Horror site Fangoria stereographer Jason Liquori starts converting ‘The Veil’ to 3D plus public domain Western and sci-fi movies.
Jason Liquori has already converted a series of movies for “Fangovision 3D” – the online TV brand of the famous American horror magazine which aims to “Celebrate the past, present and future of 3D horror entertainment”.
The channel presents several horrors converted to anaglyph 3D. The copyright of movies such as ‘The Brain that Wouldn’t Die!’ and ‘The Bat!’ (Exclamation marks were compulsory for titles in those days) has expired and are therefore now in the public domain. Jason Liquori has manually dimensionalised the B-movie classics which are now free to view on the Fangoria website.
He used Adobe Premiere for the majority of the work plus After Effects for scenes requiring 'extra pop' and Photoshop for backgrounds and titles.
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“The rendering and export then usually takes several days on a relatively fast PC.” Liquori told 3D Focus, “The length of the movie and the number of additional F/X I may add has a lot to do with how long the final process takes, but keeping up with weekly movies meant starting with some ready to go before we posted the first 3D conversion.”
The TV producer says he will continue to work on conversions as long as there is an audience for it and is now venturing into TV shows that have become copyright free: “This “season” I’ll be doing episodes of “The Veil” that have entered the Public Domain. Our friends at www.bcinema.tv run them in 2D and Fangovision will be running the 3D conversions. The shorter run times allow me to work more with the “push-pull” experimentation to add more depth. We’re also converting Westerns and sci-fi movies that we are running at www.hocfocprod.com and we’re working on getting some independent titles added as well.”
The 3D boom in the 50’s saw several horror movies shot in native 3D such as It Came From Outer Space, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and House of Wax. The second 3D boom of the eighties bought us titles such as Amityville 3D, Friday the 13th Part III and Jaws 3D. The latest wave of 3D movies initially focussed mainly on family friendly movies but recently there appears to be a trend towards horror such as Texas Chainsaw 3D, My Bloody Valentine 3D, DREDD 3D and Spiders 3D. Lionsgate are converting The Descent to 3D.
Last summer, Warner Bros. Home Video announced the re-release of Dial M for Murder and House of Wax in ‘improved 3D’. Dial M was released on 3D Blu-ray in October and Wax is expected to follow this year.
But is there an appetite for classic horror conversions?
“3D has come and gone so many times in my life. It’s usually a “fad”, but it gains more traction as it becomes better. I believe that sci-fi, horror, classic and cult fans are more likely to give movies like this a chance once the conversion is done, so they can see some of their favourites in a new way. I also hope it will introduce some new viewers to the content.” says Jason Liquori.
Get scared – grab a pair of red/cyan glasses and head over to Fangovision now!
A series of native 3D webisodes, dedicated to horror, called the Deadly Dark Dimesnions, are also being produced by Jason Liquori. The first one is available to watch with glasses here.
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