Falmouth University and Cornwall Film Festival have announced a series of Stereo 3D public events to be delivered in partnership with the Cross Channel Film Lab.

Running from 11 to 13 November 2014 at the Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth and the Academy of Innovation and Research (AIR) at Tremough campus, the programme includes groundbreaking feature film Above Us All; Cathedrals of Culture – six short films from directors including Wim Wenders and Robert Redford; rare clips of 3D film since its inception, and discussions with filmmakers and industry experts.

These events are open to anyone interested in innovative filmmaking and the history of film, including students, filmmakers and the public.

Tickets for screenings and events are free but tickets for events at the Phoenix Cinema must be booked at the cinema (or online here). Places for the AIR event can be booked by emailing info@crosschannelfilmlab.com.

The programme will be officially launched by Douglas Brown of Falmouth University, Louise Fox of the Cornwall Film Festival, and representatives of the Cross Channel Film Lab at 15.30 on Tuesday 11 November.  Events will take place all afternoon and evening at the Phoenix that day, with a follow-up session at AIR on Wednesday morning. There will be further events at the Phoenix on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The Cross Channel Film Lab is a three-year research and development project led by Cornwall Council, with 11 partners from the UK and France including Falmouth University.  The project is supported by Interreg.

More information on the events can be found at www.crosschannelfilmlab.com and below:


Above Us All

Screening: 20.30 – 23.00, Tuesday 11 November, Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth

This impressively realised Stereo 3D feature film using non-professional actors to tell the tale of a family after the death of their mother is a rare attempt to use stereoscopic technology for something other than exploding cities and alien invasions.  Uniquely placing the audience in the middle of the action as the camera turns in 360 degree circles, the film features beautiful sequences shot on location in Australia and Belgium.  Followed by Q & A with Eugenie Jansen (director), Kommer Klejn (Stereo 3D advisor) and Michel Schöpping (sound recordist).

Panel discussion: 09.30 – 10.30, Wednesday 12 November, AIR, Tremough campus

Eugenie Jansen (director), Kommer Klejn (Stereo 3D advisor) and Michel Schöpping (sound recordist) join Cross Channel Film Lab co-directors Antoine Le Bos and Fabienne Tsaï to share how they combined a documentary sensibility with a more rigid technical form, and discuss the role of Stereo 3D sound in bringing their vision to life.


Cathedrals of Culture

Screening parts 1 – 3 and masterclass: 15.45 – 17.45, Tuesday 11 November, Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth

After the screening, stereographer Joséphine Derobe will discuss her work on the films with Stereo 3D expert François Garnier and Cross Channel Film Lab co-director Antoine Le Bos.

Screening parts 4 – 6: 19.30 – 21.30, Thursday 13 November, Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth

“If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?”  This 3D film project, consisting of six short films of 26 minutes each, lets six iconic and very different buildings speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure and allowing the audience to inhabit and experience the spaces in a unique way.  Six acclaimed filmmakers (Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margareth Olin, Karim Ainouz) each bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project.  The Berlin Philharmonic, an icon of modernity; the National Library of Russia, a kingdom of thoughts; Halden Prison, the world’s most humane prison; the Salk Institute, an institute for breakthrough science; the Oslo Opera House, a futuristic symbiosis of art and life; and the Centre Pompidou, a modern culture machine.  Cathedrals of Culture explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.


A Short History of 3D Film

Lecture including screening: 19.30 – 22.30 Wednesday 12 November, Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth

Stefan Droessler presents his acclaimed public lecture on the history of Stereo 3D film from 1856 to the present day, illustrated with rare clips from around the world.  A once-in–a-lifetime opportunity to see some classic Stereo 3D material and ask questions of one of the world’s best-informed Stereo 3D film historians.



Notes to editors:

Funding for the Cross Channel Film Lab comes from the following partners, including an investment of 50% from the INTERREG IV-A programme France (Channel) – England.

  • With a budget of €173.5 million, the Interreg IVA France (Channel)  England programme aims to promote the emergence – between the French and English parties – of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity.
  • Cornwall Council leads the Cross Channel Film Lab Phase 2 as part of its commitment to supporting the Creative Industries in Cornwall.
  • Cornwall Arts Centre Trust (ACT) is one of Cornwall’s key creative industries organisations.  The UK partner on CCFL Phase 1, ACT leads Krowji, Cornwall’s biggest creative sector cluster, Carn to Cove (a performing arts scheme for rural communities, including film screenings), and Creative Skills (professional development support for creative industries practitioners).
  • Le Groupe Ouest is France’s leading provider of feature film script development services, serving as the French partner of the Torino Film Lab and Script & Pitch Workshops.  Le Groupe Ouest recently led an experimental programme with Pôle Images & Réseaux to explore the impact of new technologies on screenwriting and directing (see www.1fois5.com).
  • Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.  We aim to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential.  We help identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs.
  • The Media School at Bournemouth University is the largest centre of professionally based higher education for the media and communications industries in the UK and has an excellent industry reputation.  Since 1989, the National Centre for Computer Animation has conducted research of “international significance” and pioneered “excellent” undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer visualisation, animation and digital effects.
  • Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene.  A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.
  • 3D Fovea is part of the Télécom Bretagne research centre, a leading research lab studying the impact of stereo 3D images on the viewer’s brain and the use of different 3D optical systems.
  • ISB/UBO University of Brest’s Sound for Image department is one of the best in France.  Its research lab focuses on the impact of sound spatialisation on picture perception, including the perception of stereo 3D images.
  • Artefacto researches and builds autostereoscopic systems that enable stereo 3D to be viewed without glasses, and is one of the few companies in Europe working in this applied research field.
  • Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne (EESAB) is researching interactive pre-visualisation set design, allowing creative teams to anticipate the consequences of their writing choices on the viewers’ perception.
  • Le Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, in northern Brittany, has embodied the collaboration between the UK and France in the realm of cinema for the last 20 years and will host an annual CCFL2 showcase.

Industry partners
The Lab offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.  Consultants and mentors include representatives of companies such as Amak, Bait Studio, BBC Films, Film Factory, ImageEyes, McGuff, Mikros, Mocaplab, Nvizible, Panavison, Peanut FX, Rushes, RVZ, Studio Canal, Tiger X, TSF, Valhalla Audio, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic.

Individuals working with CCFL include script consultants Yann Apperry, Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; production co-ordinator Fabienne Tsaï; VFX practitioners Christian Guillon, Maurice Banayoun, Remi Brun, Ronan Broudin, Paddy Eason, Michael Elson, Jonathan Privett and Christian Volckman; and Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Joséphine Derobe, Francois Garnier, Chris Parks, Richard Lloyd, Martin Parsons and Thierry Pouffary.