Sorting through the hundreds of 3D videos uploaded to 3DVisionLive.com during the past year to choose our favorite was just as challenging, if not more so, than the one posed by our Best Image of 2011 selection.
We looked at all sorts of criteria, from page view metrics to our Highest Rated and Most Watched filters, and in the end it came to us choosing the video we felt was the most ambitious, compelling, and technically excellent, which also turned out to be the video that the 3DVisionLive.com staff watched the most and shared the most with family and friends. Our choice for the Best 3D Video of 2011 is none other than Peter H. Chang’s Deus Ex Homine, which is a stunning compilation of motion-controlled time-lapse photography taken in our stomping grounds in the San Francisco area. If you’ve missed it, you can view the video here.
Here’s some background provided by Peter for the video:
"This was a stereoscopic 3D motion-controlled (moco) time-lapse test for an upcoming project. Brad Kremer and Stewart Mayer of camBLOCK flew out for three days of shooting at the end of March. It rained the entire time they were in town so we were confined to interiors, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise since those shots turned out to be some of the more impressive ones in 3D. After the weather cleared, I shot for an additional nine days around San Francisco with assistance from Simon Christen, Noah Hawthorne, Christopher Fuzi, Robert Mooring, Josh Golz, and Paul Leeming. Canon 5D Mark II's were used in both parallel and beamsplitter configurations for true, native stereo capture at 5.6K resolution RAW. The camBLOCK and Dynamic Perception were used for motion control. There were some major technical hurdles with both capture and post, but once we saw the results in 3D, it was well worth it."
We couldn’t agree more, and Peter was kind enough to provide the followign artist statement for the piece.
"Deus Ex Homine" comes from Latin meaning "god built by humans."
That "god" might be the tools - our machines and technologies, the city - our caves of concrete and steel, and the networks - the highways and waterways that are the lifeblood of our cities.
With our technology, we conquered and reshaped the natural world. As we have overrun our planet's surface, more and more of us live in the fantastically complex artificial biomes that are our cities. Modern societies and economies depend on these constructs. Bridges and servers connect us, cars and planes move us, farms and restaurants feed us, and cargo ships and oil tankers make it all possible.
The "Makers" among us forge machines - electromechanical gods - that reshape and govern humanity. Automobiles. Typewriters. Computers. The Robot Maker creates machines in our image, striving to infuse them with intelligence, emotion, and sentience. Perhaps some day they will surpass us. They already have in many ways. Perhaps we will re-engineer ourselves, integrating man and machine. Deus ex homine (deus?).