York University Computer Science & Engineering
Professor, Vision Researcher
3DFLIC Project Leader
Director of Product Development
Side Effects Software Inc
Production Services Toronto
Christos Alex. Giotis
3DFLIC Project Director
DoP, Head of Video
Professor Sheridan College
Director of Screen Industries Research & Training (SIRT) Sheridan College
York University Film Professor
and lead 3DFLIC filmmaker
Business Development Manager
Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
CASO - Computer Animation Studios of Ontario
President Creative Post
VP Cinespace Film Studios
Senior Vice President
IMAX Filmed Entertainment
Chief Technology Officer
CFC Media Lab director
York University Fine Arts Professor
Manager, Industry Initiatives Ontario
Media Development Corporation
York University, Department of Psychology
Professor, Vision Researcher
William (Bill) White
3D Camera Company
Initiated by York University, the 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3D FLIC) envisions the GTA as a hub for the best quality and most original stereoscopic film production; and brings together a uniquely interdisciplinary team of scientists, filmmakers, creators and industry leaders to solidify Toronto's message in the international S3D arena. For more detailed information on 3D FLIC, please visit 3dflic.ca.
- Industry/Community wide knowledge sharing initiatives
- A cyclical process of S3D film creation and applied vision research
- Vision research on stereoscopic film production and support to industry initiatives
- Research on historical and theoretical frameworks
The wider GTA/southern Ontario film production and service clusters benefit directly from the work of the consortium through:
- hands-on training,
- best practices workshops,
- academic/industry symposia,
- the up and running S3D Ontario web portal: www.3dontario.com
- the Toronto International Stereoscopic-3D Conference.
A SHORT HISTORY
The genesis of the 3D FLIC project lies in the coming together of various initiatives at York University and the larger film industry in Toronto.
In late 2008, Ali Kazimi, filmmaker and associate professor in the Department of Film, started leading the move towards stereoscopic 3D cinema production within the Future Cinema Lab at York University. York University had had a rich history of scientific research in stereoscopic vision, however it had not been tied to the Department of Film. Since the 90’s professors Laurie Wilcox and Rob Allison at the Centre for Vision Research, had been conducting fundamental research on stereoscopic vision and perception, and had in fact collaborated with industry partners such as IMAX and Christie Digital.
As a digital artist, Nell Tenhaaf the then Fine Arts Associate Dean of Research, had successfully collaborated with scientists in her practice, enabling her to liaise between these disparate worlds. Tenhaaf had been approached by Cinespace Film Studios VP Jim Mirkopoulos to explore an industry partnered initiative to build capacity for stereoscopic 3D film production in Toronto. Tenhaaf and Mirkopoulos called what would be a transformative meeting. In attendance were, pioneering industry leaders Bill White from 3D Camera Company, Ken MacNeil from Creative Post, Rob Burton from Arc Productions and Michael Drabot from PS Production Services. Recognizing the potential they were the first among the 12 industry partners to join the consortium and support the research. As veterans in the industry they also recognized the need for capacity building that would support the growing localized expertise in the field.
A key component to this multi-faceted initiative, was led by Professor Janine Marchessault, who gathered a team of scholars to investigate the history of S3D Cinema and reclaim pioneering Canadian contributions to the development of the form, rounding out a comprehensive scope of the project.
Ana Serrano, director of the CFC Media Lab came on board as a vital secondary academic partner, and Side Effects, CASO, IMAX, Christie Digital and Saw 3D, would join to round out the industry-academic enterprise.
Out of these synergies emerged 3D FLIC. Funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario Centres of Excellence; and currently managed by Project Director Christos Alex. Giotis, 3D FLIC is an example of York University’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and innovation: this unique cross-disciplinary, cross-sector partnership helps Toronto to build its capacity in Stereoscopic 3D Cinema.