Todd Margolis

Distributed Cinema

"Stories unfold over time and through space in layers of media forms."
Adriene Jenik

Distributed Cinema

CineGrid 3D 4K

Role: Technical Director, Stage Manager

At the CineGrid 2008 and 2010 Workshops, I led a team of researchers at UCSD in one of the first demonstrations of both live computer generated 3D 4K and pre-recorded 3D 4K animations. The program included a selection of artworks as well as biological, meteorological and topographical visualizations.

The resolution of each frame of 4K cinema is four times that of High Definition video, comprising 3840x2160 pixels per frame. We employed passive stereoscopic techniques using circular polarizing filters and glasses to create a 3D experience. The resulting immersive image has tremendous clarity and depth to provide new aesthetic methods for artists to pursue. Through this work, the new creative affordances of 3D 4K cinema and interactivity were highlighted.

As Technical Director, I worked with industry partners to procure two 4K projectors and 4K playback systems. I lead the design and configuration efforts to develop a heterogeneous network of media systems. As Stage Manager, I directed multiple screenings of live 3D 4K CG and pre-recorded 3D 4K animations.

This research is part of an ongoing initiative within CineGrid, a non-profit organization co-founded by UCSD researchers in 2006. The CineGrid mission is to build an interdisciplinary community that is focused on the research, development, and demonstration of networked collaborative tools to enable the production, use, preservation, and exchange of very-high-quality digital media over photonic networks.

Supported by: CRCA, Calit2, JVC, Zaxel, CineGrid


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CineGrid 2010 Workshop, Calit2 - San Diego, CA

CineGrid 2008 Workshop, Calit2 - San Diego, CA