“Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3D” Opens 38th Annual 3D-CON

Arclight's documentary unlocks the secrets of 3D photography.

3D photographer Mike Pucher creates anaglyph (red/cyan) 3D image.

Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3D is a 3D documentary short film that takes viewers into the fascinating world of stereoscopic photography with artists who are at the forefront of their craft. Arclight Productions and the film's director, Steven Kochones, presented Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3D at the National Stereoscopic Association's annual convention 3-D CON in Costa Mesa, CA on July 25, 2012. The 14-minute film explores the fascinating work and techniques of artists Claudia Kunin, Mike Pucher, Christopher Schneberger and Ted Grudowski.  3-D CON features cutting-edge stereo theatre, workshops, a stereoscopic art exhibition and a trade and technical hall over the course of six days.

Audience Q&A with director Steven Kochones.

The film also delves into the history of 3D photography, from the black-and-white stereoviews of the mid-19th century to the technological advances that allow today’s artists to create complex, imaginative works in multiple dimensions. Additional highlights include: Kunin’s mesmerizing 3D Ghost Stories, Pucher’s flawless floral still lifes, Schneberger’s supernatural black-and-white narratives, and Grudowski’s surrealism.

VIEW THE 3-D FILM (use 3D glasses for best viewing)

Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3D was filmed in 3D at 5K resolution using RED Epic cameras. The film uses interviews, footage of artists at work, digital 3D images and archival 3D photographs to provide a glimpse into the world of 3D photography and digital image-making in the 21st century.

3D artist Claudia Kunin photographs her subject.

The film was originally produced for the Annenberg Space for Photography exhibition Digital Darkroom, which explored the intersection of art and technology through the work of 17 photographers and artists from the U.S., France and the U.K. Digital Darkroom ran in Los Angeles from December 17, 2011 through May 28, 2012.

Digital Darkroom: The Art of 3D — Produced and Directed by Steven Kochones. Story Producer: Rob Wilson, Editor: James W. Pendorf, Director of Photography: Brian Pearson, Line Producer: Allan Wachs, Production Manager: Steven Morales, Technical Director: Karlo David. Running Time: 14 minutes.