March 14, 2011
By Staff Writer
London – 3ality Digital, world leader in advanced technologies to empower creative digital stereoscopic 3D acquisition, has been chosen to supply its systems for The Amazing Spider-Man, which is now in production from Columbia Pictures and will be released on 3 July 2012. Directed by Marc Webb, the film is using 3ality Digital’s new TS-5 wireless and handheld beamsplitter mirror rig. Award-winning cinematographer John Schwartzman, the film’s director of photography, chose the TS-5 because of its small size and the unrivalled control it gives over the stereoscopic 3D (S3D) image. Schwartzman and the production team held a series of tests using the TS-5 and found it could shoot in 3D but perform at the same speed as in 2D. The latest version of 3ality Digital’s beamsplitter rigs achieves optimum performance without the need for the substantial construction normally associated with S3D facilities. The TS-5 is a much lighter and smaller rig, which operates with a high degree of precision and control. A key benefit for film-makers shooting stereo 3D is its versatility. It can be used for super fast set-ups with lightweight tripods, as well as shoulder mounts for handheld or Steadicam 3D shooting. Unlike other S3D rigs it doesn’t lose coverage and also, because it’s a compact rig, it maintains the actors’ eyeline. The Amazing Spider-Man is the first feature film in production to utilize 3ality Digital’s intelligent, integrated systems.