What is Smitten 3D?

Smitten 3D is a 40-minute animated music video movie in 3D!




After a year and a half of work, The Simple Carnival 3D music video for "The Problem with Friends" is done! I'll be sharing the finished work online after it has premiered at a film festival. In the meantime, here's a still from the video:


This Thursday at San Francisco's Exploratorium, The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" will be shown with a host of other great 3D shorts at Robert Bloomberg's 3-D Sideshow! If you're in the area, don't miss it!

In other news, lots of work has been done on the next Simple Carnival 3D music video, "The Problem with Friends." In fact, I'm working on the very last shot as I write this. It's been a long journey, but the finished product should (hopefully) be debuting at a film festival in the near future...


Here's the current state of the next Simple Carnival music video, "The Problem with Friends." You'll need red/cyan 3D glasses (red lens over the left eye) to see the 3D effect.


I'm pleased to announce that "A Geek Like Me" won the Perron award in the Short Animated 3D category at the 3D Stereo MEDIA summit this week!


Had a great time at the Mill Valley Film Festival last weekend.

Met a bunch of interesting, talented people. Got to see "A Geek Like Me" projected in the gorgeous Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Saw some great movies, and one memorably awful one. Met up with an old friend. Got to know some other friends better. Saw the lead guitarist from Metallica. Was interviewed on cable TV. Saw Yoda and Indiana Jones! (Kind of.) Here's some pictures from the 46 hours I was in town.

As an aside, if you look closely at the 3D Sideshow poster from the festival, my hand-drawn mug is in the bottom row.


It's official! The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" will be screened at the presitigious Mill Valley Film Festival! It will be shown as part of The 3D Sideshow program on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 12. I will be present for the Q&A following the October 4 screening. Should be fun!


Here's a short talk I gave at 3D-Con about how I put together the video for "A Geek Like Me." It's in 3D, of course, so put on your red/cyan 3D glasses if you have them:


Thanks to the Victorian 3D Society for publishing my "Seven Deadly Retinal Rivalries" article in their newsletter!


Had an incredible time at 3D-Con. Met and hung out with so many interesting people, saw a lot of great 3D art, bought several cool 3D toys, and won the Paul Wing Best in Show award for "A Geek Like Me"!


I've started a blog focused on the technical end of working with 3D. If you're working with stereoscopic imagery in some capacity, this blog is for you: 3d.simplecarnival.com

I will be at 3D-Con in Murfreesboro, Tennessee this week. Besides mingling with like-minded 3D folks and buying 3D gadgets that I probably don't need, I'll be giving two short talks on Friday, July 11 at 10:00 AM. The first talk is going to be a live version of my article about retinal rivalry, published in Stereo World earlier this year. The second talk is a humorous behind-the-scenes look at how The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" video was made. I'll also be conducting the 3D Filmmakers SIG (special interest group), where I'll channel my inner Larry King by interviewing other filmmakers.

I haven't seen it yet, but an article I wrote for Stereoscopy (the magazine of the International Stereoscopic Union) was printed in the latest issue.

It turns out that YouTube's 3D player doesn't work properly on all browsers. Because of that, new anaglyph versions of The Simple Carnival's 3D videos have been uploaded to YouTube. These versions of the videos play correctly on all browsers. If you have an iPad, you'll finally be able to watch The Simple Carnival's videos in 3D. All you need is red/cyan 3D glasses (with the red filter over your left eye) and you're good to go.

Lastly, I've been chipping away at the next Simple Carnival video -- "The Problem with Friends." It's been slow-going, as I've been learning Blender in the process. Blender is an insanely powerful (and insanely difficult-to-use) CGI application. Its stereoscopic tools are pretty minimal, so I've been programming my own. If you'd like to follow the new video's progress, please "like" The Simple Carnival on Facebook -- that's where I've been providing updates and posting video clips.


So...two bits of news:

1) The video for The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" is going to be featured on a blu-ray 3D shorts compilation in Germany! I believe it's going to be called "Best of 3D."

2) I was interviewed by Torsten Hofmann for his excellent 3DContentBlog site! Check it out!

A big thanks to Torsten for making both of these things happen!


Here's the new Simple Carnival song from Smitten 3D -- "The Problem with Friends."

Chris Belin played the drum kit and Heidi Engel contributed the lovely background vocals. I sang lead vocals and played the rest of the instruments. Work has begun on a 3D animated video for this song. I'll be posting in-progress work from the video soon!


Folks, I'm separating out the 3D for Kids stuff from The Simple Carnival's stuff. There's just way too much 3D for Kids news on this site.

You can find the latest 3D for Kids news and events over at www.3dforkids.net. Please 'like' the new 3D for Kids Facebook page and follow 3D for Kids on Twitter.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Simple Carnival news!


I've always wanted to visit Scotland, but I guess one of my films will be going there instead! "A Geek Like Me" was accepted to the Life in 3D Symposium at the Edinburgh College of Art!


I'll be conducting a 3D for Kids event at the Adams Memorial Library on Saturday, March 14 at 11 AM. If you were at last year's event and enjoyed it, make sure to come back for this one -- 3/4 of the workshop will be completely new! This time out, you'll learn how to make 3D comics, even if you can't draw. I'll also show you how to use an ordinary 2D video camera to make 3D movies. It's going to be super cool! Read all about it here!


Here's an article I wrote about a 3D effect called "retinal rivalry." It was published in the latest issue of Stereo World, magazine of the National Stereoscopic Association:

The Seven Deadly Rivalries (PDF)

My Halloween costume is on the back cover of the magazine, and my mug is also in an article about for winning an award at the LA3D Movie Festival.

I don't think I've ever taken up seven pages of a magazine before, but thanks, guys! It's a real honor.


My win at last month's LA 3-D Movie Festival for "A Geek Like Me" ended up making The Hollywood Reporter, Ain't It Cool News, Creative Cow, Stereo World, Stereoscopy News, 3D-News, 3D Manifesto, and my old hometown newspaper, The Ellwood City Ledger. A big thank you to everyone who covered "A Geek Like Me" and/or this really fun event!


Get your red/cyan 3D glasses! Here's the award-winning video for The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me"...


The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" video received the Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY at the LA 3-D Movie Festival! This was the first year for this award, and I felt especially honored to be its first recipient. Ray Zone championed the indie DIY spirit, and his work is an inspiration to anyone who aspires to make good 3D art.

See pics from the festival and my trip to LA here!


I'm in Los Angeles at the LA 3-D Movie Festival. The world premiere for "A Geek Like Me" will be at the 5 PM shorts program on Saturday, December 14.


Big thanks to Nick Keppler from Pop City Media for writing a really nice article on my 3D for Kids workshops and to Katy Nevinsky for taking some great photos. Read all about it here!

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