a-kind chef’s hat comes out of the brickwork

Bogdan Gatazka, chef at the Gothic Café, failed to find his “chef’s hat” before Writer Nicole Tomlinson interviewed him. But just as the chat begins, a waiter comes through. Gatazka dreamed up special dishes for Tomlinson every day while she and the rest of the crew were at the castle filming for the Battle Castle series. He also gave her a cookbook called “The Cuisine of the Teutonic Grand Masters in Malbork Castle”, which contained a recipe for cherry soup that inspired her to go on a mission to cook medieval soups and share the recipes.

BattleCastle.TV: host Dan Snow shares the mystery behind Conwy’s master builder

Battle Castle host Dan Snow reveals how Conwy’s architecture helped identify the mastermind behind its design. Master James of St. George and his castle builders also raised Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris — combined, these fortifications are known as the Iron Ring. Conwy was commissioned by King Edward I in Snowdonia, Wales, and was tested with Madog ap Llywelyn led a medieval rebellion against the English and their Iron Ring of fortifications in the late 13th century. The secrets of this mighty castle’s build and details of the siege it faced are revealed in Battle Castle: Conwy.

On Twitter

Medieval soup fact of the week:

@Battlecastle  Nov 24,

#medievalsoup fact: pottage, thick and very filling, was the mainstay of medieval soup. For commoners, it was part of almost every meal.

3 ways to #gomedieval

Awesome medieval moments on the web, chosen by The Gatekeeper:

This week, we’re featuring the three medieval soups that are up for grabs:

#1 MUSHROOM

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#2 – LENTIL 

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#3 -CHERRY

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From stereophonic to stereoscopic: Peter Gabriel details his new 3D concert experience

As 3D becomes more prevalent in the music industry, some of the world’s most venerable artists are weighing in on the stereoscopic experience – including Peter Gabriel.

The star recently talked about the appeal of 3D while he was in Montreal promoting his latest tour and “New Blood: Live in London” – a 3D concert film produced by UK-based Eagle Rock Entertainment.

“To me [3D] is very similar to stereo. People thought stereo was a gimmick,” Gabriel says. “It’s a device, it’s a tool, but it allows you into this world which I think is closer to real life.”

“What I particularly like is when you have some slow moving shots that give you a sense of space… you feel it in a very different way than you do in two dimensions.”

Gabriel goes on to say that despite the current viewing format requires glasses, he feels it’s the only way forward.

Check out more clips from the press conference:

 

 

-Ian Herring, President

@ianherring

This week in Battle Castle-Nov. 18

Here’s what’s going on this week in our current production, Battle Castle:

On YouTube

Battle Castle: host Dan Snow details Malbork’s “VIP” prison

Battle Castle host Dan Snow shares the story of an elite medieval “guest” who was held captive in Malbork Castle’s prison and details the mystery behind his escape. This cell, which is said to have held “VIP” prisoners in the Middle Ages, is positioned in the High Castle. The stronghold, believed to be the largest brick castle in the world, was built by Christians during the Baltic Crusades. Historically known as Marienburg, this fortification was besieged by Polish and Lithuanian forces after the Battle of Tannenberg in 1410, and defended by Heinrich von Plauen.

Dan’s vlogs will be released every Thursday on YouTube, unveiling details related to the stories that will be profiled in the Battle Castle shows.

On Twitter

Medieval siege tip of the week:

@Battlecastle  Nov 17,

Several things are needed to construct siege engines: skilled engineers, considerable labour, accessible material … and so on – K. Nossov

3 ways to #gomedieval

Awesome medieval moments on the web, chosen by The Gatekeeper:

Take in the Crown Jewel of crusader castles … lego-styles

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http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/230059 via Krazy Kastle Krak Guy

Get 5 insider tips on how to siege a Battle Castle

http://lifeopslifeobs.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/5-tips-for-sieging-your-favourite-castle/ via Maija Leivo

Stock up on turrets 

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“What happens when a former Battle Castle PA is left alone in a warehouse full of boxes to stack? … Crenellations happen, that’s what!” Sean Dobbyn via Facebook

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