Stellar Quines presents ANA in 3D at DCA

Productions (Image: Tristan Brand)

Stellar Quines presents ANA in 3D – a first for theatre and film

Stellar Quines is proud to be the first theatre company that has recorded a live performance of a theatre production in 3D.

The first cinema screening of this unique recording will take place on Saturday 8 June at 1pm at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY. This screening will be the first time a 3D recording of a Scottish theatre production has hit the cinema screen.

This event is free and open to the public. It’s a chance to be part of theatre and film history and to let us know what you think. Tickets are available from DCA’s box office: tel 01382 909 900 www.dca.org.uk

Background to the project
Can 3D film offer an artistic and commercially viable experience of live theatre?

In March 2012 a performance of Stellar Quines’ production of ANA at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre was filmed in 3D, making us the first theatre company in the UK to capture and digitise a live performance in this way. Born out of the increasing demand for access to live performance across media platforms, this project is the first step into what we hope will be closer collaborations between film and theatre companies in the future.

The Project
The project started with a feasibility study into 3D Projection Technology which was produced by Glasgow School of Arts’ Digital Design Studio and facilitated by the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technology (SCET),  part-funded by Scottish Enterprise.

Stellar Quines then successfully applied for a Business Innovation Exchange Voucher with Edinburgh Napier University. This enabled Professor Robin MacPherson, Director of the Institute for Creative Industries to act as consultant on this project. Stellar Quines allocated some of our AmbITion (a change programme for the arts and cultural sector) funding towards this project which covered the production costs. The British Council in Québec have also financially supported this project and Dundee Contemporary Arts have encrypted the Digital Cinema Package which will facilitate the cinema screenings.

Stellar Quines commissioned Freakworks, a Leith based film and new media company and 3D experts to film and edit the live performance of ANA in 3D.

For more information see: http://ana.stellarquines.com/ana-in-3d/

ANA’s Journey

At the fork in the road, ANA takes both paths…click on the markers below to see where she ends up.


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ANA funders, sponsors and supporters

UK/Scottish Funders


Canadian/Quebec and Montreal Government


Canadian corporations & foundations

desjardins

  • Zeller Family

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Thanks also to

  • Accommodation in Edinburgh has been supported by Edinburgh Holiday Lets.
  • Thanks to Adriana Hausvater and the writers and actors of the National Theatre of Timisoara who were involved in the early stages of the development of ANA.
  • Thanks to Shirley Robinson and the Royal Lyceum Theatre  for the loan of costumes.

ANA in 3D

Can 3D film offer an artistic and commercially viable experience of live theatre?

This is the question Stellar Quines has been grappling with through our project to create a 3D recording of a live theatre performance – a first for Scottish theatre and film!

Brief summary of the project to date

Working in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier’s Institute for Creative Industries, Stellar Quines commissioned Freakworks to film a live performance of our production of ANA in 3D at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. We hosted the first presentation of this project on Thursday 22 March 2012 at the Digital Design Studio (DDS) which is part of the Glasgow School of Art. DDS undertook the initial feasibility study for this project and we were delighted to present the initial results in their 3D lab.  In December 2012 we then screened the whole recording on a large screen 3D TV to an invited audience at Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh and undertook initial audience research. On Saturday 8 June 2013 at 1pm Dundee Contemporary Arts hosted the recording’s first ever public cinema screening.  We also hope to undertake a second screening via the Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema. On Saturday 8 June we undertook further audience research, which we will also do at the Screen Machine, in order to gauge the artistic and commercial possibilities of this work.

More information

Theatre and dance companies are increasingly being encouraged to digitise their live events and experiment with the potential of distributing new products. The benefits of this can be increased access, scale, reach, impact, and legacy of work, as well as attracting a new demographic and income streams. A feasibility study into 3D Projection Technology was produced for Stellar Quines by the Digital Design Studio, Glasgow and facilitated by the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technology (SCET), part-funded by Scottish Enterprise.  Stellar Quines also successfully applied for a Business Innovation Exchange with Napier University, Edinburgh. This scheme enabled Professor Robin MacPherson, Director of the Institute of Creative Industries to act as consultant. Stellar Quines allocated some of our AmbITion (a change programme for the arts and cultural sector) funding towards this project and the British Council in Québec contributed additional financial support. Dundee Contemporary Arts encrypted the 3D Digital Cinema Package of the recording in kind which facilitated the cinema screenings of this work. Once the public screenings are concluded we will evaluate the project as a whole and the audience feedback in order to access the product, its interest to, and impact on audiences, and its potential for the future.