Brent Robinson is a Canadian stereographer and underwater cameraman. He worked on "Resident Evil: Retribution", "Storm City 3D", “Nurse 3D”, “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”, and “Haunted 3D”, the first stereoscopic 3D highest grossing horror feature film in Bollywood history. Brent is frequently invited to seminars and workshops about 3D filming, such as the Toronto International Stereographic 3D Conference, the Director's Guild Canada 3D workshop and the NAB.Robinson has been working behind the camera for over two decades, ever since he began making corporate videos when he was in high school. “I’ve been behind a camera ever since I can remember".
Brent Robinson about Haunted
In an interview with ScreenIndia, Brent explained his love for the camera and cogitations on 3D. While he was enjoying peace of nirvanic proportions when he was shooting a documentary on ancient forests in a British Columbian island, the makers of Haunted back in India and his manager were getting increasingly edgy about his out-of-civilisation experience. “I finally managed to come down to India with just about a couple of days notice. I had not read the script, didn’t know who I was going to be coordinating with and what arrangements were made for Haunted,” Brent Robinson says of his first visit to India.
The 40-something ear-stud sporting Canadian is actually an oddity in the world of films playing the role of a stereographer occasionally and underwater cinematographer generally. The oddity lies in the craft he does. A stereographer is almost like a connecting link between a director of photography (DoP) and the director who gives inputs about how a shot must be shot in stereoscopic 3D so that it is effective on a 70 mm screen. Contrary to how it sounds, producing good quality 3D is quite a task. Or to put it in Robinson’s words, “they are a pain in the ass”. This is because everything doubles in 3D, from the rigs to the camera and the teamwork. Making mistakes is easy since the medium and the format are comparatively new.
His favourite 3D shots are the ones which show depth of the shot and converge without hurting the eye. “Even a field of wheat blowing in the wind can be a great 3D frame as a shot from a helicopter showing a valley below. 3D allows us to add more character and make things more prevalent than they normally appear,” he says.
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